Sustainable Williston Seed Starting Social this Sunday, April 9th from 2-4PM

What: Sustainable Williston is sponsoring a seed starting social.

When: Sunday, April 9th from 2-4 PM

Where: Under the gazebo on the town green.

What to Expect: Bring a pack of seeds to share (left overs from last year’s are fine) and a few clean pots if you have them (single serving yogurt containers work great).  We’ll provide soil and will have some extra pots on hand (and of course more seeds). April is a great time to plant sees that indicate they should be sowed 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. This includes winter squash, watermelon, and some types of flowers and herbs. Kids are welcome with their accompanying adult.

RSVP: Please RSVP at http://www.sustainablewilliston.org/c
ontact/
 so that we know how much soil to have on hand. If you forget to RSVP, just come anyway.

Sustainable Williston meets Thursday, April 6th at 7:15 PM (Special Topic: Storm Water)

Sustainable Williston will meet Thursday evening at the Dorothy Alling Library at 7:15 PM. Becky Tharp, Manager of the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, a program of Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Dept. of Environmental Conservation, will give an educational talk on storm water issues effecting our region. Becky’s presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session. Come join the conversation!

Want to track your bus in real time? Your phone knows where it is

routeshout

Green Mountain Transit (former Chittenden County Transit Authority, which merged a while back with Green Mountain Transit Authority in central Vermont) has just introduced a new feature: using their app on your smartphone, you can track your bus in real time. Wondering if your bus is going to be late? Need to figure out when the next bus will depart from your stop? Check out GMT’s announcement, below:

Green Mountain Transit has introduced the new RouteShout 2.0 mobile app. You won’t ever have to wonder where your bus is again!

Download our new RouteShout 2.0 mobile app. Plan your commute, set reminders, and receive notifications. The RouteShout 2.0 app gives you access to manage your commute so you can enjoy peace of mind.

Features:

• Know when your next bus is arriving.
• Plan trips with ease.
• See exactly where your bus is on the map in real-time.
• See banner alerts right in the app.

To view RouteShout 2.0 on your compute r or device: http://ridegmt.com/download-routeshout-here/.

The mission of GMT is to promote and operate safe, convenient, accessible, innovative and sustainable public transportation services in the northwest and central Vermont regions, that reduces congestion and pollution, encourages transit oriented development and enhances the quality of life for all.

Commuter Options for Willistonians

a reposted message from Emma Long at the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission

vanpooling

Hello, Williston!

The ice-scraping, defrosting, start-your-car-early season is fast-approaching. Are you ready to try something new?

Check out Go! Chittenden County, a one-stop resource for information about transportation options. By calling or emailing Go! CC, you can get all the customized information you need to explore some new options in and around Williston. Take the bus (it’s already warm inside!), carpool, vanpool, share a car, or gear up to bike or walk.

Go! Chittenden County is committed to helping you get to work in an easy, cost-effective and fun way.

Call the Go! CC hotline at 1-800-685-7433 to ask questions and chat with an expert to get some personalized ideas, or send an email to info@gochittendencounty.org. AND, mention this Williston Front Porch Forum post to be entered to win a CCTA bus pass for one month (valued up to $150) OR a $100 gift certificate to Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness — winner’s choice! We’ll draw a name on Friday, December 5th.

Don’t wait until you’re chipping away at your windshield after an ice storm — call or email today to see how Go! CC can help connect you to the right options to meet your needs. Even a very small change can positively impact your wallet, peace of mind, health, and carbon footprint.

Visit http://gochittendencounty.org/individual/commuter-blues/ for more details.

The Chittenden County RPC is a proud partner of Go! Chittenden County.

Photo by familymwr

A Great Online Home Carbon Footprint Estimator

Yesterday we had our first meeting of Smaller Footprint, a community group for working together to greatly shrink our household carbon footprints. During the meeting I wanted to recommend the following carbon footprint calculator, a useful and meaningful tool, but couldn’t find the address. Well, here that information is!

Reprinted from FaceClimateChange.com

The CoolClimate network at the University of Berkeley, California has a very well-designed tool for estimating home carbon footprints. Carbon footprint calculations are kind of a bear, so anything that makes them more straightforward and understandable while remaining accurate enough to be truly useful is a win. Check it out! It only takes a few minutes to get some interesting information, and they have a small business version available on the same site (all free).

CoolClimate household carbon footprint calculator

Books and Links Recommended by Sustainable Williston Members for July

Here are some recent books and links from Sustainable Williston members;

Vermont Climate Assessment from UVM’s Gund Institute
http://vtclimate.org/
The Vermont Climate Assessment is the nation’s first state-level climate assessment providing data similar to the National Climate Assessment.

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert
http://www.amazon.com/The-Sixth-Extinction-Unnatural-History/dp/0805092994
Reporting and explaining the current mass extinction.

Fostering Sustainable Behavior: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing, by Doug McKenzie-Mohr
http://www.amazon.com/Fostering-Sustainable-Behavior-Introduction-Community-Based/dp/0865716420
A remarkable book detailing specific research, facts, and techniques for spreading sustainable ways of life.

Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever, by Harm de Blij
http://www.amazon.com/Why-Geography-Matters-More-Than/dp/0199913749
Understanding the most dramatic events in our world through geography.

George Marshall on how to talk with climate change dissenters
http://www.climateaccess.org/resource/tip-sheet-george-marshall-how-talk-climate-change-dissenter
Arguing and throwing facts at climate change dissenters, it turns out, is practically useless. What does work to open real conversations about climate change?