Thursday, September 29, 2016

Eat Slowly, Move Fast Book Signing and Vegan Pot Luck Dinner on December 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Cycle Powered Charging Station in as Train Station in Lyon, France. 
Photo Credit~ Rachel Beck

So, what's new with Sustainable Monroeville? Let's ask the question another way: What's new with you, your life, and how you are relating to the evolution of our Regenerative Future? Lots of shifting has been occurring in my life. How about with you?  Come share your experiences at the December meeting of Sustainable Monroeville!

The next meeting of Sustainable Monroeville and the last meeting of 2016 will be on Monday, December 5, 2016. We will finish out 2016 with a beautiful and delicious pot luck dinner. A Healthy dinner! So, join us at 6:30 PM for a gluten-free,vegan, GMO-free Pot Luck dinner where you pack in and pack out with your very own place setting that you bring with you.  You'll hear Mya Zeronis author of the soon to be released book: Eat Slowly, Move Fast. Learn more about Mya here: and here:

Why so many rules about what we eat? Well my friends, it turns out that if all of us on this Spaceship Earth ate whole food plant based diets Climate Change, aka known as Global Warming would be reduced by 50%!! Who me? Eat like I Give A Damn
Not me....Me? Could I be responsible for what is going on here on this planet? Me, as an individual can actually have an impact on anything? Yes, you can my friend!  Pollution, who me? I don't see it.... Therefore I must not be responsible....Hmmmm, think again! Or at least THINK!!:)

I had the privilege to meet a new friend named Roberta last night at the Pittsburgh East Suburban Plant Based Nutrition Support Group in the Murrysville Public Library. This new friend is my new HERO! She facilitated Sally Lipsky's, another of my HERO's, addition to an upcoming health event.....a UPMC Anti- Cancer health event....Sally had been ignored previously as her work was characterized as just another 'diet.' Well, it turns out that the whole foods, plant based way of eating is a LIFESTYLE shift. Hey folks, the shift is hitting the fan. And it is TIME to make the lifestyle changes of this next era, so as a human species we will survive among the rest of the species. We need to stop pretending we are the only conscious beings on this planet and know that animals and plants are sentient too. And who knows who else and what else surrounds us that we are not able to detect in our conscious awareness with our limited perception?

I've spent my entire career as a developmental optometrist working in the realm of visual perception and how vision interacts with hearing and the other senses. Now as an elder, or a mid- life woman, I'm just beginning to scratch the surface of understanding there is much more to life on this planet than what we are able to perceive!

The second speaker, beginning at 7:30 PM will be Adam Tuznik of Clean Water Action in Pittsburgh. He'll review all of the projects Clean Water Action is working on in Pittsburgh and then give us more details about the proposed Cracker Plant in Beaver County and the Marcellus Shale industry in general.
Mark your calendar for Thursday evening, December 15, 2016 for a Public Hearing about the proposed Cracker Plant in Beaver County at the Central Valley High School, 160 Baker Road, Monaca, PA 15061 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Three minutes of public comment is welcome as long as you register beforehand.....

Blessings Y'all and see you in December at the library!


Elisa :)
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Friday, May 13, 2016

Forks Over Knives on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Public Library

Join us on Monday evening, June 20, 2016 at 7:00 PM in conjunction with the Monroeville Public Library to see the documentary Forks Over Knives. Details here:

FREE and open to the public!

Elisa Beck :)
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Free Documentary Screening; Nathan Crane's Search for Sustainability: Sustainable Health! Wednesday< may 4, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Join us on Wednesday evening, May 2, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM for the next meeting of Sustainable Monroeville. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Monroeville Public Library. We will be showing the third documentary in Nathan Crane's Search For Sustainability Series. The title of the documentary is: Sustainable Health. Following the screening, there will be Q&A with Sustainable Health and Wellness Practitioners. Feel free to be one of those practitioners.... See you at the Library!

Details here:

Many Blessings for abundant Health and Wellness,

Elisa Beck:)
Founder, Sustainable Monroeville
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Herbal Medicine: Past and Present with Pharmacist Zeena Bassim in Monroeville or LIVE STREAMING Functional Forum in South Side

Hello and Happy April! The daffodils are blooming and buds are peeking out of the ground even through the coating of snow this crisp morning. In Monroeville this month, Sustainable Monroeville will be joining Monroeville Public Library Programming to hear Pharmacist Zeena Bassim speak about current uses of herbal medicine. Thanks to the amazing Mark Hudson of the Monroeville Public Library for his stellar programming! We will resume the Nathan Crane Search for Sustainability series in May with Episode 3 on Sustainable Health! See details below for April 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM:

Herbal Medicine: Past and Present
Monday, April 4, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Monroeville Public Library Gallery Space

Please join pharmacist Zeena Bassim for a presentation about historical and current uses of herbal medicine. The use of herbs as medication is the first form of healthcare known to civilization, and medicinal herbs have been used in all cultures throughout history. In many communities throughout the world, herbal medicine is still a central part of the healthcare system.

One of the best-known examples of an herb with medicinal uses is ginger, which has a long history dating back 2500 years in Chinese and Indian alternative medicine. The presentation will describe the benefits of ginger, how to use it effectively, and Ms. Bassim's own research on its effects. A number of other herbs and their benefits will also be discussed.

Zeena Bassim holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy from the University of Baghdad and an M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Analysis from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has worked as a professional pharmacist and taught as a lecturer on the Faculty of Pharmacy at Lincoln University.

This program is free and open to the public, and no registration is required. For more information about upcoming adult programs at Monroeville Public Library, call the Reference Desk at 412-372-0500 ext. 4.
Here's another possibility for Monday evening, April 4, 2016:
In South Side on April 4, you can join other health care professionals and holistic practitioners for the Functional Medicine Forum LIVE streaming with James Maskell. The Forum topic this month is Adrenal Fatigue and Healthy Thyroid function.

This month's Forum is Streaming from San Francisco. The event runs from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The LIVE Streaming is from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM with Q&A following from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Socializing, Snacking and Networking from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Registration link and more details here:

Where? Schwartz Living Market, 1317 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Free parking behind the Venue across Bingham Street for attendees!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Elisa Beck:)
Sustainable Monroeville and you guessed it, Schwartz Living Market is another one of my passions, and that's where I'll be on April 4!:)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Our rooftop and The Search for Sustainability Documentary Series produced by Nathan Crane

Hello and Happy February!

Join us to view the entire Search for Sustainability Series produced by Filmmaker Nathan Crane for the rest of the monthly Sustainable Monroeville meetings in 2016. The movies will be followed by discussion. The next Sustainable Monroeville meeting is on Monday, March 7, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Episode # 2 of the series to be shared at the March meeting is titled Sustainable Food, Water, and Soil. 
Sustainable Monroeville meetings are free and open to the public and take place in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library on the first Monday evening of each month. Please note: * July date will be posted soon....  See you at the movies!

Check out the link below to see the first in the series for free:

My personal Sustainability Lesson for 2015:

My big lesson in sustainability for 2015 was when we needed to put a new roof on our suburban Monroeville home. I wanted to put the greenest, most sustainable rooftop on the face of the planet on our home, but things did not end up that way.
What am I talking about? Well, a metal roof with solar panels, the more sustainable choice in my view would have cost about three times as much as the asphalt rooftop I eventually settled for. The best we could do was put an Energy Star rated rooftop, light in color on our roof. The shingles were made in a relatively local factory somewhere in Ohio....Why is it that the metal roof would be so much more expensive? My understanding is that the oil industry is so heavily subsidized that asphalt shingles which are oil based cost way less than other alternatives including composite materials and natural materials such as slate or ceramic roof tops....

The other rooftop revelation was that at this moment in time,  there is not one place in Western PA or Eastern Ohio that will recycle asphalt shingle. A prominent roofing company in Western PA misled me initially saying that they would take the old shingle and have it recycled with an UPCHARGE. When I checked into this through the PA Resources Council and by following through myself, I found out that indeed this was NOT true. This roofing company was appalled when I told them the truth and they made sure they will not spread untruths any more. They also made sure the company that said they were recycling asphalt shingles, but were not, took that fictitious service off of their web site!

Elisa Beck :)
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Friday, January 29, 2016

You Are Invited: Filmmaker Mark Dixon on COP 21 Paris Adventures! Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the Monroeville Public Library

Join us on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Public Library to hear Mark Dixon on his trip to Paris for COP 21 A FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE COP21 CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT 
Mark Dixon, known throughout the region for his dedication to more sustainable solutions to our ecological and climate crisis, will be offering his impressions and experiences of the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris in December. Mark’s trip to Paris as a representative of western Pennsylvania was funded by members of the Pittsburgh ecological community. Before he left, he spoke to many groups including FUMC about the issues and dynamics that would be at play at the Summit. Now, after having attended the summit as a reporter and an observer, he will be sharing his impressions and insights to our church and the wider Pittsburgh community. This is a bit of planetary history that is crucial to every one of us. Here is your chance to get a first-hand account of an international history making event. 
Watch Mark's presentation leading up to the summit:…
Mark's blog. Scroll down for a 10 minute video summary of the summit:
We'll also hear about an upcoming Hard To Recycle Event in the springtime in Monroeville, PA and the agenda for the rest of the Sustainable Monroeville meetings in 2016. 
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday evening & Many Blessings for all of us on this magical spaceship planet Earth!
Elisa Beck :)
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Search For Sustainability

Happy 2016! What an amazing time to be alive! 

Join us on Monday evening, January 4, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM for the January meeting of Sustainable Monroeville.  Searching For Solutions, the first part of a 12 part Searching For Sustainability documentary will be shown. Join us in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library. Free and open to the public!


After interviewing 49 leading visionaries in the sustainability movement, we've edited the content into 12 different facets of sustainability and look at everything from land, soil, water, and education - to politics, business, agriculture, self-reliance, and economics - all from the viewfinder of sustainability and regenerative living. 
Every interview has something incredibly valuable to share, and every person we interviewed appears in one or more episodes. 
Filming and editing this series has changed my life, my family's life, and inspired and educated us to live at such a higher level of connection and meaning and sustainability - giving us deeper tools and resources to continue advancing to more sustainable living - and I can't wait for you to experience the value and benefit we all have. 
To a sustainable future, 
Nathan Crane is an award winning author, inspirational speaker, conscious filmmaker, and highly sought after publisher and promoter of personal growth teachings, books, events and training courses.  Nathan is the founder of the Panacea Companies including The Panacea Community, Panacea Publishing, Inc., Panacea Life School, and Panacea Hope.  He is the President and CEO of Integrated Health International, and produces highly transformational events that positively impact and transform hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.  Nathan's full venture, product, and resource list can be found at

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 2015, Sustainable Monroeville, and COP 21 in Paris

Hello and Happy December!

In honor of the COP 21 conference in Paris, we will not have a Sustainable Monroeville meeting in December, 2015. Why no meeting this month? No free movie? No talking about how to create and document a more Sustainable Monroeville and a more Sustainable Metro Pittsburgh and more Sustainable Western PA? Hey, we will save some greenhouse gases! There's never been a person in all the years we've been having these meetings at the Monroeville Public Library that has biked or walked to a meeting in these suburbs. Prove me wrong! Yes, there have been carpools....
How are we individually and collectively going to reduce our carbon footprints?

Take time to catch up with filmmaker Mark Dixon on his journey. Learn from him and all the others who have put amazing time and energy into creating our new reality!

Follow these links for day by day COP 21 updates:
on Facebook: Mark's Climate Journey to COP 21
on the Blog:

Here's the link to the climate lecture Mark presented at a recent meeting of Sustainable Monroeville and has presented all over the Pittsburgh region:

Mark is THE representative lay person who has traveled to Paris from Pittsburgh. Follow Pittsburgh's amazing Mayor, Bill Peduto, to see what is going on during the talks and figure out how you can shift your awareness and consciousness and wrap your heart and spirit around the changes you can make as an individual. Think of how you can be involved in your community to shift awareness and make positive changes towards carbon neutrality!

And get ready for an amazing 2016 life changing time! Happy Holidays and Happy end of 2015 and 2016 and Way Way beyond!!


Elisa Beck:)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

FREE Virtual Sustainability Summit and Wanda Guthrie of the The Thomas Merton Center speaks her truth at the November 2, 2015 meeting of Sustainable Monroeville!

Hello there, and Happy November! 

Join us on Monday November 2, 2015, at 7:00 PM to hear Wanda Guthrie, one of the original regional sustainability activists and pioneers talk at the Monroeville Public Library for the November meeting of Sustainable Monroeville.

From Wanda Guthrie:

"There is much movement in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area as people all over the world anticipate the decisions of the UN Paris Summit on Climate Change known as COP 21.

The Thomas Merton Center has a number of projects dedicated to environmental justice and climate justice. Our newest project is Pittsburgh 350 and we have been working together with other local groups to build momentum for local climate change actions and information. 

We are working with to create momentum for local, national and international actions addressing fossil fuels and climate change.

Please come and hear about our OFF + ON CAMPAIGN, POWER THROUGH PARIS, and our very important DIVEST PITTSBURGH: Asking the City of Pittsburgh to Divest from all fossil fuels."

On another note check out this virtual Sustainability Summit starting tonight for 12 consecutive days, absolutely FREE!!! Here's the link:

See y'all tomorrow evening in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library. This meeting is free and open to the public. Feel free to invite others and share widely!

Elisa :)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Join Us on Monday, October 5, 2015 for Sustainable Monroeville on COP21 Climate Change negotiations with Filmaker Mark Dixon of YERT fame!

Dear Sustainable Monroeville fans and community members in beautiful Western Pennsylvania,

Happy early Autumn! We are honored to host Filmmaker Mark Dixon for the October meeting of Sustainable Monroeville on Monday evening, October 5, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library. Sustainable Monroeville meetings are free and open to the public so bring along a friend or two or three! Save some room for some delicious surprise dessert that surely will have something to do with our sustainable and regenerative future!

From Mark: "This December nations around the world will send delegates to the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, France. This is quite possibly the most important climate-related event in all of human history, and Mark Dixon will be bringing his eyes, ears, and voice (and audio/video/photography gear) to this gathering to raise awareness about this important issue and urge responsible action by lawmakers – particularly in the Pittsburgh region.
Already an accomplished environmental filmmaker (YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip, and The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson) and climate presenter, Mark Dixon further bolstered his awareness of the UN climate negotiations by formally representing Pittsburgh’s Mayor Peduto at an official UN COP21 precursor event: the World Summit Climate and Territories in Lyon, France. Based on this event and subsequent research, Mark has developed a detailed COP21 climate presentation to inform and entertain audiences with the drama and nuance around our civilization’s greatest attempt to address the climate crisis. Mark has pre-processed the complexities of the COP21 process and our collective global response so that you can be well-informed without devoting days of your life to working through all the details. We hope you can make it! More information at . And my crowdfunding campaign here: . "

We look forward to seeing you on Monday evening, October 5. Hey, let's learn together about shifting consciousness and creating an even more beautiful world!

Many blessings for a restorative, regenerative future,

Elisa Beck:)
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Monday, August 10, 2015

Sustainability Pioneers Film screenings and Documentary Filmmaker Kirsi Jansa on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM; Whole Foods Plant Based Pot Luck dinner at 6:00 PM

Happy Summertime! We are so excited to be hosting documentary filmmaker Kirsi Jansa, creator of Sustainability Pioneers for our September meeting of Sustainable Monroeville on Monday evening September 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library!

Join us for 6:00 PM for a Whole Foods Plant Based meal, followed by some amazing documentaries and discussion with Kirsi!

Here's the link for more details :

All meetings of Sustainable Monroeville are free and open to the public!

Elisa Beck :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

An Ecology of Mind, the movie, followed by discussion for the August 3, 2015 meeting of Sustainable Monroeville at 7:00 PM!

What's life on this planet and in this universe all about? How can we understand the nature of life without understanding our connection to the natural world and that we are nature? That our inner ecosystems are part of the "outer" world?

Join us for the August meeting of Sustainable Monroeville on Monday evening, August 3, 2015 at the Monroeville Public Library to see the documentary An Ecology of Mind produced Nora Bateson, daughter of Gregory Bateson. The movie screening will be followed by discussion and action!

Here's the link for more details about the documentary:

See y'all on Monday evening, August 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library, Sustainable Monroeville meetings are free and open to the public. Feel free to bring along your colleagues, friends and neighbors!

Many blessings and much love for an amazingly aware and sustainable, resilient future to all of us!

Elisa :)

Elisa Beck, Founder
Sustainable Monroeville
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