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Posted on April 23, 2014 by admin

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If you have questions about any of our event listings, please contact us or call 907-222-7714. Thank you!

 Past Events

4/17/14,Think Tank sponsored by University of Alaska, Anchorage’s Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)


Guest agency: Alaska Community Action on Toxics

Topic:  How can information regarding exposure to harmful chemicals in our food and environment empower us to take action?

Think Tank Series: An interactive community engagement experience. A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization. Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Sponsored by UAA’s Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)   •  786-4062 • engage at uaa.alaska dot edu


April 26 & 27, 10 am to 3 pm both days at Russian Jack Chalet, Anchorage

Bigger, Better, Lusher Gardens: Organic Growing through Soil Science April 26th and 27th 10am- 3pm


Bigger, Better, Lusher Gardens: Organic Growing through Soil Science April 26th and 27th 10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Join us at the Russian Jack Chalet and learn how to manage your gardens the organic way.  We have teamed up with the Cooperative Extension Service and local experts to offer a soil science intensive geared to Anchorage gardeners.  We will cover soil biology, texture, structure and composting.  Learn through hands-on activities the science behind feeding your soil, not your plant. Suggested donation $50. Limited Space available. RSVP with Alaska Community Action on Toxics at [email protected] (907) 222-7714 | Event Flyer


3/24/14 at the UAA Campus Bookstore

Getting It Right 25 Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill:  Ways to Strengthen Pre-Planning and Response Measures

Dr. Riki Ott (Earth Island Institute), Dr. John French (Pegasus Environmental Solutions),Carl Wassilie ( Alaska’s Big Village Network), Nikos Pastos (Center for Water Advocacy and Alaska Inter-Tribal Council), Pam Miller (Alaska Community Action on Toxics) and Rebecca Noblin (Center for Biological Diversity) come together to  make a compelling case that Alaska and national oil spill response policies are outdated and fail to protect people and the environment.  Learn what offshore oil, tar sands, and fracking have in common–and the opportunities we have to protect Alaska’s waters and people.

All UAA Campus Bookstore events  are informal, free and open to the public.  There is free parking for bookstore events in the South Lot, the West Campus Central Lot (behind Rasmuson Hall), the Sports Lot and the Sports NW Lot.  For more information call Rachel Epstein at 786-4782 or email[email protected].

Note:  UAA Campus  Bookstore podcasts are posted in iTunes or iTunes U–just search UAA or UAA Campus Bookstore.  Or see

March 25-26, 2014 Generations At Risk Lecture Tour with Dr. Tracey Woodruff

3/27/14, FREE movie Screening of “Pretty Slick: a documentary feature on the year of the BP Oil Spill”, UAA Student Union – South Cafeteria

Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, what lessens have we learned, and what lessons have we lost?Scientist Riki Ott, PhD, will lead a discussion following the movie screening. Sponsors for the event included the UAA Sustainability Club, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Cook Inletkeeper, Greenpeace, Pacific Environment, Sierra Club, and WWF.

2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Tour

 11/19/13 ACAT Open House

10/17/13, 11/7/13, Healthy Home Workshops: How to detox your home

10/16/13 CHE-AK Call Breast Cancer and the Environment: Prioritizing Prevention

8/5/13 Alaska Sustainable Business Breakfast Gathering,

Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), invite sustainable businesses in Alaska to a breakfast gathering on Monday, August 5th, 2013 from 9-10:30 am. We are excited to announce that David Levine, CEO American Sustainable Business Counci Action Fund will be in Alaska and joining us for this event, along with Pamela Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

8/8/13, Follow up discusion to Lessons from Libby, Montana with Dr. Black and Michelle Boltz, 1-2 pm, Alaska Time. This call is a follow up discussion of the previous CHE-AK Call on 7/24/13 – Lessons from Libby, Montana: Mining, Asbestos, and Public Health | Website | Sign Up

8/14/13: CHE-AK Call – The chemical industry’s game of whack-a-mole: Public health implications of chlorinated tris as a substitute chemical

9 am Alaska Time, 10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern
Join Duke University researcher Dr. Heather Stapleton to learn more about the rising use of Chlorinated Tris and to hear about new scientific research on its health effects. We will also be joined by Laurie Valeriano, executive director of Washington Toxics Coalition and Pamela Miller, Executive Director of Alaska Community Action on Toxics who will discuss how state legislatures can lead the way for safer chemicals.

8/14/13 Organic Gardening Workshop: Seed Saving

A workshop with Doug Tryck on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, 7-9pm at the C Street Community Garden, C St and W 19th Ave in Anchorage (map).

With just a little more time and effort, you can have the satisfaction of saving seeds from your own garden and planting them next year. The benefits include, stronger, better tasting plants. This is not difficult, but it is important to understand a few basic principles. We will discuss these principles and how they apply to crops, flowers and herbs commonly grown in backyard gardens.

7/24/13: CHE-AK Call – Lessons from Libby, Montana: Mining, Asbestos, and Public Health

6/26/13: CHE-AK Call – The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement: A conversation with activist and author Kate Davies, (CHE-AK Call #73)

6/5/13 Organic Gardening Workshop: Awesome Compost

A workshop with Saskia Esslinger on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013, 7-9pm at the C Street Community Garden, C St and W 19th Ave in Anchorage (map).

Discover how easy it is to use composting techniques to create a vibrant, healthy and beautiful garden. Backyard composting conserves energy and reduces pollution and waste. Learn how to turn your food and yard waste into a wonderful soil amendment or mulch that will help your garden thrive by suppressing weeds, protecting the soil, improving soil structure and conserving water.


6/19/13 Organic Gardening Workshop: It’s a Wonderful World of Weeds

A workshop with GeorgeAnne Sprinkle and Doug Tryck on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013, 7-9pm at the C Street Community Garden, C St and W 19th Ave in Anchorage (map).

Did you know that many of the weeds we are burdened with today were brought from our European ancestors?  What, but why, you might whine?  The secret is that some “weeds” were and remain incredibly useful.  Learn how to friend your weed problems, learn their history, what they tell you about the state of your soil, and how to incorporate them into your kitchen and medicine cabinet.

Semper Fi Always Faithful - Save the Date 5/29

Breast Cancer Awareness Tour May 29th – June 3rd, 2013

This tour is co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.

Fairbanks – 5/30 | North Pole – 5/30

Norton Sound Area June 1-4, 2013:

St. Lawrence Island 6/1-2 |Gambell – 6/1 | Savoonga – 6/2

Nome 6/3

News Release

Semper Fi: Always Faithful takes a personal look at a public health and environmental crisis. The documentary follows Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps drill instructor, who lost his daughter to leukemia in 1985. After he learns of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, twelve years later, Ensminger embarked on a journey to expose one of the largest water contamination incidents in U.S. history.These events are co-sponsored with a generous grant by the Alaska Run For Women.

5/22/13  6-8:30 pm – Wild Edibles, at Kincaid Park Chalet$50 space is limited, sign up early.

Save the Date 5/22 Wild Edibles

Poster Facebook Event Page

ACAT hosted the fundraiser, Wild Edibles, commemorating Rachel Carson on May 22nd, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Kincaid Park Chalet. Thank you for joining us in celebration of the wild abundance and nature surrounding us.
The event included

  • a guided medicinal and wild edible plant walk at 6pm,
  • foraged foods dinner by local guest chef Rob Kinneen & Fresh 49 at 7pm
  • live music by Michael Howard, and
  • a fundraiser featuring community goods donated by local businesses.
  • Cost is $50 – space is limited

For more information, contact GeorgeAnne Sprinkle, the Community Garden Coordinator and compost tea brewer for Alaska Community Action on Toxics. 907-222-7714 or email garden at akaction dot org

Rachel Carson initiated the kind of environmental advocacy work that we continue today. We are dedicated to an organic, sustainable life, believing everyone has the right to clean air, clean water and toxic-free food.

ACAT takes a stand for Environmental Health  & Justice4/26/13, Noon-1:30 pm: Stand Against Racism - Social Justice Dialogues: Opening Minds and Hearts at YWCA Anchorage, 324 E 5th Ave.

Join YWCA for this BYO Lunch discussion on this national day of action “Stand Against Racism”.

Join ACAT in taking the pledge and a day of social media action on Facebook and Twitter where we ”Take a stand for social justice, environmental health and justice” and celebrate the diversity of our community.

4/26, All Day ACAT takes a stand on Social Media Facebook & Twitter. Take the pledge, change your profile picture, & share.

4/24/13, 9-10 am – CHE-AK Call “Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) in the Arctic: Sources, Transport, and Health Effects”

Listen to this discussion with Craig Butt, PhD of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD, Executive Director of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX). PFCs are synthetic chemicals used to make materials stain- and stick- resistant. They can be found in household products including non-stick cookware, grease-resistant food packaging, water-resistant outerwear and shoes, and stain-resistant home furnishings. PFCs are persistent organic pollutants that accumulate in the bodies of fish, wildlife, and people and have been linked to adverse health effects. Presented by ACAT’s Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-AK).

4/24/13, 7-9 pm – Compost Tea- It’s Alive! at Central Lutheran Church, 15th & Cordova (map)Organic Gardening Workshops

There is a whole universe of living organisms in your soil-or there should be. Learn how to greatly boost your garden’s fertility by increasing your soils’ biological life through compost tea. This exciting workshop includes a microscopy demonstration of a healthy alive soil, compost and compost tea. You will leave understanding how to support the soil food web; working with nature to achieve fantastic results. Learn More.

A Fierce Green Fire - Film4/22/13, 5:30 pm – A Fierce Green Fire, at the Bear Tooth, $3.50

A documentary about environmentalism, the history of the movement and the activists fighting to save the future. With Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allande; Director: Mark Kitchell. Watch the preview. Visit ACAT’s table in the lobby at the Bear Tooth.

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: “…proves a worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet’s ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved.”

Trashed - A film

4/22/13, 7:50 pm - Trashed at the Bear Tooth, $3.50

A documentary about the risks to the food chain and the environment caused by pollution of our air, land and sea by waste. With Jeremy Irons, Director: Candida Brady. Watch the preview. Visit ACAT’s table in the lobby at the Bear Tooth.

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times: “…vividly, relentlessly detailed… input from corporate interests and government policymakers would have added welcome dimension to this crucial discussion.”

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times: “Ms. Brady rubs our faces in the poisonous consequences of littering the planet with substances that, like bedbugs and French mimes, are almost impossible to get rid of.”

4/18/13 - International Actions to Protect the Reproductive Health of Indigenous Women, Human Rights, & Future Generations – Recorded 4/18/2013

Website for the Training | Presentations | Biographies of the Speakers | Podcast Call Recording

4/17/13 – ACAT’s Environmental Health and Justice Coordinators and other staff participated in the Chickaloon Cultural Awareness workshop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center

4/10/13 - ACAT’s Organic Gardening WorkshopDetox Gardening,with Saskia Esslinger and Birgit LengerA workshop about herbs and plants commonly used for detoxing our bodies.  We’ll teach you how to grow these medicinal herbs and plants, as well as methods for using them, including making medicinal teas, tinctures, and cooking with them fresh or dry.

3/20/13 –  ACAT’s Organic Gardening Workshop: Building Great Soil Structure – The Secret to a Great Garden, with Saskia Esslinger. A workshop about how we depend on soil every day to provide us with food, but what is it really? Learn the basics about this extremely important but often under-appreciated resource. We will talk about what makes soil productive and how you can manage your garden for optimum soil health. Terms like pH, organic matter, CEC, bulk density and base saturation will be covered. The class will also explain how to get a lab test of your soil and how to read the test results.










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