The topic is a bit wonky, but its potential is huge. So-called “group net metering” could allow homeowners and businesses to become more locally self-sufficient, while at the same time encouraging the expansion of more efficient, economical projects to generate and distribute renewable energy. Net metering is an electricity policy for consumers who own (generally . . . → Read More: Group Net Metering
From FWHorch.com comes good advice in general, but it is especially relevant given the food prices increases that are expected to follow this summer’s widespread droughts in the U.S. As the author notes, “As a food-importing state, Maine needs to think more carefully about our food security. Sustainable local food policies, combined with better agricultural . . . → Read More: Sustainable food in an unpredictable world
Late last week, a number of members contacted me about the candidates for Selectmen and their positions on energy efficiency in town. I came up with a list of questions and emailed Jon Speers, Mary Andrews and Ray McMahon. (Ron Nowell doesn’t have an email address apparently).
Jon Speers was the only candidate . . . → Read More: Selectmen candidate’s positions on energy efficiency
A concerned group of York residents gathered on May 5, 2012 to call attention to the plight of the environment and to Connect the Dots between climate change and extreme weather. They were part of a worldwide movement organized by the folks behind 350.org.
Below are some photos from the day. Click on an image . . . → Read More: Connect the Dots on Climate Impact Day at York
Food columnist for the New York Times, Mark Bittman, talks about industry resistance to labeling American food.
Democracy. Are we entitled to know what goes in our food? The answer’s easy, but Big Food thinks it’s “no.” It’s not just ammonia in beef, it’s arsenic and antibiotics – banned antibiotics at that, and Prozac and . . . → Read More: Should we be allowed to know what’s in our food?
From the Climate Progess website, guest blooger Kaid Benfield discusses the problem of automobile-dependent subdisions in the United States. “Housing values have declined much more, on a percentage basis, in sprawling subdivisions as compared to walkable, centrally located neighborhoods, many of which have even held steady or increased in value.”
Combined, Baby Boomers and Millenials . . . → Read More: How The Evolving Housing Market Will Help Sustainable Communities
Michael Pollen with humanity’s most important best kept secret.
“Food Rules” by Michael Pollan – RSA/Nominet Trust competition from Marija Jacimovic on Vimeo.
To be a complete person we must travel many paths, and to truly own anything we must first all give it away. This is not a riddle. Only those who share their multiple and varied skills, true friendships, and a sense of community and knowledge of the earth know they are safe wherever they go.
. . . → Read More: To receive, share
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced her plan to introduce a bill later this week in Congress that includes provisions that would significantly change the nation’s food policy. The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act would expand opportunities for local and regional farmers and make it easier for consumers to have access to healthy foods.
“This is . . . → Read More: Proposed bill would create farm jobs, expand access to local food
The Sept 27 Home Energy Efficiency Workshop, sponsored by the York Energy Efficiency Committee and York Adult Ed, provided more than 20 local homeowners with a wealth of information on PACE loans, SEI loans, the home energy auditing process, and some strategies for effectively weatherizing their houses.
Key to the success of the evening was . . . → Read More: Home Energy Efficiency Workshop a success
From the Seacoasteatlocal.org web site:
In Portsmouth, NH, on Thursday, September 22nd [at 7:00 pm], at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. This event is free and open to the public, space is limited — first come, first served:
Joel Salatin — The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer
Joel Salatin and his family own Polyface . . . → Read More: Joel Salatin coming to Portsmouth
Time banks have been around in some form since the 1980’s, but the deteriorating economy has brought some new attention to the concept. In a recent New York Times article titled Where All Work Is Created Equal, a time bank in Manhattan is featured.
As explained in the story, the unit of currency in a . . . → Read More: A (not so) new form of currency