About the book
The Toolbox for Sustainable City Living is a DIY guide for creating locally-based, ecologically sustainable communities in today's cities. Its straightforward text, vibrant illustrations and accessible diagrams explain how urbanites can have local access and control over life's essential resources: food production, water security, waste management, autonomous energy, and bioremediation of toxic soils. Written for people with limited financial means, the book emphasizes building these systems with cheap, salvaged and recycled materials when possible. This book will be an essential tool for transitioning into a sustainable future threatened by the converging trends of global warming and energy depletion.
Topics covered in the book include:
- Aquaculture: ponds, plants, fish and algae
- Microlivestock and city chickens
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Low-tech bioremediation: cleaning contaminated soils using plants, fungi and bacteria
- Constructed Wetlands/ Greywater
- Autonomous energy: bicycle windmills, passive solar
- Biofuels: veggie oil vehicles, methane digesters
- Struggles for land and gentrification
- Humanure and worm composting
- Floating Islands to clean stormwater
- Asphalt removal and air purification
- And much more!
About the Authors:
Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew are co-founders of the Rhizome Collective, a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Over the past seven years, they have transformed a burnt-out warehouse into the Rhizome Collective: a thriving Center for Community Organizing and Educational Center for Urban Sustainability.
Stacy and Scott both have extensive experience in the fields of ecological design and community activism. Stacy is Rhizome's Program Coordinator and Scott is the Director of the Educational Center for Urban Sustainability. They have designed and built numerous sustainable systems for display as teaching models, including constructed wetlands, rainwater collectors, aquaculture ponds, windmills, passive solar devices, and bioremediation tools. They also created and host RUST, an intensive weekend seminar in urban ecological survival skills. Scott and Stacy have authored numerous articles on sustainability and the Rhizome Collective and frequently give presentations on radical sustainability at universities and political gatherings across the country. They have taught workshops in locations as diverse as the Bronx to East Timor. Scott has also been active in building a community based bioremediation program in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Please take this survey to help us decide what services are important to you!
The Public Hearing on proposed service reductions will be held at the Board of Directors meeting on December 11, 2008, at 6:30 PM, at 555 Court Street NE, Senator Hearing Room, Salem, Oregon.
This survey will help us make the best choice for you.
The last day to take the survey will be Monday, December 8, 2008
These events will be held in the Senator Hearing Room:
· Dec 1, Monday from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
· Dec 2, Tuesday from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
· Dec 2, Tuesday from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
· Dec 5, Friday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Here's a brief summary of an excellent book on population and our misconceptions about it (now out of print, available for free download in pdf at the link below):
The Real Roots of Population Growth
Misplaced Blame argues that much of the population growth overrunning parts of North America originates from five rarely noted root causes: poverty, sexual abuse, underfunded family planning services, subsidies to domestic migration, and ill-guided immigration policy.
By Alan Thein Durning and Christopher D. Crowther
"In Misplaced Blame, the authors have assembled the statistical data from hundreds of sources and combined them into a story of how the growing Northwest is growing in all the wrong ways." - Ed Hunt, Tidepool
Note: Misplaced Blame is out of print, but you can download the pdf version for free with registration.
Misplaced Blame argues that much of the population growth overrunning parts of North America originates from five rarely noted root causes: poverty, sexual abuse, underfunded family planning services, subsidies to domestic migration, and ill-guided immigration policy. Along the way, Misplaced Blame uncovers one revelation after another. Some examples:
- The population of the Pacific Northwest is increasing almost 50 percent faster than global population.
- 83 percent of American teen mothers come from poor families.
- 62 percent of teen mothers have been raped or molested as children.
- 36 percent of babies born in the Northwest are conceived by accident.
- Long-distance moving is subsidized by taxpayers.
- Excessively high national immigration quotas hurt both the North American poor and immigrants' home countries.
Read Misplaced Blame and you'll see that when we take care of people, population growth will take care of itself.
Here are a few links to key fact sheets from Misplaced Blame.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
It's amazing how much time you have to participate in your community, to garden, to read, to connect with your family, when you put the box in a closet and only bring it out for things you specifically plan and schedule time to watch.
In the upcoming difficult period we will be experiencing for the indefinite future, one of the most important things you can is your own thinking, something that's next to impossible if you've got the TV on.
If you have kids, getting them weaned from TV is one of the best things you can do for their future, and your own stress levels.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
That's the outfit of cities who have decided, sensibly, that people smart enough to pay taxes are smart enough to be allowed to own chickens.
Like Ann Arbor, Michigan (among others, including Portland, Ore.)
If you read the Must-Read Essay on Our Energy Future, you know what a great idea some food independence and relocalization is. And chickens are about the perfect small animal husbandry project for urban environs. [And if you didn't, please do so now.]
Physicians for Social Responsibility sent along this information about a planning meeting they're having on Thursday about the Brooks incinerator. I'm sending it along in case you're interested in attending or know anyone who might be interested in attending. If so, please pass it along:If you aren't aware of why waste incineration is such a bad idea, here's a short video to help you get the idea.
Planning meeting- November 20th, 6:30-8:30 at Willamette University, Olin Science Center 214
The League of Women Voters of Marion/Polk Counties, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Waste-CAN supporters and possibly other interested parties in Salem plan to sponsor three community forums in the Winter of 2009 on Marion County's Solid Waste Management Plan with particular attention to the waste incinerator in Brooks, Oregon.
Our goal is to share tangible information on the current waste management plans in Marion County, alternatives to burning of municipal waste, the continuation of the waste incinerator, the promotion of waste prevention, and several vital issues related to the incinerator's environmental and financial sustainability.
We must have considerable help to carry out the large-scale public awareness and community empowerment project. We collectively need to learn and apply tools for making positive impacts on the County's waste management decisions, including the ability to focus attention on public health outcomes of waste management policies.
Another goal is to invite Professor Paul Connett, an international expert on "zero waste" and the toxic effects of waste incinerators to be a keynote speaker and educator for our community.
Join us in this adventure to protect each other and our State.
Please respond with your availability and interest in joining this valuable cause to email@example.com. Thank you for your time!
Sid Friedman - Willamette Valley Advocate.
1000 Friends of Oregon - 189 Liberty St NE, #307A - Salem OR 97301
(503) 371-7261 phone - (503) 371-7596 fax - www.friends.org
Sunday, November 16, 2008
There's a great book on the subject: Unplug the Christmas Machine.
Worth a look now, before another round through the mill.
Meanwhile, onto the best holiday of the year, the one that adamantly resists capture by Madison Ave. and Sprawl-Mart --- after all, it's just about impossible to turn a holiday about gratitude for all that we have into a mandatory spending spree.
Just take your foam to Fresh Start Market on Center St. (past Park St. out towards Hawthorne, on the South side of the street). And if you don't have a covered compost bin for your fruit and vegetable scraps (and coffee grounds, and peelings, and molded bread, and . . . ), you can pick up a good one there as well, for a good price.
UPDATE: Here's a note from Carol Ault of Marion County explaining the program:
At long last we have finally been able to establish an ongoing collection program for Styrofoam! See below for details. Thank you for making the effort to recycle Styrofoam!
When: Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Fresh Start Market, 3020 Center St. NE, Salem
Accepted: Only clean, dry block packaging foam, meat trays or egg
Details: This is a free program for residents thanks to PLC Recycling, the Fresh Start Market, and Marion County Public Works - Environmental Services. Businesses will be charged a nominal fee and must pre-register by calling (503) 588-5324.
- Packing peanuts (Call 503-588-5169 for reuse options. Most shipping stores will accept them for free if clean.)
- Packing foam with tape on it
- Construction foam
- Foam that bends in half without snapping
Friday, November 14, 2008
April 19, 1917 - November 8, 2008
Arthur Carl was born on April 19, 1917, in a tent on his parents'
property in Hubbard, Oregon, as they were clearing land for their farm. He died 100 feet away in the house they had built.
Throughout his life, Manton worked to preserve agricultural lands and natural resources. In 1939, Manton graduated from Oregon State in Agriculture. He returned to the family farm, where he and his mother had an innovative raw milk dairy, which peddled milk door to door, even into Portland.
Because he was in ROTC at Oregon State, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant when World War II began, and trained as a paratrooper. He married Irene Green on June 14, 1942, when he was stationed in Tacoma, Washington; at his 50th college reunion, he said marriage continued to be "the most interesting event" of his life.
When he was about to be shipped out to the Pacific, his mother died; he went home to keep the farm going. In 1945 he purchased the farm. Throughout the years, Manton worked politically and personally as a steward of the land. He worked with other farmers to support McCall's Senate Bill 100, Oregon's landmark land use bill. He believed that only by protecting farmland would younger generations be able to farm in the Willamette Valley.
Manton always believed that Oregonians needed to look 100 years into the future and strive to preserve resources. Manton served on the Marion County Planning Commission twice, from 1976 until 1984 and from 2000 until 2003. He served two separate times as president of Marion County Farm Bureau. Manton was a member of 1000 Friends of Oregon and in 2004, at the age of 87, he was nominated for a Citizen Activist Award for that organization.
The other great love of his life was his wife, Irene. Both worked incredibly hard on the farm, but loved taking time to swim in the river, seek out hot springs, or attend dances in Mulino. Manton built two ponds on the farm, provided nesting places for wild birds, and with Irene, added over 12,000 evergreen trees to the farm. Manton's dedication to the land and to his wife inspired not only his children but many people, both young and old, who came to visit the farm or lived near the farm. Manton and Irene raised five children, and are survived by all of them . . . .
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hubbard United Church of Christ, 2934 H Street, Hubbard. All are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to 1000 Friends of Oregon, 534 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97204.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Guess what?! You can recycle your old "standard" (incandescent) holiday lights for a coupon to get safer, and much more energy-efficient LEDs!!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
It is now possible to contribute to Friends of Marion County through the link to Salem Monthly's Holiday Give Guide. The transactions are processed through Selco Credit Union's Secure Website. Just click on the DONATE ONLINE link. Thanks for your support.
Roger KayeFriends of Marion County
P.O. Box 3274
Salem, OR 97302
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
To: "Salem Progressive Film Series" <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: November Film: Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of ChildhoodPlease join us Thursday, November 13, 2008 at The Grand Theater in downtown Salem for The Salem Progressive Film Series' November film, Consuming Kids: The Commericalization of Childhood (For more information please view the attached press release).Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.Please pass the word. Thank you!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
is knowing that the Statesman-Journal's attitude in opposing the transit levy (24-247) --- the belief that you can have something for nothing --- is the same attitude that will doom the Statesman-Journal in the end, as Craigslist devours its classifieds revenue and readers find an ever-thinner paper with ever-less content increasingly optional.24-247:SALEM AREA MASS TRANS DIST L.O.T.$0.49 PER $1,000
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,639 47.42
NO . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17,338 52.58
24-248:CITY SALEM G.O.B. FOR STREET/BRIDGES $99,800,000
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,342 54.83
NO . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,343 45.17
When people stop caring enough about their community to allow a vital service to be gradually destroyed, they certainly see no need to support institutions like newspapers, the benefits of which are much more subtle and difficult to appreciate.
And (unlike with transit) there's a host of great alternatives to the Statesman-Journal, many of which are free, fast, and full of fantastically diverse perspectives and insights (unlike the Statesman-Journal).
So, Statesman-Journal, Pyrrhic victory is yours. You win this round, but have only hastened your own demise.
Meanwhile, we will learn tonight whether Salem's bus system, Cherriots, will be able to continue offering Saturday service and continue all its current routes. If the Cherriots operating levy fails, we will lose all Saturday service (just as Sunday service was lost a few years ago) and some routes will be discontinued, and the headway on most runs (the time between buses) will increase. Losing scheduled service means an end to the handicapped service at those times as well.
In other words, we'll see Salem continue to decline in basic services and amenities that serve everyone, including those without a lot of money.
Meanwhile, Salem continues to lavish money on the richest demographic group of all, seniors, replacing a perfectly serviceable Senior Center in NE Salem with a palatial new "50+ Center" located further out in autosprawl hell.
It's probably fitting that the 50+ website says that the center is "located about half of a mile northeast of Salem's city center" and offers no information about how to use Cherriots to get to the center (#3, Capitola) --- the city government mindset in Salem being "of the automobile, by the automobile, and for the automobile." Indeed, any senior who wants to take in an evening program at the 50+ Center had better be prepared to be stuck downtown, because if you take the last bus from the 50+ Center after 9:00 when it closes, you likely won't be able to find a bus to take you home from the Transit Center. And good luck getting to the 50+ Center on Saturday with no Cherriots.
(By the way, Mapquest.com gives the distance to 50+ from Church and Marion -- the place where the center of the city is marked -- as 1.99 miles. Even as the crow flies, it's clearly a mile and a half or more to 50+ from downtown -- too far to walk for most seniors, in other words.)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
In Oregon, supposedly one of the best states for energy efficiency and climate awareness, we're now at the point where the absolute most aggressive actions being proposed by the elected and appointeds, the best that is being discussed at the state level -- the "pie in the sky" deepest-green responses to our climate predicament -- all fall abysmally short of what is needed to even have a chance at avoiding the worst consequences.
In other words, we are continuing to dance after hearing the big "thump" and we're telling ourselves that the slight list we're feeling is just our imagination, and besides, this ship is unsinkable, and we can't be expected to leave such a magnificent ship for those tiny little lifeboats, it's just unthikable . . . .