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.

Film Screening & Discussion: City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps

In this award-winning film, filmmaker and amateur astronomer Ian Cheney starts with the deceptively simple question, Do we need to see the stars? City Dark explores the disappearance of darkness and the myriad implications of light pollution, from the deaths of thousands of animals disoriented by city lights to humanity's more abstract disconnect from the wonder of the cosmos hidden from view behind the orange haze of its cities.

In this thoughtful film, Cheney passes over both environmental rants and nostalgic pleas to engage us in a more meditative reflection on our relationship with the night sky with stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians and lighting designers.

The University Lowbrow Astronomers are co-sponsoring this screening and members of the group will be on hand to answer questions following the film.

City Dark | Tuesday, October 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Hooray for fall!!

If you're like me, you can't wait for the Autumnal Equinox on September 23rd to roll around so you can officially say It's Fall! for those that are excited for the cooler weather and changing colors, check out the Michigan.org website for information about the changing colors and where and when to go to get the best view. Also be sure to check our catalog for books about fall/autumn in the aadl.org catalog!

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

Thursday August 25, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Have a home improvement that you need assistance with starting or completing? Want to know how to make the improvement energy friendly? The energy efficiency experts at Clean Energy Coalition invite you to this session where they will tell you what to do, how to pay for it and where you can get more help on your project.

Using efficient energy throughout the house ultimately saves money on energy bills, reduces dependency on fossil fuels and cuts pollution. It helps your house and the environment!

Located in Ann Arbor, Clean Energy Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting clean energy technologies as a way to create healthier, energy independent communities.

Save Water, Save Energy, Save Money!

Start with the Rain Barrel Truckload Sale on Sat., July 30, 9am-3pm at 37137 Marquette, Westland, MI (just east of Newburgh Road). A barrel costs $60, and the sale is sponsored by Alliance of Rouge Communities. Then on Tuesday, August 2, 8-9am, the Huron Watershed Council and Clean Energy Coalition are teaming up at a before work breakfast to teach easy techniques and show affordable tools that can help a family of four save up to $300 annually on utility bills. The event is free with coffee and bagels provided. It takes place at the NEW Center, 1100 North Main St., Ann Arbor. Contact Pam Labadie at plabadie@hrwc.org or 734-769-5123 x 602.

Outdoor Survival Training 101 With Bivouac

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

Ever wondered what to do during emergency situations while camping, hiking and exploring out in nature?

Outdoor experts from Ann Arbor's Bivouac Outdoor Clothing and Gear store will give you the basic survival tips and tricks to keep yourself alive if stranded - rain, snow or shine. They'll also talk about extreme survival tips for the most dangerous scenarios.

Be sure to attend and be prepared for your next wilderness adventure!

The 11th Annual Mayor's Green Fair

Join us on Main Street, Ann Arbor for the Mayor's Green Fair this Friday, June 10th from 6 - 9 pm. Visit environmental exhibits (such as the Ecology Center and Lunasa) while enjoying free entertainment (The Tsars) and food (Pilar's Tamales and Silvio's Organic PizzaAnn Arbor Area Earth Day TreeAnn Arbor Area Earth Day Tree). Learn more about Clean Energy (for example, Hybrid Electric Home and BGreenToday), Green Commuting (for example, Michivan and Zipcar), and Biking (Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, Michigan Mountain Biking Association, Potawatomi Chapter, and more).

For more information, please call the Mayor's Office at 734.794-6161 x 41602.

Take a Hike @ Black Pond Woods

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Thursday, June 16 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. | 1831 Traver Road | All Ages

Meet at the Project Grow Garden of the Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road and join a naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) on a nature walk. Learn about native plants and trees, ecological restoration, and responsible use of public lands, as well as volunteer activities in Ann Arbor Parks.

Black Pond Woods is named for a small, vernal pond whose basin was carved by receding glaciers. Tannins and humic acids from leaf litter cause the water color to be dark brown, thus giving rise to the name “Black Pond.” This pond provides favorable conditions for frogs and salamanders. The land around the pond includes an oak-hickory forest, a savanna, and a wet meadow.

Going Solar In Michigan: Donna Napolitano, CEO Of Mechanical Energy Systems, Inc., Presents Solar Energy Success Stories

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Thinking about going solar? Discover the benefits of outfitting your home with solar panels when Donna Napolitano, CEO of Canton's Mechanical Energy Systems, Inc., discusses how and why solar DOES work in Michigan and tells of her many success stories with Ann Arbor area installations.

Donna will also discuss: types of solar that work best in Michigan; the many different styles and options; new efficiency models and what to look for when deciding to go solar. There will be ample opportunity for questions.

Mechanical Energy Systems (MES) specializes in High Efficiency Energy solutions for retrofit and new construction heating and lighting needs. MES is not only the oldest headquarters for the distribution of solar systems in Michigan but they also are educating and training the next wave of green collar specialists.

Saturday June 4, 2011: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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