Sustainable Learning, plus “Gasland” tonight

A special “things to do” version of EcoMash™

You are most likely aware of the gas-mileage of your car. But what about your home? What type of energy do you use, and how much of it? Do you know if your home is “renewable-energy ready?” Find out about Integrated Renewable Energy Consulting, Bioclimatic analysis, and more by attending an ecoliteracy seminar this Saturday at School of Jellyfish in Beacon. You will gain the knowledge necessary to take action and participate in discussions around environmental issues. You’ll be introduced to the drivers of sustainability, from major trends to noteworthy details. Topics range from introductory lectures on the state of the environment to more advanced discussions such as “Biomimicry: Learning from Nature,” “Cybernetics: The Science of Self-Regulation” and “The Basics of Permaculture Thinking.” At $85 including an organic lunch, the seminar is an excellent value.

This winter my family was one of the lucky few that got to enjoy the harvest from the new high tunnel at Common Ground Farm. Nothing beats a bowl of fresh greens in the middle of January. Join Common Ground Farm grower Tim Heuer for a workshop on everything you need to know about greenhouses—How big, how to heat it, cost, type of soil to use, when to start seedlings, and more. The workshop includes a tour of the greenhouses at Common Ground Farm. Cost: $15. To register, email: or call 845-838-1822.

And for Dutchess County residents, also on April 2, bring your broken electronics & hazardous chemicals for recycling. It’s only $5 to drop of. You can dispose of electronics (sustainably recycled by Advanced Recovery INC!),compact fluorescent lights and fluorescent tubes, photo chemicals, non-latex driveway sealer, pool chemicals, creosote, kerosene, flammable liquids, metal polish, turpentine, stains, varnishes, strippers, thinners, gasoline/oil mixture, brake fluid, auto fluids, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers, adhesives, resins, solvents, oil & lead based paints, mercury containing devices, button cell batteries for watches & hearing aids. Sorry – no latex-based paint, oil, or batteries.

For further details on all these events, check out our Event Calendar. And don’t forget “Gasland” is being screened tonight at Bard College, with director Josh Fox.

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