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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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October 22-28 October 29- Nov 4 November 5-11

Featured Event

Presentation of the Environmental Science and Policy major/minor
October 24, 2012
and the Marine Science and Policy minor. Join us to hear about the curricular requirements for our major and minors, and some of the extracurricular ways the program can help you connect with environmental issues during your time here at Smith. Pizza lunch served.
Bass Hall 102
12:15 pm

Events at Smith

ENV100 Lecture Series: Annette Higby
October 22, 2012
Join us for the sixth speaker in the ENV100 Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Annette Higby, Policy Director of the New England Farmers Union will give a talk "What's new in the 2012 Farm Bill?" This event is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Impacts and management of biological invasions: What's the fuss?
October 22, 2012
Join us for a tea and cookies and a stay for a talk by Daniel Simberloff, Nancy Gore Hunger Professor of Environmental Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee 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

Lecture: Three Challenges in Food Ethics: Hunger, Obesity and Identity
October 25, 2012
Join us for a lecture with Paul B. Thompson, W.K. Kellog Chair in Agriculture, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Pphilosophy Department and the Concentration in Sustainable Food (CEEDS).
Seelye 201
5:00 pm

Smith Harvestfest
October 26, 2012
The Smith College Eco-Reps and Green Team will be hosting Harvestfest, a celebration of sustainability, local food, and green living over lunch on Chapin Lawn October 26th! Check out the sustainability tables and learn what green initiatives the Eco-Reps and Green Team will be doing this year. Campus-wide free box. Local apples and apple cider will be given out, bring your own mug!
Chapin Lawn
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Philosopers (Still) at Table with food ethicist Paul Thompson
October 26, 2012
Join us for conversation and pizza. Mr. Thompson will speak briefly about the state of the discussion about food and ethics and then will respond to whatever the attendees wish to discuss.
Philosophy Study, Dewey Hall
12:15 pm

Events Off Campus

Sustainable Hampshire: Food and Farm for the Future
October 24, 2012
A daylong program on October 24 will bring local and alumni farmers, food producers, and restaurant owners to the Hampshire campus. The day will also include a healthy food forum and an advance screening by Hampshire alumnus Ken Burns 71F of excerpts from his forthcoming film, The Dust Bowl.
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Hampshire College
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

GreenWork Roundtable: Creating a Sustainable Public Transit System
October 24, 2012
Please join us on for a forum on the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Bring a brown bag lunch and join the conversation. GreenWork consists of advocates for a Green Economy which serves local communities; guarantees workers' rights to organize; and promotes community-owned sustainable projects. GreenWork is working to create a strong movement of labor and community organizers, realtors and entrepreneurs, educators and workforce development folks, environmental experts and ordinary people to create a "high road" green economy that supports workers.
Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Boulevard, Springfield
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Lecture: Landscape Architect
October 25, 2012
The 'Landscape Architect' lecture with Thomas Tavella. 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

Lecture: Robin Mann
October 25, 2012
Robin Mann is a long-time environmentalist who most recently served as the Sierra Club's national president. In her talk Mann will discuss the direction of the modern environmental movement and reflect upon her experience as president of one of the most powerful environmental organizations in the country.
Mount Holyoke College, Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
7:30 pm

Bioneers Conference: A Solutions Based Gathering
October 26, 2012
October 27, 2012
October 28, 2012
The acclaimed annual National Bioneers Conference is a pre-eminent leading-edge knowledge forum where brilliant social and scientific innovators illuminate breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. As a network of networks, Bioneers connects people with solutions and each other in an inspiring celebration of the applied genius of nature and human ingenuity. Join in for the East Coast Bioneers conference this year! Hosted by the Marion Institute. Interested in going? Contact Sarah Loomis (sloomis at smith.edu) for possible carpooling options.
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New Bedford, MA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Community Clean-up of Tan Brook
October 28, 2012
The UMass Campus Sustainability Initiative is teaming up with the Homecoming Student Steering Committee on Sunday, October 28 to clean up the Tan Brook, a small stream that runs from Amherst High School, through the town of Amherst, and into the Campus Pond. All are welcome to attend!
UMass Amherst: Robsham Visitor Center Parking Lot
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Events at Smith

ENV100 Lecture Series: Sheri Flies
October 29, 2012
Join us for the seventh speaker in the ENV100 Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Sheri Flies, Assistant General Merchandise manager of Corporate Foods will give a talk "Costco's Evolving Sourcing Practices - how market based solutions address poverty and malnutrition." This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Green Team Meeting
October 30, 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

Field Station Friday!
November 2, 2012
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! Go on a hike, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. Sign up for a ride to and from the Field Station on our web link below. Vans leave from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center every Friday. Van from Smith College to MacLeish Field Station: 12:30pm and 3:00pm. Van From MacLeish Field Station to Smith College: 2:30pm and 5:00pm.
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Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station

5 College Energy Series: Panel on Oil
November 3, 2012
Debate: in the future, can the United States rely on oil as a source of energy? Panelists: Michael Klare, Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, based at Hampshire College and author of, "The Race for What's Left." Michael Lynch, President of Strategic Engery & Economic Research in Amherst, MA. For more information, contact either of the co-presidents of the Series: Theresa Helke (thelke@smith.edu) or Noga Heyman (nh10@hampshire.edu).
Campus Center, Carroll Room
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Effective Advocacy: Protecting Animals, People, and Our Planet
October 29, 2012
Ten billion land animals are raised for food in the U.S. every year. The vast majority are raised on factory farms, large-scale industrialized operations that pollute the environment and treat animals more like widgets than creatures capable of suffering. Join us to learn about the impact factory farms have on animals, our planet and ourselves and then learn how you can make a difference. This lecture is presented by Alexis Fox, Massachusetts state director, and Joshua Balk, director of corporate policy for the Humane Society of the United States.
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Amherst College, Converse Hall, Cole Assembly Room
5:00 pm

Ervin Zube Lecture Series: Lessons
November 1, 2012
Ervin Zube Lecture Series presents ‘Lessons’ with Michael Boucher. Light refreshments will be served.
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UMASS Procopio Room, 105 Hills North
4:00 pm

New York Trip
November 3, 2012
This day trip is led by Jack Ahearn, Ph.D, FASLA, Vice Provost for International Programs and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Visit places such as High Line Park, Central Park, The Brooklyn Bridge... and more! ANYONE CAN GO! We leave PROMPTLY at 6 am and return around 11 pm. ASLA members $50; Non-members $60 See Terry in the LARP Main Office: Hills North 109 UMASS or phone: 545-2255
Departs from Umass LARP Main Office: Hills North 109
6:00 am to 11:00 pm

Featured Event

Changing the Way We Eat
November 6, 2012
The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) screens, "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. 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”
CEEDS, Wright Hall, garden-level
12:00 pm

Students present: Summer internships with NOAA,
November 6, 2012
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Come hear from three students who participated in 10-week paid internships this summer, each at a different location in the U.S. This internship program, which offers different opportunities each year to Smith students, is run by the Environmental Science and Policy program.
Bass Hall 102
12:00 pm

Register Now! J-Term Workshop in Environmental Leadership
November 7, 2012
Are you around for J-Term and interested in environmental sustainability? This week long workshop running from January 13th - 18th is intended to inform interested students about the ways people from all walks of life are endeavoring to make a difference. The workshop will feature graduates from Smith, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, and Hampshire who are working as lawyers, in business, in federal agencies, and as advocates for environmentally sound policies. In addition to sessions with leaders, the workshop will feature three sessions devoted to developing practical skills necessary for effective environmental advocacy, one or more field trips, and sessions devoted to role playing in order to deepen understanding of conflicts over environmental policies and ways conflicts can be resolved. Register here: http://www.smith.edu/interterm/
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Amherst College
9:00 am

Smith Community Garden Work Party!
November 11, 2012
Come join the fun! Help us put the garden to bed for the winter. Bring gloves and clippers if you have them. No experience necessary!
At the garden off of Prospect Street (between Northrup and Lamont)
2:00 pm

Events at Smith

Field Station Friday!
November 9, 2012
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! Go on a hike, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. Sign up for a ride to and from the Field Station on our web link below. Vans leave from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center every Friday. Van from Smith College to MacLeish Field Station: 12:30pm and 3:00pm. Van From MacLeish Field Station to Smith College: 2:30pm and 5:00pm.
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Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station

Events Off Campus

The 21st Century Peasant: The Case of the Catalan Pyrenees
November 5, 2012
THE UMASS-AMHERST DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY PRESENTS The 2012 Distinguished Lecture in the Anthropology of Europe, "The 21st Century Peasant: The Case of the Catalan Pyrenees" by Professor Ismael Vaccaro (McGill University.) Following economic and demographic decline, many European peripheral rural communities have moved from agro-ranching economies to integration in the leisure economy. In many cases, this has changed depopulation and economic collapse into beautification and gentrification articulated through ski resorts, conservation policies, museums, street fairs, or organic foods. Prof. Vaccaro examines the Catalan Pyrenees’ transformation during the last 200 years, with implications for culture, heritage, and political economy in Spain and beyond. Prof. Vaccaro is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Sciences at McGill University in Montréal, Canada. His research on rural political ecology spans the globe, from Spain to Oaxaca, Mexico and the Solomon Islands. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology’s European Field Studies program and the Cultural Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS) program (NSF OISE-0968575) For more information, please contact .
UMASS Campus Center 1001
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Conference: From the Outside In: Sustainable Futures for Global Cities and Suburbs
November 8, 2012
November 9, 2012
November 10, 2012
This three-day conference will focus on sustainable futures in global city-regions. We seek an interdisciplinary discussion about sustainability that bridges the environmental, economic, and social spheres within complex urban regions.
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Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Multidisciplinary Practice-The Ups and Downs of Practicing at Larger Consulting Firms v. Design Fims
November 8, 2012
A ‘Multidisciplinary Practice - The Ups and Downs (More Ups than Downs) of Practicing Within a Larger Consulting Firm Versus a Design Firm’ lecture with Chery Ruane of Spurr/Weston Sampson’s Design Studio, Boston, Massachusetts. 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

What does Environmental Protection Protect?
November 8, 2012
A lecture by Mark Sagoff of George Mason University. This event is part of the series "Climate, Nature and the Frontiers of Ethics" funded by the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science and sponsored by The Department of Philosophy at Amherst College.
Paino Lecture Hall, Benkeski Building, Amherst Collegetural History
4:30 pm

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