Wednesday, November 10
7 PM Harris Hall, County Building 8th and Oak
Slide Assisted Presentation by Jan Spencer
Suburbia is an icon of the American Experience. Half of all Americans live in suburbia. It provides employment for tens of millions of people. Its also one of the leading causes of economic disruption, environmental decline, resource depletion and climate change. It is well known for its anonymous culture of not knowing your neighbors landscaped by untold thousands of acres of grassy front and back yards.
The presentation will touch on several creative approaches for transforming suburbia. Far more of our daily needs can be taken care of at home and closer to where we live. Many needs that require money can be met with less money or even no money at all by creating home and neighborhood economies. There are models and examples of these approaches we can learn from and adapt to specific sites and locations.
Transforming suburbia can lead to a remarkable set of benefits such as improving neighborhood safety and security; the environment; economics; human potential; positive culture; global relations and spirituality.
Key words – property conversion, grass to garden, voluntary simplicity, human potential, making time, work parties, existing models, multiple benefits,,,,,,
Join us for a fascinating look at what suburbia can become. Indeed, what suburbia already has become in an increasing number of places.
|October 16, 2010|
|3:00 pm||to||5:00 pm|
Saturday, October 16, 2010 3 p.m.
175 Knight Law Center 1515 Agate Street, Eugene, OR
Featuring Dr. James Hansen.
Hansen has been lauded as the Paul Revere of global warming by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and a climate science hero
by numerous politicians and scientists.
Hansen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences
and an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.
His book, Storms of My Grandchildren, urges youth to demand climate stabilization.
Sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center
for Law and Politics and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program,
UO School of Law.
For more information, please visit
You are invited to a talk and conversation this Saturday, October 9th from 4 to 6 p.m. and the Eugene Library in the Bascom/Tykeson room. Kathy McMahon, a clinical Psychologist, will be presenting, “How to Stay Sane as the World Goes Crazy: Economic Hard times, Climate Change and the Messy Issues of Oil.”
Here are a few things Kathy McMahon says, “Is there a sane space between ‘Deadly Doom’ and ‘Doris Day Denial?’ Is there a place for wit when we examine the major challenges of our lifetime: economic depression, environmental degradation, and energy depletion? Is blind optimism itself, a diagnosable mental disorder?
With humor and insight clinical psychologist Kathy McMahon addresses a few of the major challenges of our time and discusses why “all or nothing” thinking is cutting short a more serious conversation about human dilemmas which are utterly hopeless, but not serious.
She’ll introduce Panglossian Disorder with subtypes such as:
• Rhett-Butlerism – (“Peak Oil? Planetary and economic collapse? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn…”)
• Scarlet O’Hara-ism- (“I’ll just have to think about that tomorrow…”) and
• Frank Zappa-ism: (“As soon as things get really bad, they’ll come up with something”- a belief that necessity is the mother of invention.)
…and other ineffective psychological strategies for handling bad news. What we face aren’t simple problems with clear cut solutions, but are complicated dilemmas that require good humor, mature thinking and the ability to tolerate both unpleasant emotions and joy in the ridiculous. Come join us as we search for a space where we can all be more human than otherwise.
Sponsored by the City of Eugene, NLC Committee on Sustainability and the Whiteaker Community Council.
For more info contact Anand at firstname.lastname@example.org
|October 30, 2010|
|8:30 am||to||4:30 pm|
The NLC Committee on Sustainability is planning a conference focusing on practical ways to live more local and green in our homes, neighborhoods and community. Challenges and Strategies To Go Local and Green. Getting Started, Moving Forward, Working Together.
Topics and issues will include:
- Where do I start?
- Food, energy
- Kids track
- Land use
- Community collaborations
- Transforming homes and neighborhoods.
Saturday, October 30, 8:30 to 4:30
First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St.
*Proceeds benefit OSU Extension Service*
More information, including a community conference schedule
*More information, call 686 6761 or 687 7199*
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|September 25, 2010|
|October 2, 2010|
|October 16, 2010|
This summer, the Mobile Cannery will present demonstrations about canning and preservation in collaboration with Center for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) with support from a Neighborhood Matching Grant from the City of Eugene. We’ll load up our cargo bike with canning materials and visit each of the six community gardens this summer. It is our hope to get the folks interested, involved, and excited about food preservation.
8/14 River House Community Garden
8/21 Alton Baker Community Garden
9/11 Skinner City Farm
9/25 Whiteaker Community Garden
10/2 Matthews Community Garden
10/16 Amazon Community Garden
School Garden Project of Lane County