The Global Exchange Gathering: Building Community Resilience Around the World

JULY 31 - AUGUST 3, 2014  | Sheraton Providence Airport Hotel, Rhode Island

Registration deadline this Friday!! Register HERE now!

Apeiron is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event,  an opportunity to join people from around the world to see how time banking, complementary currencies, transition towns, and cooperative practices are building communities empowered to:

  • Care for individuals who need help with basic and special needs including youth, families, elders, and veterans
  • Address economic disparities and poverty
  • Provide community-based disaster relief and preparations
  • eweave social ties that promote local community interdependence and resilience

rganized by the New Hope Time Exchange.

AuthorAlanna Green

Thanks to generous funding from New England Grassroots Environment Fund the RI Earth Institute (RIEI) in partnership with Apeiron is gearing up to reinvigorate its network of community building, Earth healing, change making "Sustainability Study Circles." As a sister institute of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI), RIEI's mission is to support individuals in finding their path to lives of abundance in community with others and in harmony with the Earth.

Through Sustainability Study Circles, organized groups of 8 to 12 people meet weekly in homes, community centers or workplaces for 6 to 12 weeks to read and discuss course books developed by the NWEI in Portland, OR. Evolving out of the work of the Sustainability Study Circles these groups can't help themselves but to go on to engage their communities in incredible local sustainability efforts! Since 2003 RIEI Circles have spawned powerful community projects including launching educational workshop series at Whole Foods, organizing a joint yard sale, hosting regular clothing swaps, raising money to support a fledgling community center, forming a co-housing group, soliciting funding for neighborhood tree planting, community clean up events... and the list goes on!

So if you are ready to delve deeply and cultivate your inner agent of change stay tuned for an opportunity to get involved in a community near you!

AuthorAlanna Green

Thank you to everyone who came out for a great weekend of learning, networking, and collaborating.  The Sustainable Schools Summit took place November 1-3 at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI with the theme of Achieving Environmental Literacy: Health, Environment, Curriculum, based on the pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools program.


Our goals for the Sustainable Schools Summit are simple, but bold: to promote greater participation in maintaining efficient, clean, and healthy learning environments; to improve schools’ environmental quality; to make schools across the region healthier and more productive places to teach and learn; to raise awareness of the Rhode Island Department of Education’s high performance schools protocol and achievements; and to provide districts with resources to integrate high performance building features into their curriculum.

Since its inception in 2008, the Sustainable Schools Network has organized Sustainable Schools Summits in partnership with Rhode Island Department of Education and Rhode Island College, among other key stakeholders, and through the support of Rhode Island Foundation, Verizon Foundation, National Grid, RI Office of Energy Resources, and Prospect Hill Foundation. Each event brings together upwards of 200 teachers, students, parents, administrators, facilities managers, and officials from school communities across the state to showcase successful local initiatives and to provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and support network to move their school toward greater sustainability.

AuthorAlanna Green

Listen to this! Apeiron's Director of Education, Elisabeth Bux, joins RI Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) President, Kristen Swanberg, and RI College Sustainability Coordinator, Jim Murphy, on the Renewable Now radio show to talk about the exciting collaboration between the Sustainable Schools Summit and the New England Environmental Education Alliance's regional conference. Hear how these two groups joined forces for one year only to promote meaningful connections across educational and environmental sectors, build regional networks, and cultivate leadership skills for widespread environmental literacy adoption and implementation in the context of sustainable, healthy schools.

AuthorAlanna Green

The Rhode Island Deep Energy Retrofit Workshop was held on October 25 2013. The all-day workshop covered technical concepts and proven techniques for high performance retrofits that achieve greater than 70% energy savings. Current building science, key challenges, savings results, utility incentives (in particular from National Grid) and cost effective strategies for Deep Energy Retrofits.

The event was designed for building and remodeling contractors; architects and engineers; lenders, realtors and developers; building inspectors; HVAC contractors; homeowners and energy auditors; and HVAC and Energy Service Contractors and was approved for 7 AIA Continuing Education credits.

The main presenter, Marc Rosenbaum, P.E., is an intelligent, knowledgeable and creative engineer, a dynamic speaker, and a featured presenter at many energy and sustainable building conferences. He uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities which connect us to the natural world, and support both personal and planetary health. He brings this vision, experience and commitment to a collaborative design process, with the goal of profoundly understanding the interconnections between people, place, and systems that generate the best solution for each unique project.

 Also covered:

  • An integrated look at a DER project in North Kingston, Rhode Island by David Caldwell, Vice President of Caldwell and Johnson and a leading green builder in RI.
  • Lessons learned from the MA and RI Deep Energy Retrofit Pilot including, case examples, energy savings, non-energy benefits and market lessons from David Connelly Legg, PMP, of Dave Legg Energy Associates.
  • Incentives for Deep Energy Retrofits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts from National Grid.  

The event was sponsored by Rhode Island College (host sponsor), National Grid, Energy Federation (EFI), 475 High Performance Building Supply, and Mitsubishi Electric.

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AuthorAlanna Green