CLIMATE CHANGE BOOK GROUP RESOURCE SHEET
Kat Eustice and other members of the Climate Change Book Group have put to gether a listing of Northwest Arkansas resource groups and people you'll want to know about. Love to have your additions to the list. Reply to the forum listed below. Great resource, Kat. Thanks.
DISCLAIMER: Because sustainable living cannot readily be defined at this point and time, individuals must define it according to their own parameters. This list is a tool to begin your search for individual climate change mitigation. This content has been provided by interested organizations and those individual organizations are solely responsible for their content.
Arkansas Interfaith Power & Light is a 501c3 non-profit established in 2009. Arkansas is a part of a larger, national Interfaith Power & Light organization and was the 30th state chapter formed in the US. All faiths are welcome. We promote energy efficiency and renewable energy for houses of worship and for the members of the congregation. Arkansas IP&L has completed several energy efficiency retrofit projects for churches and for other non-profits. We have hosted documentary film screenings on a variety of environmental topics. We host educational events such as an Energy Scavenger Hunt in June 2011. In October 2011, we hosted an educational tour of energy efficiency homes in Northwest Arkansas. There is an active group in Northwest Arkansas that meets monthly and an active group in Central Arkansas. For more information, visit our website at www.arkansasipl.com. For more information about the Northwest Arkansas Group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks is a 501(c)3 non-profit working to create a more bicycle-friendly community through Education & Infrastructure. A more bicycle-friendly community is a happier, safer, healthier, more people-friendly community. A community that builds towards a more sustainable society through ending the use of fossil fuels.
Cuddlefish Clothes is a one of a kind baby and children’s clothing made from local upcycled material utilizing water based inks and ecologically friendly screen printing practices. Cuddlefish promotes earth-based lifestyles through an almost zero waste manufacturing process and the screen printing designs themselves range from roosters, octopus and bean shoots. For more information, contact email@example.com.
EcoLogical Communities: The Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas invites people to make their personal pledge to reduce their environmental impact through a unique program called EcoLogical Communities. Resource conservation has positive economic, environmental and social outcomes. Participants receive a monthly newsletter that includes information on rebates and tax incentives that can help them reduce their energy use and save money. Also included is information about upcoming community events. At a larger level, EcoLogical Communities provides a scorecard for Fayetteville that shows how much energy and water it takes to run the city and how much waste is generated each year.
Fayetteville Courier Service is a local organization that uses bicycle power to deliver items around Fayetteville. All earnings go towards funding ARTTE, a collective of veterans from Fayetteville. Together, these veterans have covered over 7,000 miles in the United States bicycling for peace and healing of veterans. They will continue to ride until the end of war. Contact Jacob at 479-252-2142 for dispatch and more information. Prices vary according to weather conditions but are generally 25 cents per pound and $1per mile.
The Green Economy Group is a group of thoughtful citizens exploring cutting edge technologies in the realms of energy efficient housing, transportation and utilities, as well as legislative change, with a goal towards creating job growth in sustainable, environmentally sound practices. We meet on the first Friday of every month at 8 am in the Chamber of Commerce building. All are welcome.
Kathleen Eustice is a home and business environmental consultant who focuses on increasing the use of permaculture, increasing organic home gardening and eliminating waste streams from home and business consumption practices. Home waste audits and creative reduction methods and implementation are available at a very reasonable price. Decreasing our carbon footprint and saving money go hand in hand! Call Kathleen at 918-630-2979.
OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology is an organization designed to educate Arkansans about current realities of climate change and to take actions to prevent further harm to the atmosphere. OMNI 350 is committed to actions that lead to the reduction of greenhouse gases to a scientifically safe level of 350 parts per million of Carbon Dioxide(CO2) in the atmosphere through life-style and legislative change, which includes partnering with like-minded organizations. We're working toward a culture of peace, and it can only happen in a vibrantly healthy earth.
PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is a game-changer for financing energy upgrades to existing homes and businesses.
Sierra Club, Ozark Headwaters Group, hosts monthly membership meetings featuring guest speakers on a variety of topics ranging from forest conservation to public transit, from fracking natural gas to climate change. As a 501c4 organization, the Sierra Club is able to endorse political candidates and can advocate for specific pieces of legislation. The Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club is actively engaged in the Beyond Coal campaign and other issues of relevance in the state. For upcoming OHG events or to get involved, you can find us on Facebook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul’s Gaia Guild is a self-organizing team of church members. The mission of the Gaia Guild is to recognize the sanctity of all creation, advocate for the restoration and protection of our natural resources, contribute by our own actions to the health of the planet, and in all things honor God’s presence on this fragile earth, our island home. We are actively engaged in helping St. Paul’s live up to the Genesis Covenant. We support our church in reducing its environmental footprint through energy efficiency, waste reduction, and conservation. We support each other in reducing our own environmental footprints at home. And we host educational speakers and events throughout the year for the St. Paul’s community. For more information, contact Terri Lane at email@example.com.
Summer Kitchen Family Farm is a local organic farm that encourages environmental stewardship and earthbound lifestyles through yoga practice, volunteering opportunities and connecting with Mother Earth. For CSA information and availability of meat, eggs and vegetables call Mariah at 479-263-9965. For yoga and meditation scheduling and availability call Kat at 918-630-2979.
Treadwell Institute- is an interdisciplinary nonprofit corporation devoted to finding sustainable solutions for the built environments where we ultimately live, work, and play -- Advocacy, Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Clean Energy, Clean Tech, and Green Jobs in the New Green Economy. We were heavily involved in advocating FOR the first Stream Side Protection ordinance passed in Fayetteville last January, 2011.We have been at the front of the conversations surrounding the development of an State Energy Plan for Arkansas. We have been in the middle of advocating FOR transit oriented development regionally, and involved in developing a regional transportation plan with expanded ORT bus service, a trolley for Fayetteville and eventually light-rail for the NWA corridor. Contact Mikel Lolley at 479-841-7801 for more information.
Worship Your Food is a book by local author Quinn Montana which focuses on specific ways to lessen your family’s environmental impact through your food choices while improving your health. It is available at Ozark Natural Foods and Nightbird Books as well as online stores such as Lulu.com, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Follow Quinn on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worshipyourfood.
Wren’s Winter Market is a local winter market serving NWA area with high quality locally grown vegetables, fruit, flowers, meats and eggs. Partner farms rotate according to product availability. Customers are encouraged to pre-order for Saturday market. Contact Debra Elam for more information and to sign up for the weekly newsletter firstname.lastname@example.org.
WWOOF Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms a site that links volunteers with organic farmers and helps people share more sustainable ways of living. www.wwoof.org