Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gasland


Join us for the viewing of Gasland followed 
by a discussion led by Karina Wilkinson


At least two shipments of fracking waste have been received in NJ and more could be coming. In Pa., a number of rivers were overloaded with inadequately treated waste where the state advised more than 300,000 people to switch to bottled water on several occasions.  Come and find out more about fracking from this informative movie and discussion.This issue is relevant to our population since a portion of our water comes from the Delaware river basin. This area has been targeted for fracking activity.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

February 27th, 2012 7:00-9:00pm: Discussion on Local Food with Dr. Joseph Heckman


"Anonymous Commodity Producer or Artisan Farmer with a Face, Who is Your Farmer and Why?

Dr. Joseph Heckman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Soil Science at Rutgers University. Working with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Dr. Heckman’s programs support healthy plant and animal ecosystems with the goal of establishing nutritious food systems for human health and sustainable communities.

Recommended reading: The Dirty Life:

On Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball

Location:
East Brunswick Public Library
Meeting Room 1
2 Jean Walling Civic Center  East Brunswick, NJ 08816-3529


Please RSVP: Therlam@yahoo.com

Monday, December 12, 2011

Jan. 23, 7-9 pm at the East Brunswick Public Library

The topic will be Energy Efficiency: “The Whole House Approach”. Dave Mayer from General Heating and Cooling will discuss why energy conservation is an especially important issue today, how to reduce the carbon footprint in the home, available rebates, tax credits and loans, and do-it-yourself measures to reduce utility bills. Optional: Bring a copy of your recent energy bill. Refreshments will be served—bring your own mug.

Suggested reading: Hot, flat, and crowded : why we need a green revolution--and how it can renew America / Thomas L. Friedman


The following are selected slides from David Mayer's PowerPoint presentation:

How a Home Uses Energy
Where a typical home can waste energy?
Getting an energy audit
Available state rebates 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"On Food" is Tuesday, November 29th 7:00-9:00pm

Come join our discussion “On Food”. We will discuss how and where to buy locally produced groceries, taste local purchased and prepared foods, and talk about key ideas of the book “The Town That Food Saved” by Ben Hewitt. Reading the book is optional.


Over the past few years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region. The Town That Food Saved is rich with appealing, colorful characters, from the optimistic upstarts creating a new agricultural model to the long-established farmers wary of the rapid change in the region.

Hewitt, a journalist and Vermonter, delves deeply into the repercussions of this groundbreaking approach to growing food, both its astounding successes and potential limitations. The captivating story of an unassuming community and its extraordinary determination to build a vibrant local food system, The Town That Food Saved is grounded in ideas that will revolutionize the way we eat and, quite possibly, the way we live. ~Amazon.com

Click here for a review from Slow Food USA. 

Click here for the East Brunswick Jersey Cat Inter-library loan request page for regular and audio books 

Click here for reviews & discussion of central concepts from Coup d' Etat Films