Simply Living Relaunches Sustainable U
New Fall Catalog Announced
Simply Living’s mission is to connect people to learning opportunities that promote sustainability, environmental justice, and our local economy. To that end, we are relaunching Simply Living Sustainable U, an initiative to provide community education for a sustainable world.
This page lists Simply Living discussion and skills courses. During Fall 2021 we will offer two discussion courses through EcoChallenge.org, formerly Northwest Earth Institute, a course through Local Futures, and three original online skills courses taught by our members.
You can find one-time speaker events, films, tours, and more on our Events Calendar. Events organized by Simply Living are at the top with the hashtag #Simply-Living. A long list of community events organized by other groups are below that.
Fall 2021 Course Catalog Titles – See more here
Voluntary Simplicity – Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Five sessions weekly starting September 29, 2021
Description. Our decisions on how we live and consume are not made in a vacuum. We are affected by the consumer culture and society around us. Voluntary Simplicity helps participants examine how modern society can interfere with caring for the planet. Together, you explore how consumption patterns have an impact on you and your relationships, as well as the environment. Discover ways to slow down and live simply. Preview the book
This is an EcoChallenge discussion course featuring highly flexible, participative discussions about the readings each week. The ideal group size is 8-12 people.
Course Facilitator. Jeff Sharp is a professor and director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and former board president for Simply Living. Register here
Seeing Systems – Sundays 7-8:30 p.m.
Six sessions weekly starting September 26, 2021
Description. How does one mold such complex principles as peace, justice, and sustainability into a coherent story? The difficulty reflects the media’s broader struggle to convey how these themes are mutually linked. Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice, and Sustainability connects the dots between three of society’s most pressing challenges and helps participants find pathways for powerful change in our everyday lives. Preview the book
This is an EcoChallenge discussion course featuring highly flexible, participative discussions about the readings each week. The ideal group size is 8-12 people.
Course Facilitator. Dan Barash is a former Simply Living board president and a longtime advocate for local foods, volunteering at the Worthington Farmers Market. Register here
Economics of Happiness – Tuesdays 7-8:30 p.m.
Five weeks starting October 26, 2021
Description. This discussion course is based on the award-winning film, Economics of Happiness (EOH), developed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her team at the International Society for an Ecological Culture (LocalFutures.org). Each session includes content from the EOH film or related media, a presentation that frames and explores the topic in greater depth, and class discussions based on selected readings in the booklet Localization: Essential Steps to an Economics of Happiness. Handouts will be made available. This course will be conducted online. Register to receive meeting links. Participants can attend any or all classes.
October 26 – Introduction and orientation
November 2 – Globalization
November 9 – Local Economy
December 7 – Community Localization
December 14 – Big Picture Activism
Course Facilitator. Chuck Lynd is an educator and founding member of Simply Living. He serves on the board of the Ohio Sustainable Business Council, where he advocates for local economic development and efforts to create a new economy that works for everyone. Register here
Spirit and Money – This is a pre-recorded webinar course. You can go through it at your own pace.
Your Money or Your Life, a best-selling book and study course by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez, provides a nine-step program for personally retooling your conscious activity with money, leading to transformation, fulfillment, and purpose. Expected results of applying the tools include a higher quality of life; paying off debt and building savings; linking your deepest values/purpose with your finances; reduced expenses – an average of 20 percent within 6 months; and a fulfilling and sustainable relationship with money.
Course Facilitator. Randall Loop, LMT, LSH will be leading the course within the pre-recorded webinars. He is highly familiar with financial desperation. He went bankrupt in the recession of the late 1980s and he navigated several personal crises over the next few years. In 1997 he began to regain a measure of success at living his values, but until 2004 he remained just shy of his “Goldilocks Point”– as he calls it. During 2004 Randall discovered the Your Money or Your Life Study Group through Simply Living, and as a result of living the 9 simple awareness-building steps, he paid off nearly $20,000 in credit card debt, developed savings, and now owns a home/business combo in Merion Village/South Columbus. Since 2006 he has led study groups and coached individuals through the program. 30% of the cost of this course goes to support Simply Living. Enroll here
Introduction to Solar PV – This is an online course.
You can go through it at your own pace.
Description. This course is designed for those new to solar. Ideal for folks wishing to understand the fundamentals of how solar photovoltaic systems work – but are not necessarily going to design or install systems at this time. This course is ideal for homeowners interested in solar, electricians thinking they may wish to expand into the solar marketplace, building owners or architects who have questions about how solar might be incorporated into their facilities, or consultants who are increasingly being asked about solar and how solar electric systems work. This curriculum has been approved by ETA-I (Electronic Technicians Association, International) for 8 hours of continuing education units (CEUs). It is a selected portion of the more in-depth Residential Solar Installation & Design course (10 hours).
Course Facilitators. In 1993, Jay and Annie Warmke founded Blue Rock Station, a 40-acre sustainability center located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in southeastern Ohio. The center features the first earthship built east of the Mississippi River, and is a living laboratory to test and demonstrate sustainable living concepts and options. Since 2004 over 35,000 people have visited Blue Rock Station. Find out more at www.bluerockstation.com.
Residential Solar Installation and Design – This is an online course. You can go through it at your own pace.
Description. This course is ideal for folks wishing to install a solar system on their home or business, understand what they are getting into if they wish to hire someone to install a system, or enter the rapidly growing PV industry as a career. This course tracks with the provided textbook (Understanding Photovoltaics – 8th Edition). It is organized into 11 chapters, 71 major topic areas – with 11 review quizzes, 25 lab projects, over 550 narrated slides, dozens of integrated videos, links to online resources and materials for added comprehension and more. This curriculum has been approved by ETA as preparing persons interested in obtaining the PV Level 1 Certification. It has also been approved for 35 hours of LA CES health, safety, and welfare Professional Development hours.
Course Facilitators. Jay and Annie Warmke.
Simply Living’s annual Gift To Be Simple fundraiser will be Wednesday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, 505 W. Whittier St, Columbus, OH 43215.
You will get to meet and network with dozens of other Simply Living friends and acquaintances as you munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres and enjoy the beautiful setting of Scioto Audubon Metro Park near downtown Columbus. Walk around this lovely building to meet representatives from sponsoring sustainable businesses and organizations.
Then you can hear a presentation on “Our Story: How Simply Living has made Central Ohio more sustainable,” and meet several of the movers and shakers from core organizations that we have helped launch over the past 29 years. Simply Living has made a difference in the lives of so many Central Ohioans, and they will tell you about it.
Finally, you’ll hear the big plans Simply Living has for the future — our new database, the relaunch of Sustainable U, and more. You are not going to want to miss this!
Health and safety is a top priority for Simply Living. As such, Simply Living will be following CDC recommendations for distancing and mask wearing during Gift To Be Simple. Masks will be available on-site. We ask that all guests be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Gift To Be Simple event and registration pages will be updated with additional safety protocols over the coming weeks. All registered attendees will also receive regular email communications with pertinent information following their registration.
We understand that not everyone will be comfortable attending an in-person event. We will have options for ticket purchasers to attend Gift To Be Simple virtually. If you would like to attend virtually, please indicate that when you purchase your ticket, or reach out to Cathy Cowan Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 13
Simply Living is organizing a field trip to learn about SWACO’s current operation of the landfill and their vision for a future “circular economy” in central Ohio. The presentation is followed by a tour of the Landfill where are questions will be answered by SWACO staff.
Arrive at SWACO by 9:45 AM for 10:00 AM start time.
Where: SWACO Resource Center, 4149 London Groveport Road, Grove City, OH 43123.
Author Talk with Paul Robinson:
Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?
Wednesday, September 22, 5:30 – 7 pm
Join author Paul Robinson at the Whetstone Library Meeting room for our Fall Simply Living Book Club discussion. Global Warming: Can It Be Stopped?, explores the science, psychology, and the morality of climate change. The event is free to all. Donations are appreciated and support the work of Simply Living. REGISTER
Simply Living is a member of Community Shares of Mid Ohio’s coalition of local nonprofits and can benefit from donations through giving campaigns at workplaces throughout Central Ohio.
Do you or someone you know work at one of the workplaces listed below?
Here are the dates for four upcoming public-sector employer campaigns:
State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign, August 25 – October 8
Franklin County Combined Charitable Campaign, September 7 – October 29
Ohio State Univeristy Bucks for Charity, September 16 – November 5
City of Columbus Combined Charitable Campaign, October 4 – November 12
Use code 19052 or our organization’s name to give directly to Simply Living. Your donations will support our mission to promote sustainability, environmental awareness and our local economy through educational outreach and partnerships.
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September Tree of the Month
Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissimus)
by Martin (Mort) Schmidt for Simply Living
The latest Tree of the Month is a bad seed, if you’ll pardon the expression. If you’re someone who’s drawn to exotic beauties who are known troublemakers, Ailanthus altissima is the tree for you.
Tree of heaven is native to China, and due to its hardiness, and in the eyes of many, it’s exotic beauty, it’s been naturalized worldwide. Like all invasive plants and animals, tree of heaven is perfectly well behaved in its native habitat. But while some species wither and die when they’re transplanted away from home, others go wild in the absence of competition and adversaries. Because of its hardiness and adaptability, this tree is often found on abandoned or neglected properties, growing up through drains and cracks in pavement.
Tree of heaven has alternate, pinnately compound leaves, with 13 to 41 leaflets. (Pinnately compound leaves have leaflets attached to the stem at multiple points, whereas palmately compound leaves have leaflets attached at a single point, like the fingers in the palm of your hand). Leaflets are several inches long, have no lobes, and have smooth edges except for several teeth near the stem. The leaflets have a disagreeable odor when crushed – hence the other common name, stink tree. The compound leaf is the largest of any found in Ohio, often several feet in length. Notice in the photograph that the compound leaf is longer than my torso! Because the compound leaf is so large, it leaves a huge scar when it falls off late in autumn. The horseshoe or heart-shaped scars are often larger than a quarter.
Ailanthus can grow to a height of 80 ft with a trunk diameter up to 3 ft. Also owing to the immense leaf size, the twigs are unusually stout – typically the diameter of your pinky or thumb. The bark on twigs and saplings is light brown and smooth, but becomes light gray and fissured on larger trees. Seeds typically appear on female trees in late summer and fall, and consist of twisted, reddish, 1.5″ samaras (wafers) with one seed. Large trees with seeds are recognizable from a distance by their reddish color.
Sumacs can be distinguished from tree of heaven by their toothed leaflets, agreeable odor, and berry-like fruits. Tree of heaven also resembles walnut, but a lengthwise slice in a walnut twig reveals chambered pith.
According to Wood-Database.com, Ailanthus provides potentially useful lumber. It’s moderately hard, with a dry density of 0.60 g/cc, on par with white ash. It works well, readily takes stains and glues, and can be planed or sanded to a fine luster. Unfortunately, sensitive people are allergic to its dust and leaves. It’s toxic properties are no doubt responsible for its natural resistance to insects.
According to the book Leaves in Myth, Magic & Medicine, tree of heaven was brought to from China to Europe to feed a species of silkworm, when disease threatened the silkworms that fed on mulberry leaves. Ailanthus silk is tougher and cheaper than mulberry silk, but coarser and less glossy. An extraction of the leaves and bark was also ingested to drive out tapeworms.
The main problem with tree of heaven is that it also drives out native plants, due to its hardiness and its allelopathy – the production of chemicals that harm surrounding plants. Ailanthus also serves as a harbor for the invasive spotted lanternfly. [See Photo] This moth has piercing mouth parts that enable it to aggressively suck large volumes of sap from maples, walnuts, and other valuable trees. The lanternfly also exudes large volumes of a sticky, sugary substance that grows harmful fungus and attracts wasps. The lanternfly is poisonous to many predators, and it’s suspected of extracting its toxin from the tree of heaven. Tree of heaven should be replaced with native trees, or simply removed. But, who knows? If we continue to destroy native trees with invasive pests, such as emerald ash borer and spotted lanternflies, we might be glad to have any trees at all!
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Friday, September 3, 2021, 5:00 – 5:30 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Saturday, September 4, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Occupy for Our Revolution. Join Our Revolution each Saturday at the intersection of North Broadway and High Street to demonstrate for peace and justice. Bring a mask and a sign or two in solidarity.
Sunday, September 5, 2021, 2:00 PM. GrassRoot Ohio With Carolyn Harding. Our mission is to profile every-day people working on important issues and to connect them with other folks who want to help. Conversations with every-day people, working on important issues here in Columbus and all around Ohio. Justice: environmental, social, racial, economic, w/ folks on the front lines. LISTEN TO 94.1 FM and stream US online at WGRN.com. You can find all GrassRoot Ohio podcasts/shows on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-42674753. Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grassroot-ohio/id1522559085 and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAX2t1Z7_qae803BzDF4PtQ.
Sunday, September 5, 2021, 1:00 PM. Looking Back 20 Years, Looking Ahead. On the 20th commemoration of the September 11th attacks, the scholars hope to reflect back on the global implications and ever-changing markers since then. The event is also a soft-launch for the newly formed International Islamophobia Studies and Research Association. Register here.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021, 7:00 PM. Reflections form the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Colombia Delegation. PPFers met with our partners at IPC, local journalists, and others working to uphold the peace process. In one conversation they heard from a local independent journalist who shared with them a video of when he was attacked with a gas canister by law enforcement for his reporting. Many journalists and young people, in particular, have endured horrific police violence for defending their basic human rights. At the end of the presentation he looked at Joey and said, “The US government is helping to fund the police force.” Read more about the repression of Colombia’s citizens who have been in the streets demanding their human rights since the uprising began in April. Register for the discussion here.
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 08:00 PM. Powell’s Books Presents Thom Hartmann. In his new book, The Hidden History of American Healthcare (Berrett-Koehler), popular progressive radio host Thom Hartmann reveals how and why attempts to implement affordable universal healthcare in the United States have been thwarted and what we can do to finally make it a reality. For-profit health insurance is the largest con job ever perpetrated on the American people — one that has cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives since the 1940s. Other countries have shown us that affordable universal healthcare is not only possible but also effective and efficient. Taiwan’s single-payer system saved the country a fortune as well as saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic, enabling the country to implement a nationwide coronavirus test-and-contact-trace program without shutting down the economy. This resulted in just 10 deaths, while more than 500,000 people have died in the United States. Hartmann offers a deep dive into the shameful history of American healthcare, showing how greed, racism, and oligarchic corruption led to the current “sickness for profit” system. Modern attempts to create versions of government healthcare have been hobbled at every turn, including Obamacare. There is a simple solution: Medicare for all. Hartmann outlines the extraordinary benefits this system would provide the American people and economy and the steps we need to take to make it a reality. It’s time for America to join every industrialized country in the world and make health a right, not a privilege. Register here.
Thursday, September 9, 2021, 7:00 PM. Central Ohio Voted to End Gerrymandering — Let’s Get to Work! Hosted by Fair Districts Ohio, League of Women Voters of Ohio, Common Cause Ohio and ACLU Ohio. “In 2021, the state legislature and the newly created Ohio Redistricting Commission will create new congressional and state legislative districts. Join us on for a discussion about what to expect in Ohio and specifically in Central Ohio. Find out how to pressure the mapmakers to create fair districts. Moderated by Jo Ingles, Ohio Public Radio, Statehouse News Bureau.” Register HERE.
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