Did You Miss the Fair Haven Sustainability Tour?

On the tour we showcased a variety of community-based efforts to respond to some of the challenges of modern urban life and develop creative new pathways to sustainability, from school gardens to co-housing to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure designed to make streets safe for all users. Click here for a resources guide that will give you a flavor of the tour.

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Alternative Currency Resources

Tomorrow, Friday 9/7, there will be another meeting of the Seedlets / Alternative Currency discussion group. Here are some background resources provided by the organizers:

MONEY AS DEBT This 45 minute animated video is an allegory of the creation of money, and explains in clear detail how we went from a gold standard to our current system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc3sKwwAaCU

ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM The first 21 minutes of this video also explains how our current system operates. You don’t gain the context of gold banking, but it’s incredibly concise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gKX9TWRyfs

THE MONEY FIX This video moves beyond our current system and explains money from an informational and technological standpoint. This one will get you to think about the conceptual and abstract aspects of ‘money’. http://www.themoneyfix.org/content/video-money-fix

THE SECRET OF OZ This movie explains the hidden allegory of the gold and silver standards within The Wizard of Oz, and also discusses a lot of historical aspects of money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkq2E8mswIt

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‘Gift Economy’ Website Re-Launches

GiftFlow, a resource for promoting a non-monetary “gift economy” that was founded in New Haven, is up with a new beta version. Check it out.

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Hearing This Wednesday on Route 34 / Downtown Crossing Project

On Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m., the Community Development Committee of the New Haven Board of Aldermen is holding a public hearing at City Hall (165 Church St.) about a resolution calling for the Downtown Crossing project to honor the City’s commitment to “complete streets.” The resolution is sponsored by Alderman Justin Elicker and supported by Elm City Cycling, the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition, the Urban Design League, the Route 34 Coalition and a large number of other concerned citizens. We believe re-introducing a human scale to our urban landscape is a bioregional issue, and we are supporting efforts to ensure the Downtown Crossing project is done in a responsible way that is environment-friendly, bike-friendly, and climate-friendly. We hope you will come out to this important hearing, and feel free to tell us what you think about Downtown Crossing in the comments below.

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Remembering Peter Berg (1937-2011)

The social revolutionary thinker, writer, ecologist, environmental activist and founder of Planet Drum Foundation died on July 28, 2011 after a sudden case of pneumonia complicated by his bout with lung cancer. Peter’s visit to New Haven in 2005 helped to spur the formation of the New Haven Bioregional Group.

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MOVING PLANET CLIMATE RALLY 9/24

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CONNECTICUT GREEN EXPO THIS SATURDAY 9/10

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