Friday, June 13, 2008

Slow Down and Green Up Newsletter--June

Happy June everybody! Welcome to all of our new newsletter readers, who joined us at Youth Pride or Wake Up the Earth last month. If at any time you want to unsubscribe, just drop me a note or visit the Rise Up website to take yourself off.

Wow, June is chock-full of cool events for Conscious Consumers in the Boston area! We have updated our website with these event listings, but you can also check them out below. Also, we are helping to organize a focus group on conscious consuming for Juliet Schor, board member for the Center for a New American Dream and professor at Boston College. She and her researchers are developing a survey on the ways that people consciously consume and how conscious consumption choices are related to other forms of action and advocacy. We are hoping that 10-20 of you would be willing to pilot the survey and then meet to discuss it on Thursday, June 19th at 6pm in the Boston/Cambridge area. If you did not receive an eVite about this event and are interested in helping out, please email susan (at) and I’ll add you to the eVite list.

I have had several requests from NYC Conscious Consumers about events/activities in the Big Apple. Unfortuntately we can’t cover in detail every major city in the country as we are run solely by volunteers, but we are trying to update our website so that users can post their own events in their home towns. In the meantime, consider hosting a Conscious Consuming Discussion Series in your home town. We have all the stuff you’ll need on our web site.

Slow Food Boston's Terra Madre Fundraiser
The Meeting House, Tiverton Corners, RI
Cost: $50
Sunday, 06/15/2008 3:00PM
Join Slow Food Boston for a wonderful dinner of seasonable, local foods procured and prepared by farmers, fishermen, chefs and brewers from Massachusetts and Rhode Island! The price is $45 all inclusive, payable via Paypal or check, and attendance will be limited to the first 100 people. Children 12 and under are free, and those between the ages of 12 and 18 are $25. The event will raise money to send two local food producers to Slow Food's Terra Madre in Turin this fall. Learn more here:

Voluntary Simplicity Discussion Group
Natick, MA
Sundays, May 18th-July 13th
A Voluntary Simplicity Discussion group starts Sunday, May 18th from 3-4 in Natick Center. The group will meet weekly for 8 weeks, with members taking turns facilitating the discussion and (if desired) hosting. The discussions will be based on the essays in the North West Earth Institutes's course books, which cost $23. There are also several people who would like to participate in a group but can't do Sunday afternoons. If interested, please contact the group facilitator, Anne Lafluer at amlafleur(at)hotmail (dot)com.

Tools For a Greener Office: A Conference on Making Offices More Sustainable
MassRecycle, Inc. The Massachusetts Recycling Coalition
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Date/time: June 24, 2008 8:00am

Hope you all have a happy June!
The Team at Conscious Consuming

-Slow Down and Green Up!

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