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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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April 22-28

Events at Smith

Permaculture at UMass-Amherst
April 8, 2013
with Helena Farrell, MLA Ecological Landscape Planning & Design, Regenerative Design Group, Greenfield, MA. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Green team- Fossil Fuel Divestment Committee meeting
April 9, 2013
Can't make it to our lunchtime Green team meetings but want to make a difference in the future of our planet? One way we are working to fight climate change is by trying to get Smith to divest its endowment investments from the fossil fuel industry. We'd love your help! All welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
6:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Workshop: Thinking Critically About Knowledge, Power and Food Activism
April 8, 2013
A Half-Day Workshop with Panels, a Light Meal, and Lively Conversation Food activists broadly agree that there is an intimate relationship between the political system of corporate capitalism and the dominant forms that agriculture and food distribution take in the contemporary United States, which are characterized by monoculture, reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and glaring inequities in access to nutritious foods. If problematic political systems produce unsustainable and inequitable agriculture and food systems, what are the alternatives? Can changes in political and social relations produce better agricultural practices and access to food? And from the other direction, might novel approaches to farming and food distribution actually foster more democratic and equitable social relationships? This workshop will offer presentations from local scholars and activists engaged in answering such questions using cases from afar and from right here at home.
Cape Cod Lounge, UMASS Amherst Campus Center
10:00 am to 1:30 pm

2nd Annual MA Student Sustainability Roundtalbe
April 9, 2013
Join students from colleges and universities across the state sharing the work they have been doing in collaboration with faculty, staff and administration to increase campus sustainability! Welcome address by Hampshire President Jonathan Lash (former Director of World Resources Institute) Interactive Student Poster Presentations Discussion of Proposals from the Five College Blue Sky Brainstorm Networking Opportunities Internships and Resource Table Keynote Speaker: Kevin Doyle, President of Green Economy Tour of Div III Student Nara Williamsʼ On-Campus Tiny House Organized by: MA Schools Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable (MSSCOR), Second Nature, and Hampshire College Contact Rick Reibstein (rick.reibstein@state.ma.us) or Beth Hooker (bhooker@hampshire.edu) for additional information.
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Red Barn, Hampshire College
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Public and Private Ethics of Climate Change
April 10, 2013
with John Broome, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Part of the lecture series "Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics" organized by the Amherst College department of philosophy and funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, Amherst College
4:30 pm

People and Plants: Illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby
April 11, 2013
Forbes Library will be displaying illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby from April 1st to April 30th. There will be a reception on April 6th, 2-4pm. Gallery Hours: Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.
Hosmer Galley, Forbes Library, Northampton

Showing:"Solutions to the Demise of the North American Prairie"
April 11, 2013
Renowned writer William Least Heat-Moon described the American prairie as “the center of our national identity.” Shockingly, what little that remains of the tall-grass prairie now is being plowed up to plant more corn and soybeans in response to record grain prices. In a bold and innovative experiment, EcoSun Prairie Farms, a nonprofit South Dakota corporation, is reversing this trend by transforming a corn and soybean farm to one with restored prairie and wetlands as a means of demonstrating how to make a living from grassland while protecting and improving the environment. This seminar documents the highs and lows of ecological farming by examining the challenges of grassland restoration and the search for new income streams to make prairie farming sustainable and attractive to producers.
Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall, Amherst College
4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Cultivating A New Food Economy: Putting People and Planet First
April 13, 2013
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the barrage of negativity surrounding our food systems? Daily we are made aware of food-related problems damaging our economy, our health, and our earth. This summit will engage participants in critical analysis, cooperation, and innovation through a day-long series of speakers, workshops, and community connectivity. This interactive and engaging event will take place on April 13th at Tufts University, presented in conjunction with the Tufts UEP Practical Visionaries Workshop and the New Economics Institute. The summit will showcase Boston-based leaders, organizations, and businesses that are leading the way. Please join us for a day of discussion about our food, our economy, and our planet. Keynote Speaker: Frances Moore Lappe
Tuft University, Medford, MA
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Featured Event

Showing of A Fierce Green Fire
April 15, 2013
Based on the book of the same titled, by Philip Shabecoff, this documentary follows the environmental movement in five acts. It focuses on different movements that sparked change; starting with the 1960's and the Sierra Club to the current public debate of climate change. Featuring David Brower, Lois Gibbs, Paul Watson, and Bill McKibben. Narrators include Meryl Streep and Van Jones.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
7:00 pm

Municipal Recycling Tour
April 16, 2013
Do you know where Smith's recycling goes? It ends up at the Springfield Municipal Recycling Center. Want to take a tour? RSVP ecervant@smith.edu. Leaving from Annex Road, between Chapin and the Campus Center at 1:00 pm.
Springfield, MA
1:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Tour of Smith's Co-generation Plant
April 18, 2013
Join us in a tour of Smith's co-generation plant. Learn about where your electricity and heat come from and see some pretty awesome stuff. We will be meeting at CEEDS at walking over as a group. Please wear closed toed shoes. RSVP to ecervant@smith.ed
Meeting at CEEDS
10:30 am

Presentation of the Landscape Studies Minor
April 18, 2013
Please join us to discuss the unlimited possiblitities within the Landscape Studies Program. The Landscape Studies Program links art and architecture with literature, science, and engineering in an exploration of our relationship with the environment. Anne Whiston Spirn, landscape architecture at MIT, will join us for lunch. Pizza will be served.
The Green Box, Room 202
12:00 pm

Earth Week Music Festival
April 19, 2013
Join us for music, food, and fun activities. Check out our blog for performer details, specific performance times and more...
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Chapin Lawn
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Afternoon at the Field Station
April 20, 2013
In celebration of Earth Day, pack your lunch and head out to Smith’s Ada & Archibald MacLeish Field Station in West Whately for a presentation on research and design projects. Enjoy your picnic lunch and hike on student designed and built trails that lead you past an 1800s-era homestead, a lead mine that dates back to the Revolutionary War and a large vernal pool. Hosted by the Smith College Club of Franklin County. The event is free and directions will be provided. Please RSVP to Lynn Reynolds at 413-367-2425 or lynnreynolds@verizon.net.
MacLeish Field Staion
11:00 am

Events at Smith

Earth Week Lunchtime Tabling
April 15, 2013
Different clubs, organizations,and students will be tabling each day during Earth Week. There will also be fun activities, such as free Pedal People rides and a Trash Audit.
Chapin Lawn
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Nature, Design and Recovery in the Post-Industrial Landscape
April 15, 2013
lecture by Niall Kirkwood, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Center for Technology and Environment, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University Cambridge, MA. This talk is part of the 2013 spring LSS 100 lecture series.
Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Join Bike Kitchen for a Ride
April 15, 2013
Bike Kitchen will be leading a bike ride around the Northampton area. All skill level welcomed. Meet in the basement of Talbot House. Please make sure to bring water.
Basement of Talbot House
3:00 pm

Green Team meeting!
April 16, 2013
Green Team is Smith's student-led coalition dedicated to fostering sustainability at Smith. Green Team meets every other Tuesday in CEEDS, which is on the garden-level of Wright Hall. Bring your lunch and join us! All members of the Smith Community are welcome.
Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability
12:00 pm

Hands-On Vegan Foods
April 16, 2013
Tired of dining hall food? Ready for a study break? Come check out the Raw Vegan Workshop with Pete and Amy from Organic Trek, in conjunction with Smith College Earth Week. Please RSVP addvocates@smith.edu
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Ford Green Roof Top Tour and Tea
April 17, 2013
Did you know that Ford Hall has a green roof? Green Team will be hosting a tour of Smith's green roof and serve refreshments.
Ford Hall, Top Floor
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Tree Planting
April 19, 2013
Join the Botanic Gardens in planting trees for spring!
Lyman Plant House
3:00 pm

Events Off Campus

A Strategy for Sustainable Development in the United States
April 17, 2013
The Earth Institute presents the Annual Sachs Student Lecture, "A Strategy for Sustainable Development in the United States," with Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban-ki Moon on the Millennium Development Goals.Speaker: Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University. Open to the public. You can also join via on-line webcast.
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Columbia University, Morningside Campus, The Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Lecture: Judy Wicks, Entrepreneur, Activist & Founder of White Dog Cafe
April 17, 2013
Judy Wicks is an author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy. Judy's new book "Good Morning, Beautiful Business" is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world-helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people, nature and place more than money.
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
7:00 pm

People and Plants: Illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby
April 18, 2013
Forbes Library will be displaying illustrations by Blanche Cybele Derby from April 1st to April 30th. There will be a reception on April 6th, 2-4pm. Gallery Hours: Monday 9-9 ; Tuesday 1-5 ; Wednesday 9-9 ; Thursday 1-5 ; Friday & Saturday 9-5 ; closed Sundays and holidays.
Hosmer Galley, Forbes Library, Northampton

Gardening 101: An Introduction to Growing Vegetable and Herbs
April 18, 2013
A free introductory workshop on how to get started growing vegetables and herbs in your yard, patio, or windowsill, as a means of creating a more sustainable life. Offered in partnership with Grow Food Amherst. Location: Amherst Town Hall 4 Boltwood Place 2nd Floor Town Room Amherst, MA 01002
Amherst Town Hall
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Understanding Current Conflict: The Crisis in Korea & Northeast Asia
April 18, 2013
The Five College Program in Peace & World Security Studies Presents: A Faculty Panel with: Prof. Calvin Chen, Politics Dept., Mount Holyoke College Prof. Jina Kim, East Asian Studies, Smith College Prof. Michael Klare, Peace & World Security Studies, Hampshire Free and open to the public.
UMASS Amherst, Thompson 106
7:30 pm

A Conversation on America's Future: Joe Scarborough and Jeffrey Sachs
April 19, 2013
Speakers: Joe Scarborough , Host, MSNBC Morning Joe; Jeffrey D. Sachs , Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.The Earth Institute presents "A Conversation on America's Future: Joe Scarborough and Jeffrey Sachs."Open to the public. Registration required.
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Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Miler Theatre
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Featured Event

Weed Walk with Blanche Cybele Derby
April 25, 2013
Blanche Cybele Derby is a local wild food expert and the author of several works about the art of wild edible foraging. She will lead an edible weed walk about campus starting at CEEDS. Rain date is April 26, same place, same time.
CEEDS, Wright Hall
4:30 pm

FINAL SP13 Field Station Friday
April 26, 2013
We'll have a variety of activities for you, from raking out an apple orchard and "picking rocks" from the future Chestnut Orchard site, to populating the building and surrounding spaces for architectural photography. The trails are open, you could have a fire in the fire pit if you'd like, and we'll just generally be having a great time on what looks to be a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon. Vans will leave Smith from the Chapin loading dock at 12:30PM and return by 4PM or so. Please RSVP to macleish@smith.edu to or go to the link below to reserve a space!
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MacLeish Field Station
12:30 pm

Events at Smith

Permaculture at UMASS-Amherst
April 22, 2013
Helena Farrell, MLA, Ecological Landscape Planning & Design, Regenerative Design Group, Greenfield, Massachusetts. This talk is part of the spring LSS 100 lecture series.
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Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm

To license or not to license-
April 25, 2013
A panel discussion for those potentially entering the architectural profession,sponsored by WMAIA (West Massachusetts American Institute of Architects)
Graham Hall
6:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Earth Day Festival 2013: Student Fair and Concert
April 22, 2013
Join UMass Amherst student, faculty, and staff as we demonstrate our commitment to a healthy, sustainable, campus on April 22, Earth Day!
UMASS Amherst, Goodell Hall, Lawn
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Earth Day 2013 Keynote Address: Annie Leonard and the Story of Stuff
April 22, 2013
The UMass Amherst Campus Sustainability Initiative is excited to announce the Earth Day 2013 Keynote Address, film screening, and book signing with Annie Leonard, an international expert in sustainability and environmental health issues. Annie Leonard's documentary, the world renowned, animated film “The Story of Stuff,” has single-handedly transformed complex issues into understandable challenges and has been viewed by audiences all over the world over 10 million times. “The Story of Stuff” exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. Tickets will be available beginning February 2013. Pick-up locations TBA.
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Stockbridge Hall, Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

HerbFest 2013
April 23, 2013
HerbFest 2013, the University of Massachusetts’ annual celebration of herbs, spices, and medicinal plants, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, in the Student Union Ballroom on the University campus from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm. This free event, sponsored by students in the class Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants, is the concluding event for the semester and features student demonstrations and presentations on a wide variety topics related to the history, culture, and traditional and modern uses of herbs,spices, and medicinal plants. A display of popular herb plants is a major focus of HerbFest.
Student Union Ballroom, UMASS Amherst Campus
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lecture: BAKED ALASKA – AN IN DEPTH SUMMARY OF THE BEHAVIOR OF ALASKA’S GLACIERS
April 23, 2013
with Dr. Bruce Molnia, USGS. Come and meet a government expert on glacial retreat and climate change, and learn more about the USGS. Followed by pizza dinner for all in Beneski Room 100. Find out more about Bruce Molnia, and his research, at:
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Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College
5:00 pm