13th Sustainability Salon: Gas Rush Stories

  • February 2, 2013 · 3:00 PM
  • Email Maren using info below & RSVP for location!

Mark Dixon presenting YERT at the last salon.

Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Tribune - Review. (Inside in first picture, roof with gardens and solar panels in second, from Trib photo shoot).

3-10pm, Sat. Feb 2nd, 2012; Located @ Maren's House in Squirrel Hill, contact/RSVP with Maren for address; Hosted by Maren Cooke

From Maren's Email: In January, we began our Winter Film Screenings with YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip. Enviro-filmmaker and Salon regular Mark Dixon shared this amazing award-winning, ground-covering docu-comedy at the 12th Sustainability Salon.

The 13th Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon will take place on Saturday, February 2nd.  This time, rather than multiple speakers with presentations (just in case rough winter weather arises, with or without the shadow of our backyard woodchuck), we'll have local journalist and filmmaker Kirsi Jansa with several examples of her documentary series on the Marcellus Shale, Gas Rush Stories.  GRS, she says, is something like a round table somewhere between anti-drilling documentary Gasland and a new pro-drilling documentary FrackNation. Kirsi will show GRS 6: A Private Pilot, to give all of us a chance to see what shale gas drilling looks like from the air, as well as her latest episodes,

GRS 14: Sustainable Farmers and GRS 13: Renewable Energy Experts.  And one of these experts, Carnegie Mellon green chemist Terry Collins, is slated to join us, as well!  We'll have time for discussion of each film, and may show other segments depending on how the time goes. Kirsi Jansa is an independent filmmaker and journalist, as well as a Salon regular.  She is originally from Finland, but has been living in Pittsburgh since 2008.  She previously worked as a freelance broadcast journalist for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, from the anchor chair to walking trails, after earning a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Public Health at the University of Tamp ere.


Gas Rush Stories is produced with a grant from The Heinz Endowments, and also receives support from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a Kickstarter project. All 14 Gas Rush Stories can be viewed online. And as a kind of meta-documentary, WQED will air a half-hour piece on the series, including episodes 10 and 13 in their Filmmaker's Corner at 10 p.m. on February 9th.


All are welcome to come watch, converse, make music, and enjoy shared food and drink along with a fire in the masonry heater and candles to entice the sun's return:  in addition to Groundhog Day, it will be Candlemas, also known as St. Brigid's Day or Imbolc -- and traditionally half of a household's food, fuel, and fodder should remain to last until the new crops come in.  Ours are still being harvested, so I guess we're doing pretty well for modern-day folk.


Mark your calendars:  the next Sustainability Salon, our annual Food edition, will most likely take place on Sunday, March 3rd.


3-10 p.m. at Maren's house in Squirrel Hill.  (Please don't arrive before 3pm; we plan on introducing Mark and his marvelous movie beginning around 4pm.)  Please email me to RSVP (important for yesses and maybes, please do so each time -- it helps greatly in several ways.  Among other things, attendance varies from 25 to 75, and it helps to have a handle on numbers in advance;  also, weather and such can be unpredictable and it's good to know who to contact if there's a change) -- and I'll send directions and/or a trail map if you need 'em.  Be sure to include "salon" in the Subject line, as I receive a ridiculous amount of email every day.  Bring food or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play.  Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events), for updates.

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  • Maren C.

    Dan Sullivan (and anybody else who's wondering) -- we are near the Frick Environmental Center, on the western side of Frick Park. It's fine if you can come for part of the event; the presentations are generally 4-6 p.m. but conversation extends before and after that. Music generally in the evening. Potluck food throughout (dinner proper after presentations). My email is maren dot cooke at gmail dot com (I'll need your email to send full directions and other info).

    February 2, 2013

  • Justin T.

    Had the wrong date in the body text. D'oh. Email announcement had that wrong in the body text, too.

    January 31, 2013

  • Justin T.

    Getting this one up quite late. In this case it's me knowing I'm going to regret it if I don't do it. :)

    January 31, 2013

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