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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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April 20-26 April 27- May 3 May 4-10

Featured Event

Lecture: Quenching Our Thirst: Resources in a Changing World
April 21, 2015
With Drew Guswa.
McConnell 103
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Interactive exhibit: Dialogue: A Decade of Smithies on Sustainabilty
April 22, 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

Earth Week Events!
April 23, 2015
There is so much going on for Earth Week! Check out our other postings and also visit the Earth Week website for many more events all week long!
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All over campus

Earth Week: Walking Mill River Tour
April 23, 2015
Join John Sinton for a tour of the historic Mill River, in Smith's own backyard! Meet in CEEDS and bring shoes for walking. Open to all members of the community.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
4:30 pm

Rescheduled: Invasive Species Scout and Pull
April 23, 2015
With Gaby Immerman. Please meet down by the Lamont Bridge at 5pm.
CEEDS
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Earth Week: Give Back and Catch Chestnut Fever!
April 25, 2015
Smith College is growing blight resistant trees at the MacLeish Field Station. We need your help to plant nuts in the seed orchard. You’ll get your hands dirty but its outside and you’ll contribute to a national conservation project. Join us! Catch Chestnut Fever! Come dressed for the weather. Bring a hat, water and gloves if you have them. We will leave from Chapin loading dock at 12:00 sharp on Saturday April 25th and return by 4:00. Please RSVP to Paul Wetzel (so we have a van seat for you) and contact him with any questions—pwetzel@smith.edu.
Chapin Lawn/loading dock

April 20, 2015
Lecture with Steve Moga.
Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Field Station Saturdays
April 25, 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

Earth Week Tabling
April 20, 2015
featuring WOZQ, Animal Advocates, Eco-Reps, vox, green team, divest, ESW and the outing club.
Chapin Lawn
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lecture: Down in the Bottoms: Lowland Names and Landscape Change in the 19th Century American City
April 20, 2015
with Steven Moga, Landscape Studies program, 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

Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:
April 20, 2015
STEMing the Tide and Broadening Participation in STEM Careers with Nilanjana Dasgupta ’92, Professor of Psychology, Director of Faculty Equity and Inclusion,University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Seelye 106
4:30 pm

Earth Week Tabling
April 21, 2015
Featuring Eco-Reps, Green Team, and Divest.
Chapin Lawn
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Earth Week: Canoe Instruction and Trip Upriver
April 21, 2015
With Scott Johnson.
Boathouse
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Earth Week: Ted Talk and Discussion
April 21, 2015
Hosted by SGA Sustainability Committee.
Seelye 103
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Vigil for Environmental Justice: Sustaining Ourselves, Sustaining the Earth
April 22, 2015
Acknowledge and celebrate your connection to the earth. Stand in solidarity with communities upon whom the distribution of environmental burdens is the highest. Recommit to practices of sustainability and resistance. Sponsored by The Smith College Eco Reps & The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.
Campus Center Steps
12:10 pm

The Gaza Water Crisis
April 22, 2015
Earth week event hosted by J-Street U.
Seelye 101
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Panel: Indigenous Communities and Environmental Sovereignty
April 24, 2015
With Frank Waln and the Sampson Brothers. Hosted by ISSA and the Office of Campus Sustainability.
Neilson Browsing Room
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

NECOS Opening Panel: A Call to Action for Climate Justice with Ashanti Alston and Anne Petermann
April 24, 2015
Join us as we kick off the Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. We'll hear from anarchist Black Panther Ashanti Alston, and Anne Petermann, long time climate justice organizer and Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project on why we need to organize and take action for racial, economic and climate justice. Open to the public.
Stoddard Hall
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

NECOS Keynote Address & Climate Cabaret: Suzanne Patles & Jacqui Patterson on the Climate Crisis
April 25, 2015
Open to the Public. Suggested Donation: $10-50. Come celebrate the first full day of the Northeast Climate Organizers Summit. We'll hear from Suzanne Patles, of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society, and a native organizer and activist from Elsipogtog. We'll also hear from Jacqui Patterson, Director of the Climate and Environmental Justice Program for the NAACP. After Suzanne and Jacqui, join us for an evening of brass bands, puppets, and climate-related performances.
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
7:00 pm to 12:00 am

Building the Movement for Climate Justice: A Panel Discussion
April 26, 2015
What does it mean to 'build a movement' and in what direction does this movement need to head? Panelists will discuss the history of the climate justice movement, the goals of a broad movement fighting for systemic change, and the opportunities and challenges faced by organizers today. Speakers include: Anne Petermann, Executive Director, Global Justice Ecology Project; Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP Climate and Environmental Justice Program; Jeremy Brecker, Labor Network For Sustainability; Sandy Nurse, Rising Tide NYC and Erin Heany. Open to the public
Helen Hills Hills Chapel
9:00 am to 10:30 am

Food access and labor rights at our local farms
April 26, 2015
Examining undocumented workers' rights, histories, conditions, and food access in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. Hosted by OUSR, SACA, and the RFC. Free and open to the public.
Seelye 110
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Exploring Environmental Justice through Socioeconomics
April 22, 2015
How would you feel if you had to live in a home poisoned by lead paint or directly next to a coal-fired power plant? Come clear the air by discussing the realistic effects environmental pollution has within different socioeconomic levels of living. Refreshments provided.
Campus Center Room: 804-808, UMass
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Earth Day Panel On Regional Food System Strategies
April 22, 2015
Environmental educator and writer David Orr, Henry P. Kendall Foundation executive director Andrew W. Kendall, and CISA special projects director Margaret Christie will join President Jonathan Lash for a panel discussion of regional food system strategies.
Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall, Hampshire College
4:00 pm

Film screening: The Weight of the Nation
April 22, 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

Lecture: Conversations on Community and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago
April 23, 2015
A talk by Akilah Jaramogi.
ILC Film Studies Screening Room: S404, UMass
5:00 pm

Earth Day Keynote Address: Gasland: Fracking and the Environment
April 23, 2015
Join Josh Fox, director, producer, and narrator of Gasland and its sequel Gasland 2. Fox's films have sparked a nationwide conversation about the dangers of fracking and the hazardous unsustainable path that natural gas takes before reaching our cars, colleges, and homes. Free and open to the public.
Integrated Learning Center N151, UMass
7:00 pm

Lecture: "Past and Future Climate Change in the Horn of Africa"
April 24, 2015
Part of the Geosciences Lecture Series, Dr. Jessica Tierney of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will be lecturing at UMass. Cookies and coffee will be provided.
Morrill 129, UMass
3:30 pm

Workshop: Healthy Soil - Testing and Amending Your Garden Soil
April 25, 2015
Healthy soils are essential for raising healthy crops. In this workshop you will learn the basics of soil composition, microbial life and structure as they relate to the home garden, as well as the nitty gritty on soil testing, amendments and fertilizers needed to maintain crop health each season and build your garden’s soil over time.
Powisset Farm
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Workshop: Insect Pests and Diseases of Apples and How to Manage Them
April 25, 2015
One of the most challenging thing about growing your own fruit is knowing how to identify the insect pests and diseases that might afflict them. Learn the basics of pest and disease identification and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the home orchard.
Newton Community Farm
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Workshop: The 100Sq Ft, 25-Tree, 5-Variety Backyard Apple Orchard Fruiting Wall
April 25, 2015
Your fruiting wall will produce two bushels each of five apple varieties in just 3 years from planting using just over 100 square feet of backyard.
Marshfield Fairgrounds Admin Bldg
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Featured Event

Interactive exhibit: Dialogue: A Decade of Smithies on Sustainabilty
April 29, 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

Events at Smith

Lecture: Sparking our Imagination
April 27, 2015
with Carolina Aragon, Landscape Studies program, Smith College and Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Program, 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

Environmental Science and Policy Program Capstone Presentations
April 28, 2015
Join us for lunch and to hear from seniors about their research projects.
Neilson Browsing Room
12:00 pm

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

Lecture: Getting Cities Right: Creating a public realm that serves everyone
April 27, 2015
with Joel Russell, Executive Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute. A conversation with Joel and Lee Pouliot, Acting City Planner, City of Chicopee will follow the lecture. 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 get location details and RSVP using the link below.
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Chicopee, MA
6:30 pm

Changes in Forests Under Alternative Climate Scenarios in the Northeastern U.S.
April 29, 2015
Changes in regional forest composition in response to climate change are often predicted using niche-based models or biophysical process models that either do not account for or greatly simplify processes such as succession, dispersal, and tree harvest.
University of Massachusetts, Morrill Science Center, 134
3:30 pm

Film screening: The Weight of the Nation
April 29, 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

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