Report from the Minneapolis Screening

From Peter Foster…

Transition Longfellow, a neighborhood group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, screened Empowered: Power From the People on Friday, February 14 for 35 residents. The screening was part of an ongoing monthly movie night hosted by Transition Longfellow at Bethany Lutheran Church. Movies are preceded by a potluck, which typically feature local, organic, vegan and vegetarians options, and include a local speaker. After Empowered, Timothy DenHerder Thomas lead a discussion about local solar programs, rebates and the future of solar power in the Twin Cities. Thanks for an inspiring and informative movie. It was very well-received.

Here are a few links to our activities through our local Community Council, and to our site, where you can learn more about what we do:

2/15: Empowered Screening in Minneapolis

Know anyone in Minneapolis? Come to this free screening and potluck organized by Transition Longfellow.

Friday, February 15, 7pm (potluck starts at 6:30)
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Transition Longfellow is part of the Transition Town movement, a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.

2/12: Empowered on the Radio

Producer Suzanne McMannis, Director Shira Evergreen, Art Weaver of Renovus Energy (featured in the film), and Guillermo Metz, Coordinator of the Green Building and Renewable Energy Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be heard on Ithaca Community Radio, 88.1 WRFI, on Tuesday morning, February 12th, at 7:00 am.

They will be talking about the possibilities of using the sun to heat your water and to power all things electrical – including your radio! Tune in to learn about the new initiatives Solar Tour Dryden and Solarize Tompkins SE!

Dryden and Caroline Getting Empowered

Town of Dryden residents, under the auspices of DRAC, the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, are organizing monthly green house tours to encourage people to explore the many renewable energy options now available. Each month will feature a different home in Dryden where the homeowners have made a commitment to offset at least part of their fossil fuel consumption with alternative energy. The event will allow visitors to see a renewable installation at work and talk with the owners at length about living with the system – cost, efficiency, decision-process. The tours will be open to the public and run year-round. Stay tuned for more details!

In other news, renewable energy advocates in Caroline and Dryden have started work on a campaign to enhance the presence of solar power in their communities. Details are still being worked out. If you are interested in this very exciting renewable energy effort, please contact Energy Independent Caroline for further information.

Report from the Newfield Screening

The organizers of Newfield PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy) share a summary of the recent screening they organized…

About sixty residents from Newfield and surrounding towns, including Dryden, Ithaca, Trumansburg, Spencer, Van Etten, Owego, and Apalachin, filled the Newfield Fire House, on December 8, to view Empowered: Power from the People. The Newfield Community Conversation, sponsored by the Newfield group PAUSE—People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy—included a reunion of many of the film’s participants and lively discussion of the making of the film, grid-tied and off-grid solar, solar leasing, wind, geothermal energy, and green building. The unique opportunity to hear diverse perspectives on planning for, installing, and living with sustainable energy was made possible through discussion with Shira Evergreen, director, Suzanne McMannis, producer, and David Means, Annie Korman, Carolyn Kreisel, Sarah Highland, as well as Lily Gershon, Tompkins County home dwellers who were featured in the film.

Attendees came away with a greater awareness of the possibilities for renewable energy in Tompkins County and—so important—the determination to bring sustainable energy to our homes and communities. The film’s impact is illustrated by the response to the final questions of the evening, First question: “How many of you are working on installations or are developing new technology?” Four or five people raised their hands. Second question: “How many of you are considering installing some kind of sustainable energy system in your home or business?” About 75%-80% of the hands went up.

After the movie and formal discussion, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to network and discuss technological issues and other questions with the film’s participants.

Support the Community Environmental Defense Council

Community Environmental Defense Council is making a big attempt to get sufficient funding so that they can continue to offer their important work for free to communities who want to implement fracking bans. There is currently a $25K matching campaign underway – gifts made to CEDC before the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $25,000.

You can donate online at
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PO Box 898
Ithaca, NY 14851

Please pass this on – thank you so much, and happy holidays!

12/8: Newfield PAUSE Screening with Reunion Panel

PAUSE, People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy, was founded by Newfield, NY residents concerned about the impacts of shale gas extraction on our town and region. PAUSE seeks to create a world in which people, animals, plants, and all communities flourish. We are excited to announce that PAUSE is organizing a screening of Empowered on December 8th, which will feature a jam-packed panel reuniting many of the Tompkins County residents featured in the film. We’ll have DVDs of the film and YIMBY signs for sale – they make great holiday gifts! Hope to see you on the 8th…

12/8/12, Newfield, NY: Newfield PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy) Screening
Saturday, December 8th, 2012, 7pm
Newfield Fire Hall
77 Main Street, Newfield, NY
FREE, Refreshments provided
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Shira Evergreen, Producer Suzanne McMannis, and from the film: Annie Koreman, Carolyn Kreisel, David Means, Sarah Highland and Lily Gershon

10/24: Empowered Screening in Syracuse with Sierra Club

Thanks to Annie Koreman (featured in the film), Empowered is coming to Syracuse!

10/24/12, Syracuse, NY: Onondaga Sierra Club Meeting
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012, 7:30pm
University United Methodist Church
1085 E. Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13210
Free and open to the public
Information: 607-492-4745
With Director Shira Evergreen