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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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September 30- Oct 6

Featured Event

Celebrate Mountain Day with CEEDS!
September 17, 2013
No, we don't know when Mountain Day will be, but when it is called we want you to celebrate with us! There are 2 ways to do so. You can: Explore the MacLeish Field Station (Come to the MFS and take a hike, explore the new building, pick apples, relax in our swing and much more. Cider and donuts willn be available from 10 a.m. until we run out) or join our farm and field bike ride (Leaves Chapin Lawn at 9 a.m., the group will ride to the MFS, break for cider and donuts then ride on to Quonquont Farm and back to campus through the farms of Hatfield. The ride is a hilly 35 miles, and it not for beginners, though there are turn off points for those who don't want to go the whole way.) Contact Sara Kirk with questions at x3352.
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MacLeish Field Station or on your bike!

Volunteer with Gardening the Community
September 21, 2013
Gardening the Community is an organization dedicated to sustainable living and equitable communities run by local youth with a focus on young people producing food for their families, the community, and local businesses on vacant city lots. Volunteers will spend the day gardening and learning about urban agriculture and food justice. If interested, contact cso@smith.edu or speak to a CSO house representative.
Springfield, MA
8:15 am to 1:00 pm

Events at Smith

Lecture: Land Use Planning, Smart Growth, and Vibrant Downtowns
September 16, 2013
Join us for the second speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series with speaker Danielle McKann from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

General interest meeting: Engineers for a Sustainable World
September 18, 2013
Passionate about sustainability? Interested in working on innovative projects? Engineers for a Sustainable World invites you to our Interest Meeting SustainabiliTEA. Learn about upcoming ESW events, Think Tanks, and projects -- ways to engage in sustainable change. All majors welcome!
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm

Time management and study strategies
September 18, 2013
Sponsored by the Jacbosen Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning. Ne registration required. Brign a grab-n-go lunch. Treats provided.
Jacobsen Center, Seelye 307
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Smith Community Garden- general interest meeting
September 19, 2013
Are you interested in local and sustainable food production, garden design, permaculture, getting dirty and eating yummy produce? We welcome new and returning members of the org and all those who are interested in joining community garden or just learning about what we do! We'll be talking about our plans for the year as well as exciting events that we're planning for the semester. No experience or knowledge is necessary! We welcome all ideas and levels of experience!
CC 003
12:00 am

Global Salon on Climate Change with Mukul Sanwal
September 19, 2013
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon on Climate Change: The Indispensable Perspective of the Global South with special guest, Mukul Sanwal who has served in various policy positions in the Indian government including the Committee on Strategic Research on Climate Change in India. A Global Salon is an opportunity for the Smith community to gather to discuss global issues and meet with special guests from around the world.
Lewis Global Studies Center
12:00 pm

Field Station Friday!
September 20, 2013
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! Hike the trails, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. The van leaves from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center at 12:30 p.m. Friday and returns from the MacLeish Field Station to Smith College at 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.- depending on the day's participants. Sign up using the link below!
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Annex Road by Chapin House
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Seminar: Solutions to the Demise of the North American Prairie
September 17, 2013
with W. Carter Johnson, distinguished Professor of ecology, South Dakota State University-Brookings. 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. 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.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather, Amherst College
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Lecture: Peril in the Ponds with author and Mount Holyoke alum Judy Helgen
September 18, 2013
"Peril in the Ponds" tells the story of a government biologist's investigation into the mystery of deformed frogs, and epidemic that grew during the 1990s and continues today. It provides an inside view of a highly charged environmental issue that aroused the attentsion of the public and the media and sparked controversies among scientists, politicians, and government agencies.
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
7:00 pm

Is Militarism Sustainable? The Environmental Consequences of War & the National Security State
September 19, 2013
Find out why the military-prison-industrial complex is one of the most serious threats to the environment and the future of the planet. Meredith Crafton Environmental lawyer and policy director, Hanford Challenge The Toxic Legacy of Nuclear Weapons Production H. Patricia Hynes Director, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Military Pollution:The True Tragedy of the Commons Christopher Tinson Assistant Professor of African American Studies, Hampshire College The Unsustainability of the Prison Industrial Complex Free & open to the public, wheelchair accessible Sponsored by PopDev, the Population and Development Program at Hampshire College, School of Critical Social Inquiry, Dean of Faculty Office, and Sustainability Initiative
West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
7:30 am

The Second New England Campus Sustainability Forum
September 20, 2013
The Second New England Campus Sustainability Forum will be held at COF in September! Last year close to 250 faculty, students and administrators from across New England joined us to talk about sustainability efforts on their campuses. Planning is underway for another great program this year.
Colleges of the Fenway, Boston, Ma

Bus Trip to New York City Gardens Overlooking the Hudson River
September 20, 2013
Reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis upon receipt of registration form and payment.Please call x2742 to make sure there are still seats available. Registration fee includes round trip transportation via luxury coach (equipped with a restroom), garden admission, lunch, and garden tours. Sponsored by the Friends of the Botanic Garden. Complete information and registration form are online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/newyorktrip.pdf
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New York City Gardens
7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Lecture: Where is Our Civic Imagination?
September 20, 2013
by acclaimed architect and activist Teddy Cruz, Professor of Public Culture and Urbanism at the University of California at San Diego. Professor Cruz is also a co-founder of the Center for Urban Ecologies (CUE). His work studies the cross-border flows of people, materials, and waste recycling between San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. He has pioneered the development of an architecture and urban practice and pedagogy that emerge out of the particularities of this bicultural territory, integrating theoretical research and design production. Cruz has won international recognition and several prestigious awards for his research on the Tijuana-San Diego border, partnering with NGOs to recycle cross-border waste in affordable housing provision.
East Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
2:30 pm

Protest: Draw the Line,
September 21, 2013
nation-wide protests against Tar Sands Oil Pipelines organized by 350.org members. Dress in black, bring your signs and some sidewalk chalk and meet at Amherst Town Common and we'll walk to TD Bank and draw the line. Then we'll proceed to TD Bank on Triangle (0.4 miles) to do it all over again.
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Amherst Common
12:00 pm

Training workshop in civil disobedience,
September 22, 2013
to include the philosophy and history of non-violence, role-playing in how to carry it out in a peaceful, dignified manner, and the legal consequences in dealing with the police, arraignment in court, what to expect in terms of fines/jail/community service, etc. The workshop will be led by two experienced trainers: Jeff Napolitano, director of the American Friends Service Committee of Western Mass, based in Northampton; and attorney Luke Ryan of Northampton, a member of the National Lawyers Guild. Come for all or part of the training. A light dinner will be provided at 6pm. Contact johnpberk@gmail.com to register.
Frances Crowe Community Room, Media Education Foundation, 32 Masonic St., Northampton
2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Featured Event

Lunchtime Discussion with Wendy Tremayne and Mikey Sklar
September 23, 2013
Join us for a lunchtime event with author Wendy Jehanara Tremayne and her partner Mikey Sklar. Ms. Tremayne wrote The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living, the inspirational story of how she and Mikey ditched their careers in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently. Alongside their personal story the book outlines the discovery of a fulfilling lifestyle that relies less on money and presents reasons for makers to share their innovations and ideas through open source and creative commons licenses. Wendy is the founder of the textile repurposing event Swap-O-Rama-Rama, which takes place in over 100 cities around the world. Mikey is a digital homesteader and open source hardware developer. Come listen to their stories and ask your questions. Lunch will be provided for the first 20 people.
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Celebrate Mountain Day with CEEDS!
September 24, 2013
No, we don't know when Mountain Day will be, but when it is called we want you to celebrate with us! There are 2 ways to do so. You can: Explore the MacLeish Field Station (Come to the MFS and take a hike, explore the new building, pick apples, relax in our swing and much more. Cider and donuts willn be available from 10 a.m. until we run out) or join our farm and field bike ride (Leaves Chapin Lawn at 9 a.m., the group will ride to the MFS, break for cider and donuts then ride on to Quonquont Farm and back to campus through the farms of Hatfield. The ride is a hilly 35 miles, and it not for beginners, though there are turn off points for those who don't want to go the whole way.) Contact Sara Kirk with questions at x3352.
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MacLeish Field Station or on your bike!

Events at Smith

Lecture: The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-On Living
September 23, 2013
Join us for the third speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Wendy Tremayne, author and founder of Swap-o-rama-rama, will speak about her experiences living a radical lifestyle based on less consumption. Free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

First annual Graduate School Fair
September 26, 2013
Meet representatives from programs in a wide variety of disciplines, who can provide the latest on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information. Visit the event webpage to find out who will be there and how every student can benefit from attending. Juniors & Seniors attend the Fair to: -Learn about specific programs from graduate school representatives -Collect application and financial aid information -Get tips on personal statements, applications and reference letters First Year students & Sophomores attend the Fair to: -Ask questions about undergrad coursework and extra-curricular activities -Explore graduate school options -Build networks for the future
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Campus Center Carroll Room
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Presentation: How I spent my Summer; Smithies at NOAA
September 27, 2013
Each spring, the Environmental Science and Policy Program connects students to summer internships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Join us for lunch and hear from fellow Smithies about their experiences this past summer in NOAA labs and offices around the country - and get information about how you might apply for next summer. Lunch provided.
Bass Hall 102
12:00 pm

Field Station Friday!
September 27, 2013
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! Hike the trails, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. The van leaves from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center at 12:30 p.m. Friday and returns from the MacLeish Field Station to Smith College at 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.- depending on the day's participants. Sign up using the link below!
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Annex Road by Chapin House
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Smith and Mt. Holyoke College Career Fair
September 27, 2013
Come and meet with recruiters from corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internship and full-time career opportunities. For a list of participating organizations, visit
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Campus Center Carroll Room
3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Exhibition: Women and Food Project
September 25, 2013
September 3rd -30th. The photographic exhibit, by Sarah Plantanitis, features a dozen women, the majority from Western Massachusetts. Participants range from distinguished chefs, urban gardeners and cookbook publicists to comfort food makers and chocolatiers. Opening reception Saturday, September 14, 5-8 p.m.
Easthampton City Arts + Gallery, 43 Main Street Easthampton
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Lecture: Filling the Voids: Public Space in Urban China
September 26, 2013
UMass Professor Piper Gaubatz, Departements of Geography and Geosciences
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Procopio Room, 105 Hills North (UMass Amherst)
4:00 pm

Exhibition: Post-oil City - The History Of The Urban Future
September 27, 2013
An Exhibition presented by UMass Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Curated by the Institute for Cultural Relations with support from Goethe Institut Boston
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Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA

Conference: Western Mass. Climate Justice
September 28, 2013
With keynote speaker: Jacqui Patterson, Environmental Justice Director for the National NAACP Purpose of Conference: WHAT KIND OF FUTURE DO WE WANT AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO GET THERE? A day of workshops/speakers/Art & Culture. Joining together to address important issues and find solutions. It’s about recognizing the interconnectedness of Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Social & Economic Justice and the impact on our urban communities. All are Welcome! Free Admission • Free Lunch • Child Care may be provided. Sponsored by: Arise for Social Justice, Climate Action NOW MA, NAACP
Trinity United Methodist Church, 261 Sumner Ave, Springfield
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Work Party & Potluck: Florence Organic Community Garden (FOG)
September 29, 2013
Work party 12-4p.m., potluck 4-7p.m. Help get FOG in shape for the winter! Tasks include planting, mowing, weeding, mulching, cleaning tools, straightening up the garden shed, and more. Contact Alexis Flora (aflora@smith.edu) for carpooling info.
Florence, MA

Featured Event

Presentation of the Environmental Concentration
October 1, 2013
Join us over the lunch hour at the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) to learn more about the concentration in Sustainable Food! Lunch provided.
Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Field Station Friday: with hobbyist remote control planes!
October 4, 2013
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! This Friday, Paul Voss will be joining us to demonstrate some hobbyist remote control planes. Also, hike the trails, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. The van leaves from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center at 12:30 p.m. Friday and returns from the MacLeish Field Station to Smith College at 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.- depending on the day's participants. Sign up using the link below!
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Annex Road by Chapin House
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Events at Smith

Lecture: Provoking Climate Leadership - With Everyone Living at the Same Address
September 30, 2013
Join us for the fourth speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Jim Antal, the Minister and President of the United Church of Christ Conference, will speak about the UCC's recent move to divest from fossil fuel. This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Beehive Collective Presentation: the True Cost of Coal
October 1, 2013
Join us for a visual workshop and storytelling on coal power, climate change, and sustainability with the Beehive Design Collective, an all-volunteer, art-activist collective that is world renowned for its collaboratively produced posters, focused on globalization, resource extraction and stories of resistance.
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Graham Hall
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Meeting: Engineers for a Sustainable World
October 3, 2013
Passionate about sustainability? Interested in working on innovative projects? Engineers for a Sustainable World invites you to our Think Tank meetings for informal discussion and brainstorming. Meet the board, participate in insightful conversation with your fellow peers, learn about upcoming ESW events and projects, and engage in real sustainable change. All you need to bring is an open mind and your own lunch. All majors welcome!
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: The Politics of Sustainability
September 30, 2013
with Mukul Sanwal. Mr. Sanwal is a leading expert on climate change and sustainability. As Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests, he represented India in the negotiations leading to the Climate Change Convention, the Forest Principles and Agenda 21, and co-chaired the negotiation group that developed the Rio Declaration, in 1992. In 2008, Mr. Sanwal, Former Special Advisor to the UN FCC secretariat and visiting lecturer in the Department of Political Science at UMASS this semester. Mr. Sanwal's lecture and visiting appointment are generously supported by a grant from the Five Colleges, Inc. and organized by the Department of Political Science.
UMASS, Amherst, Campus Center 165
2:30 pm

Peace Parks and the Politics of Neoliberal Conservation in Southern Africa
October 2, 2013
International peace parks-transnational conservation areas established and managed by two or more countries-have become a popular way of protecting biodiversity while promoting international cooperation and regional development. In "Transforming the Frontier", Bram Buscher shows how cross-border conservation neatly reflects the neoliberal political economy in which it developed.
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Mount Holyoke College, Art Building Gamble Auditorium
7:00 pm

5th MA Green Career Conference:
October 3, 2013
Your future in clean energy and sustainability. This conference connects government, education, business, and nonprofit stakeholders, green-career-ready candidates, and people interested in green careers. - Engage in cross-sector dialogues - Learn about best practices, research, current trends, products, services, opportunities -Take home inspiration, connections, resources REGISTRATION includes full access to all conference amenities and features: exhibits, speaker sessions, keynote, coaching, breakfast, lunch, networking, roundtable discussions, FREE book raffle, FREE parking, and FREE wifi. Student registration: $45 Register@ http://greencareer.eventbrite.com
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Holiday Inn, Marlborough, MA

Lecture: Exploring Regenerative Capacities in Urban Morphologies of Mill Towns
October 3, 2013
with Kaynar Rohloff, PhD, AIA Assoc., and a Five College Mellon Fellow and a Visiting Professor with specialization on environmental design at Mount Holyoke College. Dr. Rohloff’s work investigates the ways in which urban and landscape design promote livable and healthy neighborhoods with social cohesion and diversity of uses. This talk explores opportunities and challenges presented in historic mill town morphologies for regeneration of economic and social capital. The discussion features a spatial analysis of Holyoke MA USA, and observations of other historic mill towns such as Lowell and Maynard MA. This is part of the Ervin Zube Lecture Series sponsored by the UMASS Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.
Hills (North) • 105 UMass Amherst Campus
4:00 pm

New England Bike-Walk Summit
October 4, 2013
This is a broad-brush conference, addressing the full range of topics of interest to bike and pedestrian stakeholders. Sessions will address design, planning, engineering, advocacy, and more. Registration information, agenda and more can be found on the website below.
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11 Dorrance St,, Providence, RI

Celebration: Faith and the Environment
October 5, 2013
Join the Agape Community, a sustainable community in Hardwick, MA, in their annual celebration of St. Francis. This year's theme is Faith and the Environment, and will feature several speakers from the environmental community, including Shea Riester from 350.org, as well as a panel of local students discussing climate action. Participants is also invited to check out some of the ways members of Agape have incorporated sustainability into their daily lives- from the strawbale house and organic garden to the grease car and composting toilet. All welcome.
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Hardwick, MA
10:00 am to 5:00 pm