Friday, November 30, 2012

Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Pot Luck Dinner December 3, 2012

Join us Monday evening, December 3, 2012, for our December raw vegan and vegetarian pot luck holiday feast! Dinner at 6:00 PM followed by discussion and planning for 2013. Please pack your plates and utensils and we will pack in and pack out, and of course compost yet another zero waste event! We like to begin meetings by talking about what we have done over the past month that is 'Sustainable." What does 'sustainable' mean anyway?!

How is our Monroeville Food Garden a model for the Food Not Lawns movement for our suburbs? We will discuss the opening of the Schwartz Living Market as a new model for hatching green businesses and linking the urban and suburban Food Not Lawns Movement with the urban core throught the Schwartz Living Market Transition Town process in Pittsburgh's Historic South Side. See for details and join us as our guest on Saturday, December 1, 2012, to get a preview of what's to come and to become part of the dialogue and creative process!

Sustainable Monroeville meetings are free and open to the public and are held at the Monroeville Public Library. We give thanks for our public library that has been hosting our meetings for the past almost four years. We are thrilled that the Monroeville Food Garden outside the library produced over 500 pounds of vegetables for five commmunity food banks for the second season in a row. Thanks to Lois, Sandy, Pam, the Girl Scouts and all of the other volunteers that continue to make this project a success. This permaculture style food garden has some of the healthiest soil around, and healthy living soil is a huge key to good health!

Nick Hein, Rachel and Stan Beck looking at the pedal generator powering a blender!

Pedal Generator built by Nick Hein of Postive Spin in Morgantown, WV. bike donated to the Schwartz Living Market project in Pittsburgh's Historic South Side. What will be powered by this set up? How much pedaling is needed to recharge a cell phone? How about a blender?

We look forward to being with you and eating and drinking with you on Monday evening! Elisa Beck:)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Drop in the Ocean: Sustainable Monroeville

A Drop in the Ocean

From the album: Cover Photos

What has Sustainable Monroeville, rather the people in the group, and the Monroeville Library and the Monroeville Food Garden and all the volunteers accomplished over these past, almost four years?Perhaps just a drop in the ocean, but we certainly have begun to educate ourselves about what it means to be a sustainable community and help to move Monroeville forward in the Green Economy. Join us this coming Monday evening, November 5, 2012 to plan our future! 2013, Here We Come!

Please watch this video short and share images of what you see here in Western, PA so we can reach out further and educate more and more people here in Western, PA and around the world for the need to understand and implement the work we do. Here's the link:

Who conceived this video? It was a group of folks, including my friend Diana Rotberg Bray and a few of her children, and their friends. We have known each other since perhaps even before kindergarten. We were in a photography class together in eleventh grade. And then she married an amazing Australian man, had four children and well, what led to this video, that part, is history.

Be present in this moment. Linking the world together. Connecting the dots. Raising Awareness. One moment at a time.

See you on Monday, November 5, 2012 in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Elisa Beck
Sustainable Monroeville, founded February, 2009
A Transition Town Process