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
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

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

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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.

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

Meet the New Eden Beekeeper – July 7 at 6:30 PM

DSC_0064Cassandra Campbell, beekeeper at New Eden Community Garden, will talk about her experience tending the bees at the gardens. She will cover her training, where to get bees, equipment she uses, what types of plants are in the community garden and environs that support the bees and what she did to successfully overwinter the hive this year.

Meet at the garden, behind the First Parish Church of Newbury, 20 High Road at 6:30 PM and bring a lawn chair. The meeting will be cancelled in the event of rain. Cancellation will be announced on the Greater Newburyport Edible Garden Group Facebook Group.

Creating a Regenerative Neighborhood in Newburyport — The Design Process – June 9 at 7 PM

Tuesday, June 9th at 7 PM
Newburyport Public Library Program Room
94 State Street

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 8.19.27 AMHow do you approach the design of a vibrant, regenerative community on the site of a former salvage yard near the heart of densely-populated downtown Newburyport, a community offering affordable housing, greywater systems, “net zero” living, edible landscaping, a common house with a shared community kitchen and electric vehicles for in-town transportation, common gardening spaces and greenhouse, on-site energy generation and more?

Join us on Tuesday, June 9 at 7:00 PM in the Program Room of the Newburyport Public Library to hear Kailey Burke, Resident Farm Manager of the Hillside Center for Sustainable Living, and David Hall, partner at Hall and Moskow, and learn more about the developing plan and the design process. Kailey is a graduate of UMass Amherst’s Sustainable Food and Farming program and is a certified Permaculture Designer (PDC). Kailey will oversee that mulit-year installation of the site’s permaculture ecosystem.

This program is co-sponsored by Transition Newburyport and the North Shore Permaculture Group. For further information email or call 978-462-1308.

“Transition Streets” Coming to Newburyport in 2015

Transition Streets is a tried-and-tested, behavior-change project that brings neighbors together to implement simple no-cost and low-cost actions. These actions cut household energy use, reduce water and waste, change how we eat and transport ourselves, and strengthen the community at the same time.
With content experts, Transition US has adapted this award-winning program, from Transition Town Totnes in England, for use in neighborhoods throughout the U.S.
Participants in Transition Streets:
  • SAVE MONEY – Households cut their bills by an average of $900/year.
  • REDUCE their household carbon emissions by an average of 1.3 tons!
  • BUILD COMMUNITY – Neighbors form a rich social bond that goes well beyond the project. And they experience how gratifying that is!
Not only is Transition Streets practical and builds social cohesion – it also sparks creativity.  People begin to look at gardens differently, imagine their rooftops as potential solar collectors, and come up with lovely new ways to further support and engage their neighbors.  What’s not to like?