Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alcosan Draft Wet Weather Plan Public Meeting on September 5, 2012

Where, oh where, does water go once it falls from the clouds? What happens to sewage? What alternatives can we suggest to Alcosan? Join the Public Meeting that is FREE and open to the public in the Eastern suburbs on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 from 9:30 to Noon, learn and speak your truth. You can make a difference!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sustainable Monroeville at End of Summerfest in Monroeville, PA

This was the first 'officially' combined composted and recycled event, that we know of, in Monroeville, PA. How exciting! Kudos and thanks to PA Resources Council,, and their Zero Waste Pittsburgh program for making this possible! In collaboration with Sustainable Monreoville, the Municipality of Monroeville, and Temple David at the End of Summerfest, the PA Resources Council provided 10 recycling containers and one compost container for us.

Kyle came to pick up the compostables and enjoyed posing for this photo with his Steelers Zero Waste shirt! Thanks so much Kyle for all you do! Thanks Temple David, and the Municipality of Monroeville for making all of this possible! Here's Kyle Winkler, of PRC helping out at the end of the day along with a member and huge organizer and helper of the End of Summerfest from Temple David. 

Hey, we wanted a bunch of compost containers, but were educated by Kyle and changed our minds. We decided one compost container for this first collaborative event would be just right. But why? Well, folks, that is, the general public, understands recycling and what to do with their plastic bottles and aluminum cans. But composting? That's a whole different story!

In the 1500's, composting must have been the norm. Or was it? These Renaisasance folks sure were a bit confused looking at these oversized plastic containers. They had chalices hanging from their belts and carried their pewter plates with them. Now that's a vote for sustainability! To learn more about the Renaissance and have lots of fun, consider going to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival sometime between August 25 and September 30, 2012. Go to for details. And tell the King and Queen we sent you!

The King and Queen recycling their water bottle. Wait you might think, we just mentioned that the Renaissancers were carrying chalices with them. So here's the real scoop: They were adding bottled water that was supplied by the festival to their chalices in the big tent on the field, their hideaway for the day. But those Renaissance folks are responsible, yes they are. At the end of the day, one of them asked where to recycle the 70 bottles of plastic they had accumulated over the past many hours! They put all of their empty used bottles in the proper blue receptacles. We were informed that usually they have a giant urn filled with water that they use to fill their chalices. Another vote for sustainability! We sure are interested to know more about the Renaissance and what we can learn from looking back. Thanks for being such wonderful participants in our frecycling and composting efforts, King's Court and the King and Queen! We had fun dancing with you too!

    Ira, of Sustainable Monroeville and his beautiful wife visiting us at our booth.


These ladies were sampling meatballs and cheese. Neither of these food items could go in our compost. Why is that? For small scale composting, meat and cheese are kept out of the pile so as not to attract pesky animals. If not eaten, that meat and cheese was put in the trash. 

Dana of Healcrest Farms in Garfield, an awesome urban farm, was selling delicious teas and other wild provisions. Their booth this year was the only booth that intentionally provided compostable tea sampler cups this year. Bravo to Dana and Healcrest!

Who are these groupies? Must be Lois, the hugger guy, a local couple,Pam, Skip, and Lu! Check out that wheatgrass on the table, the beautiful flowers, the great photos of the Monroeville Food Garden and more!

Elisa, founder of Sustainable Monroeville, with Kyle of PRC, at the end of the day. PA Resources Council is the oldest environmental non-profit in the state of Pennsylvania and their work is fantastic!
Thanks again and again for working with us!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

End of Summer Festival 2012 in Monroeville Park 2451 Tilbrook Road with Sustainable Monroeville

Join Sustainable Monroeville and the Monroeville Food Garden to celebrate at the End of Summer Festival on Sunday, August 19, 2012, in Monroeville Park. Through Pennsylvania Resources Council's Zero Waste Pittsburgh program, along with Temple David, and the Municipality of Monroeville, we'll be recycling bottles and cans and composting food and other products! Look for the blue containers to recycle glass, plastic and aluminum containers, and look for the green container to compost food waste and other compostables at the event!

Monroeville End of Summer Fest

August CalendarWHEN: Sunday - August 19, 2012
WHERE: Monroeville Community Park, Tall Trees Amphitheater,
399 Tilbrook Road, Monroeville PA 15146-4232
(Allegheny County Pennsylvania.)
DESCRIPTION: Monroeville End of Summer Fest is a food and music festival open to the public. Admission is free. There will be vendors, arts, crafts, food, a band playing on the stage, carnival-type game booths, face-painting, activities, raffles, and contests.
The event benefits the Weiger School at Temple David.

CONTACT: Email: "endofsummerfest @"

 End of Summer Fest

Sunday, August 19th   11 am – 7 pm

Monroeville Community Park
2451 Tilbrook Road, Monroeville, PA 15146

The I Made IT Market will be bringing 16 artists to join in the festivities at End of Summer Fest in Monroeville Community Park from 11 am – 7 pm. It’s second year, End of Summer Fest is a fundraiser for the JESP Preschool at Temple David in Monroeville (this school is open to all for enrollment).
This family event centered on health and wellness.  Featuring a kids area with games, activities, and face painting, live entertainment from five bands including Rox Academy, Chasing 9, Lightening Box, and the Pittsburgh Passion, this event will keep the family busy all day long.
Meet and shop from local retailers, food and our local artisans selling handmade wares as part of the I Made It! Market.  This event is free to the public to attend.
A portion of each artist’s sales will be donated to JESP Preschool.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Eating, Third Edition: It's the biggest cause of disease, disabilities and death in the U.S. today

Join us on Monday evening, August 6, 2012 at the Monroeville Public Library for the August meeting of Sustainable Monroeville. Our Raw Foods Pot Luck Dinner begins at 6:00 PM and at 7:00 PM, the movie will begin. We will be screening the movie Eating. Mmmm. mmmm. good! Bring along a raw foods dish, preferably with locally sourced food. Remember to bring along a place setting and a cup as we like to pack it in, pack it out, and make our events, zero waste!

Eating third Edition
A documentary film
"A compelling and often shocking look at the standard American diet." "...asserts that following federal nutrition guidelines can kill you." American Library Association
"Rivet yourself to your chair and watch Eating, a mind-blowing video experience that will forever change the way you think about food."
Joel Fuhrman, M.D.,            author of Eat To Live
"Eating is a brilliant program, showing a side of the food industry that many will find shocking. It also provides an easy and engaging path to health through good food. I highly recommend it." Neal Barnard, M.D.,            author of Breaking the Food Seduction
"I want both to congratulate and to thank you. You've done us all a major service." John Robbins, author of Diet For a New America
Don’t miss the Eating experience! 88 minutes that will change your life!


This is part of an email received which describes a showing of Eating:

"WOW! It was unbelievable! We had over 100 people show up to our fundraiser. After the film was over, about 30 people stayed around and talked and asked questions and ate free samples of fake meats and soy/ice/almond milks, etc...that had been donated by our local grocery stores. Before the movie, I decided not to put out handouts and books. I did it during the film, so that when people came out, they came on to the resource table where we had our cook books and our table full of free literature. There was SO MUCH excitement and energy in the theater lobby area. It felt like we changed a lot of lives and a lot of diets. It was enormously successful. Andy helped me and my students set up and break down, and he was also very engaged in talking to people and answering questions. He thought it was incredible! It is a great film to see on a big screen."