Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Public Discussion

Thursday March 29, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

On March 29th from 6pm to 8pm, the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public meeting to discuss a set of draft overarching sustainability goals developed from existing plans and goals by commissioners from each of the key sustainability commissions and a team of city staff. These goals are an important step in developing Ann Arbor's sustainability framework.

The sustainability goals build on goals already developed through a variety of public processes - from city plans, council resolutions, and the council-approved ten environmental goals. These draft sustainability goals include the three key aspects of sustainability - environment, economy, and equity.

Green My House: Energy Savers Edition With Experts From The Clean Energy Coalition

Wednesday March 28, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The energy efficiency experts at Clean Energy Coalition return to AADL and invite you to learn all about home energy upgrades. Topics will include what to do, how to pay for it and where you can get more help on your project.

Sustainable Farmer and Entrepreneur Joel Salatin to Visit Ann Arbor

Joel Salatin, the well-known organic farmer, will be coming to Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater on Tuesday, April 24th by way of the People's Food Co-op of Ann Arbor (PFC), to "share how his farm serves as a prototype to the way local food can lead to our agricultural, environmental, and nutritional salvation. Noting that our food system now faces challenges in biosecurity, food safety, energy, integrity, and humane animal husbandry, he will explain how local production, processing, distribution, and patrons in the Ann Arbor area can reshape our food future."

Salatin's ideas and progress in the world of sustainable farming have been featured in Michael Pollan’s bestselling book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, in the documentary films Food, Inc. and Fresh, and also in his very own books, Folks, this Ain't Normal and Holy Cows and Hog Heaven. "Since his cutting-edge sustainable farm, Polyface Inc., began inspiring people throughout the world, his charismatic nature and ability to produce provocative and poignant proclamations about the unfortunate state of our food system have made him one of the most influential voices in the sustainable food movement today."

The event will take place at the Michigan Theater in Downtown Ann Arbor on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 from 8pm to 10pm. Tickets are $15 for the General Public, and $13 for Students & PFC Members. Available at ticketmaster.com or surcharge-free at the People's Food Co-op of Ann Arbor.

Wandering the High Himalayas With Will Weber Of JOURNEYS International

Wednesday March 21, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Will Weber, founder of JOURNEYS International of Ann Arbor, shares images and memories of some of his favorite vistas, valleys and villages from more than four decades of travel in Himalayan Asia. Come travel with Will as he shares his experiences in Ladakh, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Burma and his encounters with Buddhist highland cultures.

Ann Arbor's JOURNEYS International is the longest standing family-owned global eco-tourism company in the US, offering full-service exotic, guided cross-cultural explorations, nature safaris, treks and eco-tours in remote corners of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums 2012: Climate and Energy

Thursday March 8, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This third in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor focuses on a community Climate Action Plan to address greenhouse gas emissions. The forum is an opportunity to learn and contribute towards the developing Climate Action Plan, and discuss solutions that can reduce emissions in the community. The presentations will look at past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts. Panelists include city officials, UM faculty and representatives from local environmental agencies.

Please note that on March 29th from 6pm to 8pm in the 4th floor meeting room of the Downtown Library, the City of Ann Arbor will hold a public meeting to discuss a set of draft overarching sustainability goals developed from existing plans and goals by commissioners from each of the key sustainability commissions and a team of city staff. The public meeting will build on the Sustainable Ann Arbor Forums sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and the City of Ann Arbor and provide an opportunity for attendees to share comments on the draft set of sustainability goals.

Oscar-Nominated Documentary: If A Tree Falls: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front

Thursday March 1, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Celebrate the Oscars with this special screening of one of this year's Best Documentary nominees - a rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's number one domestic terrorist threat.

For years, the Earth Liberation Front (the collective name for individuals using economic sabotage and guerrilla warfare to stop the exploitation and destruction of the environment) launched spectacular acts of arson against dozens of businesses they accused of destroying the environment, including timber companies, SUV dealerships, wild horse slaughterhouses and a $12 million ski lodge in Vail, Colorado.

The film weaves together a variety of clashing points of view using candid interviews and a trove of archival material (much of it never before seen). The result is a nuanced film (that is not rated) that asks its audience to wrestle with questions intentionally left unresolved.

City Of Ann Arbor Community Sustainability Discussion: Land Use And Access

Thursday February 9, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This second in a series of four monthly discussions co-sponsored by the City of Ann Arbor, centers on "Land Use and Access" and includes discussion on infrastructure, transportation, built environment, public spaces, and land use.

Each of the four monthly sessions will examine past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders (UM faculty, representatives from community organizations, city commissioners, City of Ann Arbor staff and the public). The ensuing discussions will help guide the city's sustainability planning efforts.

Doug Selby, President Of Meadowlark Builders, Discusses How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Tuesday January 17, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Are you interested in saving energy by creating a more sustainable home?

Join Doug Selby of Meadowlark Builders for this informative talk and learn more about practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint at home and live a healthier, comfortable life. Doug Selby is a building science expert and managing partner in Meadowlark Builders, a deep green design/build construction firm, and in Meadowlark Energy, a home performance contracting company, both headquartered in Ann Arbor.

City Of Ann Arbor Community Sustainability Discussion: Resource Management

Thursday January 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This is the first in a series of four monthly discussions that examines natural areas, waste reduction, recycling, compost, local food systems, water and air quality. Panelists include City of Ann Arbor staff members, city commissioners, representatives from community organizations and UM faculty.

Each of the four monthly sessions will examine past successes and challenges, discuss possible future priorities and feature a think tank of local stakeholders. Read more for details about this series.

For Ann Arbor's current environmental goals, check out the State of Our Environment Report to read about Ann Arbor's current environmental goals.

Gasland

Gasland, a film about Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize Winner and was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned that his home was on top of a rock formation containing natural gas. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land to undergo Halliburton’s controversial extraction process of hydraulic fracturing. He questioned the safety of fracking, and wanted to dig deeper, leading him an a cross-country, truth-seeking mission to answer some questions: Is the process safe? What are the effects on humans and the Earth? Fox learned fracking has caused everything from illness to flammable water. The film is an educational journey that is both disheartening and warm-hearted.

As part of AADL’s ongoing series of Films & Discussions, cosponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program, Gasland will be shown at the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Thursday, November 17, at 6 PM. A discussion led by the faculty and students of MCSP will follow the film. The event is recommended for grade nine to adult.

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