TOMORROW – Imagine the Possibilities in Newburyport!

Interested in getting involved, sign up here.

A group of about 30 met on Wednesday, July 12 at the Newburyport Public Library to reflect on and discuss the documentary film TOMORROW. The film highlights examples of communities around the globe working to address some of the most challenging issues facing us and our planet through positive, local action. It provides examples of local initiatives in agriculture, energy generation, transportation, the economy and democratic action.

Transition Newburyport facilitated the discussion. The participants were asked “Which examples from “Tomorrow” would you most like to see happen in the Greater Newburyport area.” They wrote out their ideas individually and then broke into self-organized groups to explore how the ideas might be developed here. At the end of the gathering, the groups reported out on their discussion.

Curbside Composting
Advocate for continuation and expansion of pilot composting program citywide.

Education
Host multi-generational roundtables on the environment.
Redefine growth in terms of quality rather than quantity..
Envision the future.

Energy
Community energy aggregation favoring renewables
Community energy generation group
Ward competitions for energy conservation

Food Growing
Identify and use unused space to grow food
Develop program to match unused land with people who want to garden
Explore permaculture

Transportation Alternatives (Bike, Ped, Public Transit)
City infrastructure is not well laid out for walking and biking
Explore use of jitney buses for in-town transport
Explore citywide bike hub rental stations
Implement Newburyport Greenway/Middleway

Trees
Address the Emerald Ash Borer threat

Vegetarianism
Promote meatless Mondays
Local Food Climate Cafe on August 13 at Parker River Wildlife Refuge

The next step agreed upon is to reconvene these topic-specific groups to further explore these and other related ideas. Transition Newburyport will facilitate setting up the next meetings for these interest groups. Those who were not able to come to the July 12 meeting are welcome to join in.

If you are interested in getting involved, sign up here.

Questions? Feel free to email transitionnewburyport@gmail.com.

Here’s a full list of written responses to the question, “Which example(s) from Tomorrow would you most like to see happen in the Greater Newburyport area,”

Drive Green! Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Showcase – Sun, May 21

Drive Green!
Sunday, May 21, 10 AM to 1 PM
The Tannery Marketplace, 75 Water Street
Here’s your chance to learn about the electric and hybrid vehicles available through the Mass Energy Consumer Alliance, group-buy discount program. The combination of government incentives and dealer discounts mean that one can purchase or lease a Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt or Bolt, Ford C-MAX Energi, or Ford Fusion Energi for 30-50% off the MSRP. Select EVs will be on display and test rides will be available.
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Mass Energy is a nonprofit organization working to reduce emissions 80% by 2050 and stop climate change. EVs are a big part of the solution! For Drive Green program details visit the Mass Energy website: mass energy.org/drivegreen
This event is sponsored by Transition Newburyport, a local grassroots group working to build community resilience in challenging times.

A Spiritual Journey to Findhorn & Iceland – Mar 28 at 6:30 PM

 

A Spiritual Journey to Findhorn and Iceland
Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 PM
Newburyport Public Library

In 2016 Erin Stack of New Harmony Farm visited Findhorn Foundation in Scotland to experience one of the pioneer organizations of earth-center spirituality and sustainable living. Fifty-three years after its humble beginnings, the Findhorn Foundation is a thriving spiritual community, ecovillage (the largest in Europe) and an international centre for holistic learning, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future. From Findhorn they travelled to Iceland.

Join Erin as she shares experiences during this journey and the profound influence they had and continue to have on her.

This program is sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Collaborative.

Before the Flood -Mar 22 at 7 PM

 

Before the Flood
Wednesday, March 22 at 7 PM
Central Congregational Church
14 Titcomb Street
Newburyport

NOTE: Date Change from Thursday, March 23
Central Congregational Church, FRSUU Climate Action Project and Transition Newburyport invite you to a free screening of the award-winning film Before the Flood at Central Congregational on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7 PM.

Before The Flood depicts how Earth is changing due to rising temperatures and how individuals and society-at-large can help preserve our precious environment. Leonardo DiCaprio travels around the world to interview a number of world leaders and experts about climate change, including President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Secretary-General Ki-Moon, Pope Francis, Elon Musk as well as top NASA researchers, forest conservationists, scientists, community leaders and other environmental activists.

Merchants of Doubt – Feb 26 at 3PM

 

Merchants of Doubt
Sunday, February 26 at 3:00 PM
Firehouse Center for the Arts
1 Market Square, Newburyport

FRSUU Climate Action Project and Transition Newburyport are sponsoring a screening of Merchants of Doubt, an award-winning documentary, from the director of Food, Inc.,that looks at pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities as they speak about topics like toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and climate change. The film will be shown at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Sunday, February 26 at 3 PM.

This screening was re-scheduled from February 12 due to a winter storm.


For full details and to purchase tickets visit the Firehouse Center for the Arts website.

Merrimack Valley Food Co-op – Feb 27 at 6:30 PM

 

Merrimack Valley Food Co-op Info Evening
Monday, Feb 27 at 6:30 PM
Newburyport Public Library
94 State Street

cropped-mvfc_new2015Join members of the Merrimack Valley Food Co-op to learn about their startup plans for a cooperative grocery store to be located in Haverhill, MA.

A food co-op is a grocery store owned by its members that sells all your basic groceries. They buy from local farmers and farms that use organic and sustainable practices. You will learn how the co-op model provides needed sustainability and local resilience in a challenging economic time.

This presentation is co-sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Collaborative.

A Zero-Waste Life – Jan 23 at 6:30 PM

A Zero-Waste Life
Yes, You Can Live Waste-Free in Newburyport (and other places, too!)

Join Christin Walth, from Newburyport’s Recycling Committee- Towards Zero Waste Newburyport , on Monday, January 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library, where she will share her practices and strategies for living a zero-waste life.

zero-waste-logoAfter years of living in Sweden, Christin returned to the US and had repatriation shock regarding American consumption and the amount of waste generated in US households. She conducted several New Year’s Resolutions experiments including not purchasing anything but food for a year, not purchasing any packaged food for a year, drinking nothing but tap water for a year, and went totally Zero Waste in January 2011. She has been working on perfecting the lifestyle ever since.

In 2012, the City of Newburyport’s Recycling and Energy Office applied for and received a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) grant to coordinate a zero waste pilot program. The program goal was to enhance and expand the city’s established bi-weekly single-stream curbside recycling program to a comprehensive program for responsibly disposing of almost any household item, as well as a follow-on pilot curbside organics composting program.

A major take away from the pilot was that too often the focus is on the Recycling component of zero waste, but that should be choice only after other options are exhausted. She’ll discuss recycling options but will also cover the more important Rs — Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Rehome, Repair, Repurpose, and Rot. Audience questions (and challenges!) are very welcome to help attendees ponder steps they might be willing to take to decrease their waste footprint.

Christin continues to constantly research, develop, and refine her zero-waste practice not only to diminish waste but to make it more convenient to responsibly dispose of discards.

This program is sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Collaborative. For more information email TransitionNewburyport@gmail.com.

Farmers to You: A New Farm-to-Customer Model – Oct 28 @ 7PM

 

You’ve heard about the importance of investing in local food by supporting local farm stands, CSA’s and farmers markets and we are lucky of have many of these in our area.

On October 28th at 7 PM, you’ll learn about a new model of farmer-to-customer distribution that allows you to support our regional food system. Greg Georgakalis, who runs Farmers to You. based in Montpelier Vermont, will be in Newburyport to talk about this distribution model that connects farmers in the region with customers via the web. Customers commit to placing an order of at least $40 each week for items listed by the “partner-farmers” including fruits, beans, vegetables, buttermilk, eggs, meat, jams, bread, syrups, and more. Orders are then delivered weekly to 16 Boston-area dropoff spots, including Newburyport.

Check out this February 2015 article about the program in the Boston Globe:

The program will be held at the Institution for Savings, Lending Office at 81 State Street. Enter on Prospect St.

By transitionnewburyport Posted in Local Food

The Hows and Whys of Green Roofs – Aug 18 at 7:00 PM

The Hows and Whys of Green Roofs
Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
7 to 8:30 PM
Institution for Savings Lending Office
81 State Street
Newburyport, MA

A roof is just a roof, right? A black wasteland of asphalt shingles. Recently, as climate change advances and storms intensify, green roofs, or roofs laden with soil and plants, have seen a rise in popularity in North America. Green roofs transform rooftops into viable, evolving ecosystems.

For the Edible Garden Group August program, Lauren Healey, will discuss green roof basics and their many benefits, the state of the industry, and how they are changing the dynamics of specific cities. Additionally, participants will learn how to build a small scale green roof on a shed or balcony as well as the possibility of one on their home or business.

Lauren has completed three years of research on green roofs — from their ability to regulate storm-water run-off to achieving cost reduction.

The Edible Garden group was formed by community members who are interested in getting together to learn and share information about sustainable food growing. The meetings are focused on building community resilience through increasing the availability of safe, nutritious, sustainably-grown local food. For more information contact Deb Carey at boiester@gmail.com.