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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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Events at Smith

ENV100 Lecture Series: Brian Donahue
September 17, 2012
Join us for the second speaker in the ENV100 Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Brian Donahue, Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Brandeis University will give a talk "Farms and Food: A Vision for New England." This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Wonderful Whiskers: Sensors Seals Use to Navigate the Deep, Dark Sea
September 17, 2012
Join us for a tea and cookies and a stay for a great talk by Dr. Joy M. Lapseritis, Environmental Division, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport. Joy is a Smith alumna who currently works for the Navy as a civilian and is keen on bringing more women into her field. Tea and cookies are served at 4 p.m. in the McConnell Foyer. Part of the Life Sciences Colloquium series.
McConnell 103
4:30 pm

First Green Team Meeting of the Year!
September 18, 2012
Interested in getting involved in environmental initiatives here at Smith? Join with other students, faculty, and staff to make a difference! Each year the Green Team chooses what initiatives they are interested in working on.
Campus Center 102
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Foraging Walk with Blanche Derby
September 21, 2012
Wild Edibles Walk around campus with local forager Blanche Cybele Derby followed by a light snack. Meet at CEEDS and then take a stroll around Smith's campus. Dress for the weather. Rain Date: Wed Sept 26 Same time/place. This event is free and open to the public.
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CEEDS, Wright Hall
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Re-creating the Emerald Necklace:
September 20, 2012
A Career Working in Olmstead's Greatest Park System with Marion Pressley. Light refreshments will be served. This is part of the Ervin Zube lecture series.
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UMASS Procopio Room, 105 Hills North
4:00 pm

Subhankar Banerjee: Arctic Voices - Resistance at the Tipping Point
September 20, 2012
Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian born American photographer, writer, educator and activist. Over the past decade Subhankar Banerjee has been a leading international voice on issues of arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development and climate change. He will be reading from his most recent work, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point. In this Anthology, Banerjee brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researches who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research.
Mount Holyoke Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Laboratory
7:00 pm

Interested in Sustainable Food? Get Involved with Grow Food Northampton!
September 22, 2012
Grow Food Northampton, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting food security by advancing sustainable agriculture in Northampton, MA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to install hedgerow - 7500' of mostly edible woody plants along the street frontage of the garden for windbreak and food. No previous experience necessary. Contact Gaby Immerman (gimmerma@smith.edu) for details.
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Nothampton Community Garden, Meadow Street, Florence Mass

Featured Event

Film Screening: "The Last Mountain"
September 25, 2012
Come watch this documentary about mountain-top coal mining and get to know other Smithies interested in environmental issues of all sorts. Sponsored by the Green Team!
The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS), Wright Hall lower level
7:00 pm

Dr. Tim Coles of Operation Wallacea on Campus
September 28, 2012
Operation Wallacea will be visiting campus to present “The Importance of Biodiversity Monitoring in Conservation: Research Opportunities” by Dr. Tim Coles, OBE. The lecture will briefly cover aspects of biodiversity monitoring and conservation management such as animal population survey techniques and population control as well as how to use data sets for REDD+ applications. Opportunities for involvement in Operation Wallacea research programs will also be discussed.
Bass 102
4:30 pm

Events at Smith

SEA Tabling: Elizabeth Dorr
September 24, 2012
Looking for an adventure? Spend a semester sailing the high seas, conducting research, and having the experience of a lifetime. Come learn more about SEA Semester's study abroad field programs in marine and environmental studies. Elizabeth Dorr, an admissions counselor from SEA Semester, will be tabling in the Campus Center. Stop by to learn more, pick up information, and ask questions. Hope to see you there!
Campus Center - Lower Level
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

ENV100 Lecture Series: Diana Cornely
September 24, 2012
Join us for the third speaker in the ENV100 Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Diana Cornely, Senior Analyst, Jones Lang LaSalle, will give a talk. Topic: Sustainability in Corporate Real Estate. This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Microbial interactions with plastic marine debris: Life in the "Plastisphere"
September 24, 2012
Join us for a tea and cookies and a stay for a talk by Dr. Erik Zettler, Assoc. Dean for Institutional Relations and Research, Sea Education Association Tea and cookies are served at 4 p.m. in the McConnell Foyer. Part of the Life Sciences Colloquium series.
McConnell 103
4:30 pm

Bike Kitchen Open House!
September 25, 2012
Join the members of the Smith College Bicycle Kitchen for some music, snacks, and information during our Open House! Come check out our space, learn about our upcoming workshop series, and see how YOU can get involved!
Talbot House Basement
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Urban Farmers and Rural Cosmopolitans
September 27, 2012
Join Lisa Heldke, professor of philosophy at Gustavus Aldophus College, as she discusses ‘Urban Farmers and Rural Cosmopolitans’. A reception will follow the event.
Seelye 201
5:00 pm

Bicycle Maintenance Workshop Series
September 27, 2012
Come over to the the Bicycle Kitchen, located in the basement of Talbot house, for the first part of our six-part workshop series on bicycle maintenance! A professional female bike mechanic will be teaching those who attend about the anatomy of the bicycle, how to repair a flat tire, and how to true a wheel. Come learn about DIY bike repairs! Check out our website (www.smith.edu/bikekitchen) for the other workshop topics.
Talbot House Basement
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Vermont Yankee Meltdown: What Will We Do? Lessons from Fukushima
September 24, 2012
Forum headlined by Ira Helfand, M.D., co-founder of the national Physicians for Social Responsibility, emergency physician from Springfield, recently returned from conferences in Japan. He will share information and insights on the consequences and implications of the nuclear reactor disasters at Fukushima. Deb Katz, co-founder of Citizens Awareness Network, will provide additional information, helping to apply “the lessons” to our local nuclear power plant, Vermont Yankee.
Greenfield Community College, One College Drive, Stinchfield Lecture Hall
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Lecture: Siting……….Transportation Manufacturing Facility
September 27, 2012
The 'Siting......Transportation Manufacturing Facility' lecture with John Mullin, Henry Renski, and Jonathan Cooper. Light refreshments will be served. This is part of the Ervin Zube lecture series.
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UMASS Procopio Room, 105 Hills North
4:00 pm

Featured Event

Presentation of the Environmental Concentration:
October 1, 2012
Join us over the lunch hour at CEEDS to learn more about the concentration in Sustainable Food! Lunch provided.
The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS)
12:15 pm

Events at Smith

ENV100 Lecture Series: Gidon Eshel
October 1, 2012
Join us for the fourth speaker in the ENV100 Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Gidon Eshel, Environmental Fellow at Bard College and a statistician who grew up working on a dairy farm on an Israeli Kibbutz will give a talk, "Environmental Desirability of Daily Choices: Myths vs. Facts, and the Paramount Importance of Calculating." This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Changing the way we eat: A TED talks streamed series
October 2, 2012
The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) streams, "Changing the Way We Eat" a TED talks series sponsored by the Glynwood Institute. Streaming every first Tuesday of the month over the lunch hour. Begins October 2nd. October 2nd features talks by: Dr. David Wallinga, Senior Advisor in Science, Food and Health at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, “Raising Pigs & Problems: Saying No to Antibiotics in Animal Feed.” Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food and Water Watch, “Who Pays the Farm Bill?” Dr. Robert S. Lawrence, Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, “Effects of High Meat Diet on Public Health” Tuesday November 6th featuring talks by: Urvashi Rangan, Senior Scientist and Director GreenerChoices.org at Consumers Union, “From Fables to Labels” Fred Kirschenmann, Leopold Center Distinguished Fellow, “Soil: From Dirt to Lifeline” Michelle Hughes, “Local Food, Immigrant Farmers” Tuesday December 4th featuring talks by: Mitchell Davis, “Tasting Our Way to a Better Food System” Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the US, “Animal Factories and the Abuse of Power” Howard Hinterthuer, Peer-to-Peer Mentor in the Organic Therapy Program at the Wisconsin-based Center for Veterans Partysues, “Veteran’s Food Production Program”
CEEDS, Wright Hall
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Green Team Meeting
October 2, 2012
Interested in getting involved in environmental initiatives here at Smith? Join with other students, faculty, and staff to make a difference! Each year the Green Team chooses the initiatives they want to focus on. Come get involved.
CEEDS - Wright Hall
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Williams-Mystic Study Away table
October 3, 2012
Williams-Mystic is a unique one-semester program focused on studying the world's oceans. We believe there is no better way to learn than to engage and explore, blending the boundaries of academic disciplines to form an interdisciplinary, immersive, and hands-on experience. Earning 18 credit hours from Williams-College, students travel the country sailing on a tall ship, road tripping the West Coast, and then traveling to the Louisiana Bayou. We are currently accepting applications for Spring 13, Fall 13, and Spring 14. We accept students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and have financial aid and scholarship packages available. Please come see us at any info table!
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Campus Center lower-level
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sara Carlson: Operation Wallacea
October 3, 2012
Operation Wallacea is a network of academics from European and North American universities, who design and implement biodiversity and conservation management research programmes. Come join Sara Carlson, to hear about her experiences in the field.
CEEDS, Wright Hall
4:00 pm

Sustainability Grad School and Careers Brown Bag Lunch
October 4, 2012
Interested in talking about grad school and careers in sustainability? Next Thursday at noon, Dr. Eban Goodstein, an economist and Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College will be on campus and is interested in talking with students about these issues. Goodstein heads up three graduate programs at Bard: MS Degree programs in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy, and a new MBA in Sustainability based in NYC. The programs feature real world engagement through extended internships and consultancies, and there are options to combine a masters degree with Peace Corps service, as well as joint programs with Pace Law School, and Bard's MAT program. Goodstein is happy to talk with you about Bard specifically, but also more generally about careers in green business and policy. Bring your own lunch.
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CEEDS-Wright Hall
12:00 pm

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