Sunday Speakers:
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(click name to scroll to speaker): [Sarah Grillo] [Helm Nottermann] [Nancy Nottermann] [Ken Oldrid] [Ron Manganiello]
[Johanna Miller] [Amy Seidl] [Saleem Ali] [Steve Miracle]
[Matthew Moreau] [Kathy Rossman] [ Sophie Wood and Kailie Larkin]

Sarah Grillo
haraslee@adelphia.net


Senior Director, 2020 Vision, Burlington College

Quick Biography:

I am a student at Burlington College majoring in arts and social change, and I am a regional director for a national non-profit called 2020 Vision. I am in the process of filming a documentary on peak oil and in my spare time I am also learning how to tatoo.

Workshop Title:

An Introduction to Peak Oil

Description:

In this workshop we will cover many of the basic ideas behind Peak Oil (e.g. oil depletion) and how this phenomena will affect us all in drastic ways sooner than you may think.


Helm Nottermann
helmut.nottermann@uvm.edu


Owner/ operator of Snug Valley Farm and The Frozen Butcher

Quick Biography:

Dairy Farmer, Beef Farmer, Educator, born in Germany, farming in Vermont since 1971

Workshop Title:

Buy Local!!?!!?

Description:

Intro to marketing locally grown beef.
WHY WOULD YOU WANNA DO THAT? Includes examination of the Frozen Butcher Solar-powered freezer truck.


Nancy Nottermann
nancyn@together.net


Quick Biography:

Farmer, Environmental Educator
The Frozen Butcher, Snug Valley Farm Beef, VT SWEEP [State Wide Environmental Education Programs] and NEEEA [New England Environmental Education Alliance]

Having been involved in Agriculture for 33 years, animals are central to my life. Farming has encompassed dairying, artificial insemination of cows, international registered heifer sales, and in the last 15 years, Holstein beef production. In addition, I worked off the farm as a nurse for 20 + years, and then changed careers to elementary education which included 4th grade and then Director of Education for the Assoc. of Vermont Recyclers for 6 years, and environmental education within my community. I am passionate about seeing agriculture and our environment survive.

Workshop Title:

The Long Burger & the Short Burger

Description:

What does our farm produce? What does that have to do with buying local and Climate Change? You will have the opportunity to use your group brain power to figure out the answers.
We will delve into beef production and farm products by considering the life and death of one hamburger. You CAN be a vegetarian and enjoy this session.


Ken Oldrid
ken@greendiesels.net


Renewable Energy Technician, Owner of Green Diesels biofuel Conversion Company

Quick Biography:

Ken Oldrid has been working in the biofuel field since 2002. He has modified over 60 diesel cars, trucks, buses and tractors to run on WVO (waste vegetable oil), and has personally logged over 100,000 miles on WVO in his own vehicles. In the summer of 2006, Ken started installing wind and solar electric systems for Central Vermont Solar and Wind and CET Solar Store.

Workshop Title:

Biofuels in Northern New England

Description:

This workshop will introduce participants to biodiesel and SVO (straight vegetable oil). We will review the methods used in creating and utilizing biofuels in northern climates.
Environmental aspects of biofuels including their role in reducing greenhouse gasses will be discussed.


Ron Manganiello and Steve Miracle
ron@bikerecycle.localmotion.org


Project Developer, Bike Recycle Vermont

Quick Biography:

Ron brings over 20 years experience working as an Energy Auditor and grass roots environmentalist. While working for Burlington Electric Department (BED), Ron commuted year-round for 3 years by bicycle and another 3 years in a Twike (an enclosed 2 passenger, 3 wheeled electric and pedal powered vehicle that Ron imported from Switzerland). He was also responsible for BED’s acquisition of several electric bicycles, cars and trucks. In 2004 Ron retired from BED and started Bike Recycle Vermont to provide refurbished bicycles and job skills trainings to low income Vermonters.

Workshop Title:

Alternative Transportation: One person’s experiences with electric, hybrid-electric & biodiesel vehicles & year-round bicycle commuting in Vermont.

Description:

Ron will discuss his personal experiences owning and using these transportation alternatives and will encourage questions from the workshop participants. Steve Miracle of EVermont will demonstrate an Evergreen EV (electric vehicle) that he built starting with a Toyoto Echo donor car.


Johanna Miller
fischer@grassrootsfund.org


Outreach Director, Vermont Natural Resources Council

Quick Biography:

Johanna works with organizations, local officials, and citizens across Vermont to empower them to take action on important land use and community development issues. Johanna works to strengthen VNRC’s partnerships with diverse partner organizations, local officials and community leaders and make the connection between the health of Vermont’s natural resources and the vitality of the state’s communities, economy and people. As VNRC’s lead staff person on the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, Johanna is working with energy partners to help create a more unified network of organizations, businesses, individuals and government officials working to combat climate change by strengthening and helping create local town energy committees.

Workshop Title:

A Low-Carbon Diet for Vermont - A 12-Step Program to a Combat Climate Change

Description:

There are many personal, residential and community strategies one can take to help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Find out about 12 different ways to do so – in your everyday activities, in your home, in your school, or in your town. Find out more, in particular, about how you can help support or help create town energy committees, which are working locally to create and implement action plans to save energy and expand renewable energy alternatives.


Amy Seidl
amy@livingfuture.org


Associate Director, LivingFuture Foundation

Quick Biography:

Amy Seidl, PhD is a Research Scholar at Middlebury College and the Associate Director of LivingFuture, a project collaborative whose mission is to create the conditions that perpetually support life and expand human creative capacity. Amy works with entrepreneurs, activists, farmers, scientists, students and others to create localized food, energy, and waste-cycling systems that harmonize with biological principles and contribute to the long-term vibrancy of human and natural communities. She holds a doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UVM where her research focused on the effect of global warming on plant and insect communities.

Workshop Title:

Designing for a Living Future in a Climate Changing World

Description:

Using a series of imaginative exercises (e.g., visioning and role playing), we will explore what social and physical innovations are needed to realize a world with significantly lower carbon emissions.


Saleem H. Ali
saleem.ali@uvm.edu


Associate Professor of Environmental Planing and Policy, University of Vermont

Quick Biography:

Saleem H. Ali is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, and on the adjunct faculty of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. He is also on the visiting faculty for the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), and a member of the expert advisory group on environmental conflicts for the United Nations Environment Programme with a specific interest in trans-boundary conservation zones or "peace parks." Ali is also a professional mediator and holds degrees in environmental planning, environmental law & policy, and chemistry.

Workshop Title:

Conflicts over Climate Change.

Description:

A discussion of conflicts among scientists and policymakers over climate change and how we might respond as citizens to the confusing rhetoric on both sides of the debate.


Matthew Moreau
matt@bigoldfuture.com


Artist, GIA, Rhode Island School of Design

Quick Biography:

When not plotting revolution, Matthew Moreau divides his time between web design and painting. His work in recent years focuses on the complicated relationship of humans and domesticated animals.

Workshop Title:

How to stick out like a sore thumb.

Description:

If you try to change your old habits regarding fossil fuels, you might stand out from the crowd. If you stand out too far, your example might cause other members of the crowd to join you. This will be a quick intro to some simple methods for modifying the minds of the masses using visual art, performance and leading by example.


Kathy Rossman
krossman@rockpoint.org


Science Educator, Rock Point School

Quick Biography:

I am a member of the science department at Rock Point School, in Burlington, Vermont. My subject areas include earth science, biology, chemistry, and environmental science, with a little evolutionary study thrown into the mix. My background is in environmental geology. I am passionate about perpetuating change to better our planet, and feel that the most effective way of doing this is through education. An added bonus for me being an educator is that I never stop learning. And when I am not learning in my classroom, I am at home being educated by and enjoying life with my two boys who are 3.5 and almost 2 years old. My interests include photography, knitting, and just having fun.

Workshop Title:

Shifting Ecosystems with Global Climate Change

Description:

What does it really mean for life that the Earth is warming? This workshop will explore both the obvious and not so obvious biological and economical repercussions of global climate change on local and global populations.


Sophie Wood and Kailie Larkin
srw02@hampshire.edu klarkin@wesleyan.edu


"Professionals"

Quick Biography:

Sophie Wood was born and raised in Thetford Vermont. She just graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in Theatre for Social change, by zanily studying performing arts and agriculture at the same time. She is currently entertaining herself by making puppets, being a pop star, writing, dancing, and co-directing for her theatre company, The Royal Frog Ballet.

Kailie Larkin is a full time student at Wesleyan

Workshop Title:

Puppet Speaks Up

Description:

Now that we've all created a wonderful monstrous world-saving, paper mashaking puppet, we need to practice giving it (and ourselves) a creative voice, a voice that makes people want to listen and join in. Never tried beat boxing before? Now's your big chance. We're going to experiment with different vocal jams, silly musical instrument, hands clapping feet stomping, singing dancing squeaking shrieking in order to bring our puppet, and our ideas to life.


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