Dear Friends and Family,

We hope that this letter finds you well.

We’d like to share major news with you about the future of The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living. The Apeiron Institute will no longer continue to operate as an independent non-profit that provides programs in our Rhode Island community and schools. Moving forward, our environmental education work, curriculum, and the eco-house in Coventry, Rhode Island will continue under the YWCA Rhode Island. The YWCA Rhode Island is a strong non-profit  whose commitment to social justice and local change for women, communities, and families is an inspiration for others.

As part of this transition, the YWCA staff will determine how Apeiron’s resources can best be utilized to serve the Rhode Island community. If you want to continue working toward Apeiron’s vision, please contact the YWCA for volunteer opportunities.

While we are sad to say goodbye to Apeiron as we have known it, we are thrilled to know that the work of countless staff, volunteers, and community members will continue on with the YWCA Rhode Island. Given the uncertainty of climate protection due to our current political landscape, please know that we will continue to fight alongside you for a better world.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alanna Green or Kate Aubin

In solidarity,

The Apeiron Board of Directors

Authorelisabeth bux
2 CommentsPost a comment

Spring has sprung! Join us for SPRING VOLUNTEER DAYS at the Apeiron Center for Sustainability Education, Saturday, May 9, and Saturday, May 16 from 12-4pm. Time to rake the leaves and straw, tidy up the labyrinth, maintain our walking trails in the woods, and PLANT! Come get your knees dirty and your hands in the earth as we celebrate spring and put some love into our Sustainability Education Center!

Come learn about the house and grounds, swig some lemonade and iced tea, and give yourself some good old sunshine, companionship and great work! Lets hope for beautiful, blue-sky days. Please spread the word to any and all who may be interested. Email to sign up, so we can keep you in the loop about weather changes, carpool combos, etc.


Apeiron is hiring!

We are seeking a new after-school educator to help us deliver our beautiful sustainability/environmental/nature-based curricula to students K-12 around Rhode Island! If you are a passionate, dependable, experienced, motivated person who is committed to environmental education, read on:


  • Teach weekly youth programs primarily after school in RI’s urban schools
  • Participate in curriculum design and development as part of a teaching team


  • Background knowledge of topics pertaining to sustainability
  • Experience teaching groups of youth
  • Teacher training or commensurate experience
  • Good listening and people skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and adaptability
  • Long-term commitment to ecological living
  • Professionalism and dependability
  • Ability both to take direction and to work independently
  • A positive outlook

You must also have a car and a dependable driving record, and clean background checks.

Additional qualities and skills we are looking for include:

  • Background knowledge of natural history of the region
  • Background knowledge of biological/environmental sciences
  • Background knowledge of STEM/STEAM education
  • Background knowledge of green job industry and related technologies and skills
  • Background knowledge of sustainable, local food systems and culinary arts
  • Computer skills in standard Microsoft programs – Word, Excel & Outlook


  • Part time, permanent position
  • Start date: Immediately
  • Approximately 5-10 hours per week with opportunity for increased hours
  • Primarily Monday - Thursday schedule, afternoon hours, with ability to be flexible
  •  $15.00 per hour

What if the annual State of the Union was not a speech spoken by one, but a poem created by many?


The US Department of Art and Culture is hosting THE PEOPLE'S STATE OF THE UNION in more than 170 locations across the country at the end of this month. Amy Walsh (Director of the Apeiron Institute and Founding Cultural Agent of the USDAC) is hosting a Providence gathering, and encouraging others to join in or host their own. Will YOU bring your voice to this beautiful event?

WHAT IS IT? A people-powered State of the Union Address in the form of a NATIONAL COLLECTIVE POEM. All over the country, in the last week of January, people are gathering in small formations called STORY CIRCLES to tell and document our stories about the State of our Union. We will upload our stories to a STORY PORTAL, and in the week following the story circles nationwide, members of the USDAC National Cabinet will comment on themes that arise, tying individual and collective experiences to a larger narrative of who we are as a people and what we might imagine and stand for together. 

Simultaneously, a diverse group of poets from across the U.S. will be invited to co-create the “2015 People’s State of the Union Address,” drawing from the stories shared online as source material for a collective poem. The Poetic Address to the Nation will be performed and broadcast live from its premiere at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City on February 1, 2015. Transcripts will be made available for future readings and performances.


-- Come to a story circle at the Apeiron Institute! Thursday evening, January 29th, at 7pm
at the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living, 519 Atwells Avenue, Providence. Please RSVP to me! And/Or:

-- Host your own story circle! Sign up here.
You can come to a training call (The one on January 16 will be led by me). It can be hosted by you or an organization you represent. The more the better!

Find out more and watch it all unfold at

Flyer for the Apeiron story circle attached! Spread the word far and wide!

AuthorAlanna Green

Like many, we at Apeiron are looking forward to a period of updating, organizing, clearing out and refreshing our space to set a good tone for the new year. There are a few things we could use - and maybe you can help!

  • Blenders, food processors, and toaster ovens for our Eco-Chefs programs
  • Cutting boards (also for Eco-Chefs)
  • A decent vacuum cleaner! All it needs to do is suck up dirt. We have two, which barely do that. (Any ideas about how to upcycle old vacuum cleaners?)
  • art supplies for classes: washable markers, crayons, pencils, construction paper, kids' scissors, glue sticks
  • extensions cords and power strips
  • Some new computers! We could use a good laptop or two, a good desktop or two, or even three, to replace the good old workhorses we've been using that are starting to slow down.
  • Our printer/copier/scanner: Another piece of previously reliable equipment that went KAPLOOEY recently and started eating pages like Cookie Monster with a box of Chip-Ahoys. Got a good one to lend or give?
  • computer speakers
  • a webcam
  • 6 or 8 or 10 Comfortable stacking or folding chairs for our larger meetings and events.
  • A big rug, low-pile or woven, in cheerful colors for our meeting space. At least 9x11.

That's Amy if you would like us to take any of these items off of your hands. Remember, in-kind donations are ALSO tax-deductable!

AuthorAlanna Green

The Apeiron Institute, Rhode Island College and partners from across Rhode Island are hard at work planning a great summit, bringing together all those dedicated to creating healthy, creative, efficient and environmentally sustainable schools -- schools that will lead the way to a thriving society, one in which children’s lives, health, and education are top priority and our sustainable relationship with the earth’s natural systems is paramount.

Propose a workshop or presentation
Submit your proposal for a workshop and/or presentation - these will addressing a wide variety of issues and approaches to creating sustainable schools. We aim to build bridges for our varied stakeholders and members of schools communities, cultivating strong partnerships for success. Our ares of focus include: using schools as a teaching tool, youth leadership and empowerment, integrating sustainability into school curricula and culture, and facilities, infrastructure and health. Deadline September 15.

Sponsor the Summit
Sponsorship opportunities for individual and group/business/organizational sponsorships will be available shortly. In the meantime, contact Amy Walsh for information about sponsoring the Summit.

Join the Youth Track
This year's Summit includes a youth track. We are looking for teachers, schools and programs to bring groups of students to partake in workshops and activities designed by and for young people. We're also looking for young people who want to be in on the planning stages of the youth track - this involves attending two meeting during after-school hours in October. Teachers - want to bring your group of students to the Summit? Are you a young person who wants to get involved? Contact Kim Kitchener, Youth Track Support Person, now!




AuthorAlanna Green

Apeiron is proud to co-sponsor the Rhode Island Green Schools Challenge for 2014-2015! Held by the RI Chapter of the US Green Building Council, the challenge encourages the development of Green Teams in RI schools and cultivates sustainable relationships between stakeholders in public education.

The challenge inspires public and private schools in Rhode Island to devise and implement, with the help of professional green mentors, the most creative, effective and no or low cost sustainable practices for their schools & communities.

SUPPORT the challenge! We are looking for organizational partners and individual supporters. To join this exciting project, contact:

KERRIE PUGLIA – USGBC RI Chapter Green Schools Advocate

LORRAINE NIK - USGBC RI Chapter Administrative Coordinator


AuthorAlanna Green

Whitney's Top Ten Books of Environmental Information and Inspiration! 

In honor of the upcoming launch of our Sustainability Study Circles on Thursday, Aug. 7th, I have put together a list of my favorite books in the realm of the environment and sustainability. Many of these are taken straight from the reading list of an Environmental Literature class I took last spring that changed my life and my relationship with written work and some I have discovered on my continued search to understand the state of the world and what to do about it. Here is a list of the top 10 environmental writing pieces that first inspired me to make changes in my life, come to terms with difficult environmental issues, and most of all, fall in love with the earth and a future in environmental advocacy and ecological living.


This list is a varied collection of material aimed at exposing someone with environmental interests to the wide range of genres that exist for an equally diverse subject. Included are works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, compilations of essays, and spiritual study. I recommend experiencing these books in an order similar to the one listed below and interspersing Mary Oliver’s Poetry and the Tao Te Ching throughout all of your reading (it is especially needed during the heavier middle section of books 4-7):

1.  The Forest Unseen  by David George Haskell

2.  Tao Te Ching

3.  Mary Oliver: New and Selected Poems

4.  What’s Gotten Into Us?  by McKay Jenkins

5.  Silent Spring  by Rachel Carson

6.  Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt  by Chris Hedges

7.  Listening to Whales: What the Orcas Have Taught Us  by Alexandra Morton       

8.  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life  by Barbara Kingsolver

9.  The Yoga of Eating  by Charles Eisenstein

10.  Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril


As a college student about to start my senior year, the books that have been recommended to me and are on the top of my reading list include: What Now? by Ann Patchett, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan and Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, both by Charles Eisenstein.


Do you have any recommendations for environmentally related literature? Let us know in the comments!

AuthorWhitney Vos