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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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Featured Event

Maple tree tapping at MacLeish
March 7, 2015
Sugaring season is about to start! This is your chance to experience the traditional tapping of maple trees and the process of making maple syrup that New England is known for. Be sure to wear gloves and warm layers and be prepared to walk in some snow! No experience necessary. Vans will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm. Please sign up using the link below:
MacLeish Field Station (leave from Chapin loading dock)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Events at Smith

Info Table: SEA Semester
March 6, 2015
Looking for adventure? Want to study abroad? Come learn about SEA Semester! SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Email with questions.
Campus Center downstairs
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) project meetings
March 7, 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

Field Station Saturdays
March 7, 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: For more information, contact
Chapin loading dock
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Lecture: Rurban and Peri-Urban Water Planning in India: A Landscape Approach
March 9, 2015
with James Wescoat, Department of Architecture, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA. Sponsored by the Mitia Sawhill Lecture Fund, this is an Annual Lecture in Honor of John Burk-Emeritus Biological Sciences and part of the LSS 100: Landscape, Design, and the Environment series. Free and open to the public.
Weinstein Auditorium
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Lecture: Radical Listening: A doctor’s experience saving lives and rain forest in Indonesian Borneo
March 9, 2015
with Kinari Webb, physician and founder of Health in Harmony. Dr. Kinari Webb went to Borneo as a young researcher, with the intent of learning about the orangutan and the dwindling environment that endangers the species' survival. She discovered there the intimate connections among poverty, logging, poor health, substandard education, unsustainable farming practices, and, of course, the orangutan. She returned to the U.S., became a physician, and returned to Borneo, where she has established a community project that -- amazingly -- addresses every aspect of this spiral of poverty and erosion of life. Her story is inspirational (see links below
Sabin-Reed 220
4:30 pm

SGA Sustainability Dinner
March 10, 2015
This is an informal dinner for all members of the Smith community to discuss the events and activities addressing issues of sustainability on campus. Come late and/or leave early. There will be desserts from La Fiorentina! For more information, email cpowell05 at
Duckett Dining Room A & B
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies symposium
March 6, 2015
Contested Legal Realities:Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country. March 5 (Reception); March 6 (Symposium Roundtables and Breakout Discussions). Free and open to all. Organizing Committee: Kathleen Brown-Perez, Honors College, UMASS Amherst; Christine Delucia, Mount Holyoke; Kiara Vigil, Amherst College
Amherst College TBD

Symposium: Climate Change and the Future of Life
March 6, 2015
The symposium feature ​will feature ecologists, botanists, and conservation speakers who will discuss climate-induced adaptation, migration, and loss; and strategies for conserving and managing plant species and natural communities in the face of climate change. The Symposium is open to everyone and​ discounted tickets are available to students (student identification required). Lunch and continental breakfast will be provided. Follow the link below to register or learn more.
Microsoft New England R&D Center, Cambridge, MA

Lecture: Sea Level and Climate Variability During the Last 2,000 Years
March 6, 2015
with Dr. Andrew Kemp, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Tufts University. Fresh coffee and cookies will be provided.
UMASS, Morrill II 129
3:30 pm

Lecture: Growing Multi-Use Trail Network - The projects, the plans, and the region
March 10, 2015
with Wayne Feiden, Director of the City of Northampton's Office of Planning and Sustainability. Northampton's rail and multi-use trail network continues to grow, with two projects planned for 2015, one for 2016, three more in design, and two in planning. Come hear where we are going on building a strong bicycle infrastructure. The event, sponsored by Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is free and open to the public.
Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center Street
12:00 am

FISHTAIL: A Decision Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats
March 11, 2015
Comprehensive understanding of both current and future condition of stream habitats is essential for conserving and managing fishes and their habitats, and managers require the ability to integrate such information in a spatially-continuous and scalable format to aid management decisions.
University of Massachusetts, Morrill Science Center, 134
3:30 pm

Food Justice: past, present and future
March 11, 2015
Who can buy healthy fresh vegetables in our region and who can't? Why and why not? How has institutional racism shaped access to healthy food in our region and beyond? What is needed to build a resilient food system that provides for all? The PV Grows Racial Equity in the Food System Working Group invites you to a conversation in which we will trace the practices of modern agriculture and food production back to plantation agriculture, examine some of the policies that have shaped food chain worker conditions, and together build tools for action in this region and beyond. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP using the link below:
Holyoke Senior Center 291 Pine Street, Holyoke, MA
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Interactive Bodies, Spaces, and Voices: BaAka Music and Dance and the Central African Rainforest
March 11, 2015
Ethnomusicologist Michelle Kisliuk, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Virginia, has been researching the music, dance, daily life, and cultural politics of forest people (BaAka) in the Central African Republic since 1986. Dr. Kisliuk’s talk will detail these circumstances and includes a participatory element whereby audience members learn BaAka ensemble singing with a focus on how voices and spaces shape performance.
Music Recital Hall, Music and Dance Building, Hampshire College
7:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Project Native's 5th annual environmental Film Festival
March 15, 2015
10:00am DamNation - 53 minutes; 11:30am Plastic Paradise - 57 minutes; 1:00pm The Starfish Throwers - 82 minutes; 2:50pm Resistance - 72 minutes; 4:30pm Groundswell Rising - 71 minutes. This festival is free and open to the public, and would not be possible without funding from the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation and official sponsors: Berkshire Coop Market, GoodWorks Insurance, Kenver Ltd., and Bobbie Hallig.
Tower Theaters, South Hadley, MA

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

Events Off Campus

Grow Food Northampton Organic Community Gardens Garden Plot Registration
March 21, 2015
Cost: $30 for a 10'x20' or 20'x20' garden plot ($40 non-resident) Discounts for seniors (20%) and valid SNAP card recipients (80%). Garden plots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, with 46 new plots opening in 2015. They will also be accepting orders for finished compost that gardeners can apply to their garden plots. sign up starts at 9 a.m. and goes through 11:30 a.m.; an all-gardener meeting follows at Noon. Follow the link below for more information:
Smith Vocational & Agric. School (80 Locust St, Northampton)
9:00 am to 11:30 am

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