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NC Powerdown Triangle Peak Oil Group Message Board › more organizers, dues & keeping the meet-up alive

more organizers, dues & keeping the meet-up alive

Sandy S.
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Durham, NC
Dear fellow NC Powerdown meet-up folks,

This is a shout-out to see what interest there may be out there in more folks becoming involved as organizers of events for this group [email me at], and also an appeal for small donations to assist with dues for the site -- [6-month renewal this past spring got charged automatically to my credit card (for $72); special thanks to Bill King who contributed $20 towards that cost.]  If you appreciate learning about and attending these events, please help out -- we can send you a tax-deductible receipt if you wish, write check to "CommunEcos" and mail c/o: Sandy Smith-Nonini, 2030 Englewood Ave, Durham, NC 27705.  [note that three other individuals from this site contributed from $15-25 to offset costs last year]

Just an update about this site:  Some history--We formed in 2005 from a peak oil study group that mostly met either at Steve's house (initially) or in a cohousing community in Carrboro, and were  led by Steve Hren, with myself, Gerald Cecil, Abraham Palmer, Bill King, and other folks active at the time --- and in early days we had 4-5 folks working as organizers.

In 2008-09, as the Carrboro meetings were  becoming less frequent, I was working to get enviro-ed projects underway in Durham -- initially as YIKES! (focused on students) which grew into Recyclique (an upcycling co-op & educational org) that is now under a non-profit (501-c-3 pending) called CommunEcos.  As YIKES! we organized a series of events at Carolina Biofuels in Durham from fall 2008-spring 2009 [in collaboration w/ Marc Dreyfors] in a warehouse room on his site we called the EcoLounge --see:­ at which we actively grew the membership by passing sign-ups and emailing the link for the site to all those who attended.  We continued this in 2010 through the SUSTAIN series of workshops, supported by Durham Parks and Recreation (these were held at the Holton Center in east Durham.)

In June 2011 the Recyclique co-op opened a creative re-use retail shop and education center at our current site: 2811 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, and since then we've held regular enviro-ed and alternative economics events --including many skill-shares -- which began as monthly, then went to twice a month in fall 2011, and since Feb. 2012 have been weekly.  (Not all get advertised on this site -- as some are more in the "crafty" dept and might not be of interest) -- We also collaborated with the NC School of Science and Math this past spring on a series of renewable energy seminars (held ea. Thursday afternoon). We've grown the CommunEcos education committee this spring, and would welcome any of you getting involved -- see: for more detail.

Thanks for your support,




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