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NET-ZERO Union Arena Celebration!

   

JOIN THE UNION ARENA CELEBRATION!

FIRST NET-ZERO ICE ARENA IN THE U.S.

WHEN: 4:30-6:00pm, Saturday, October 23, 2021.

WHERE: 80 Amsden Way, Woodstock, VT 05091. (Click here for Google Map location.)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  https://unionarena.org/

As of early summer 2021, Union Arena’s newly-installed energy-efficient systems and expansive solar array have transformed the building into the first NET ZERO ICE ARENA in the United States, with no net annual energy cost for heating fuel and electricity. With the cost of energy accounting for approximately a third of the total annual operational costs, the sustainability benefits for the arena operations budget, for the environment, and for the community, are profound and far-reaching. Crossing the rubicon to net-zero positively affects the cost of programs, keeping them affordable, and therefore accessible, for all.

The Union Arena NET ZERO project supports a broad array of commitments that have been made for increasing renewable energy and decreasing carbon emissions, including the goals of President Biden’s Climate Plan, Vermont’s Global Warming Solutions Act, and the Town of Woodstock, Vermont’s own Comprehensive Energy Plan, “Ready for 100%” pledge to the Sierra Club and Climate Emergency and Action Resolution.

The world has discovered Union Arena’s innovative and forward-looking net-zero project, which has been featured in articles published by the Associated Press and the Globe & Mail, and in broadcasts over Radio Canada and VPR. The net-zero team has conducted classes for Efficiency Vermont, hosting other ice arena operators. They served as panel members in a webinar shared nationwide in Canada to create a road map to help Canadian municipalities get to NET ZERO. New York City has contacted Union Arena to study the project.

   

Green Drinks: Weatherize your Home for Winter

Green Drinks– Weatherize your Home for Winter

Thursday October 21st, 5:30-6:30 PM

Location: virtual

Register here

Winter is coming! Save on heating cost and reduce your carbon footprint by weatherizing your home. Learn about what COVER is doing to help make your neighbors with mobile homes warmer. COVER will also give tips for how to weatherize your own home and the availability of Do-It-Yourself weatherization kits.

About Cover: Founded in 1998, COVER Home Repair's mission is to foster hope and build community in the Upper Valley. We do this by organizing volunteers to help low-income homeowners address their most urgent home repair, weatherization, and accessibility needs. Each year COVER completes 70+ urgent home repairs and 40+ weatherization projects in Vermont and New Hampshire with the help of more than 300 volunteers.

 

The River and the Wall Film Screening

Film Screening–The River and the Wall

Monday October 25th-Friday the 29th

Location: virtual

Reserve your Free spot here

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes.

Conservation filmmaker Ben Masters realizes the urgency of documenting the last remaining wilderness in Texas as the threat of new border wall construction looms ahead. Masters recruits NatGeo Explorer Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist Heather Mackey, river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg to join him on the two-and-a-half-month journey down 1,200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.

Free and open to all. Donations are welcome and go to support our local arts community. Make donations at https://pentanglearts.org/get-involved/donations/

Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts. Made possible by our underwriters VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and MASCOMA BANK and sponsors Ellaway Group, The Unicorn, Yankee Bookshop, and Mark Knott DDS.

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