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Next Living Lightly Fair: September 2018 | Minnetrista, Muncie, IN

Speakers and Presentations

Featured Speaker:

Madi Vorva - “Girl Scout Cookies and Conservation”

11 a.m. – noon, Indiana Room

Madi Vorva is a senior at Pomona College, where she studies environmental analysis.  At 16, Vorva was honored as a U.N. Forest Hero for leading an eight-year campaign to get the Girl Scouts to source responsible palm oil in their cookies. The campaign reached 10 million people, persuading the Girl Scouts of America to change its policy in 2011. It was the organization’s first policy change in its 101-year history ever driven directly by girls. Since then, Girl Scout cookie bakers Kellogg and Wilmar (trader of 45% of the world’s palm oil) have adopted deforestation-free policies. Today she serves on the Jane Goodall Institute and State Farm Youth Advisory boards. She is a co-host of “FabLab,” a STEM education TV show airing nationwide on FOX affiliate stations. She has also been named as a 2016 Udall Scholar, her second year in a row for the prestigious national award for university sophomores and juniors that is rarely received twice by the same person.

Pre-fair film showing: “The Story of Stuff”

The Living Lightly Fair will show The Story of Stuff at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at the Maring-Hunt branch of the Muncie Public Library. The showing is free and open to the public.

The Story of Stuff is Annie Leonard’s 20-minute film about “the way we make, use and throw away all the Stuff in our lives,” according to storyofstuff.org.

Susan Eichhorn, assistant director and education coordinator for East Central Indiana Solid Waste District and vice president of Living Lightly, will lead a discussion after the film’s showing.

This program is not sponsored or endorsed by the Muncie Public Library.

Book Discussions

We invite you to pick one (or more) of the books below and start reading. Then join us on fair day for a discussion of these great reads!

9 – 9:50 a.m. – The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability – Designing for Abundance
Small conference room

Donna Browne, grant writer for CERES (Center for Energy Research, Education and Service) at Ball State University, will lead a discussion on the latest book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart, who also co-authored Cradle to Cradle. In The Upcycle, McDonough and Braungart aim to show industries, businesses, and consumers “how people can move from being ‘less bad’ to becoming part of the natural cycle of regeneration on the planet.”

1 – 1:50 p.m. – An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture

Wayne Meyer, retired librarian from Ball State University, will lead a discussion on An Other Kingdom: Departing the Consumer Culture, by Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight. An Other Kingdom invites readers to depart the “consumer culture” and instead “imagine an alternative set of economic beliefs that have the capacity to evoke…a culture in which the social order produces enough for all.”

2 – 2:50 p.m. – This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Melinda Messineo, chairperson of the Department of Sociology at Ball State University, will lead a discussion of This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. the Climate, by Naomi Klein. In this powerful book Klein examines the factors that keep many in our society and economy from facing climate change, and she challenges us all to “think differently, radically differently,” in order to generate “sensible action.”

Morning Yoga

9 - 9:50 a.m., Hackley Gallery (Second Floor)

Kristie Inman from Lotus Yoga Studio in Muncie will lead a yoga session to help some attendees start their day right at the Living Lightly Fair. If you’ve never tried yoga, here is your chance!

“Solar Systems: A Real Choice for Homeowners & Organizations”

9 - 9:50 a.m., Indiana Room

Producing electricity from the sun has never been more affordable than it is today. In this session, a local solar installer, a representative from a local church and a homeowner who has recently installed solar systems will share their experiences in planning, financing, installing, and using solar technology. A question-and-answer session will follow brief introductions.

Chris Rohaly is owner of Green Alternatives Inc., a solar installation business in Kokomo, “a real choice for homeowners and organizations.” Rohaly is an electrical engineer with 30 years of design and project management experience. He is a past board member of the Indiana Renewable Energy Association, serving two terms as president. He is currently on the Advisory Board for the Ivy Tech Lafayette Energy Program

– As an energy educator, Mary Annette Rose has developed energy curriculum and taught youth and preservice teachers about both the technical aspects of energy technology and the costs/risks/benefits associated with energy systems and consumer behaviors.  Rose and her husband recently invested in a 9.6 kW solar system for their rural home in Delaware County.

– As coordinator of the “Green Team” at the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Muncie, Wayne Meyer was instrumental in planning and financing the 80-panel solar installation at the UU church.





Canning Demonstrations

9 - 11 a.m., Cantina

For the Living Lightly Fair, Minnetrista will move its canning demonstrations from the Farmers Market to the Cantina inside. Minnetrista’s Education Manager Ashley Mann will do the demonstrations, as well as answer attendees’ questions about canning.

“Climate Change: Adventures in Antarctica”

10 - 10:50 a.m., Large Conference Room

Dr. Carolyn Dowling will share her experiences conducting research in the desert ecosystem of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, the largest relatively ice-­free area in Antarctica. She will discuss how climate change is affecting the Dry Valleys and other unique habitats and environments of Antarctica.

Dowling, an associate professor in geological sciences, has worked at Ball State University since 2009. Her current research interests include diversity and inclusive pedagogy in the sciences, as well as the hydrology and water-­rock interactions in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.

“Beekeeping 101”

10 - 10:50 a.m., Indiana Room

Gary Keesling will share his journey with beekeeping and the establishment of Pappaw’s Hunny Farm. Keesling will also discuss the importance of the honeybee in our food system and will share tips on how to start your own honeybee hive along with a demonstration.

Keesling is the chairman of the education committee for The Beekeepers of Indiana and coordinator of the Hagerstown Community Garden Project. Keesling and his wife, Paula, operate Pappaw’s Hunny Farm in Hagerstown, Indiana. Keesling enjoys working with beekeepers from all over the state to educate people about the benefits of local honey and about the honeybee. Keesling graduated from Purdue University in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in management, and from Anderson University in 1997 with a master’s degree in business administration.

“Working With Your Legislators to Make Indiana a Greener State”

1 - 2:15 p.m., Large Conference Room

This session provides a look at recent state legislative action affecting the environment and ways Indiana residents interested in the environment can partner with legislators to promote green policies.

Sue Errington represents Muncie in the Indiana General Assembly as the state representative for House District 34. Errington, a Democrat, is the ranking minority member of the House Environmental Affairs Committee, a member of the Natural Resources Committee, and the Recycling Market Development Committee.

Greg Beumer represents Jay, Randolph and Delaware Counties in the Indiana House of Representatives, District 33.  Beumer, a Republican, is a member of Environmental Affairs Committee Interim Study Committee, a member of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee, and an active volunteer of Historic Farmland USA.

“Documenting a Monarch Butterfly Garden”

1 - 1:50 p.m., Indiana Room

Pam Farmen will share her journey in becoming interested in the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly and the importance of milkweed and succulent gardening. The presentation will include a documentation of a Monarch Butterfly garden to be created during the summer of 2016.

Farmen is a retired Ball State University journalism graphics instructor. Farmen is now the garden adviser for the Anderson University Community Garden in Anderson.



“Change Starts with a Passion”

2 - 2:50 p.m., Indiana Room

In this session, featured speaker Madi Vorva will interact with kids and teens, to help them think about how they can turn their own environmental passions into actions.  Children, teens, educators, and parents are especially encouraged to attend this session!

“Greening of Middletown”

2:30 - 3 p.m., Large Conference Room

Carolyn Vann, a retired biology professor at Ball State University and the regional director for Sustainable Indiana 2016, is hosting a showing of The Greening of Middletown. She and her husband, John Vann, associate professor of marketing, were consultants for the project. The 29-minute film, supported by Sustainable Indiana 2016, encourages Muncie to become the greenest community in Indiana. Ball State telecommunications students under the direction of Jeanette Castillo created the documentary as an immersive learning project.

Sustainable Indiana 2016

4 - 6 p.m., Indiana Room

At the end of the Living Lightly Fair, we hope you’ll stick around for a special celebration of Sustainable Indiana 2016. The event, which is open to the public, will include the honoring of local organizations for their work in sustainability. All are invited!

The mission of Sustainable Indiana 2016 is to discover, catalog and celebrate Hoosier-based climate solutions as a bicentennial legacy. Like Living Lightly, Sustainable Indiana 2016 encourages Hoosiers to take practical steps to live more sustainably and reduce their carbon footprint.  Learn more at sustainableindiana2016.org.


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