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Citizen Action Program News: April 2017

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EARTH DAY Events

Honoring the Future

New this year! Those in Washington DC for the Climate March can take the self-guided  Honoring the Future’s Sustainability Tour at the Smithsonian Craft Show, April 27 -30, 2017. Meet 21 artists with innovative responses to climate change! All of the artists applied for the “Honoring the Future Sustainability Award,” which comes with a $1000 prize for the artist whose work best educates the public about climate change or inspires or models a sustainable response to climate change. The show is being held at the National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW (Judiciary Square metro station), an easy walk from the march route. Tickets required.

Stuyvesant CitacStuyvesant Pathways

Stuyvesant Pathways will be hosting a volunteer day for bridge and trail repair at Asbornsen Nature Trail at Hummel Park.


HarborLAB

Earth Day/World Water Day Bike Ride at The Unisphere ~ Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

To participate, please email tours@harborlab.org with the subject "Earth Day Bike Tour."

To join the inside tour of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in connection with this bike tour you must register for the 3PM group here.

Earth Day GreenLaunch Gardening at HarborLAB. 53-21 Vernon Blvd. LIC, NY 11101 from 3PM-7PM. Help turn our waterfront green and welcoming place of learning! Come help us make seedballs, water our fruit trees, layer our "lasagna compost," identify and remove invsive weeds, plant milkweed and goldenrod, prepare our spartina flats, and otherwise make our waterfront green and lush!

Compost for Brooklyn

Open Hours 11am- 1pm. Learn about composting, drop off your scraps or just stop by! Newkirk and East 8th.

 

Past Events

Seedshed

April 15, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm. Seed Choices at Somers Library 82 Primrose Street Katonah, NY, 10536. This exploratory discussion offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea that we all—gardeners and eaters alike—play a role in stewarding one of our most valuable natural resources: seeds. Shanyn Siegel will lead this informative conversation about seeds and the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the different types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens—and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try. This event is free and open to the public. Register in advance by calling the Somers Library at 914-232-5717 or by using the Somers Library Event Registration page.

Sustainability Practice Network

April 3, 2017 from 6-8pm at Grove School of Engineering at City College l Steinman Lecture Hall - 160 Convent Avenue NY, NY (between 140 & 141 Sts). Discussion panel on “Permaculture and Urban Eco-System Design” Permaculture has the potential to transform the future, but first we have to bring it mainstream. How do we scale permaculture to redesign the massive agricultural, food, and consumer culture systems for long-term health and sustainability? What is the way forward given the sociopolitical challenges we currently face? How can a focus on local actions collectively alter a global system?

Moderator: Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture, Program Director, City College's Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Panelists: Andrew Faust, Permaculture and Bioregional Educator, Designer at Center for Bioregional Living; Ashley Muse, Senior Sustainability Manager, YR&G; Philip Silva, Co-founder and Co-director, TreeKIT; Associate Editor, The Nature of Cities; Monica Ibacache, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond Organic Design

Essex Farm Institute

March 25th 9:30 - 1:00 @ Rybach's Metal Works. Welding 101 is back! Back by popular demand, Rybach's introductory workshop will cover a basic overview of different metals that are commonly used in the farming field, mainly identifying these metals and determining which welding process is appropriate for each.  It will focus on MIG welding mild steel.  Mild steel is the most common material in almost all farm equipment, and MIG welding is the most practical form of both mild steel fabrication and repair.  Most of the workshop will be hands on, learning how the set up a welder, understanding how a MIG welder works, and finally welding scrap pieces of steel to one another in different positions. Welding 201 will follow closely on April 8th. SPACE IS LIMITED to 7 participants, register now by emailing essexfarminstitute@gmail.com 

Congratulations!

The Haven at Skanda received its IRS 501c3 determination letter! We have been working with The Haven at Skanda since 2016 and in a short amount of time they have developed the structure needed to thrive as an independent nonprofit. We wish them the best and will keep in touch with them as alumni.

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