Dear Power Shift Network,

I'd like to share a story with you that I've been trying to tell for a long time. It's the story of becoming a human concerned about plants and animals and resources, despite my origins in an enormous city where resources abound.

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Want to help raise awareness about solar energy on your campus?

The first week of February is Solar Education Week!


February 1-7 join a national movement to amplify solar knowledge on campuses across the country! From coast to coast students at universities around the country are hosting solar education events the first week of February to spark a national conversation about solar energy.  Does your campus have a solar education event planned yet?  Check on the list at and if not, sign up to host one!

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Grand Aspirations is now accepting applications to participate in our 2013 Summer of Solutions programs!  Apply here!  This blog post is from Growing Food and Sustainability in Middleton, WI.

Hello friends, and happy spring!

I’m Sara, a first-year intern at Growing Food and Sustainability. I wanted to tell you all a little bit about one of the great things I have been able to do with our team so far this year. Beginning last fall, I began working with our GFS team at Clark Street Community School; over the past few months, I have been fortunate enough to co-lead their weekly Ecology Club meetings. In our 90 minutes together on Friday mornings we have had some amazing discussions already, and I imagine they will get even better as times goes on and we move from inside the classroom to outside in the garden.


Clark Street students helping us clean up the youth farm last fall

A lot of what we have been talking about over the winter season has related to general questions of sustainable living. Currently, they are working away at a bottle-recycling program with other organizations in their school, and we have started some plants under light tables–just to get our hands a little dirty this winter! We have also done some great asset-mapping exercises to help them realize how effective they can really be as agents for change, and how their talents and networks really matter when it comes to making a difference.

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This blog post, written by Chicago Summer of Solutions Program Leader Nell Seggerson, is cross-posted from Letsgochicago.orgGrand Aspirations is sharing blog posts from our local programs to keep the powershift community updated on our work.

In this blog, I’m going to attempt to pack the two things I think about all the time into one tidy package about the future of our communities: schools and climate change.

A motto we use (not very much but enough that I’m going to say it’s our motto) here in Chicago is “A school in every neighborhood, a garden in every yard”.


We’ve been talking about the connection between the education system and sustainable community transitions for awhile now and it makes sense to us that we should be working with schools, but mostly because schools are a resource to get more kids involved, not because we recognized why the schools need us. But as times in education shift, it’s becoming more clear why schools and community-based environmental groups need each other.

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24 Hours of Reality

September 8, 2011

This is a great opportunity to help spread awareness of the severity of climate change: next Wednesday, Septeber 14th, the Climate Reality Project will be launched- an initiative speaheaded by Al Gore to educate anyone on Earth that has access to a TV about the stark consequences of our current energy system. I emphasize current because I do believe that basic education on an issue as complex as climate change is essential to any kind of change we want to see as a movement.

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