A summary of the principles, advantages, and drivers for environmentally friendly building construction. (Source: aec-business.com)
Pat Coon, a co-founder of reVision Heat, will be giving a presentation at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm on Nov. 14 as part of their Climate Steward series. The presentation will touch on how climate change is impacted by our home heating choices and how sustainable heating is part of the solution. From the Laudholm Farm website:
Learn about the latest advances in pellet boiler and air source heat pump technology and how they are changing the way we heat in Maine. See examples of homeowners saving up to 50% on heating costs and reducing their CO2 by 90%. Get answers to common questions such as:
- How much do these systems cost?
- Do I need to keep my oil boiler?
- How much money will I save by switching?
- Are wood pellets really sustainable?
- What is my return on investment?
As climate change rapidly redefines our world and how we interact with it, it’s important to embrace alternative heating technology. Alternatives such as Kedel pellet boilers are now not only are affordable, they also dramatically reduce the amount of CO2 and particulates released into the environment as well as boost our local economy and create more jobs. While we may not be able to reverse the damage that has been done, with sustainable heating choices, we can start positively impacting our planet. Following the program, a raffle will be conducted, and a lucky program participant will receive a door prize with a $50 value. Suggested donation of $5 per person. Pre-registration is not required. Meet in Mather Auditorium.
For more information, go to http://www.wellsreserve.org/visit/calendar/756-climate_stewards_lecture_series_sustainable_heating_to_save_the_planet_invigorate_our_community.
Beginning this month and continuing through April, a diverse array of local farmers and vendors will be participating the the Winter Farmers’ Market organized by Seacoast Eat Local.
The outdoor growing season may be coming to a close, but Winter Farmers’ Markets are just getting started. Seacoast Eat Local has been busy pulling together some of the best farmers, fishermen and chefs of the seacoast to bring you the seventh winter market season. Those that have come to the markets before know that not only is there still plenty of great local food available, but there is far more diversity and abundance than you might expect all winter long.
The first market of the season will be hosted by Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford on November 23rd from 10am till 2pm. Come stock your pantry and prepare for holiday meals with all the fixings including greens, apples, breads, pies, carrots, potatoes, local meats and eggs just to name a few items. With over 50 vendors, there is plenty to see and plenty of delicious food to check off your shopping list! The markets run from November through April; seven of the markets are hosted at Wentworth Greenhouses. Five more markets take place at Exeter High School. All markets run on Saturdays from 10 to 2.
“Every year is a little different,” said Kate Donald, Market Coordinator for Seacoast Eat Local, “but the excitement and anticipation for the first market is always energizing. We see so many familiar faces, friends and family coming together with farmers and vendors they enjoyed supporting through the summer. The market provides the perfect opportunity for the local community to find high quality nutritious local food options year round, while continuing to support and grow the local agricultural economy.”
This year there are even more farmers, fishemen and food purveyors serving up affordable and tasty local foods to the seacoast community. Add to that list, the kids’ activities, educational cooking demos, craft vendors hosted by Wentworth Greenhouse and live music by NH musicians and you have a market worth the drive that will have you coming back for more every time. To find out more about the market locations, dates and available items visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org and the Winter Farmers’ Market page. Don’t forget to sign up for the e-newsletter to stay up to date with all the market happenings and local food news.
The Winter Farmers’ Markets accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). This program enables SNAP recipients to use their EBT cards to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food. The Winter Farmers’ Market SNAP/EBT program offers fresh vegetables, meats, milk and cheese, honey, breads, and baked products. Customers who use their SNAP/EBT card will receive up to an additional $10 in free March Match to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. You can now even use your debit card to buy market tokens, accepted by all of the vendors.
Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers Markets are sponsored by Wentworth Greenhouses, Exeter Hospital, and Moxy, sponsoring this year’s cooking demonstration series. Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of the environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, they work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. They organize winter farmers’ markets, produce Seacoast Harvest, sponsor workshops and events, and provide information through their email newsletter, blog, and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org.
From Bring Your Own Bag York (http://www.byobyork.com/):
Ways to help you remember to bring your reusable bags:
- Keep bags in the car where you can see them.
- Remember that your unloading job is not done until the bags are back in the car.
- Keep a spare bag folded up in your purse, briefcase, backpack or glove compartment. One bag is better than none.
- Add “Bags” as the first item on your shopping list.
- Remember you don’t need a special bag. Re-purpose a beach tote, backpack or duffle bag.
- Don’t give up. Keep practicing. One time, five times, ten times
~ Congratulations, you have formed a new habit.
The town of Eliot is already benefiting from an arrangement that both saves taxpayer dollars and is good for the environment.
Last summer, 150 solar panels were installed on the roof of the town garage on Route 236. Today, they are working so well that they power the garage and the transfer station, with enough left over to cover between one-third and one-half of the electricity bill at the police station.
…The town signed a contract with Maine-based ReVision Energy, which is paying for the $160,000 in upfront installation costs and will initially own the equipment and the electricity it generates.
In return, ReVision is charging the town 2 cents less than Central Maine Power charges, resulting in short-term modest savings to the town of about $1,000 a year.
The panels were installed in July, and Case said they have been performing unbelievably well since. Extrapolating three months’ worth of data, Case said the panels are expected to generate about 51,700 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. The garage uses about 20,000 kilowatt hours a year and the transfer station, 15,000 kilowatt hours. Under Maine law, Eliot is able to take power generated from one site and credit up to nine other meters that Eliot owns or in which it has a vested interest. Excess electricity from these panels is being used to defray the costs of the police station.
But the real savings for the town comes in six years.
ReVision Energy, under terms of the contract, agrees to sell the town the equipment for about 25 percent of the installation cost — or about $43,000 in 2019 dollars. “This is an exceptional deal,” Case said. In the meantime, the commission is going to ask the town to sock away $7,000 or so a year so it is ready with the purchase price when the time comes.
If the town buys the equipment, which has a 40-year life, the town will save $140,000 a year “if CMP’s rates remained the same for the next 34 years. If prices go up 2 percent a year, which is not unreasonable, we’ll save $300,000 a year.
Read the rest of the Oct. 28 Seacoastonline article, New solar panels on display in Eliot.
From Bring Your Own Bag York (http://www.byobyork.com/):
Besides the health and happiness benefits of a change in the way that Americans now work, there are clear environmental and energy efficiency gains to be had as well.
In this series of five infographics, New Dream looks at the advantages of a shorter workweek.
While many Americans struggle to find work, . . . → Read More: The benefits of a shorter workweek
An important effort to protect our environment:
Bring Your Own Bag York, a citizen action committee, launches initiative to encourage use of reusable shopping bags –
In an effort to combat the escalating plastic pollution crisis – a new citizen action committee has formed to address the use of plastic shopping bags. Calling themselves and . . . → Read More: Bring Your Own Bag York, a new citizen initiative
On Saturday only, October 19th, we will we have a table at Market Fest to share information on energy audits, energy saving tips, and brochures from various energy programs and businesses. Our aim is to have at least two people working the booth during business hours that day. If you think you can help do . . . → Read More: YEEC at Marketfest, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
News from Kennebunk’s Energy Efficiency Committee:
You are invited!
Please join us on Wednesday, October 16th from 4:30 to 7:00 pm for an important interactive workshop on preparing towns in southern Maine for climate related risks. The event will be held at Wells Reserve at Laudholm. Dinner will be provided.
Who: The Town of Wells, . . . → Read More: Workshop: How coastal towns can prepare for climate change
Our next meeting is this Tuesday at the York Public Library at 7pm.
Plugging In Ceremony The plugging-in ceremony was amazingly successful. Thanks so much to all of you who were with us in person or in spirit. I’m sure many of you have seen the coverage in the newspaper, but if you’d . . . → Read More: YEEC monthly meeting at Tuesday 7pm – 24 hours of Reality, Marketfest, and coverage/video of plug-in ceremony