What's Going On?
Sustainable Living Fair #6: June 5th and 6th
Sustainability Fair #5 - April 25th & 26th, 2014
Martin Park in downtown Sturgeon Bay will again serve as the venue for this years Sustainable Living Fair! A kick-off program will be held at Crossroads at Big Creek on the evening of Friday the 25th with three exciting speakers on water quality in Door County. There will be many exhibitors on Saturday as well as demonstrations of skills new and old for independence and resilience. Sustain Door and LNPR as well as 5 other organizations are working together to make this a great event.
Sustainability Fair #4 - April 27th, 2013
Don't miss the fair! On Saturday 4/27/13 from 10 to 4 there will be lots going on
at Sturgeon Bay's Martin and Graham parks, on Oregon Street near the new bridge
There will be lots of booths and two big tents with speakers and exhibits from groups and businesses in our area that feature sustainable concepts and products!
To sign up as a vendor just download our vendor form and send it in!
Building Wealth without Money
Owen is a native of Milwaukee whose career as an architect and facility planner took him to Boston, New York, Santa Fe, Washington DC, and ultimately back to Milwaukee in 1990. He developed his current theories of sustainability while on sabbatical in 2007 at Pendle Hill, a study, retreat and conference center outside Philadelphia. There he focused on building a more sustainable and fulfilling future. His efforts included initiating a local Transition Town and leading workshops and presentations throughout southeast Pennsylvania.
The Transition Town movement is a global initiative that demonstrates how local communities may use their intrinsic resources to face the related challenges of oil depletion and climate change. Owen states, “Transition offers a positive vision, an inclusive and transparent process, and taps the power of community and the creativity of ordinary people.”
Nonprofit organizations with missions to promote some aspect of social, economic, or environmental sustainability are invited to send a representative with materials about their organizations to exhibit. Door County Environmental Council, Door County Land Trust, Wild Ones, and The Community’s Garden have committed to attend. Other interested organizations should contact Ann Hippensteel at 743-3337 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a display table in the Bertschinger Center meeting room.
Don't miss World Habitat Day Celebrations
At the Re-Store, 410 N 14th in Sturgeon Bay.
Film Showing and General Meeting in Fish Creek
There will be a showing of the Film "Transition 1.o" in the Town of Gibraltar Community building in Fish Creek on Wednesday, September 14th at 4pm. The Community Building is located between downtown Fish Creek and the entrance to Peninsula State Park. It houses the Post Office and library. This will be followed in the evening by Sustain Door's monthly general meeting at 7pm in the same building. All are welcome!
Green Drinks at The Bridge
Transition Initiative Presentation
Thursday, August 11th Dave Lea will present the case for the Transition Initiative, its background, history and how it applies to Door County. With pictures and video clips it should be very informing. Located at the Baileys Harbor town hall at 7 pm, he is there at the invitation of the Friends of the Ridges Nature Santuary.
Green Drinks Considers a Shopper-owned
Grocery for Sturgeon Bay
Lead Organizer will Present a Progress Report on Co-op for West Side
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Address: 1015 County Road U, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
And in addition we will learn about:
- Solar Energy Applications
- Practical use of Wind Turbines.
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5-Day Design Charrette Includes Learning to:
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Sturgeon Bay & Sister Bay Libraries co-sponsor Transition Studies
Starting with the showing of the film "In Transition 1.0" Sustain Door will work with both the Sturgeon Bay and the Sister Bay libraries to introduce the Door County public to the Transition Initiative. As explained below, the Transition Initiative calls on local small communities to develop the skills and will to tackle the many problems that will face each village as fuel and food become increasingly out of reach for the average person - even here in the richest country in the world! In the weeks following there will be discussions and training using "The Transition Handbook" by Rob Hopkins available to loan from the libraries and available at local stores to own. Film showings are as follows:
Sturgeon Bay: Monday April 11 at 4:30 pm; first study to follow on Mon April 18 same time
Sister Bay: Tuesday April 12 at 1:30 pm; first study to follow on Mon April 18 same time
Continuing with Transition Initiative
Sustain Door is continuing the momentum that was started with our investigations three months ago into the transition town movement. This is a rapidly growing and evolving movement as Bill Wilson explained in his recent visit. We will be studying it in depth starting with a public showing of the excellent film "In Transition 1.0" and a discussion to follow at Crossroads on Jan 12th at 7pm
Following this there will be six weeks (see calendar) of exploring Transition using The Transition Handbook by Rob Hopkins, the founder of the movement. This book will be available in three book stores in the county for $24.95:
Book World (ask for Gina)
10580 Country Walk Dr, Sister Bay, 854-4248 or
30 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay, 743-3159
Novel Ideas (ask for Michelle)
8085 St Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor, 839-1300
The Peninsula Bookman (ask for Peter)
4083 Hwy 42, Fish Creek, 868-1467
The book is also available for the Kindle on Amazon.com for $14.95
Sign up for the course by calling Dave at 333-0096 or sending an email to email@example.com
Bill Wilson's Talk
Those of us who attended Bill Wilson's talk were treated to a lot of information in a very short time!! He used several videos and presentations to dramatically demonstrate the power of the natural world to heal itself, with just a little help from it's friends. One statement he made says it all: "Our problems are immensely complicated, but the solutions are embarrassingly simple!"
Here are some links to a few of the most remarkable videos that he used as well as a follow up to one of the most remarkable:
You will see a whole wealth of other links concerning permaculture and solving some of the most intractable environmental problems being faced in the world in this section of youtube.
This last link features Permaculture's originator, Bill Mollison
A video of Bill's talk is available at Doorbell.net!!
Permaculture/Transition to a Post Oil Society
Wilson of Midwest Permaculture (www.midwestpermaculture.com)
will present a seminar on the topic of permaculture, a design model used in
gardening, farming, building structures and organizing communities, which is
based on natural principles and care for people. Sustain Door, Inc. will
sponsor Wilson’s visit to Door County
which will include the presentation beginning at
7 pm on Thursday, December 2, at Crossroads at Big Creek, Sturgeon Bay.
Permaculture reverses the cultural model of consumption into one of creation. Permaculture principles are the basis of a popular movement to transition to a sustainable economy from our current economy based unsustainably on limited natural resources. The Transition Town movement (www.transitionnetwork.org and www.transitionus.org) has been adopted officially and unofficially in over 600 communities globally to prepare for economic and global change not out of fear, but out of desire to create authentic ways of living in harmony with the planet and each other.
Wilson has hosted and co-taught over 22 permaculture design certification courses and teaches widely on permaculture and the Transition Town initiative. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio. The presentation is free and open to the public.
We continue our exploration of the Transition Town movement
Green drinks will meet again on Wed, September 29 at Glas coffee house.
Featured will be the film, "In Transition 1.0" which chronicles the origins and accomplishments of this dynamic movement which is moving in sync with the concepts of The Natural Step.
Prior to the film, we are pleased to have Jenny Fischer, co-director of the Sturgeon Bay Community Garden Project who will give a brief overview of the program and answer our questions about it.
There may also be a report concerning the recent
Growing Power conference in Milwaukee!
Please join us!
Program starts at 4:00 in the Cellcom building's upper room. Ask in the coffee shop for directions. Refreshments provided.
Wednesday is "happy hour" so Lattes, etc. will be $2!!
GREEN DRINKS EXAMINES THE TRANSITION TOWN IDEA JULY 28TH
Master Hydrogeologist Featured at June's Green Drinks
Note: Local geologist, Roger Kuhns, will be filling in.
Read more at Green Drinks
A report from John Hippensteel
Sustainability Fair 2010
Was at Crossroads at Big Creek
April 24 from 10 to 4
It was great (see report above)
Sustain Door and Sweetie Pies teamed up
for the Fish Creek Winterfest in February
If you want to see the results, visit youtube here!
We would like to start up another
Natural Step for Business Study Circle
Let us know if you are interested!
To learn more, go to the Sustainable Business page.