Register here. Admission is free; paid lunch option available from Roots Organic Juice Cafe. Must be ordered by Thursday, Feb. 27th at 9pm.

Join Valparaiso University Earth Tone’s Free Viewing Party of TEDx Event Led by Food Farming Experts from 8:30am-4:30pm. Live webcast begins at 9:30, registration opens at 8:30.

“Changing the Way We Eat” will once again take place in New York City. Join Earth Tones for a revolutionary live viewing party, free of charge, featuring a brilliant line-up of experts who will explore the state of the food system and progress toward sustainability in eating and farming.

The independently organized event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections, and collaborations across disciplines. The goal of the event is to help break the food movement out of its bubble and introduce the TED/TEDx audience and viewers across the country to the innovative work being done to elevate the food system to one that is more equitable, healthier, and from 8:30am-4:30pm, the much anticipated TEDxManhattan.

Some of the most important experts in the food movement will speak. View the final speaker program here.

Go to to access the webcast and watch the event live and to locate or set up a viewing party in your area. Videos of the talks will be posted after the conference.

The lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan is the nonprofit program Change Food.

About TEDxManhattan

TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is licensed and organized by Diane Hatz, founder and Executive Director of Change Food. The first event took place in February 2011; the fourth event will happen on March 1, 2014. In 2013, approximately 15,000 computers tuned into the event along with 59 viewing parties that totaled 3,600 people. The Twitter reach was 31 million people.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat”, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattan event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. (

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is accepting online registrations for exhibitors to participate in the 2014 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration on April 19.

The largest free public environmental event in Northwest Indiana, the Earth Day Celebration draws visitors who are concerned about the environment and interested in learning more about how they can reduce their impact on the planet.  Continue Reading

Monsanto March

Demonstrators gather for the March Against Monsanto

On Saturday, October 12, 2013 about 100 people gathered outside the Porter County Courthouse to “March Against Monsanto”. Whitney Hibbitts was the local organizer and George Smolka addressed the crowd. Below is text from his initial prepared statement:

Dearly beloved we are gathered here to find a way to screw Monsanto. The espoused purpose is to raise awareness about Genetically Modified Organisms and Continue Reading

NIPSCO Green PowerIn the recent 219 GreenConnect podcast host Kathy Sipple spoke with Dan Plath and Kathleen Szot from NiSource to discuss their renewable energy option available to NIPSCO customers.

Listen to the full podcast.

NIPSCO’s Green Power Program is a voluntary program that allows you to designate a portion or all of your monthly electric usage to be attributable to power generated by renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or hydro power. Not only does this program support renewable energy, it’s better for the environment. Continue Reading

Thanks very much to Amanda Arceo for her follow up article to our August 7th Valparaiso Green Drinks meet up on Climate Change. The event was well attended and drew participation from a wide variety of sectors: environmental, government, transportation, public health and safety and at least one member of the audience (Amanda) who came to veganism in part due to her concern about climate change.

Here is an excerpt.

According to a report put out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, animal agriculture yields more greenhouse gases than Continue Reading

John Ervin

John Ervin

Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Watershed Group, Inc. has invited John Ervin to speak about the current status of invasive species Monday, September 16, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Commissioners’ Chamber (155 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, IN). John is an ecologist known for his passion and unique understanding of nature. Formerly employed by IDNR-Entomology, IDNR-Nature Preserves and The Nature Conservancy, he has dedicated his life to stewardship of natural areas. He will be offering new perspectives on contemporary human ecology, and the importance of entrepreneurship in the ongoing management of non-native plants and animals. This free event is open to the public, and will be followed by a meet-and-greet at Greeks Pizzeria (59 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, IN).

Readers may also enjoy previously recorded podcasts with John Ervin:

Stormwater runoff and discharges to the Wolf Lake watershed will be among issues to be discussed at a series of public meetings beginning next month.

Sponsored by the Association for the Wolf Lake Initiative (AWLI), the meetings initially will focus on ecological, ethical and legal concerns over the stormwater discharge of petroleum waste water by Wolf Lake Terminals, located at 3200 Sheffield Avenue, Hammond. Its plant site stretches to the Illinois border. Continue Reading

Oil People Can't Drink

“Spirit of Water” Linocut by Liliana Gerardi.

219GreenConnect podcast host Kathy Sipple speaks with David Mueller of Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in Hammond about their current exhibit: “Pipelines and Borderlines: People Can’t Drink Oil!”

Listen to the podcast.

The show was curated by artist Beverly Keys. It is a group exhibit of 17 artists from across the U.S. who have produced work that brings attention to the tar sands oil issue nationally, regionally and locally in Northwest Indiana. Continue Reading