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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 e-mail accounts, submit it to eDigest.

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March 23-29 March 30- Apr 5 April 6-12

Featured Event

Lecture: Plant Conservation and Climate Change
March 23, 2015
Jesse Bellemare, assistant professor of biological sciences and CEEDS fellow, will present 'Plant Conservation and Climate Change: Insights from Biogeography, Ecological Experimentation and Horticulture." Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Open to the public.
McConnell 103
4:30 pm

Events at Smith

Lecture: Cultivating Novel Urban Ecosystems to Build Resilience Capacity
March 23, 2015
with Jack Ahern, Landscape Architecture, UMass-Amherst. 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

Lecture: Creatures Who Create: Should We Bring Back Lost Species?
March 24, 2015
with Bruce Jennings, Director of the Bioethics Center for Humans and Nature. Human activities now fundamentally shape the world we live in, and advances in biotechnology enable humans to manipulate the conditions of life in unprecedented ways. This talk will address what is "natural" and what is "artificial," asking, what should humans accommodate and what should we enhance? Jennings will explore the relationship between humans and nature through the lens of "de-extinction," or bringing back extinct species through genetic engineering. Do science and technology teach us to see ourselves as trustees of a fragile web of life or instead as engineers of a world that serves only human interests and needs? For more information, visit
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Seelye 201
5:00 pm

Food Recovery Network
March 25, 2015
March 29, 2015
Help us collect leftover dining hall food to donate to people who need it! We recover food twice a week and donate it to a local shelter in Holyoke. We meet Wednesdays & Sundays at 6:45p.m. in the lower level Campus Center (by the colored couches). Join Us! Questions? Email Allison and/or Pam: acwu at smith.edu or pmatcho at smith.edu
Campus Center lower level
6:45 pm

Smith Built Environment lunch
March 27, 2015
Are you interested in the architecture major at Smith, or architecture in general? Meet the seniors and ask questions relating to their work that is currently exhibited at the gallery, internships, studio tips, classes and their time at Smith, and meet and mingle with the the Smith Built Environment org! Lunch will be provided.
Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Field Station Saturdays
March 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

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Racialized Viruses/ Militarized Biomedicine: Armed Interventions Made in the Name of Health
March 24, 2015
with Jennifer Terry, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, University of California, Irvine as part of the Race and Science series presented by the Five College Science and Technology Students Initiative in collaboration with the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.
Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dancing in Wild Places: Seaweed and Ocean Health
March 29, 2015
A 40-minute performance project based on travels and dancing at seven seaweed sites internationally. A short discussion about the relationship between art-making and environmental projects will follow the presentation. Free and open to the public. Come early/limited seating.
Studio 3, Kendall Hall, Mount Holyoke College
2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Featured Event

Panel: Smith Women in the Environment
March 30, 2015
Every other year the environmental science and policy program invites four Smith alums with diverse environmental careers back to campus to talk about their careers and how their education at Smith helped set them on their professional path. This year's panelists include: Alana Miller ‘10 Policy Manager, Transportation Alternatives; H. Hanh Chu ‘07 Emissions Data Analyst, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Beth Callaghan ‘04 Senior Education Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium; Jacquelyn Ottman ’77 J.Ottman Consulting, Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Brands. The event will start with Traditional Smith Tea refreshments followed by the panel discussion. Bring your questions and bring your friends!
Neilson Browsing Room
4:00 pm

Workshop: Get Rid of the Waste. Get On With A Better Life.
March 31, 2015
With our society now driven by a 'throwaway' mentality, and recycling and composting leveling at 34% recovery rates, the time is now for action to reduce waste and change the consumption paradigm causing it. This highly interactive workshop facilitated by Jacquie Ottman '77, nationally recognized expert in green marketing and sustainable consumption, explores practical lifestyle-enhancing steps to reduce, reuse, share, repurpose and repair, beyond recycle and compost. This event, sponsored by the ES&P program, is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
7:00 pm

Screening: Food Chain$
March 31, 2015
Presented by SGA Campus Sustainability and the Real Food Challenge: Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.
Seelye 107
7:30 pm

Interactive exhibit: Dialogue: A Decade of Smithies on Sustainabilty
April 1, 2015
A collection of 65 works from various disciplines, by students who have sought to address Food, Waste, and Landscapes on campus and in the Pioneer Valley, brought together by Eve Pan, '15. Do underline the books, write on the margins, comment on the back, take our survey & enjoy. Notes from the curator:Over my four years at Smith, I have seen the great work of both my peers and my predecessors, yet the absence of a thorough library and space where these works may be accessed for viewing, reference use, and inspiration. ^ May we graduate knowing we may leave behind our work for the next generation to build upon. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Libraries. Neilson Hillyer Young
Visit the common spaces in Neilson, Hillyer, Young Libraries

Field Station Saturdays
April 4, 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 at Smith

Lecture: Erotechnics and Civilization:Theories and Practices Concerning Social Relationships
March 30, 2015
among the Sexes in mid-20th Century Urban Landscapes with Mark Hamin, Master of Regional Planning Program, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass-Amherst. 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

Exhibit: Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens
April 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

Food Recovery Network
April 1, 2015
April 5, 2015
Help us collect leftover dining hall food to donate to people who need it! We recover food twice a week and donate it to a local shelter in Holyoke. We meet Wednesdays & Sundays at 6:45p.m. in the lower level Campus Center (by the colored couches). Join Us! Questions? Email Allison and/or Pam: acwu at smith.edu or pmatcho at smith.edu
Campus Center lower level
6:45 pm

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) project meetings
April 4, 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

Events Off Campus

Where did 'Organic' Come From? The Unpredictable Past of Natural Food
April 1, 2015
Andrew Case, Washington College This talk explores the shifting environmental and cultural values of the organic movement in the postwar US through the story of publisher and natural health enthusiast J.I. Rodale. A transformational figure in the history of environmentalism, Rodale began publishing about health and farming in 1942, and became the popular face of the organic movement. in the late 1960s. Eccentric enough that people did not always take him seriously, his story nonetheless raises critical questions about the limits of the marketplace as a site of equitable and sustainable environmental reform, particularly given the international and global scope of the issues at stake.
Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) Amherst College
4:30 pm

Designing Living Landscapes: Origins and Significance of Cultural Landscape Research in Landscape Ar
April 2, 2015
Ethan Carr is a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass Amherst and co-directs the graduate certificate program in Cultural Landscape Management. He is the author of several books on the history of American park planning and design and is an editor of the papers of Frederick Law Olmsted.
School of Management 137, UMass
4:00 pm

Featured Event

Interactive exhibit: Dialogue: A Decade of Smithies on Sustainabilty
April 8, 2015
A collection of 65 works from various disciplines, by students who have sought to address Food, Waste, and Landscapes on campus and in the Pioneer Valley, brought together by Eve Pan, '15. Do underline the books, write on the margins, comment on the back, take our survey & enjoy. Notes from the curator:Over my four years at Smith, I have seen the great work of both my peers and my predecessors, yet the absence of a thorough library and space where these works may be accessed for viewing, reference use, and inspiration. ^ May we graduate knowing we may leave behind our work for the next generation to build upon. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Libraries. Neilson Hillyer Young
Visit the common spaces in Neilson, Hillyer, Young Libraries

Lecture: The Age of Sustainable Development
April 8, 2015
with Jeffrey Sachs, economist and director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Sachs is known for his work on the challenges of economic development, environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, debt cancellation and globalization. Part of the Presidential Colloquium Series.
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Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
4:15 pm

Field Station Saturdays
April 11, 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 at Smith

Lecture: A Natural and Cultural History of the MacLeish Field Station
April 6, 2015
with Jesse Bellemare, Biological Sciences, Smith 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

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) project meetings
April 11, 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 003
1:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Farm to Institution Summit
April 7, 2015
April 8, 2015
April 9, 2015
Are you an advocate, educator, food service rep, institutional chef, farmer, fisherman, processor, distributor, aggregator, student, sustainability coordinator, clinician or policymaker? This conference is just for you! The Farm to Institution Summit will bring together leaders from the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions. Please join us -- along with hundreds of other farm to institution advocates -- for three exciting days of learning, connecting, sharing and exploring! The program will be chock full of engaging sessions, inspiring speakers, exciting tours, fun social events and more! Registration is now open. Early bird rates are available until March 2nd.
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UMASS Amherst

Towards Racial Equality and Social Justice: Sharing the Work and Research of Dr. James Jennings
April 8, 2015
Come and join a celebration of Dr. Jennings' work, featuring current and former colleagues as well as panel discussion. Dr. Jennings has championed racial equality – read a new report that identifies spaces for fighting for black equality. Register using the link below.
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Barnum Hall, Room 008 163 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155 (Tufts)
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Film screening: The Weight of the Nation
April 8, 2015
Obesity is not only one of the top public health issues facing our country; it's also a threat to our nation's bottom line. Rising obesity rates threaten to drag our economy down through higher health care costs and lower productivity. Currently, 69% of American adults are overweight or obese. Hosted by The Springfield Food Policy Council and the Mason Square Health Task Force Please RSVP to Jbaymon@springfieldpartnersinc.com Or 413.263.6500 x6539
Springfield Central Library 220 State St. in Springfield
5:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Conference: Strengthening Ties for Collective Impact: Campus Sustainability in the Northeast Region
April 9, 2015
April 10, 2015
Hunter Lovins, Author and President/Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions will provide a key note on the evening of 9 April. President McCartney will join a Presidents Panel Friday morning 10 April. Smith's Bechtel Environmental Classroom with be one of the featured tours. Mitchell Thomashow, Author, "The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus" and President Emeritus, Unity College will proivde a key note at the close of the conference on 10 April. LOW COST for STUDENTS.
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UMASS Amherst

Protecting Cultural Landscapes in the Era of Climate Change
April 9, 2015
Melnick is Professor of Landscape of Landscape Architecture, University of Oregon, and Senior Cultural Resource Specialist with MIG, Inc, in Berkeley and Portland. He is co-editor of Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America (2000) and has published widely on theoretical and practical issues relating to cultural and historic landscapes. His written works and professional projects have received numerous national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently working on thorny issues around climate change and how we understand and protect cultural landscapes.
School of Management 137, UMass
4:00 pm

The Art of Sustainability
April 9, 2015
April 10, 2015
Jay Mead will discuss the Art of Sustainability, stimulating exploration and creativity as essential approaches for achieving personal and professional goals, for creative problem solving and for better understanding and working with systems. Mead has been creating environmental art for over 30 years. He has worked with Bread and Puppet, Cristo, The PuppeTree and was a core member of Wise Fool Puppet Intervention. His work has ranged from large installations to processions and performances. Aside from the USA, he has had projects in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Brazil. 10-5pm Skinner Green (MHC Community Art Installation)
Cleveland Hall L2 Mount Holyoke College
7:30 pm

Conference: From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom
April 10, 2015
April 11, 2015
April 12, 2015
Hampshire College's Civil Liberties and Public Policy group (CLPP) is holding their annual conference featuring reproductive rights and social justice speakers from across the country. Workshops, panels, plenaries and training are geared towards student and community activists. Conference registration is free for students and sliding-scale registration will be offered for all attendees. Registration opens in January 2015.
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Project Native's 5th annual environmental Film Festival
April 12, 2015
10:00am Family Program (two films in 3D): Deepo: A Fish Story and Watermelon Magic- 43 min.; 10:10am Extreme Realities - 53 min.; 11:30am Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds - 82 min.; 1:20pm Oil & Water - 77 min.; 3:15pm Angel Azul - 72 min.; 5:00pm Cowspiracy - 91 min.; 7:10pm The Human Experiment - 91 min. This festival is free and open to the public and is made possible by funding from the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation and official sponsors: Berkshire Coop Market, GoodWorks Insurance, Kenver Ltd., and Bobbie Hallig.
http://www.projectnative.org/Film_Festival.html

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