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Exciting new project

The first ever Madison SOUP is going to be held this Sunday, September 18th from 6-8pm at Sector67 at 2100 Winnebago St.

Heather Wentler, organizer of Madison SOUP, writes:

Let me tell you a little bit about a Madison SOUP event.

Once a date is picked, people who are interested in presenting at the event are asked to fill out a simple application form and submit it up to 1 week before the event. The top 2 or 3 projects with a common theme are chosen to present a 5 minute presentation the night of the event.

During an event attendees pay $10 for a homemade soup, salad, bread and drink meal as well as a voting ballot. While everyone is enjoying their meals 2 to 3 ideas are pitched to the group that would help the Madison community through art, other community events, or start up projects. After all the pitches everyone votes for their favorite idea and the project that receives the most votes receives all the profit money from the event.

At the next event the winners are to produce a short 5 minute presentation as to how they used the funds from the event towards their project as well as how far they’ve come on the project and how much they have yet to go to achieve their project goal.

Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event or through and we are maxing the attendance to 60 people.

Please use the contact information below if you have any questions or thoughts you would like me to address.

Thank you for your time,

Heather Wentler

Organizer of Madison SOUP


Next film: Waterlife on Oct 20, 6:30pm

Big thank you to Sector 67 for hosting our screening of GASLAND on Sept 15.

Our next film is WATERLIFE, on Thursday, Oct 20, 6:30pm at the United Way, Evjue Boardroom (third floor, 2059 Atwood Ave).

“Waterlife” follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of the last huge supply (20 per cent) of fresh water on Earth.

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse.

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, “Waterlife” is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted.

The film is narrated by The Tragically Hips Gord Downie and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.

Outdoor movie on Sept 15: Gasland

Outdoor movie!
Gasland on September 15, 7pm

Sector 67 parking lot, 2100 Winnebago
There will be some chairs but feel free to bring lawn chairs if you like.

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology called “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country road trip to find the answer to this question. A nearby Pennsylvania town was recently drilled, and reports are that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire.

This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called Gasland. Part verite` travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown, Gasland is a crosscountry odyssey with unexpected humor, uncovering a trail of secrets, lies, and contamination.

Also, we will be showing a Climate Wisconsin short, “Forestry.”

Tree Inventory: faster than the bug

The inventory is going quickly. That’s good news. It means that–with continued progress–the grant money will cover the cost of the inventory. This map includes most parts of the SASY neighborhood, but not all, depending on which map one uses (there are a few out there), and all of our inventory area.  We coordinate the areas on the map between volunteers and the person performing the inventory.  The number/letter labels help communicate which areas are ready to be inventoried. We started with the parks–this was a slow go–imagine measuring the height of trees on the bank of Hudson Park at Lake Monona! Then we moved to the first residential area, #9.  Area #9 went much faster than the park areas, and was completed as of 8/5/11.  We started canvassing areas 3-6 last week and will measure those areas in the next 2-4 weeks.

Green Thursdays — a new film series for the neighborhood

Sustainable Atwood has joined the Green Day Partnership and will be showing FREE movies in the neighborhood this 2011-12 season!

Movie titles include: Carbon Nation, Gasland, Waterlife, Homo Toxicus, Fresh, Waste Land.. and more.

Movies will be shown on third Thursdays. Time and places to come.. Watch our “Green Thursdays” page for updates and more details.

September 15: Gasland. Location will be posted soon. Everyone is welcome.

**The Green Day Partnership is sponsored by The Natural Step Mononas Green Tuesdays and Thursdays Films & Lectures.**

Summer meetings

During the winter, spring and fall, Sustainable Atwood meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Zion Lutheran Church, 2165 Linden Avenue, Lower Level. (Enter on the Atwood side of the building.)

Sustainable Atwood does not meet regularly during the summer months, though there are special events! Please check back regularly for special event announcements. They will also be posted on the Sustainable Atwood mailing list.


Summer movies with Sustainable Atwood?

Update: Many local organizations will be showing sustainability-related movies this summer, including some that will be held out of doors!

We will be posting those movie announcements on the mailing list, so if you haven’t signed up for the listserv yet, you’ll want to do that now right here.

Sustainable Atwood is considering offering movies at the Barrymore this summer. They might be feature films, children’s films or documentaries, but all will have some connection with sustainability (which all things do, of course! But we will be a little more focused than that).

Please allow us to take your movie temperature by filling out this short survey. Thank you!

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