Meet the team Part 1

The EcoFairfield team has a varied background, but the most important common denominator across the team is our passion for sustainability and our love for the Fairfield community. We are all happy volunteers that enjoy meeting weekly, sharing ideas, collaborating, working hard, and even arguing, to bring you the best possible Earth-Day weekend event. Get to know some of us here:
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The Planter

Meet James Schleppenbach. He is a transfer-student from Christopher Newport University in Virginia, born and raised in Dunellen, New Jersey, currently in his 3rd semester at MUM studying Sustainable Living with an emphasis in sustainable agriculture. He first got involved with EcoFairfield last summer after being elected Sustainable Council President for MUM’s Global Student Council. No longer President, he is still involved with EcoFairfield as student representative coordinating Day of Service and a tree planting project as part of the Hometown Rewards Program for the City of Fairfield. He enjoys making great food, making great compost, and spending time with people who appreciate life.
E-mail: jaschlepp@gmail.com
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Minca Borg
The Connector

Minca Borg is a Sustainable Living student originally from California, though she considers Fairfield, IA, to be her hometown. She is coordinator, and most of times meeting-facilitator, for EcoFairfield: Serve, Connect, Inspire; Student Council representative; and Resident Adviser at MUM.  In her words:  “My first year at MUM, I asked a senior how to get things done.  She said, ‘Be a Connector.’  So I am.  It seems to be an effective strategy for every aspect of my life.  I am here to help you connect with you interests, passions, goals and community.”   Minca’s interests include: Human, Organizational, and Social Development; Community Building; Gardening; Writing; Nature walks in all-weather; Math; Community Service; Why & How. She watches House when she can and likes to listen to Cat Stevens.
E-mail: mborg@mum.edu
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David Fisher
The Overseer

David Fisher is primarily a botanist. He received a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Wisconsin. He then served as a research scientist at the USDA Forest Experiment Station in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and was a Humboldt fellow at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Prior to joining MUM faculty, he was a professor and researcher in leaf structure-function relationships for six years at the University of Hawaii. His research at MUM on breeding potatoes for resistance to the Colorado potato beetle has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Leopold Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. He is the founder and Director of the Sustainable Living program at MUM and has been the primary advocate for the design and construction of the new Sustainable Living Center. Otherwise, his pursuits are reading, playing basketball, vegetable gardening, tree climbing, and bicycling around the Fairfield Loop Trail.
Email:dfisher@mum.edu
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More profiles coming soon. Have a great week and thanks for reading!
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EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Green Drinks Event

The EcoFairfield team invites all interested in environmental issues to an evening of green drinks, good food, good people, and hopefully a good tune or two.
Green Drinks events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, done deals and had moments of serendipity.
Green Drinks have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. Just say, “are you green?” and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

We hope you can accompany us for fun and networking this Friday, February 24, at Arandas’ Mexican Restaurant. Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Please RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/348191771877938/

The Code:

Green Drinks are Open

* Green Drinks is mostly for people working on environmental issues, but anyone can come — people from environment groups, business, government, academia and as individuals. There is no ‘us and them’.
* Organisers and all attendees actively welcome newcomers and introduce them to others in the group.
* All attendees commit to meeting new people at every session and not just sticking with people they already know.

Green Drinks are Freeform

* There is generally no agenda or theme, Green Drinkers mingle and share insights and provoke and exasparate and inspire and delight each other. There are moments of serendipity and a lot of ‘oh, you if are interested in X then I must introduce you to that person over there who knows all about it’ …
* All kinds of people come to Green Drinks and this is what makes for the interesting interactions.

Read the rest here: http://www.greendrinks.org/Start 

See you Friday!

EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Want to design or model for the EcoJam Fashion Show?

This year’s ECOJam team is recruiting designers and models (all ages and experience welcome!) who wish to participate in the fashion show on Saturday, April 21st, 2012!
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EcoJam is an annual fashion show featuring garments made of recycled, vintage, or sustainability manufactured materials, designed and modeled by local people. See this short video to know what has been:
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Now that Ecofair has evolved into EcoFairfield, so too will EcoJam be bigger and better this year, and we’re hoping more inclusive.
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Click for more pictures
Grace Hartnett @EcoJam 2011

If interested in creating a clothing line for the show or modeling for a designer, please contact Grace: gracehartnett@gmail.com or Soangela: hardts@live.com (or by facebook)! with your full name, e-mail, & phone number.

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DEADLINE TO COMMIT = FEBRUARY 17TH (FRIDAY!).

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For futher information click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/337099276330266/

Spread the word. Please share this post.

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We would love to have you on board and co-create Fairfield’s most memorable EcoJam Fashion Show of all time!
Let’s get on with it.
EcoFairfield 2012 team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!
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Green economy: does it include you?

In honor of World Environment Day, in honor of EcoFairfield, and in hopes of winning a trip to Brazil this summer (yay!) for the annual WED conference organized by the United Nations Environment Programme since 1972, today I blog about the theme of the conference this year: Green Economy. Does it include you?
World Environment Day -June 5th-The Green Economy is a fuzzy and complex concept. My definition of it includes triple-bottom-line businesses, cooperatives, private industries, non-profits, and charities; political reform (revolution?), fair-trade and global markets; as well as timebanks, volunteerism, barter, and gifting circles; women’s empowerment, agroecological practices, and renewable energy technologies.

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But more than these elements, vital to a green economy is a shift in thinking and understanding how things influence one another within a dynamic whole, and then prioritizing accordingly. The Green Economy is not a one-size fits all solution but many different solutions applied appropriately. The Green Economy is not one ideology but the healthy balance of many.
To paraphrase Michelle Long, instead of a global village, a Green Economy is a globe of strong, healthy interconnected villages.
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What we have today is a global village in which a country’s Gross Domestic Product is considered
by most to be the only indicator of standard of living. GDP’s focus is Market Value a.k.a. Money. It ignores income disparities and depletion and degradation of natural resources. It counts your parent’s divorce, hurricane Katrina, and the alarming rate at which we are losing our soils as “gains”.

Contrast this scenario with a globe in which nations strive to boost Gross National Happiness which measures factors conducive to happiness. Here, in this world, you are guaranteed care when you fall ill, and proper education, here mothers won’t die from childbirth if preventable, and you won’t go hungry. GNH is even a useful comparative indicator; research supports the notion that markers of individual and social well-being are remarkably trans-cultural. Pinker likes to say that because we are all relatives, it’s not all relative.

And though I celebrate globalism, I acknowledge unchecked globalization is seriously un-sexy. Ignoring labor rights, human rights, and damages to the environment in international agreements leads to a world of corporate hegemony. A tricky balance needs to be resolved between globalism and localism. Imo more localization is needed. Localizing efforts lead to diverse, harder, better, faster, stronger villages and communities.
As Fairfieldians would say: there is unity in diversity.
So does the green economy include you?
Only you can say and somehow you already have the answer. Are you interested in seeing your town flourish in every way imaginable? More specifically, do you want to see more and better movies offered at the local movie theatre? Top that how about watching locally directed and produced media? Have you ever wanted to be an actor? Are you a videographer? photographer? screen writer? Think about all the new gigs that would be available, now multiply that to include every industry!
Also, what is that small business idea that whispers to you while you try to sleep? And to speak about food, aren’t the veggies and fruits from the farmer’s market just oh so ripe and delicious!? Ever thought about growing your own? Wouldn’t it be fun to manage a community garden along with your neighbors? And exchange seeds? And have potluck parties?
The questions are endless. But the main one still is: Does it include you? You with your valid worries and problems; ambitions, needs and responsibilities; and a set way of doing things: Does this so-called Green Economy include you?
I bet the better question ought to be:
Do you want to be left out?
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Further Reading
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 UN International Year of Cooperatives http://www.2012.coop/
And if you are curious here are the contest guidelines:

So what is EcoFairfield, anyway?

Howdy! Welcome to our blog.
Whoever you are you’re part of our community, and part of EcoFairfield.  Why?  Because to us Sustainability is about inclusiveness–about the interconnected world.  We believe that when the relationships among us (people) and our environments are healthy, mutually beneficial, and strong, we will all enjoy greater happiness, and resilience in every way: ecologically, economically, psychologically, physically, culturally.

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EcoFairfield grew out of an annual college EcoFair sustainability conference into the beginnings of a movement to serve, connect, and inspire the citizens of Fairfield, Iowa.  Past EcoFairs highlighted specific aspects of sustainability and aimed to bring sustainability celebrities to Fairfield.  Yet in the process of finding local experts for additional workshops, we realized there is a wealth of knowledge right here in Fairfield.

This year our focus is on sharing the knowledge of local experts, the excellence of local vendors and businesses, and local projects that anyone can participate in throughout the year.  EcoFairfield is more than just an Earth Day weekend conference.  April 20-22nd is an opportunity for us to join together in hands on community service, to learn and celebrate, to build relationships with local and regional mentors, to delight at what is possible during the EcoJam Fashion show, to connect with green jobs, strengthen local economy and volunteerism, and to plug-in to city-wide energy efficiency efforts to save on personal utility bills.



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EcoFairfield is a growing collaboration of the city of Fairfield, Fairfield Public Library, Iowa State Extension, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Maharishi University of Management, MyLocal Cooperative, the Dharma Foundation, the Bonnell Building Project, and Fairfield Rotaract.  All community members and organizations are invited to participate and join the organizing team.  We look forward to participating in the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program launch also taking place Earth Day Weekend.

So what is EcoFairfield, anyway?
It depends. What do you want it to be?

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