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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 26- Oct 2

October 3-9

October 10-16

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

Events at Smith

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

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

Events Off Campus

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

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

Featured Event

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

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

Lunch discussion with Margaret Williams
October 7, 2013
Smith Alumna Margaret Williams '89 is the Managing Director of World Wildlife Fund's Arctic Program. Encompassing both the marine environment of the Bering Sea and the terrestrial landscape of Russia's Kamchatka province, Margaret's region is filled with environmental challenges. Heavy shipping traffic, offshore oil drilling, wildlife poaching, human-animal conflict and overfishing all imperil the region's sensitive ecosystem. And global warming - the cause of shrinking sea ice, rising temperatures in salmon rivers and many other ecosystem changes - is an overarching concern. Come listen to her story and ask your questions. Lunch will be provided for the first 15 people.
Campus Center 103
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lecture: Conservation at the Top of the World: Lessons Learned from Working in Arctic Conservation
October 7, 2013
Join us for the fifth speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series with speaker Margaret Williams, managing director of the Arctic program for the World Wildlife Fund. This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Information Session for Operation Wallacea
October 9, 2013
Operation Wallacea is a not-for-profit conservation organization that takes students on biodiversity, environmental, cultural and sociological research expeditions to tropical locations around the world. Operation Wallacea runs conservation research projects worldwide with a team of academics and students can join our programs either as Research Assistants or to gather data for a thesis project. Come learn more and ask your questions.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
5:00 pm

Events Off Campus

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

Looking Beyond Technological Fixes: A Sociological Perspective on Climate Change
October 7, 2013
Many popular approaches to curtailing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and thereby reducing the effect of humanity on the global climate, focus on the development and application of “green” technologies.While in principle, green technologies can help reduce GHG emissions, for a variety of reasons they often have not in many nations.Richard York will present results from analyses of cross-national time-series data which show that increases in non-fossil fuel energy sources have typically not proven to proportionately displace fossil fuel use and further, that improvements in macro-economic energy efficiency typically have been associated with rising GHG emissions.The lecture will address how changes in social, political and economic contexts may be need to make green technologies a greater help in addressing environmental problems.
Paino Lecture Hall in Beneski, Amherst College
4:00 pm

How Women Become Political
October 7, 2013
Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the first address to a legislature by a woman in the United States! This political forum will feature prominent women political leaders including: feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem; U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; and former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. This free and public event is co-hosted by Simmons College and sponsored by Tufts' Grimke Event Committee. For more information or to RSVP, visit
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John Hancock Hall in Boston
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Toxic-Free Future
October 8, 2013
Olga Speranskaya, co-chair of IPEN, a global network of organizations to eliminate toxic chemicals, on health and and environmental justice for chemical safety.
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mount Holyoke
7:00 pm

Biology Lecture/Talk
October 9, 2013
Dana E. Hunt, Ph.D. Microbiology at the Bacterial Scale: Spatial and Temporal Patchiness in Marine Microbial Ecology Sponsor Mount Holyoke Biological Sciences Department
Mount Holyoke College, Cleveland L2
4:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Conversation with No Impact Man
October 9, 2013
Sustainability activist Colin Beavan will take part in a discussion moderated by Steve Goodwin, the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst, talking about his book No Impact Man and the experiences, benefits and challenges associated with sustainable low impact living. Book Signing to follow discussion.
UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom
7:30 pm

Featured Event

Fall Break Backpacking Trip: 10/12-10/14/13
October 12, 2013
Have fun and meet new people while hiking along the Long Trail in Vermont. Sponsored by the Smith College Outdoor Adventure Program. Register by emailing smithoutdoors@smith.edu
Vermont Long Trail!

Events at Smith

Info Session: Duke University Marine Lab and Nicholas School of the Environment
October 10, 2013
with Dana Hunt, assistant professor of microbial ecology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Undergraduates, come learn about the opportunity to study for a semester away at the Duke University Marine Lab. Seniors, come hear about many graduate school programs offered by the Nicholas School for the Environment. Lunch will be provided for the first 15 students.
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaking and presentation tips
October 16, 2013
Sponsored by the Jacobsen Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning. No registration required. Bring a grab-n-go lunch. Treats provided.
Jacobsen Center, Seelye 307
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Information Session for Operation Wallacea
October 16, 2013
Operation Wallacea is a not-for-profit conservation organization that takes students on biodiversity, environmental, cultural and sociological research expeditions to tropical locations around the world. Operation Wallacea runs conservation research projects worldwide with a team of academics and students can join our programs either as Research Assistants or to gather data for a thesis project. Come learn more and ask your questions.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
5:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Exhibition: Post-oil City - The History Of The Urban Future
October 10, 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

"Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?"
October 10, 2013
Gar Alperovitz is the author of: What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution; co-founder of Democracy Collaborative; and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland
Third Floor Conference Room, Gordon Hall, 418 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
4:00 pm

Lecture: Regional Disparity: A New Approach. Can Money Buy Happiness in Your Community?
October 10, 2013
Lecutre by Jun Koo. Jun Koo is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Korea University. He is also the Director of the Center for Methodology and Data Analysis at the Institute of Government, Korea University. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Korea University, he taught at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His main research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry clusters in the context of regional development. His most recent work focuses on regional development and disparity from a happiness perspective. Contrary to existing economic approaches, he aims to develop a new approach based on measuring happiness and the quality of life in analyzing and evaluating regional development issues. This is a part of the Ervin Zube Lecture Series sponsored by the UMASS Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Light refreshments will be served.
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UMASS Amherst, Procopio Room, 105 Hill North.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Structural Transformation and the Role of Natural Resources in Africa
October 11, 2013
Emerging economies, such as Brazil, China, India among others, have been more successful than most African countries in that endeavor, achieving impressive reductions in poverty for more than two decades. How are they different from Africa? At this lecture, speakers Abebe Shimeles and Henri-Bernard Soulignac-Lecompte will discuss underlying reasons behind this question and how structural transformation and natural resource play a role in influencing emerging economies.
Gordon Hall, UMass Amherst
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

2013 North American Biochar Symposium
October 13, 2013
October 14, 2013
October 15, 2013
October 16, 2013
If you have heard about carbon negativity, ecosystem restoration, sustainable benefits for agriculture or any of the other benefits of biochar and are curious to learn from and network with international experts, THIS is the conference you've been waiting for! Registration is LIVE and the early bird discount has been extended to August 31st!
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University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Film: More Than Honey
October 15, 2013
Amherst Cinema is pleased to partner with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)to screen this film that explores the vital relationship between humans and bees and addresses the mysterious, drastic decline of honeybee colonies around the world. A panel discussion by CISA’s own Local Hero members Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms follows, and will be moderated by Phil Korman, CISA’s Executive Director. Tickets at the Amherst Cinema box office, or online. Regular admission. Trailer:
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Amherst Cinema
7:00 pm

Cultivating the City: Infrastructures of Abundance in Urban Brazil
October 16, 2013
Jacques Abelman '96 will present current research-in-progress into connected urban foodscapes based on indigenous species in Brazil. His current research on urban agriculture and landscape infrastructures in rapidly developing Brazilian cities is done in collaboration with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre.
Pruyne Auditorium Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College
4:30 pm