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Rondout Valley Permaculture meetup Monday, February 6!

From: Mark Curtis M.
Sent on: Monday, January 30, 2012 11:57 AM

Hi Folks, I just want to remind you and urge you to attend the next Rondout Valley Permaculture meeting on Monday, February 6, 7:30 PM at Marbletown Community Center, Rout 209, Stone Ridge, NY.  I am excited to be organizing this event with the help of Ethel Little and Peter Robbins from the group.  We hope to see you there!


Mark Mardon


Positive alternatives to hydrofracking!

Featuring Clearwater Environmental DirectorManna Jo Greene and Dylan Hershkowitz ofCatskill Mountainkeeper's Carbon Neutral Catskills initiative. Plus RVP member Peter Robbins presenting alternative energy ideas and how to make it all real.

Facilitated by Mark Mardon, former Associate Editor of Sierra Magazine (Sierra Club) and Rondout Valley Permaculture members Ethel Little and Peter Robbins.

Most of us are well aware that the fossil-fuel industry has been promoting a false promise of national "energy independence" to be achieved through a process called hydrofracking that poses serious threats to groundwater quality and quantity.

Those of us dedicated to permaculture see a different path to energy independence - by way of a clean-energy economy.

The path involves familiar solutions, including compact fluorescent lighting, tight insulation and sealing, Energy Star appliances and the like, but these are only the tip of an iceberg (one gaining, not losing, mass).

We'll have a discussion of Net-Zero Energy strategies involving comprehensive home energy assessments, house-as-a-system/whole-house approaches, renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, geothermal), motion-sensor lighting, energy monitoring, cashback incentives, reuse and recycling centers (such as Habitat for Humanity's ReStore outlets in Newburgh, Hudson), and innovations such as washing clothes with bicycle power.

Please join us to find out how New Yorkers and all Americans can achieve energy independence without resorting to a dependence on hydrofracking for fossil fuels.


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