July happenings with Green Sangha

Come to our Gratitude Gathering this Sunday, and more!

Can we come together on climate change?  Bob Doppelt, writing for the Resource Innovations Group, says yes, and has a few suggestions on how.  In  a brief and readable article, he outlines five commitments that he believes “can establish the shift in consciousness required to diminish climate change.”  The first commitment?  See the systems you are part of.  Read more here.

We are coming together this Sunday, July 20, for the 6th annual Gratitude Gathering, 1 pm to 3:30 pm at the Eco-House in Berkeley.  Reservations are required, with three spaces left.  Click here for more information and registration.  I hope to see you there!

Feeling eager for going solar but can’t afford solar panels?  Check our web page here for a leasing option that should cost less than your current electric bill and sends a $750 donation to support mindful activism with Green Sangha:  go solar with Sungevity.

Solar Cookers Int'In the meantime, you can check out solar cooking options at the Solar Cookers International gathering in Sacramento, Sat July 19.  Marianna Tubman, who organized two solar cooking demos in Redwood City, says:  “If anyone wants to carpool from Berkeley, I will be leaving bright and early on Saturday and returning late that afternoon.”  Contact linda@greensangha.org if you want to attend and carpool.

Speaking of saving energy, don’t miss this chance to join the conversation on ways to become more energy efficient.  Here is an invitation from MCE, Marin’s public, not‐for‐profit electricity provider, to join a community workshop on Thursday, July 24:

Marin Clean EnergyMCE is seeking local feedback on Energy Efficiency programs at the Marin Center.  The workshop will include a brief presentation of what Energy Efficiency programs MCE plans to offer in 2016 & beyond, followed by substantial time for public discussion and input.  This is a unique opportunity to share interests in Energy Efficiency projects and what incentives would make them possible for you.

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014, 6:00 to 7:30 pm

Where: Friends of Marin Center Room, 10 Avenue Of The Flags, San Rafael, 94903

RSVP:    http://tinyurl.com/MarinWorkshop

MCE sliderMarin Clean Energy was born of local initiative, so community leadership is central to MCE’s mission. “It is important to us that these be ground-up programs, designed by the community, for the community” says Beckie Menten, MCE Director of Energy Efficiency.

MCE’s Energy Efficiency programs are available to all Marin residents and businesses. They enable residents, businesses, and multifamily property owners to save money through energy savings, increase property value and comfort, and put into their green values into action.

For more information on MCE’s Energy Efficiency Programs, visit www.mcecleanenergy.org/energy-savings.

Environmental Forum of Marin, for 40 years offering educational experiences to be treasured, announces their Master Class Program 41: Education for Action — Field Trips, Lectures, and Advocacy Training.  Environmental Forum of Marin’s highly acclaimed Master Class has been educating the general public, environmental advocates, and civic officials for forty years.

Participants in the Forum’s Master Class can expect to develop an understanding of the natural world and adaptation to environmental change, learn what’s at stake for our ecosystems and what needs protection. Emphasis is placed on how citizens can participate in planning processes and develop tools to advocate for preserving a healthy environment for future generations.

Master Class 41 will be presented in two Modules:

Module 1, beginning August 26, 2014 will consist of 9 full days of classes, field trips and advocacy training.

Module 2, beginning January 2015, consists of 8 intensive lectures highlighting pressing environmental issues such as Sea Level Rise, Water Demands in a time of Drought, Land Use and Transportation.

To learn more and attend an orientation event this month, contact  Andrea Taylor at MasterClass@MarinEFM.org.

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About Stuart Moody

Stuart Moody is Board President of Green Sangha. He received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at USF. Stuart was Green Schoolyard Coordinator at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael and directs Green Sangha’s Rethinking Plastics campaign. From 1993 to 2012, Stuart taught dance and co-directed teacher training for Young Imaginations, an arts education agency based in San Rafael. He has taught yoga and meditation to thousands in the Bay Area, including 10 years at San Quentin State Prison. Recently moved to Tucson, he just completed a graduate certificate program in “Connecting Environmental Science and Decision Making” at the University of Arizona.