Make A Difference Day

Join many volunteers in Fairfield to create a difference on Make a Difference Day this Saturday, October 27th, 10am-4pm.

What is Make A Difference Day?

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others — a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

Where?Three Sites – You Choose:
1. PreRestore Habitat for Humanity
2. St. Mary’s
3. 908 W. BroadwayWhat?
Cleaning, Painting, Organizing, Creating

Why?
Because every effort counts towards a better experience in Fairfield. I think that is good enough. What do you think?

How?
Every place will have a facilitator to facilitate action!

RSVP: ecofairfield@gmail.com – with subject line Make a Difference & Site Name – in body please give us your contact information

Learn about EcoFairfield: https://ecofairfield.wordpress.com/Learn more about Make a Difference Day:
http://www.usaweekend.com/section/mdday

The Hometown Rewards Program

Taken from the Fairfield GoGreen Website, edited by us:

When you save energy, everybody wins. And now there’s one more reason to do so – Alliant Energy’s Hometown Rewards program.

The City of Fairfield was selected to participate in a two-year partnership with Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, through its Hometown Rewards grant program.

This program rewards Fairfield for reducing citywide energy usage either by adopting energy-efficient behaviors (turning off lights, unplugging unused electronics, etc.) or investing in energy-efficient upgrades (like compact fluorescent light bulbs, new insulation, etc.). If Fairfield successfully meets its goals, Alliant Energy will give the community a reward.

What kind of reward are we talking about? One picked by the sustainability leaders in Fairfield – new solar panels for a city building.

The purpose of the Hometown Rewards Program in Fairfield is to focus on energy efficiency and conservation goals outlined in the City’s strategic Go Green Plan through grass-roots community efforts. Hometown Rewards goals in Fairfield include:

  • Save residents 5,059,288 kWh in electricity and natural gas equivalent (that’s $540,000 in energy costs)
  • Offer free educational workshops relevant to all sectors of the City
  • Engage at least 50% of Fairfield residents in this program

*You can see all of the program’s goals and strategies here.

The Hometown Rewards Program builds upon the energy initiatives outlined in the Plan by identifying the community’s energy use today, setting goals for improvement, implementing strategies and measuring the results.

The goals were outlined during a 3 month process by the program’s steering committee. Committee members include Mayor Malloy, Kari Bedi, Anna Bruen, Jeff Clawson, Bob Ferguson, Michael Halley, Daryn Hamilton, Joel Hirshberg, Molly Martlin, Fred McElwee, John Revolinski, Lonnie Gamble, Scott Timm, Roger Vorhies, and Alliant Energy representatives Laurie Appleget and Robin Sempf.

An outside consulting firm, Sebesta-Blomberg will measure progress towards the goals and metrics until the end of 2013.

So what’s next?

“Dig In, Fairfield” the Hometown Rewards Program kick-off event, is happening on Earth Day, April 22nd. We’ll be planting a community orchard just outside of Chautauqua Park along the trail system and then have a free BBQ dinner (catering to most dietary needs) provided by Hy-Vee, and entertainment by the Jefferson County Green Band. Also, that weekend FMS, Washington Elementary, MSAE, and Singing Cedars School will be planting trees for energy efficiency; and the public parking lot on B and Broadway will receive shade trees. We’d love to see you anytime on Sunday and encourage you to sign up through the Fairfield Volunteer Center to help volunteer, but of course you are welcome to show up anytime. At the event, we’ll be hosting the president of Trees Forever, representatives from Alliant Energy, as well as Congressman Loebsack, Senator Chelgren, and Representative Hanson.

Local designers and screen-printers designed the Dig In logo and t-shirts.

www.fairfieldgogreen.com was re-designed to highlight the Hometown Rewards Program. On the website you can learn about the program, find opportunities to participate, and track progress towards the program goals. We’re also on Facebook!

You’ll start hearing about the Hometown Rewards Program and Dig In event on radio stations. You’ll also be seeing posters and door hangers for the Dig In event around town!

EcoFairfield, Alliant Energy, City of Fairfield, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center,  Iowa State University, 100.1 FM KRUU, Trees Forever, HyVee, Ideal Energy, Danaher Oil, Everybody’s Whole Foods Store, and The Global ID Group help turn the Hometown Rewards Program a success in Fairfield. Thanks to EcoFairfield and other partners, Fairfield’s Hometown Rewards Program can offer fun, exciting and educational events; all of the educational workshops will be free of charge; and projects begun as part of the Hometown Rewards Program will have solid maintenance plans to ensure their continued success.

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The Hometown Rewards Program really depends on community effort. Join us to end the EcoFairfield Earth Day weekend with a bang! RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/350672824976142/ or here if you’re a student:  http://www.facebook.com/events/175458325908820/. Let’s plant some trees!

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

Healing our Planet, Healing Ourselves

EcoFairfield and Dharma Foundation present
“Healing our Planet, Healing ourselves’:

Learn how our tropical rainforests, the ‘lungs of our planet’ are being destroyed at the alarming rate of 6 soccer fields a minute and the impact that is having on Mother Earth.

You will hear ways you can be more ecologically conscious that can make a difference in the quality of your life and the lives of your loved ones. Learn how you can help affect climate conditions, the preservation of thousands of species of plants and animals, as well as the Indigenous people who have untold ancient wisdom yet to be shared with us.

Shipibo Children

Come hear Maryann speak at the Fairfield Arts and Conventions Center’s meeting room number 2 next Saturday, April 21st, from 10-11am. She is also hosting a workshop titled “Plant Wisdom holds the Key to Radiant Vitality at any age” in the same meeting room from 2-3pm later the same day. Admission is free!

About the workshop, imagine plants growing in pristine virgin soil deep in the heart of the Rainforest.  Plants store information within them just as humans do.  Imagine the vast amount of information these whole wild botanicals contain.  Theirs is a message of ecological harmony and balance going back for generations.

Scientists now confirm that new discoveries in Rainforest plants hold the keys to reversing degenerative disease and accelerating health and vitality for us and future generations.

Maryann is an Amazon herb independent distributor

Attend and learn some of the secrets the medicine men and women have known for
centuries that make it possible to experience a high quality of lifelong, radiant vitality. This program will include a tasting of some delicious “guilt free” healthy chocolate, sustainably harvested and obtained in a ‘more than fair trade’ way.

Maryann Hesse, a rainforest ambassador who has traveled to South America and
communed with Indigenous tribes, will share heartwarming stories and first hand accounts of these amazing healing botanicals in her workshop; and heartbreaking stories of happenings that affect us individually, and greatly affect the health of our planet during her presentation.

Maryann with a village elder

9 more days till Earth-Day weekend. We can hardly wait.
🙂
EcoFairfield 2012 Team
Serve. Connect. Inspire.
Because our locals are awesome!

Green Cornucopia!

Green Vendors Sale- over 50 booths- EcoFairfield Trade Fair Sat. April 21
All Green, All Natural. Admission is free.

Bring the family to Dharma Foundation’s first-ever Green Vendor Sale of eco-friendly products, gifts, toys and services on Saturday April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Expo Hall. It’s part of EcoFairfield’s Sustainable Living Celebration for Earth Day 2012 and you’ll discover an overflowing cornucopia of goodies to enjoy!

You’ll find a vast variety of delightful offerings from over 50 local and regional craftspeople, artisans, importers, performers and artists — and you can feel good that a portion of the proceeds goes to the Dharma Scholarship Fund to help students attend the Maharishi School.  You can also feast on a delicious buffet lunch from India Café.
You’ll find jewelry, scarves, toys, gourmet delicacies and organic cosmetics, ayurvedic aromatherapy products, organic chocolates and organic clothing and literally hundreds of other items.  It’s the ideal place to shop for unique gifts for upcoming birthdays of your family members or friends, or find the perfect natural water filter or hand-crafted kitchen goods for your home.
“We have a wonderful eco-oriented community and you’ll find an abundance of quality gifts that are exotic and unique, so it’s a great shopping opportunity” explains Donna Cingre of  the Dharma Foundation. It’s also an important fundraiser to help students attend Maharishi School, the first consciousness-based school in the world.”

For a list of Green Vendors that is being updated regularly,  go to tinyurl.com/Dharma21

In addition to the Dharma Foundation’s Green Vendor Sale, you can participate in other exciting events during EcoFairfield’s Sustainable Living Celebration.  RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/409948079031068/

Rosalie D’Anne Borg
Event Coordinator
Dharma Foundation
EcoFairfield 2012
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Because our locals are awesome!

Community Tree Planting: Dig In, Fairfield!

Happy Spring!
During the winter months we have been busy planning a big tree planting project.  This will be a collaborative project and the entire community is invited to take part; we are looking for 250+ volunteers over several days!!  The Tree Planting initiative serves as the kick off for a series of educational events focused on energy savings sponsored by Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards.  It also happens to be Global Youth Service Day, the largest service event in the world and celebrates the work that young people are doing to improve communities.  And don’t forget, Sunday the 22nd is Earth Day…this is a great way to be involved in a meaningful project by working together with fellow residents to make a difference here in Fairfield.  There are volunteer needs leading up to the big tree planting as well as actually digging in the dirt and getting the trees in the ground.  Here are some opportunities:

Saturday, April 14th: 10 volunteers per ward, to hang doorhangers and posters

Sunday, April 15th:  10 volunteers per ward, to hang doorhangers and posters
Friday, April 20th: 15 volunteers to prep the orchard site, deliver materials and possibly dig holes at school planting sites
Saturday, April 21st: 15 volunteers to prep the orchard site, deliver materials (volunteer needs on these two days will vary based upon the weather that week and final needs so some flexibility is needed here)

 

Sunday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY): 90 volunteers to plant the orchard, 30 in each of three time slots:
                9:00 am – 11am
                11:30am – 1:30pm
                2:00pm – 4:00pm

Sunday, April 22: 10 volunteers to help with clean up efforts after the picnic dinner

Volunteers should sign up ahead of time for their preferred time slot so that we can plan accordingly.  Bring your friends and family and share this email far and wide!

Plan to wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty, consider a pair of gloves and bring along some drinking water or snacks.

 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring shovels. Parking is at the entrance to Chautauqua Park and then walk down to the trail entrance.  Map of the planting site to come.

 

All volunteers are encouraged to attend the tree planting workshop on Wednesday, April 18th at 7:15pm at the old St. Mary’s building, N. 3rd and Grimes.  All volunteers will receive a free Dig In, Fairfield t-shirt or bandana.

At the end of Sunday, we will be hosting a picnic dinner in celebration of the tree planting efforts and to kick off the entire Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Grant and the series of events and educational efforts that will follow.  A Dinner (catered by Hy-Vee, including vegetarian options) and Entertainment (Jefferson County Green Band) will follow from 4:30-8:00.

Dig In, Fairfield Partners: Trees Forever, Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards, City of Fairfield, Iowa State University Extension, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield Parks and Rec, Fairfield Trails Council, Fairfield Schools, Maharishi School, Singing Cedars School, EcoFairfield

Hometown Reward Program Partners: Alliant Energy, City of Fairfield, Iowa State University Extension, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield residents

Hometown Reward Program Sponsors: Ideal Energy

Please RSVP with your availability via phone at 641.209.9045 or email fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com by April 6.  If you are a student contact James
at jaschlepp@gmail.com.

 

Warmly,
Molly Reiff
Executive Director
Fairfield Volunteer Center, Inc.
EcoFairfield 2012
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Fairfield, you are invited!

“What is the next greatest version of your life, your community, the region and the nation?” asks keynote 2012 EcoFairfield speaker Seth Braun.  That’s what last year’s EcoFair organizers asked ourselves last year.  We learned from our local workshop presenters that there is a wealth of expertise, passion, and practical home-based sustainability in Fairfield and regionally. We learned from the Fairfield Volunteer Center’s weatherization projects and Interact’s Sunnybrook garden project that community service is fun, meaningful, bridges generations, and generates friendships.  At the Growing Food and Justice Conference in Wisconsin we discovered that community building and sustainability education can be seamlessly merged, and that culture, art, agriculture, and food are all integral.  We knew that community meant connecting diverse perspectives, because if the “choir is preaching to the choir,” the choir is missing out on learning, growth, and new relationships.  With so many fantastic organizations, projects, and people here, it seemed like the best route was to come together and get to know our neighbors.

by Werner Elmker

You’re invited this April 20th-22nd to Fairfield, Iowa for “EcoFairfield”. Bring your shovel, your business card, your story and most importantly your passion and vision! EcoFairfield is a new idea: a community organized, community-supported, and community-wide event themed to “Serve, Connect, Inspire.” It is a cross-organizational project that includes the Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Fairfield Rotaract, myLocal Cooperative, City of Fairfield, Dharma Foundation, Bonnell Building Project, and Iowa State Extension with more partnerships developing.

“One of the many partnerships that have come together for Ecofairfield is a group to plant in upwards of 300 6-foot trees around the community,” explains James Schleppenbach. The project is funded through an energy grant from Alliant Energy.  Shade trees as well as fruit and nut trees for community orchards will be planted. James’ initial “Day of Service” concept focused on bringing together students from Fairfield Public Schools, Maharishi School, and MUM for an afternoon of community volunteering, but it quickly evolved into a coalition working with the City’s tree planting and several other events. RSVP here http://www.facebook.com/events/350672824976142/.

Green Vendor's Fair 2011
Green Vendor's Fair 2011

Saturday we invite you to enjoy the abundance of Fairfield.  Your weekly Indoor Farmers Market is 8am-2pm at the Senior Center.  9am-4pm, the Green Vendors’ Sale (http://www.facebook.com/events/409948079031068/) and Green Career Jobs Fair (http://www.facebook.com/events/406619692688100/)  will fill Fairfield Convention Center Expo Hall and meeting rooms. Discover eco-friendly goods, local cottage industry expertise, and global connections.  Explore green jobs, internships, business opportunities, and local non-profits dedicated to education and service.

Green Jobs Fair 2011
Green Jobs Fair 2011

Workshops, presentations, and documentaries all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon will offer a broad range of knowledge and experience you can apply to day-to-day sustainability.  Enjoy walking or biking the Spring streets as you visit the Fairfield Convention Center, Fairfield Public Library, the old St. Mary’s schoolhouse, and MUM campus, where you can tour the new Sustainable Living Center.

Local or regional speakers and workshop hosts include Fred Kirschenmann from the Leopold Center; Stuart Valentine, green asset management; Christian Renaud from StartupCity Des Moines; Michael Cook, a former organizer of the Village Building Convergence in Portland, Oregon; Francis Thicke, author, sustainable agriculture expert, and founder of Radiance Dairy; Maryan Hesse, an Amazon forest ambassador; Scott Morris, Founder of myLocal Cooperative; and Nick Campney from One-Hundred Trees.  Most presentations will be free; a few workshops may require $2-10 donations to help cover costs of materials.  A schedule including costs will be here online the first week of April.

EcoJam 2011
EcoJam Fashion Show 2011

Saturday night culminates in the annual ECOjam Fashion Show at 7pm in St. Mary’s School House. Twelve designers will each present a line consisting of recycled, vintage, or organically and sustainably manufactured materials. Local artists are also invited to showcase their art! (Artists contact: gracehartnett@gmail.com) Tickets go on sale at April’s Art Walk in front of the Beauty Shop and at the ECOjam door. For more information click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/312749835455771/.

Sunday morning is reserved for appreciating the spirit of rest, worship, and family. The early afternoon features a Community Swap, Kidz Corner, Food Drive, and workshops before the event’s grand finale at Chataqua park, where the Hometown Rewards BBQ and tree planting will be complemented by Seth Braun facilitating a community conversation on envisioning the next best version of Fairfield.

Revelations Bookstore and Cafe
by Werner Elmker

Stay up to date and help us get the word around by visiting our blog and subscribing for updates at ecofairfield.wordpress.com, or like us at facebook.com/ecofairfield. Please direct questions, suggestions, and volunteer interest to Minca Borg: borgs108@gmail.com
Or come join us for an evening of Green Drinks, networking, and fun this Friday evening at Revelations http://www.facebook.com/events/389870794357499/.

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

Press Release on The Review

EcoFairfield recently featured on an article at The Review. Here it is word for word, pictures added by us.

Annual Eco-Fair, Rebranded EcoFairfield, Coming April 20–22

With a greater emphasis on local experts and a focus on service to the community, the 12th annual Eco-Fair this year is entitled EcoFairfield.

Coinciding with Earth Day, the event will feature workshops, local vendors and businesses, and community sustainability projects. The goal is to create a movement to serve, connect, and inspire the citizens of Fairfield.

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Organizers have planned a “day of service” on Friday, April 20, that will entail working on local projects to benefit the community and provide a hands-on learning experience. Major tree planting efforts are planned for the entire weekend in collaboration with the Alliant Energy Hometown Rewards Program.

The keynote speaker, Seth Braun, will focus on shaping a collective vision for the future of Fairfield. Based in Fairfield, Mr. Braun is an author, speaker, personal coach, entrepreneur, musician, and founder of Indestructible Success. He has offered keynote speeches, seminars, and training to a wide range of organizations and individuals around the country.

Other local or regional speakers and workshop hosts who had confirmed as of mid-February include Fred Kirschenmann from the Leopold Center; Christian Renaud from StartupCity in Des Moines; Michael Cook, a former organizer of the Village Building Convergence in Portland, Oregon; Francis Thicke, author, sustainable agriculture expert, and founder of Radiance Dairy; Maryan Hesse, an Amazon forest ambassador; and Nick Campney from One-Hundred Trees.

EcoFairfield 2012's Keynote Speaker
Seth Braun

While EcoFairfield will feature a day of service, organizers see this event as spearheading ongoing service projects in Fairfield related to sustainability and have created a Facebook page that lists local opportunities to volunteer.

EcoFairfield 2012 will also include the annual Eco Jam Fashion Show on Saturday evening, April 21, complete with catwalk and models. Designers are hard at work combining sustainability with art by creating garments that are made of recycled, vintage, or organically and sustainably manufactured materials.

EcoFairfield is a collaboration of the city of Fairfield, the Fairfield Public Library, Iowa State Extension, Fairfield Volunteer Center, MUM, MyLocal Cooperative, the Dharma Foundation, the Bonnell Building Project, and Fairfield Rotaract, with additional collaborators expected to be joining the effort.

myLocal Cooperative
myLocal Cooperative

“We hope EcoFairfield will be Fairfield’s event of the year,” said Fabiola Domenique, who together with Vinayak Narayana is codirector of marketing for the event.

To participate or for information, email domenique.love@gmail.com.

See also https://ecofairfield.wordpress.com and http://www.facebook.com/EcoFairfield.

Follow our blog and join in our excitement!
EcoFairfield 2012
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Community Tree Planting

Earth Day weekend this year is promising to be one to remember in Fairfield, as the ECOFAIRFIELD planning team is establishing partnerships for events in the community, one partnership has come together to plant upwards of 300 6-foot trees around the community. The funding for this project is available through a grant from Alliant Energy, which awarded the City of Fairfield $7,500 to plant trees for energy efficiency. The trees will be a mix of fruiting and edible varieties as well as non-edibles.

Serve. Connect. Inspire.

Planting sites include:
• Portion of trail near Chataqua Park (confirmed)
• Maharishi School (confirmed)
• Singing Cedars School (confirmed)

In negotiation:
• Fairfield public schools
• Portion of trail near Sky Factory
• Hospital
• Parking lot on Broadway ave.
• Wastewater treatment plant

A group of 15 people (myself included) met at the Library recently to discuss planning details and discern our plan of action. Representatives in the group included people from the local schools, the “Trees Forever” organization, the city’s sustainability coordinator Scott Tim, Sierra Club representatives, and others.
My personal involvement stems from my original initiative to organize a “Day of Service” in the community on the afternoon of 4/20, the official start-day of ECOFAIRFIELD. My vision was to invite Fairfield Public Schools  students, MSAE students, and MUM students to volunteer together around the community on Friday afternoon. It looks like that will happen, and the energy will go toward planting trees! But now, instead of 1 afternoon on Friday, tree-planting volunteers will be needed throughout the weekend. The final site selections, timing and other details are TBA.

We are looking for people familiar with ecology or tree planting to serve as group leaders at various sites. If you are interested in participating in any part of this weekend-long event and you are a student please contact me, James, at jaschlepp@gmail.com. If you are not a student and you are interested, please contact the Fairfield Volunteer Center: Phone number:           641-209-9045 Email address: fairfieldvolunteers@gmail.com.

United in Service,
James Schleppenbach
EcoFairfield 2012 team
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