Newsline November 27, 2017
- 12 science societies speak out for the Clean Water Rule.
- Reserve a room for your defense with Susan in the EVST office.
- EVST affiliate faculty member publishes “Zero Waste in the Last Best Place”.
Featured Events (See the Conservation Calendar for more events & CHECK FOR FIRE CANCELLATIONS)
- Distinguished Kittredge Writer to Read Prose, Dec 1.
- Comment on Grizzly Conservation on Nov 29 (info meeting on Nov 28).
- Please join the UM BRIDGES Program Monday November 27th from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304.
- Threats to Flathead Lake and efforts to protect this treasure, Nov 28.
- Shrimp, Salmon, Trout, Mussels: Taste that Exotic Invasive Chowder in Flathead Lake! Nov 28.
- Microbes and Watersheds, Nov 29.
- "Legalize Democracy", Nov 29.
- Exploring Energy Systems by Bike, Dec 1.
- Third Annual Tribal Natural Resource Damages Assessment Seminar(webcast), December 4.
- S. Environmental History course offered this spring.
- Earn college credit at a Writing workshop on wild water (literally), June 2018, register soon for discount.
- Webinar on Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today, November 30.
- How to Get a Job in Sustainability webinar, Nov 30.
- Upcoming Sustainable Agriculture conferences and workshops (Dec, Jan, Feb).
- Honors College Lecture Series starts with talk on the Outdoor Gear Industry, Dec 1.
- UM to Screen ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’, Nov 28.
- Payton Gardner, "Mountain Water - The Role Of Deep Groundwater In Rocky Mountain Streams"
- Climate Change internships for spring 2018 (info meeting on Nov 28).
- National Forest Foundation seeks a full-time Tree Planting Coordinator, located in Missoula, Apply by Dec 15.
- Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana!
- Links to Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation jobs in Montana.
- Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, open till filled, desired start date January 2018.
- FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) priority deadline is Dec 1.
- House for rent near Bernice’s Bakery.
- Holiday Parties with local conservation groups!!!
- Celebrate with Missoula’s Science Museum, Nov 28 & Nov 30.
- Join the UM Carolers in spreading some cheer this holiday season!
- Abundant Montana offerings for the Holidays (shop local).
- New book on environmental activism in Montana.
- UM Creates Interpretive Space for State Arboretum.
- UM’s Climate Commitment.
- Nominate someone for the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame by Dec 31.
- Biomimicry gift idea – Life’s Principles Guide Leadership Cards.
- New Manual on Montana Agritourism.
- Giving the gift of stories, ideas, experiences through film (discounts available now).
- MT DEQ provides update on work at the Clark Fork Superfund Site.
- Talking Outside Inside at Free Cycles- Thursday, November 30.
- Live More, Buy Less – from the folks at Story of Stuff.
12 science societies speak out for the Clean Water Rule.
Recently, the EPA proposed dropping the 2015 Clean Water Rule that clarifies that the Clean Water Act covers all water bodies with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable streams (including headwaters, tributaries & wetlands). 12 water-focused science societies (representing 200,000 scientist members) sent a joint statement to the EPA, stating that the 2015 Clean Water Rule was based on widely accepted watershed science. They argued that narrowing the definition of the Waters of the US is not scientifically defensible and would make it impossible to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act. The letter of the 12 science societies can be accessed from this web site. The deadline for submitting comments is Nov 28.
Reserve a room for your defense with Susan in the EVST office.
Grad students contact Susan Elliott in the EVST office to reserve a room for your defense.
EVST affiliate faculty member publishes Zero Waste in the Last Best Place.
Missoula College Associate Professor (& EVST faculty affiliate) Bradley Layton recently published a new book, “Zero Waste in the Last Best Place: A Personal Account and How-to Guide on Landfill-free Living.” “It’s a bit science and a bit of engineering mixed with a passion for the planet,” Layton said. “It’s meant to inspire you to take the next step toward consuming less and repurposing what you do use instead of contributing to the trash mountains that are more and more troubling to people who care about our world and its future.”
Distinguished Kittredge Writer to Read Prose, Dec 1.
Pete Fromm, the UM fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, will read his prose at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room. The reading, which will feature excerpts from both of his memoirs, is free and open to the public. Fromm’s latest book is the memoir “The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds,” in which he seeks out the source of his passion for wilderness while exploring fatherhood and mortality. In his first memoir, “Indian Creek Chronicles,” he delivers a personal account of seven winter months spent alone in a tent in Idaho guarding salmon eggs and coming face-to-face with the blunt realities of life as a contemporary mountain man. Read more: Distinguished Kittredge Writer to Read Prose.
Comment on Grizzly Conservation on Nov 29 (info meeting on Nov 28).
The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) will meet in Missoula on November 29 to discuss the status of grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). The meeting is a precursor to the government’s plan to remove Endangered Species Act protections for grizzlies throughout the NCDE, including the core habitat areas in Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Public comment will be taken at the meeting at 3 pm. To learn more about the status of grizzlies and the IGBC meeting, several local conservation groups (Sierra Club, Wilderness Watch, etc.) are hosting an information sharing gathering on November 28 and will help you prepare to speak on Nov 29. Nov 28, Info sharing meeting, 5:30-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St. Nov 29—IGBC meeting, 9am-4pm (public comment at 3 pm) at DoubleTree Inn, 100 Madison St., Missoula.
Please join the UM BRIDGES Program Monday November 27th from 4:30-5:20pm in Stone Hall 304.
For a talk by Brian Chaffin, UM Assistant Professor of Water Policy in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation. In this seminar, Brian will provide a brief overview of the contemporary applications of “resilience” as a framing concept for research on coupled, social-ecological systems. Specifically, Brian will discuss how certain aspects of “resilience thinking” have inspired new avenues for both developing and interrogating governance of broader human-environmental systems as well as management regimes for specific landscapes and resources. Brian will present evidence from his own social science research on governance transitions at the food-energy-water nexus in the Western U.S., particularly from contemporary conflict and cooperation in the Klamath River Basin of south central Oregon and northern California.
Threats to Flathead Lake and efforts to protect this treasure, Nov 28.
Montana’s Flathead Lake is a world treasure that is increasingly threatened by urban development, mining, invasive species and climate change. Tom Bansak of the Flathead Lake Biological Station will summarize the Biostation’s studies of these problems and efforts to protect the lake. He’ll also tell how students can spend part of their summer studying the lake. This talk focuses on chemical threats to the lake while Tom’s talks later in the day will focus on biological threats. WHEN/WHERE: Nov 28, 9:30-10:50 in 203 Rankin Hall.
Shrimp, Salmon, Trout, Mussels: Taste that Exotic Invasive Chowder in Flathead Lake! Nov 28.
One of the world’s natural treasures Flathead Lake has been dramatically altered by a series of biological invasions that have altered the lake’s food chain and ecosystem. With an even greater threat looming –invasive mussels, Montana has mobilized to protect the lake. Tom Bansak of UM’s Biostation on the lake will summarize studies of the past invasions and efforts to prevent another. He’ll also tell how students can spend part of their summer studying the lake. Two presentations offered, so be sure to catch one of them: WHEN/WHERE: Nov 28, 12:30-1:50 in 204 Rankin Hall and WHEN/WHERE: Nov 28, 3:30-4:50 in Social Science 352.
Microbes and Watersheds, Nov 29.
Ze Ren of UM Biology will speak on "Terrestrial features affect microbial communities in watersheds". When/Where: November 29th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm at the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) 110.
"Legalize Democracy", Nov 29.
Free showing of Legalize Democracy, a fast paced, action-oriented documentary with strategies for getting big money out of politics. Film followed by discussion and snacks. Sponsored by Missoula Moves to Amend. For more info, contact sponsors at 406-543-3254. When/Where: November 29, 7pm at the Missoula Public Library, 301 East Main.
Exploring Energy Systems by Bike, Dec 1.
Wild Rockies Field Institute hosts a First Friday art show featuring 2017 Cycle the Rockies alumna, Stephanie Fisher. Her photo essay highlights energy impacts from a variety of Montana's energy resources. All of the photos were taken during a 700-mile bike tour of the state beginning in Billings, MT and ending in Glacier National Park. Light refreshments will be served. When/Where: December 1 from 5 to 8pm at the Wild Rockies Field Institute, 330 East Main St.
Third Annual Tribal Natural Resource Damages Assessment Seminar (webcast), December 4.
The legal and technical issues where contaminated sites impact Tribal resources and treaty rights are complex, and the time investment and costs of assessment and restoration can be enormous. Our Co-Chairs Jack Bell, Nez Perce Tribe, and Connie Sue Martin, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt, lead a faculty of some of the best NRD attorneys, consultants, government and Tribal officials in the country to update you on recent developments with an impact on Tribal Natural Resource Damages Assessments. Course content and info on how to attend by web cast here. Cost is $347 for students.
U.S. Environmental History course offered this spring.
The course surveys American history from the biological and cultural invasions of the New World in 1492 to contemporary environmental problems. It examines how Americans have used/abused, worked and played in, and polluted and conserved our environments. We’ll examine how humans’ ideas and actions shaped and reshaped the landscape and how it shaped us (from Native Americans, to Dust Bowl refugees to modern consumers). The instructor, Rachel Gross studied under one of the nation’s premier environmental historians, William Cronon. HSTR 364.80; Monday, 5:00 – 7:50 pm, Spring 2018.
Earn college credit at a Writing workshop on wild water (literally), June 2018, register soon for discount.
The Freeflow Institute invites you to join us for the 2018 Salmon River Seminar, a unique writing workshop led by William deBuys, Pulitzer finalist and an undisputed master of literary nonfiction. The 6 day workshop will be in late June on the Salmon River, in the heart of Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. You can sign up for UM credit (graduate or undergraduate). Register before Jan 1, 2018 for a discounted rate. Full details, cost and how to register here.
Webinar on Climate Science, Impacts, and Policy Today, November 30.
The 4th National Climate Assessment and Outcomes from UN’s Climate Change Conference in Bonn - COP 23. November is a big month for climate science. Please join us for a rich discussion about the recent release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the outcomes from the international climate meetings in Bonn - UNFCCC COP 23. When/Where: November 30, 11:15 to 12:45 MST. Register Here.
How to Get a Job in Sustainability webinar, Nov 30.
Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline mission-driven career strategies in sustainable business, non-profits, and government for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what the current political climate means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, cover grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later); and take questions from the audience. Please register here for log-in details and more information. Webinar: Thursday, November 30th, 7 PM EST.
Upcoming Sustainable Agriculture conferences and workshops (Dec, Jan, Feb).
The Montana Organic Association Conference: Great Falls Dec 7-9
The Business of Being an Orchardist: Dec 14, 2017 Missoula County Extension Office
Planning for On Farm Success: Helena, Havre, Plains, and Troy, Jan - Feb
The Montana Farmers' Union Women's Conference: Fairmont Hot Springs, Feb 23-25
Honors College Lecture Series starts with talk on the Outdoor Gear Industry, Dec 1.
The Davidson Honors College invites everyone to the inaugural “Slice of Scholarship” Faculty Lecture, which highlights the research and creative scholarship of honors-affiliated faculty from the DHC and across the UM campus. Pizza and salad will be served at each lecture. Rachel Gross, the teaching, research and mentoring fellow in the DHC, will speak on “Where the Blazed Trail Crosses the Boulevard: Origins of the American Outdoor Industry” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in DHC Room 119. Gross teaches courses on environmental and consumer culture history. Her book project, “From Buckskin to Gore-Tex,” explores the history of the outdoor gear industry.
UM to Screen ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’, Nov 28.
UM will host a free public screening of the prizewinning film “Putuparri and the Rainmakers” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Payne Family Native American Center Room 103. The film tells the story of an Aboriginal man living in Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. It maps out his ancestors’ spiritual connection to the land and his family’s continuing custodianship of it. Tom ‘Putuparri’ Lawford has fought for 20 years to regain his people’s sacred watering hole of Kurtal. Supported by his grandparents, Spider and Dolly, Putuparri navigates the deep chasm between his Western upbringing and his traditional culture. Read more: UM to Screen ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’.
Dr. Payton Gardner, "Mountain Water - The Role Of Deep Groundwater In Rocky Mountain Streams".
12 pm, Wed., Nov 29, 2017, 126 Barnard Hall. Watch live screencast here. Dr. Payton Gardner is interested in hydrologic systems from the local to regional scale, and their role in geologic processes. His area of expertise is isotope hydrology and environmental tracers. Dr. Gardner uses heat, groundwater age tracers (e.g. CFC's, 3H, 3He, 4He, SF6, 14C), stable and radio-isotopes and noble gas geochemistry combined with numerical modeling and inversion to understand hydrogeologic system dynamics.
Climate Change internships for spring 2018 (info meeting on Nov 28).
UM’s Climate Change Studies (CCS) minor program offers the following internships for spring 2018. For list of organizations that interns will work with and job descriptions/qualifications. Open House on Tuesday, November 28, from 4-5 pm in the Davidson Honors College Lounge, to meet representatives from these organizations, hear about their work, and learn about any unfilled internship opportunities. All students welcome. If you are interested in one of these internships, email the CCS director Nicky Phear by December 1. Your email to Nicky should explain why you are interested and how you are qualified for that internship. Nicky will arrange meetings between well qualified students and organizations. Each internship requires about six hours of work per week with the sponsoring organization (and some additional work assigned by Nicky as the faculty advisor to these internships). Interns earn three credits as CCS 398, Climate Change Internship.
National Forest Foundation seeks a full-time Tree Planting Coordinator, located in Missoula, Apply by Dec 15.
The Coordinator will support the execution of a campaign to plant 50 million trees on National Forests. Duties include: developing and stewarding mid-range funding partnerships; tracking the financial status of reforestation projects; maintain project data and records, report financial and programmatic results, and field inquiries from funding partners and the public. Candidate should be able to perform basic financial calculations, have excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and prioritization skills. Candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree and three-years’ experience in program management. No phone inquiries. For complete job description visit this link. To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically to Sheree’ Bombard by December 15, 2017.
Farms and Ranches Hiring Now in Montana!
Farm Link Montana is a free, searchable database of current listings for jobs, internships, and land opportunities in Montana. It features a searchable map of farms and ranches across the state hiring for the upcoming season. Learn about each operation and complete one application to apply for all of the jobs that interest you. Opportunities range from organic veggies, wheat, and pulses to hops to dairy and more! Now is the time to apply! Farmers and ranchers are already hiring for the upcoming season and many will try to have all positions filled within the next month or so. For more information and to apply now, visit Farm Link Montana or contact Dave Renn.
Links to Sustainable Agriculture & Conservation jobs in Montana.
The Folks at Cowboy Cricket Farms in Belgrade are hiring a Farm Supervisor and Educator
Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument are hiring an Outreach Manager
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula is hiring a Director of Habitat Stewardship Programs
The Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Helena is hiring an Administrative Assistant
Blackfoot Challenge seeks Executive Director, open till filled, desired start date January 2018.
This is a full-time position responsible for the daily management of the organization, including fundraising, budgeting, program planning and implementation, staff and independent contractor supervision, program oversight, office management, and complying with the legal responsibilities of non-profits. The Executive Director (ED) works in close partnership with the Board of Directors to manage the financial health and overall direction of the organization. Annual budgets average around $1.4 million combined for the eight program areas. Program work is accomplished at the committee level, with board oversight for strategic planning and administration. Each committee is chaired by a board member or partner, and a full- or part-time staff member coordinates each committee. Each committee facilitates participation by diverse stakeholders, builds partnerships that serve overlapping values, and finds resources to implement activities. The ED supervises all coordinators. The ED’s work location is the Blackfoot Challenge office located in Ovando, MT with occasional work from a home office. Full Job Description and Application instructions can be found here. Deadline: November 17, 2017 or until position is filled. Start Date: January 2018 desired.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) priority deadline is Dec 1.
FAFSA can provide help with your college costs. To maximize aid eligibility for the 2018-19 academic year, you need to file your FAFSA by December 1, 2017. For more info: contact UM’s financial aid office or FAFSA (there is a later deadline in June, but to maximize your chances, file by Dec 1).
Holiday Parties with local conservation groups!!!
Enjoy visiting with your fellow conservationists at the following holiday parties (there’s always fun, food, and the chance to make new friends).
- Dec 1 (Friday)
- Five Valleys Land Trust Holiday Party - 5-7pm, 120 Hickory St. Suite B, Missoula
- Clark Fork Coalition Holiday Party (food, raffle) - 5-9pm, 140 S. 4th W, Missoula. See also online auction until Dec 11.
- Environment Montana's Clean Montana Waters Art Show, 6-9pm at 614 S. Higgins.
- Kids shop at the Peace Center for fair trade gifts, 5-7pm, 519 S. Higgins.
- Dec 5 - Homeword’s Holiday Open House (Homeword provides earth-friendly, affordable housing) WHEN/WHERE: Dec 5, 4-7pm at Solstice, 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite 114.
- Dec 6 - Swan Valley Connections celebrates 20 years, 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Swan Valley Community Hall, Condon, MT.
- Dec 7 - Climate Smart Celebration/fundraiser. 5-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula.
- Dec 7 - Headwaters Montana & MT Wilderness Society/Flathead holiday party, (new film on legendary Montana conservationist, Bud Moore, of the Swan Valley), 6-8pm at Whitefish Community Center, 121 East Second Street, Whitefish.
- Dec 11 - Montana Wilderness Association holiday party/potluck, Dec 11, 6-8pm at Imagine Nation, 1151 W. Broadway. For more information, contact Lee Boman at 509-521-3646 or email@example.com.
- Dec 12 - Bitterroot Water Forum Holiday Party, 5:30-7:30pm, Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St.
Celebrate with Missoula’s Science Museum, Nov 28 & Nov 30.
Missoula’s science museum SpectrUM is 10 years old. Everyone is invited to: A Celebration of Impact with science, cocktails, and appetizers. When: Tuesday, November 28 5:30-7:30 PM Where; spectrUM Discovery Area, 812 Toole Ave. ...and don't miss spectrUM's Family-Friendly Celebration with birthday cake, activities, and free admission all day. WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 3:00-5:30 PM. Where; spectrUM Discovery Area, 812 Toole Ave.
Join the UM Carolers in spreading some cheer this holiday season!
If you like doing a little Fa-La-Laing at this time of the year, join UM faculty, staff and students who Deck the Halls in the Bleak Midwinter with the help of Frosty and Rudolph. Below are the times and places planned so far.
- Dec 4 (M) AND Dec 8 (F) NOON – Practice in Brantly Hall President’s room - take your pick or come to both.
- Dec 11 (M) 4:30-5 -- UM Holiday Party in UC ballroom (we’ll lead a singalong near the end of the party)
- Dec 13 (W) NOON – Physical Therapy party in Skaggs ground floor (with treats! as in the past)
- Dec 15 (F) NOON – UC atrium – at the piano by the Source
- Dec 20 (W) NOON --Missoula Senior Center
If you’d like the songbook used by the UM Carolers, email Vicki and she’ll email it to you. And she’ll add you to the email list for notices of any additions or changes.
Abundant Montana offerings for the Holidays (shop local).
AERO contacted 300 listings in the Abundant Montana Directory, and asked if they had any holiday specials or features. The response was overwhelming, and a reminder of what a wealth of local, handmade, and thoughtfully crafted goods are available around Montana. Check out the Abundant Montana Holiday Tour, here, for holiday packages of great local gifts, and help keep it local this holiday season!
New book on environmental activism in Montana.
Long time activist Steven Paulson (works with Northern Plains Resource Council) just published Environmentalists: An Eyewitness Account From the Heart of America. More info on the book & Steven here.
UM Creates Interpretive Space for State Arboretum.
The UM campus is Montana’s state arboretum and a special interpretive space has been created near the UC which will feature colorful signs brimming with tree-focused information (as soon as funding can be found for them). Read more: UM Creates New Interpretive Space for State Arboretum.
UM’s Climate Commitment.
UM has made a serious commitment to “embed climate action into our campus sustainability efforts,” along with more than 600 universities and colleges around the nation. These actions include: Ensuring new buildings are LEED-certified and existing buildings are maintained to meet sustainability goals; Offering sustainable transportation options; Purchasing locally sourced foods at UM Dining; Buying carbon offsets to compensate for the greenhouse gases UM emits; Curricular offerings that make clear to students the impacts of climate change. As part of this work, some individual units on campus are making their own climate commitments. UM’s Department of Philosophy hosts an environmental philosophy master’s degree and an undergraduate certificate in environmental ethics. Faculty recently committed to offset all the emissions they create in work-related air travel through the purchase of reliably certified carbon offsets. Funding for the offsets will come from voluntary faculty commitments and the use of unrestricted donated funds. For more information visit here.
Nominate someone for the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame by Dec 31.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. This statewide award recognizes the best of the best in our state's conservation. In 2016, Montana Audubon's past president and Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon activist Margaret Adams was recognized. Nominations are due by December 31, 2017. For more information and an application click here.
Biomimicry gift idea – Life’s Principles Guide Leadership Cards.
Life’s Principles, distilled by Biomimicry 3.8, is a set of strategies used by organisms and ecosystems to survive & thrive. Community leaders can learn from nature. This deck of 52 cards shows you natural mentors that teach Life’s Principles and relates them to leadership strategies. See & order the cards here.
New Manual on Montana Agritourism
AERO announced the release of Montana's first guide to agritourism, Developing Montana’s Agritourism: A Resource Manual. The Manual was developed by AERO with the support of the USDA, the Agritourism Working Group of MT Department of Agriculture & others. The manual is designed to help farmers and ranchers decide whether they want to pursue agritourism on their operation. The manual provides local examples, and info on contacts & resources, building a business plan and more. Check it out here. Montana agritourism practices, policy, definitions, and legal guidelines are in their early stages, and will develop and change as the state explores this unique form of tourism. If you have questions, comments, examples, etc., contact Aero here.
Giving the gift of stories, ideas, experiences through film (discounts available now).
Next February, the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (started by some EVST alums) will light up screens across downtown Missoula, with stories from all over the world. Filmmakers, media industry and our community will gather to expand knowledge and conversation around issues that matter. A festival pass provides a passport for this experience, 10 days of inspiration through non-fiction films, live performances, special events, networking and the spirit of our beautiful mountain town. You can give the gift of film, and save on passes now through December 31. Read more >>. All Screening Pass - $140 (regular price $175, offer ends 12/31/17) Includes entry to all films at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, February 16-25, 2018. All Access Pass - $275 (regular price $325, offer ends 12/31/17) Includes entry to all films, special events and VIP parties as well as the DocShop film industry conference.
MT DEQ provides update on work at the Clark Fork Superfund Site.
On Nov. 7, 2017, MT DEQ provided an update on work at the upper Clark Fork Superfund Site. The powerpoint presentations can be accessed from their website here, scroll down to the link to the Nov 7 presentations, and it will take you to this website where the presentations are located.
Talking Outside Inside at Free Cycles- Thursday, November 30.
A new winter lecture series in Missoula, Montana about experiences inspired by bicycles and other sustainable transportation! The first night of presentations features Ally Mabry and Russ Roca! This event is free, open to the public and welcoming to all. Each speaker will talk for about 20 minutes before taking questions from the audience. There will be time between speakers to refill beverages, grab more food and chat with your friends. To learn more, visit Talking Outside Inside. WHEN/ WHERE: Nov 30, 7pm at Free Cycles, 732 S. 1st St. West.
Live More, Buy Less – from the folks at Story of Stuff.
Start a conversation about Stuff. Talk with friends and family about where our Stuff comes from and where it goes – and the impacts on people and the planet along the way. Share our The Story of Stuff movie on social media. Give a non-material gift like event tickets, membership to a local museum, or a charitable donation in someone's name. Gift something home-made or second-hand like baked goods, upcycled art, or quality used items. Volunteer with a local charity or community organization – and bring your friends along, too. Relax. Holiday obligations leave us with little time to truly recharge. Set aside time to enjoy nature or a good book. Give the gift of an empty mailbox with Catalog Choice. This free website helps you cancel unwanted catalogs/junk mail. Sign up and get started now! Check out hundreds more ideas on our "Un-Stuff Your Holiday" Pinterest board. Or, read 15 commercial-free holiday tips for families from our friends at New Dream. Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, how you #BuyLessLiveMore this holiday season.