QUESTION: Contacting Artists / Festival Models

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I am working with a group of students to plan a "Green Arts Festival" we have received funding from our college to plan a free, day long event open to students, faculty and staff. Currently we have been talking to some musicians about preforming preform and we are hoping to get artists to teach crafts that use recycled materials.

1.I would like to learn about some examples of successful past "Recycled Art" or "Environmentally Friendly" Art Festivals/Events. It would be particularly helpful if I could find examples of recycled art events that have happened in collaboration with colleges or universities.

2. It would be very helpful if I could get recommendations for how to find Philadelphia area teaching artists who specialize in working with recycled or "green" materials.


The Carbon Footprint of Print and Digital Media

APHA-New York presents:

Don Carli, "The Carbon Footprint of Print and Digital Media: Why you should care and what you can do about it"

Co-sponsored by the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Columbia University.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, 6-7:30 p.m.
Butler Library, Room 523
Columbia University

Composting Resources Online

The following resources were originally posted to the Progressive Librarians Guild discussion list on February 4, 2008 and have been published here with permission from the author, Fred Stoss. It has been edited slightly, but no resources have been removed.

They are divided into Government, Education, and Organizational sites

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Hi, here's a history that was written in 1993: http://worldcat.org/oclc/28952945&tab=holdings?loc=poughkeepsie%2C+ny#tabs

If you shoot me an e-mail so I'll have your address (using a form now), I'll be happy to help you out with some article citations from one of our databases.

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As far as this librarian can determine, though home soil tests are available (see this OSHA report), it is difficult to figure out which ones/methods will provide definitive and reliable results for the average citizen. In addition, residents who wish to test in order to take action: remediate soil conditions or pursue legal avenues may wish to undertake testing that is certified.

So, as you mention, the first place to recommend low cost soil testing for lead, heavy metals, etc. is your local university agricultural extension office: LA soil testing Where basic tests can be performed for about $7 (however, there appears to be an additional charge for metals testing).

However, if the local extension service is overloaded, you may be able to send samples to other state extension offices for testing and advice. For example: Cornell will do soil testing with out of state samples, again for fairly low cost.

In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency maintains a lead help line and provides contacts for the question: QUESTION: Soil Testing for Heavy Metals

QUESTION: Soil Testing for Heavy Metals

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I'd like to know if there are any simple, low-cost, easy to use methods for detecting lead in soil. The process of detecting heavy metals in the soils in New Orleans is necessitating the use of University resources and I would like to find a way to detect lead (or other heavy metals, or petroleum chemicals) that all residents can use who aren't able to utilize the same resources.

Is there any such method?

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