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VCS WINTER WALK at Windy Gates!
Sunday, January 9, 1:00 pm
Space is lilmiitted, please RSVP by email to Signe Benjamin at:
for a complete VCS Winter Walk schedule
Fact of the Week
In Massachusetts, more than 30% of the total greenhouse-gas emissions (33 million metric tons) come from the transportation sector. Coming in 2011: a “Pay As You Drive” pilot program to reduce car-insurance premiums for those who drive less.
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Know Your Nitrogen Footprint
Tuesday, January 4 at 7 pm.
call 508.457.0495 x107
The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in East Falmouth Scientifically-based comparisons of different wastewater options will be presented including centralized sewers, neighborhood cluster systems, on-site alternative systems (including composting and urine diverting systems), shellfish aquaculture for nitrogen removal, and modifying tidal inlets to improve flushing.
Panelists will include Mike Giggey, a member of Mass DEP's task force on groundwater discharge permits, George Heufelder, founder of the Mass Alternative Septic System Test Center, John Ramsey, coastal engineer to Mass Coastal Zone Management office, and Diane Murphy, fisheries and aquaculture specialist.
The program is free and open to all.
Slow Food Dinner and Film
Saturday, January 8, 2011
7 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center
A dinner of local foods prepared by chefs Robert Lionette and Jan Buhrman, followed by a showing of the film One Man, One Cow, One Planet, a celebration of the work of biodynamic pioneer Peter Proctor and the success of marginal farmers across India. Film is one hour and begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for both the dinner and movie will be available at the door on a first-come basis; $20 for Slow Food members and $25 for nonmembers. Everyone is asked to bring their own table setting and BYOB.
Green Recipes for 2011
Homemade eco-friendly laundry detergent:
1 cup shaved castille soap, 1/2 cup borax, 1/2 cup washing soda. Use just one teaspoon and your clothes will smell fresh right out of the laundry.
Non-poisonous household cleaner:
Mix vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. It works on almost everything. For tough jobs like bathrooms, sprinkle a little baking soda, then the spray and watch it fizzle.