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This calendar lists each week's notable events with a focus on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental components. To get your event added, contact Joanne Benkley, assistant director, CEEDS. To have information about your event or activity sent to all campus email accounts, submit it to eDigest.

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February 23- Mar 1

March 2-8

March 9-15

Featured Event

Climate Justice Open Mic
February 24, 2015
Snacks will be provided and BYOMug for beverages. Come and share your stories! Presented by The Smith College Green Team.
CC TV Lounge
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

General Interest meeting: Smith Community Garden
February 24, 2015
We're going to be talking about what's happening in the garden this spring, events, ways that you can be involved, and the org positions that are available this spring, summer and coming school year. If you would like to join our email list please send an email to comgarden@smith.edu. You can also like us on Facebook.
Campus Center 204
7:00 pm

RFC Food System Wheel Making Party!
February 25, 2015
Are you interested in helping out the Real Food Challenge campaign in any capacity? Do you want to discuss issues of agricultural sustainability, food culture, workers' rights and humane treatment of farm animals? Would you like to share your own food stories and how you enter into the food system here at Smith? If YES, please come to CEEDS from 7-9 pm this Wednesday, February 25th. We will be creating a comprehensive food system wheel, eating snacks, and engaging in a bit of campaign planning.
CEEDS
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Food, Farm and the Health of Communities
February 23, 2015
Food connects us all, regardless of race, income or geography. It is something with which we must all interact daily. It impacts the health of our bodies and our environment. Yet, it is increasingly understood that our current food system is not promoting public health or environmental sustainability. As interest in and demand for fresh, locally grown and produced food has been increasing all across America, local farms have been able to confer health, economic, and environmental benefits on their communities by directly connecting with their consumers and their communities. What does this look like in practice? What does it mean to create food systems that work for diverse communities? How might diverse actors in communities – from farmers to individual consumers to large institutions – contribute to the holistic health of communities? Featuring a roundtable discussion and breakout sessions with: Andrew Kendall ‘83, Executive Director of the H.P. Kendall Foundation Peter McLean, Book & Plow Farm Pierre Joseph ’15, Chair of the Student Board of Advisors for the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Cynthia Espinosa Marrero, Steering Committee Member, Holyoke Community Market
Friedman room, Keefe Campus Center, Amherst College
7:00 pm

Events at Smith

Lecture: Immigrant Ecology
February 23, 2015
with Peter Del Tredici from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA. Sponsored by the Mitia Sawhill Lecture Fund, this lecture is part of the LSS 100: Landscape, Design, and the Environment series and is free and open to the public.
Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Environmental Field Studies Abroad information session
February 24, 2015
with James Cramer, President of School for Field Studies (SFS). SFS creates transformative study abroad experiences through field-based learning and research. Our educational programs explore the human and ecological dimensions of the complex environmental problems faced by our local partners, contributing to sustainable solutions in the places where we live and work. The SFS community is part of a growing network of individuals and institutions committed to environmental stewardship.
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
4:00 pm

Exhibition: Paper or Plastic?
February 25, 2015
An exhibition of bookstore bags from around the world. Among the 45,000 books, manuscripts, and objects in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College is a somewhat frivolous collection of 176 paper and plastic bags from bookstores and museum gift shops from the U.S. and around the world. An eclectic selection of these bags, saved by Elizabeth A. Swaim and presented to the MRBR in 2000, are on view. Exhibition curated by Naomi Sinnathamby, Smith College class of 2015. For more information: 413-585-2906 or mrbr@smith.edu.
Neilson Library 3rd Floor Core Exhibit Area
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) project meetings
February 28, 2015
Everyone is welcome- you do NOT have to be an engineering major, just bring an active mind and excitement! This semester ESW will focus on a compost proposal for the Office of Sustainability, a solar charging station for central campus, and Smith Hackathon! ESW will also be planning trips- possibly to a fish elevator, a passive solar house, to see UMass aquaponics, and a national conference.
Campus Center 102
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Field Station Saturdays
February 28, 2015
Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station! You can explore the five miles of trails (rent snowshoes or skis from the Outing Club) or stay cozy in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax—and there's a collection of board games! The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm and return to campus by 4:30pm. Space is limited, please sign up here: http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.
Chapin loading dock
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Exhibit: Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens
March 1, 2015
For twenty years, photographer Vaughn Sills collected images of a gardening style that, despite its long history, is unknown to most horticulturists and is disappearing quickly. Sills traveled through the Deep South searching out African-American folk gardens: those yards and gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. The exhibit runs from March to September 2015.
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Lyman Plant House, Smith College

Events Off Campus

Plant-based and Powerful: Matt Ruscigno, MPH RD: Talks Sports Nutrition
February 23, 2015
Straddling the worlds of both nutrition/dietetics and endurance athletics as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, MPH, ultra-endurance athlete, and vegan of 17 years, Matt Ruscigno brings a unique and exciting perspective to sports nutrition (and nutrition for the rest of us)!
UMass Campus Center, Basement 162-65
5:00 pm

Zube Lecture : Indigenous Cultural Landscape:Origin Story and Early Development
February 26, 2015
This event has been canceled. For information on its rescheduling or to learn about other lectures in the series, visit the URL below.
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Featured Event

Theatre: Vang
March 3, 2015
A drama about recent immigrant farmers. One of two plays by Mary Swander, Iowa's Poet Laureate. "It isn't possible to witness this play and not be changed by the gut-wrenching experiences of these recent refugees and immigrants, by their ability to survive in the face of the horrific." Open to the public, $8 advance/$10 at the door. Students are free.
Bowker Auditorium, UMASS Amherst
8:00 pm

Theatre: Map of My Kingdom
March 4, 2015
Who's going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead? THe critical issue of land transition...One of two plays by Mary Swander, Iowa's Poet Laureate. Open to the public, $8 advance/$10 at the door. Students are free.
Bowker Auditorium, UMASS Amherst
8:00 pm

Maple tree tapping at MacLeish
March 7, 2015
Sugaring season is about to start! This is your chance to experience the traditional tapping of maple trees and the process of making maple syrup that New England is known for. Be sure to wear gloves and warm layers and be prepared to walk in some snow! No experience necessary. Vans will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm. Please sign up using the link below:
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MacLeish Field Station (leave from Chapin loading dock)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Events at Smith

Lecture: Planning Beirut: For the War Yet to Come
March 2, 2015
with Hiba Bou Akar, Urban Planning and Middle Eastern Studies, Hampshire College. This lecture is part of the LSS 100: Landscape, Design, and the Environment series and is free and open to the public.
Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Ecocritical Euclides, or Sustainability Avant la Lettre
March 3, 2015
In this talk, Aarti Madan, Professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present on the visions of sustainability and social ecology in the early 20th-century Amazon writings of journalist, engineer, and ethnographer Euclides da Cunha. For Euclides, there is a direct correlation between settlement of the land and its preservation, populating the forest while valuing its alterity. Untangling the political, racial, and economic dramas that develop in Euclides’s Amazon, Professor Madan considers ways in which his essays critique global economic forces while illuminating fault lines between society and ecology in the Global South.
Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall first floor
5:00 pm

Lecture: Methane Emissions Make Natural Gas a Bridge to Nowhere
March 3, 2015
Bob Howarth is a biogeochemist at Cornell University who has written several papers about greenhouse gas emissions associated with natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing. This lecture is part of the 5-College Geoscience Lecture series, and is co-sponsored by CEEDS, ES&P, and the Smith College Endowed Lecture Fund. The lecture is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
7:30 pm

Info Table: SEA Semester
March 6, 2015
Looking for adventure? Want to study abroad? Come learn about SEA Semester! SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Email edorr@sea.edu with questions.
Campus Center downstairs
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) project meetings
March 7, 2015
Everyone is welcome- you do NOT have to be an engineering major, just bring an active mind and excitement! This semester ESW will focus on a compost proposal for the Office of Sustainability, a solar charging station for central campus, and Smith Hackathon! ESW will also be planning trips- possibly to a fish elevator, a passive solar house, to see UMass aquaponics, and a national conference.
Campus Center 102
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Field Station Saturdays
March 7, 2015
Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station! You can explore the five miles of trails (rent snowshoes or skis from the Outing Club) or stay cozy in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax—and there's a collection of board games! The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm and return to campus by 4:30pm. Space is limited, please sign up here: http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.
Chapin loading dock
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Small, Gritty, and Green
March 2, 2015
with Catherine Tumber, author of a book of the same name, who will speak about the promise of America's smaller industrial cities in a low-carbon world. Following her presentation, Ms. Tumber will be joined by Marcos Marrero, Holyoke's Director of Planning & Economic Development, for a conversation about working towards a sustainable future and productive green economy for Holyoke. This lecture is part of the Smaller Cities | Greener Futures lecture series presented by The Conway School, which focuses on issues relevant to small, post-industrial cities. Though the lecture is free and open to the public, space is limited. Please RSVP using the link below.
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Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA
6:30 pm

Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment
March 3, 2015
Justin Hollander is an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University. He will be leading a talk on the design and layout of streets and lots, houses and commercial buildings, and entire neighborhoods that have historically been guided by a combination of traditional practices, aesthetics, and environmental factors. Today, a powerful new design system is emerging, a system grounded in the very latest cognitive science research on how people perceive space. This lecture will introduce relevant ideas from environmental psychology, research-based design, spatial perception, and spatial cognition.
Mount Holyoke College, Dwight Hall, Room 101
5:00 pm

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies symposium
March 5, 2015
March 6, 2015
Contested Legal Realities:Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country. March 5 (Reception); March 6 (Symposium Roundtables and Breakout Discussions). Free and open to all. Organizing Committee: Kathleen Brown-Perez, Honors College, UMASS Amherst; Christine Delucia, Mount Holyoke; Kiara Vigil, Amherst College
Amherst College TBD

Lecture: Think Climate Change is Bad? How about Nuclear War?
March 5, 2015
by Dr. Elaine Scarry, award-winning social theorist, Harvard professor, and author of the most recent book “Thermonuclear Monarchy”. In this incisive new book, Elaine demonstrates that the power of one leader to obliterate millions of people with a nuclear weapon—a possibility that remains very real even in the wake of the Cold War—deeply violates our constitutional rights, undermines the social contract, and is fundamentally at odds with the deliberative principles of democracy. Sponsored by: Nuclear and Carbon Free Future Coalition, The Green Amherst Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the American Friends Service Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action and the UMass Political Science Department.
Amherst College, Paino Lecture Hall, Beneski
4:30 pm

Symposium: Climate Change and the Future of Life
March 6, 2015
The symposium feature ​will feature ecologists, botanists, and conservation speakers who will discuss climate-induced adaptation, migration, and loss; and strategies for conserving and managing plant species and natural communities in the face of climate change. The Symposium is open to everyone and​ discounted tickets are available to students (student identification required). Lunch and continental breakfast will be provided. Follow the link below to register or learn more.
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Microsoft New England R&D Center, Cambridge, MA

Events at Smith

Lecture: Rurban and Peri-Urban Water Planning in India: A Landscape Approach
March 9, 2015
with James Wescoat, Department of Architecture, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. Sponsored by the Mitia Sawhill Lecture Fund, this is an Annual Lecture in Honor of John Burk-Emeritus Biological Sciences and part of the LSS 100: Landscape, Design, and the Environment series. Free and open to the public.
Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Growing Multi-Use Trail Network - The projects, the plans, and the region
March 10, 2015
with Wayne Feiden, Director of the City of Northampton's Office of Planning and Sustainability. Northampton's rail and multi-use trail network continues to grow, with two projects planned for 2015, one for 2016, three more in design, and two in planning. Come hear where we are going on building a strong bicycle infrastructure. The event, sponsored by Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is free and open to the public.
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Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center Street
12:00 am

FISHTAIL: A Decision Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats
March 11, 2015
Comprehensive understanding of both current and future condition of stream habitats is essential for conserving and managing fishes and their habitats, and managers require the ability to integrate such information in a spatially-continuous and scalable format to aid management decisions.
University of Massachusetts, Morrill Science Center, 134
3:30 pm

Food Justice: past, present and future
March 11, 2015
Who can buy healthy fresh vegetables in our region and who can't? Why and why not? How has institutional racism shaped access to healthy food in our region and beyond? What is needed to build a resilient food system that provides for all? The PV Grows Racial Equity in the Food System Working Group invites you to a conversation in which we will trace the practices of modern agriculture and food production back to plantation agriculture, examine some of the policies that have shaped food chain worker conditions, and together build tools for action in this region and beyond. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP using the link below:
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Holyoke Senior Center 291 Pine Street, Holyoke, MA
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Project Native's 5th annual environmental Film Festival
March 15, 2015
10:00am DamNation - 53 minutes; 11:30am Plastic Paradise - 57 minutes; 1:00pm The Starfish Throwers - 82 minutes; 2:50pm Resistance - 72 minutes; 4:30pm Groundswell Rising - 71 minutes. This festival is free and open to the public, and would not be possible without funding from the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation and official sponsors: Berkshire Coop Market, GoodWorks Insurance, Kenver Ltd., and Bobbie Hallig.
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Tower Theaters, South Hadley, MA