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Save the Monarchs

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies making it to their winter refuge in Mexico dropped 59 percent this year, falling to the lowest level since comparable record-keeping began 20 years ago, scientists reported Wednesday.

"All three countries, United States, Canada, Mexico, need to face up to the fact that it is our collective activities that are killing the migratory phenomenon of the Monarch butterfly"

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Added by Ellen on March 14, 2013 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Spring Permaculture Design Course: What you can expect when… Taking Your PDC in Stelle

What you can expect when… Taking Your PDC in 

  These are the PDC Courses Hosted in Stelle - See our Schedule of all Trainings for Additional…

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Added by Ernest Rando on March 8, 2013 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Learn to Make A Thermal Mass Rocket Stove Sunday, April 14th – at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

Learn to Make A Thermal Mass Rocket Stove

All Day Workshop   –   Sunday, April 14th   –   at Midwest Permaculture, Stelle, IL

Price – $95 – Includes Workshop and Lunch.                                            …

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Added by Ernest Rando on March 8, 2013 at 5:02pm — No Comments

March and April Community Open Houses in Stelle, Illinois

March 16th Open House

That Spring Chicken Thing
March Open House Features "Ethics: The Basics of Raising Chickens Workshop"
 
It’s almost springtime, when chicks will arrive here and in many first-time chicken owner families throughout the country.  Join us…
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Added by Ernest Rando on March 8, 2013 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Leave No Trace Trainer Course

We are having a Leave No Trace Trainer Course on April 5-7 come and learn how to camp and travel low impact style. Trainer Course open to youth and adults 14 and older.

 

Boy Scouts can become Leave No Trace Troop Trainer for their unit after completing the course. Here is kink for the course.

http://lnt.org/events/trainer-course-1

 

Trainer Course is open to all user group. Come and enjoy in the fun.…

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Added by Kevin Ayers on March 3, 2013 at 10:12pm — No Comments

2013 Internship in Permaculture & Community - Stelle, Illinois

A Cooperative Program Between Midwest Permaculture and Center for Sustainable Community

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Just Posted – Apply Now – Accepting Qualified…

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Added by Ernest Rando on February 23, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Electric Hybrid Bikes

I happened to be in Austin Texas and had the opportunity to rent an electric hybrid bike for 15 days.  I used it for everything and put nearly 300 miles on the bike.  My conclusion was that it is an amazing thing with big implications for Indiana. 

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Added by Eric Stallsmith on February 12, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Ecotech Institute Debuts First-of-its-Kind “Clean Jobs Index”

National Index shows where to find clean jobs and compares state sustainability initiatives



After nearly a year of research, Ecotech Institute today revealed the first-ever “Clean Jobs Index,” which aggregates all the available clean jobs in the U.S. The Index found that there were more than three million clean jobs available across the United States (3,014,785) in 2012. The Index breaks down clean…

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Added by Molly Koch on February 7, 2013 at 1:52pm — No Comments

A Green Move

The cardboard boxes are an expense … upcycle your move with an acquisition strategy that reuses the excess of the food industry.  Boxes are plentiful when you are a wholesaler buying by the case.  I suggest choosing rectangle boxes like corn chip boxes and egg boxes with handles.  Look for boxes already inked with fragile and recycle them into your plan.  Boxes that are unmarked are likely to end up in your urban garden or permaculture patch as we squash the grass and prepare for the season…

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Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on February 3, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

Got Lemons?

 

Closed windows, gas or electric heat, these are the times of poor air quality.  Using lemon peels with natural sea salt to take absorb the toxins in my winter home.  Trying to add more houseplants and live Rosemary to the mix to "breathe" the extra carbon emissions.  What do you do to clean the air quality of your home?

Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on January 27, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January

The Center for Sustainable Community Permaculture Observation Journal Entry #1, January 7th, 2013: Hayden and Ernest “Practicing Biodynamics: Pruning in January”

Today Hayden and I (Ernest) practiced pruning in the orchard. According to the …

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Added by Ernest Rando on January 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Leadership

Last night I watched the movie "The American President" starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen and Michael J. Fox. The casting, the writing, and the chemistry are all near perfect but what stood out this time (my third time seeing it) was how the issues struggled with seemed so contemporary for a movie made in 1995: Global Warming, Gun Control, Libya, Political Posturing, and Leadership.

Finally, the :President (Michael Douglas) gets it.  He was elected to lead…

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Added by John Gibson on January 6, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Assumption choices in 2013

Assumptions rule our actions and relationships.

If we assume that Human Nature is driven by self-interest, Mother Nature is an endless storehouse of treasures and a dumping ground for our waste, and that success is measured by GNP (Gross National Product) we get one set of actions.

If we assume that Human Nature is prone to cooperation in cohesive community,  Mother Nature is a benevolent lover, and that success is measured by GNH (Gross National Happiness) we get another set…

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Added by John Gibson on December 31, 2012 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Preserving the fall harvest, Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen

Here are photos of some of the first fall harvest vegetables that we preserved in the Center for Sustainable Community Canning Kitchen. We started off the season with storing strawberry corn kernels,canning tomatoes, beets, applesauce, BBQ sauce, sweet & sour sauce, chutney, and lots of peach jam. It was the first time that Megan and I had ever canned this much food from a garden. Enjoy the photos and if your ever in the neighborhood…

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Added by Ernest Rando on December 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The roots of violence

Yes, gun regulations and better mental health services may help.  Even so, I think the issue goes deeper.  We have a culture that nurtures violence through win-lose competition and exploitation.  Many are thereby pushed to the margins, isolated, and ignored; a perfect recipe for resentment and discontent.  I fear we will rush in to treat the symptoms and overlook the root causes of violence.

Added by John Gibson on December 18, 2012 at 11:34pm — 1 Comment

Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz

The Center for Sustainable Community November Perma-Blitz went well for our first Perma-Blitz. Our aim is to create a no-cost skill-building Permaculture Event (Perma-Blitz) each month. We also hope to be able to support some local permaculture Meetup groups around the state once a month. The organizers of the November Perma-Blitz were …

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Added by Ernest Rando on December 3, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Birds, My Urban Wild Habitat, and 'Electrosmog'

Really, really missing our birds. I have been tracking wildlife, birds in our urban wildlife habitat for ten years now. This year, no Juncos, Titmouse left several moons ago, and never returned, same with Chickadees, Red Breast woodpeckers.  Hardly any Cardinals either.

I realize weather changes, continued drought mainly, could be to blame, as well as the decimation of thousands of trees by invasive, alien insects, man, but there could be another issue here, electrosmog.

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Added by Ellen on November 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — 11 Comments

What to do with Apples from the Backyard Orchard

We are new members of the Center for Sustainable Community, but we felt right at home helping out this fall with the apple preserving, harvesting, and orchard maintenance.

This post is a general how to preserve apples article that demonstrates how C.S.C. worked together to preserve apples this year. We have a 3-ish acre orchard (mostly apples) that is quite mature and in need of some tender loving care. We have many apple trees that could be replaced and we believe the orchard is in…

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Added by Ernest Rando on November 24, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Local Feast - Food For Thought

Tuesday, November 20 at 6pm - Legend - 5614 E Washington Street, 46219

This month the Irvington Green Initiative will continue our effort to provide a forum for everything 'Green' by presenting Kristin Hess and Laura Henderson. Kristin is the award-winning…

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Added by Jeff Echols on November 8, 2012 at 4:40pm — No Comments

Falling for a green transition

A great big temper tantrum for my transition to fall! In with a cold, head congestion and many toss and turn nights the thought of turning my home for the season was the last thing from my mind. But fall marches for no woman like the brisk wind from the North. So in honor of the days ahead the season of light here are my favorite green transition in this season of orange and…

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Added by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on October 14, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

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Renee,

Is newsprint safe to compost or does the ink contain hazardous ingredients?

John

Dear John,

I wish it didn’t have to be this way, but it would really be best s if you would only compost newsprint with black ink and not colored ink. Don’t get me wrong, I [...]

Renee’s mission statement

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The essay below is part of an ongoing literary project sponsored by Sustainable Indiana 2016. In short, the group has collected “so many stories of Hoosiers taking a more sustainable path that we can literally write the book on how green living in Indiana is taking off.” See [...]

Sunscreen

Renee,

I really need to clean out my bathroom cabinets, but what should I do with old bottles of sunscreen, lotions, nail polish and various aerosol hair products?

Thanks!

Dee

Hi Dee,

The first day of summer was June 21 — sorry I’m a little late to help with your [...]

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