March 2017      
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Dear Friends,
 
A few days ago you received an invitation to our 2017 Annual Meeting. We are so excited to reveal our recently completed Strategic Plan and update you on our latest happenings. We look forward to seeing you there!
Blessings,
Kristen Ivy Moses
Executive Director
Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light
AnnualMeeting2017 Annual Meeting
Addressing Climate Change:
Turning Crisis into Opportunity-We Are Ready to Act!

Our annual meeting serves to encourage you in your continued actions for climate change mitigation, through education and in practical action. Held at Westminster Unitarian Church, one of our 27 member congregations, the  evening will feature the presentation of our Strategic Plan and an update on the latest RI IPL activities. You will have the opportunity to report on your activities, share your experiences, and to discuss ideas. The meeting will include table discussions and opportunities to network.

You are welcome to invite family and friends who would like to learn more about RI IPL.

Monday, April 3rd
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Westminster Unitarian Church
119 Kenyon Avenue
East Greenwich, RI 02818

The event is free. Please click here to register.  

SolarInitiativeInterfaith Solar Initiative
Upcoming Events

The Interfaith Solar Initiative is a multi-denominational solar effort designed to bring solar power to faith institutions, their members and their communities, and to educate Rhode Island residents on the many financial and environmental benefits of solar electricity.  All events are free and open to the public.  

Solar Sundays
Join us for casual informational presentations on the Interfaith Solar Initiative. RI Interfaith Power & Light members, SmartPower staff, and a solar technician will be on hand to answer your questions and to sign up interested homeowners. Information packets will be available and several experienced solar homeowners will be on hand to describe their experiences and to answer questions. 

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Emmanuel Church
42 Dearborn St
Newport, RI  02840

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Newman Congregational Church, UCC
100 Newman Ave
Rumford, RI 02916

Community Presentation
Join us for an in depth presentation on the Interfaith Solar Initiative.  Learn more about the many incentives and credits that make solar affordable. Representatives from RI Interfaith Power & Light, SmartPower, and several solar installers will be available to answer your questions. A panel of experienced solar ambassadors will be on hand to share their experiences as well.

Thursday, April 5, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Gregory the Great Church
360 Cowesett Road
Warwick, RI 02886
 
Forgotten_FarmsFor gotten Farms
Presented by Newport Film Green Screen

FORGOTTEN FARMS gives us a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system.  Most people buy their food in supermarkets and don't have a chance to meet their farmer, as the bumper sticker recommends. But in more affluent communities, farm-to-table restaurants, farmer's markets, and CSAs are booming and the new farmers are celebrated.

As we strive to revive local production, we have much to learn from New England dairy farmers, who have been managing most of the farmland and sustaining the farm economy all along. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, the film reconsiders the role of these vital but forgotten farmers. The documentary shows the cultural divide between the new food movement and traditional farming, highlighting the need to examine differences, develop mutual understanding, and find common ground. A truly sustainable local food system that benefits everyone will rely on all of our farmers.


Tuesday, March 7th
Portsmouth Abbey School Auditorium
285 Corys Lane
Portsmouth, RI

6:00 PM
Pre-film wine & cheese reception with filmmakers.
Cheese donated by Rhody Fresh.

7:00 PM
Aquidneck Land Trust 7-minute short,
"Voices of the Land: George Thurston"
+
Film screening ( 60 minutes)
+
Conversation with local dairy farmers Jane & Louie Escobar (featured in the film), the film's director Dave Simonds,
& producer Sarah Gardner

TICKET OPTIONS:
$20 - wine & cheese reception + film
$12 - film only

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Compost_ConferenceCompost Conference & Trade Show
Presented by the Environment Council of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island College Office of Sustainability. 
 
Attendees will see state-of-the-art composting technology and collection best practices, will hear about how the hospitality industries are getting ready for full-scale composting, and will help to work together to see if we can find a way to speed up the development of the compost industry in Rhode Island.

This year's conference will include 2 plenary speakers and 8 workshops covering topics that reflect the development of the compost industry in Rhode Island.
  
Exhibitors include:
The Center for Eco-Technology, SCS Engineers, The Rhode Island Worm Farmers Cooperative, Earth Appliance, The Compost Plant, The Worm Ladies of Charlestown, RI Resource Recovery Corporation

Admission, which includes lunch, will be $35.00/person in advance, $40.00/person at the door.

Thursday, March 9th
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Rhode Island College
Student Union
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI

Click Here for more information and to register.

Ocean_FrontiersOcean Frontiers III
Presented by URI Coastal Society Chapter
 



 
Ocean Frontiers III: Leaders in Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy is a powerful film that chronicles our efforts to plan for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future. It explores the intersection of national security, maritime commerce, fishing, and recreation, plus expanding industries such as offshore wind energy and aquaculture, coupled with scientific discovery. The film tells the story of how ocean planning helps us manage and balance all the uses of our ocean to keep it thriving for generations to come.

From the film: Monumental changes are coming to America, by way of the sea. They come by way of larger vessels and heavier maritime traffic shipping the nation's cargo. They come by expanding forays into offshore energy and aquaculture. They come by the heightened urgency to restore and protect coastlines and ocean habitats. And from the mounting needs of our armed forces to defend them all. From Maine to Virginia, seaward 200 miles, an unprecedented collaboration of state and federal agencies and Native American tribes are working with new ocean data and extensive stakeholder input to keep national security strong, the economy growing, and to protect vital ocean habitat.



Participate in the post-film conversation about the new Northeast ocean plan and get your questions answered by our panel of local experts:   
Thursday, March 2nd
Reception 6:00pm
Film 7:00pm
Panel/Q&A 8:00pm

University of Rhode Island
Swan Auditorium
60 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Free admission & refreshments


Click Here for more information about the film.

Eco_PalmsEco Palms
Palm Sunday is April 9, 2017


By choosing Ecopalms for Palm Sunday you can promote environmental and social justice through your congregation's palm purchasing decisions!



Promote Social Justice
  • Harvesting palms is an important source of income but gatherers receive a low price
  • Gatherers will receive a higher price for their "fair trade" palms improving their income.

Promote Environmental Stewardship
  • Palms protect valuable natural forests because they provide income to forest communities.
  • Palms will be "sustainably" harvested and managed protecting the palms and the forests they need for shade.

Why a "Fair Trade" Palm?
  • To improve income and living conditions for the communities gathering the palm.
  • To protect the palms and the important forests from which they are gathered through sustainable harvest programs.

Did You Know?
  • EcoPalms are sustainably grown and harvested in Guatemala and Mexico.  
  • All of the harvesting communities either have or are in the process of obtaining an outside sustainable certification from SmartWood, a division of Rainforest Alliance. 
  • The forests in which these palms reside are being protected from agriculture and logging because of the palms residence.
  • At least half of the farmers in Central Guatemala earn additional income from harvesting fronds and, more than a quarter of household heads support themselves exclusively by collecting fronds.
  • Each palm plant produces 2 to 5 harvestable leaves over a 2 to 4 month period.
Order EcoPalms here:  www.ecopalms.org


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