Speakers Announced for Our Next Great Ideas Breakfast: How Is Our Planet Changing?

The speakers are announced for our next Great Ideas Breakfast. Experts from our community will answer the question,  "How Is Our Planet Changing?" Come hear our speakers discuss the issue from an economic, scientific and practical viewpoint. Speakers to include: Randall Solomon, Co-Director Sustainable Jersey

Tackling Climate Change at a State-wide Level & Leveraging the Power of Communities.

Randall Solomon has 20 years of experience working in government, academia, and the non-profit sector. He is one of the principals that founded and directs the Sustainable Jersey Certification program. Randy holds a B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and a M.S. in Public Policy from Rutgers University.

Ning Lin, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Assessing the Risks of Change So We can be Prepared and Resilient.

Professor Lin is an Assistant Professor or Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. She is interested in Natural Hazards and Risk Assessment, Stochastic Modeling, Wind Engineering, Coastal Engineering, Climate Change Impact and Adaptation, and Built Environment and Sustainability.  Specifically, her current research integrates science, engineering, and policy to study tropical cyclones and associated weather extremes (e.g., strong winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge), how they change with climate, and how their impact on society can be mitigated.

Jim Waltman, Executive Director, Stony Brook-Millstone Water Association

The Implications of More Rain and the Local Water Cycle

Jim has served as Executive Director of the Watershed Association since April 2005. He regularly speaks at community events and municipal meetings throughout central New Jersey, serving as a go-to resource for government officials and community leaders on how to best protect clean water and the environment throughout the region. Jim has a biology degree from Princeton University and a Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Tineke Thio, Climate Change Meet-Up Founder

What Can We Expect in Princeton

Tineke is a climate communicator working to raise awareness about climate change and about solutions leading to climate resilience. She holds Ph.D. in physics from MIT. She writes a blog on fuel efficient cars, and is available for climate presentations tailored to the audience.

Scott Morgan, Farm Manager, Blue Moon Acres

Climate Change from a Local Farm's Perspective and What It Means to Our Agriculture

Scott Morgan is responsible for maintaining tractor and farm equipment; coordinating crop, harvest, and planting schedules; overseeing organic certification and food safety programs; and implementing pest and disease management programs.

The breakfast will take place at 8:30 am on Thursday, March 26th at the Princeton Public Library Community Room. Come enjoy a free breakfast catered by Terra Momo Bread Company. As always, the event is free and open to the public as well as a zero waste event.

After the breakfast, be sure to stick around for two films that focus on energy and waste are being shown as part of the Princeton Public Library's Environmental Film Festival:

Switch - Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. This sweeping transition is the subject of “Switch” and travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen, with a focus on the practical realities and balanced understanding about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency.

Racing To Zero - By substituting the word “resource” for the word “garbage,” a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge, presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste.  The film examines how the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020, and tracks San Francisco’s waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.

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Get a Head Start on Spring Cleaning: Recycling Event & Community-Wide Yard Sale

It's Time to Start Your Spring Cleaning

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling Event

Been waiting to get rid of old electronics that have served their useful purpose and are taking up space around the house but don't know what to do with them? Or maybe you've been wondering what to do with  paints, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides, or other household substances that contain potentially hazardous ingredients. Three times a year the Mercer County Improvement Authority (MCIA) holds a Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling event for Mercer County residents. Residents with proper identification may bring used electronics, including computers, televisions, printer & household hazardous waste to the John T. Dempster Fire School on Lawrence Rd., Lawrence Township this Saturday, March 21st from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. Collected products are sent to a recycling facility for processing. More information about recycling can be found anytime with MCIA's my-waste app.

Can't make it this Saturday? Princeton residents can recycle computerstelevisions, and other electronics at the Convenience Center on River Road. An appointment may be needed to drop off material. Contact Princeton's Recycling Coordinator, Janet Pellichero, at 688-2566 for information Monday – Friday from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Let it Go! Community-Wide Yard Sale

And while you are getting a head start on spring cleaning, start planning for the Let it Go! community wide yard sale. The Princeton Environmental Film Festival, Sustainable Princeton and The Princeton Public Library have worked together to engage the whole town in an event that focuses on reuse and recycling.

All Princeton residents are encouraged to participate by either hosting a yard sale or attending the sales on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

To host a sale register here.  A map of all yard sales in the area will be produced so prospective buyers will know exactly where to find the sales.

There is no cost to host a sale and all profits from your yard sale are yours to keep. Registration deadline is April 20, 2015.

Happy Spring!

The Princeton Public Library & Sustainable Princeton are not responsible for items sold or bought by the seller or buyer. The seller is responsible for removing all items from yards or curbs following the sale.

IF YOU CAN'T SELL IT, DON'T SEND IT TO THE LANDFILL...TRY THESE RESOURCES.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Freecycle PrincetonGood Will NJ/NY Lupus America Household Goods Donation ProgramMilk Money (Children's Consignment)New Jersey Bike ExchangePrinceton Department of Public WorksPurple HeartVietnam Veterans of America

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Great Ideas Breakfast - “How Is Our Planet Changing?” March 26th at 8:30 am

Join Sustainable Princeton and experts from our community as they answer the question,  "How Is Our Planet Changing?" Panelists will explore the issue from economic, scientific and practical viewpoints. The breakfast will take place at 8:30 am on Thursday, March 26th at the Princeton Public Library Community Room. Come enjoy a free breakfast catered by a locally owned business. Check back as speakers are announced.

As always, the event is free and open to the public as well as a zero waste event.

After the breakfast, be sure to stick around for two films that focus on energy and waste are being shown as part of the Princeton Public Library's Environmental Film Festival:

Switch - Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. This sweeping transition is the subject of “Switch” and travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen, with a focus on the practical realities and balanced understanding about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency.

Racing To Zero - By substituting the word “resource” for the word “garbage,” a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge, presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste.  The film examines how the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020, and tracks San Francisco’s waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.

"Switch" with Sustainable Princeton

On Monday March 23rd at 5:00 pm and Thursday, March 26th at 10:00 am, the Princeton Public Library's Environmental Film Festival will be showing Switch.  This 2012 documentary explores the question of how we will transition from traditional energy sources such as coal and oil to renewable sources.  The Washington Post calls it "Smart and refreshingly free of hot air." The film is part of a project that seeks to educate about energy conservation and efficiency. In anticipation of the film's showing, Sustainable Princeton will share an energy efficiency tip each day from the project. Check our Facebook page & Twitter @sustainptn to get your energy efficiency tip of the day and be sure to come see the film at the Festival.  

Energy & Waste Are Represented in Princeton Pubic Library's Environmental Film Festival Official Selections

 The Official Selections have been announced for the Princeton Public Library's 9th annual Environmental Film Festival (PEFF). Amongst the line up of thought provoking and notable films are selections that explore the implications of the energy and waste choices that are being made around the world.

Here's a run down of the films that focus on energy and waste:

Friday, March 20th

7:00 pm

WASTE:  Just Eat It - Directed by Grant Baldwin and produced by Jen Rustemeyer, 2014 75 minutes

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Sunday, March 22nd

1:30 pm

ENERGY:  Oil and Water - Produced and directed by Francine Strickwerda and Laura Spellman-Smith

Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David leaves the U.S. and goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

Monday, March 23rd

4:00 pm

ENERGY:  No Pipeline: Say the Friends of Nelson - Produced by Julie Burns, George Mccullough and Anna Savoia, 2014 29 min

The effects of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) are felt far and wide. “No Pipeline” looks at a community in Nelson County, Virginia fighting a gas pipeline which threatens the beauty of the countryside and change the way of life they have come to love.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers George McCollough and Anna Savoia. 

6:00 pm

ENERGY:  Switch - Produced by Harry Lynch and Geologist Dr. Scott Tinker, 2012 98 min

Every energy resource — fossil, nuclear and renewable — is undergoing profound changes. This sweeping transition is the subject of “Switch” and travels the world to discover how it most likely will happen, with a focus on the practical realities and balanced understanding about changing the way we use energy, to realize the many economic and environmental benefits of efficiency.

7:30 pm

ENERGY:  Above All Else - Produced and directed by John Fiege, 2014 95 min

In this first-hand account of activists on the front line of the climate fight, one man risks it all to stop the tar sands of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from crossing his land. Shot in the forests, pastures, and living rooms of rural East Texas, “Above All Else” follows David Daniel, a retired stunt man and high-wire artist, as he rallies neighbors and activists to join him in a final act of brinkmanship: a tree-top blockade of the controversial pipeline.

Tuesday, March 24th

4:00 pm

ENERGY:  The Walking Revolution - Produced by Every Body Walk, Rigler Creative, 2013 30 min

Cities were once designed on a human scale. As more and more people took to the roads, the suburbs quickly became the new frontier. After 75 years of planning that produces a sedentary lifestyle, a radical redesign of our cities and open space has begun. Parks and paths are making a comeback to create truly walkable communities through partnerships between residents, businesses, developers, municipalities, urban planners and health care providers.

Thursday, March 26th

10:00 am

ENERGY:  Switch - Produced by Harry Lynch and Geologist Dr. Scott Tinker, 2012 98 min

See above.

12:00 pm

WASTE:  Racing to Zero - Produced by Diana Fuller directed by Christopher Beaver, 2014 59 min

By substituting the word “resource” for the word “garbage,” a culture can be transformed, and a new wealth of industries can emerge, presenting new solutions to the global problem of waste.  The film examines how the mayor of San Francisco pledged to achieve zero waste by 2020, and tracks San Francisco’s waste stream diversion tactics and presents innovative new solutions to waste. This film documents a surprising, engaging and inspiring race to zero.

7:00 pm

Screening Location: Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts, James M. Stewart '32 Theater 185 Nassau Street, Princeton

ENERGY:  The Overnighters - Produced and directed by Jesse Moss, 2014 100 min

In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up with dreams of honest work and a big paycheck when hydraulic fracturing in that region unlocks a vast oil field in the nearby Bakken shale. Upon arrival, however, busloads of newcomers step into the sad reality of slim work prospects and nowhere to sleep – the town lacks the infrastructure to house even those who do find gainful employment. A modern-day “Grapes of Wrath,” the film engages and dramatizes a set of universal societal and economic themes: the promise and limits of re-invention, redemption and compassion, as well as the tension between the moral imperative to “love thy neighbor” and the practice of one small community when confronted by a surging river of desperate, job seeking strangers.

Saturday, March 28th 

6:30 pm

WASTE:  Trashion Show

Walk that red carpet in an outfit made from...trash! Well, recyclables anyway! And we are offering some design help in creating your outfit this month, with two workshops lead by Princeton Day School teacher Olivia Rutigliano. The workshops are intended for children, teens and college students. Workshop Dates: Saturday Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Princeton Public Library. Details here.

 

Sunday, March 29th 

11:00 am

WASTE:  Divide in Concord Produced by David Regos and Jaedra Luke directed by Kris Kaczor, 2015 82 min

Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, is deeply concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—the world’s largest landfill. She spends her golden years attending city council meetings and cold-calling residents. Since 2010, she’s spearheaded a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. So far, her attempts to pass a municipal bylaw have failed. As she prepares for one last town meeting, Jean faces the strongest opposition yet, from local merchants and the International Bottled Water Association. But her fiercest challenge comes from Adriana Cohen, mother, model and celebrity publicist-turned-pundit, who insists the bill is an attack on freedom.  When Adriana thrusts Jean’s crusade into the national spotlight, it’s silver-haired senior versus silver-tongued pro. In the same town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau’s environmental movement, can one little old lady make history? A tense nail-biter of a vote will decide.

 

For the full line up of the selections, check out the PEFF website and don't forget to follow on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

 

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