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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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November 15-21 November 22-28 November 29- Dec 5

Featured Event

ENV100 Lecture Series: Mary Wagner
November 19, 2012
Join us for the final speaker of the ENV100 Lecture Series. Mary Wagner, Associate Chief of the US Forest Service, US Department of Agriculture, will be speaking on her professional experiences. This lecture is open to all those interested.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Events at Smith

Lightbulb Sale
November 15, 2012
In an effort to help our employees, students and their families save money and energy at home, as well as helping to protect our planet’s environment, Smith's Office of Environmental Sustainability is hosting a Lighting Fair! Stop by and purchase a variety of high quality energy-efficient lighting products at deep discounts from an ENERGY STAR ® certified vendor. The lighting fair is part of the Mass Save® Program, and is sponsored by National Grid. Lighting Fairs offer education about the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR lighting, as well as great prices on energy saving products that help lower the cost of ratepayers' energy bills, and reduce our nation's carbon footprint. The Mass Save Program, which all residents contribute to through their energy bills, enables us to offer these products at special prices for you to purchase and use at home. It's a win-win for everyone to "Go Green". Attached you will find a Lighting Fair product flyer with the items and prices that will be available for purchase at the event. We especially would like you to take notice of the great “Mass Saver Combo Special” that includes 12 CFLs, 1 floor lamp (bulbs included) and 2 LED sensor night lights, all for $10! The regular retail price is $120! In preparation for the lighting fair, be sure to do an inventory of the lights you need to replace in your home. Methods of payment will be cash or check only (NO CREDIT CARDS); sales tax will be applicable. For more information about Mass Save, visit masssave.com/lighting. For more information about ENERGY STAR lighting, visit energystar.gov.
Campus Center Lower Level
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: Liquid Assets
November 15, 2012
Please join us for a screening of the documentary "Liquid Assets" - followed by a facilitated panel about water infrastructure in Northampton and the surrounding region. Panelists include Catherine Skiba, MA Department of Environmental Protection; Todd Brown, Tighe and Bond Consulting Engineers; and Terry Culhane, Chair, Northampton Board of Public Works. A reception will follow the event. Watch the film trailer here: http://liquidassets.psu.edu/index.html. This event is free and open to all. Sponsored by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers- Western MA Branch, and Smith's Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) and Picker Engineering Program.
Weinstein Auditorium
6:45 pm

Field Station Friday!
November 16, 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

Lecture: Landslides
November 15, 2012
A ‘Landslides’ lecture with Alex McLain. 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

Events at Smith

Green Team Meeting
November 27, 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

Events at Smith

Field Station Friday!
November 30, 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

Where's the Justice in That? Local Organizing Efforts in the Green Economy
December 3, 2012
Please join us for a pizza lunch and a lecture by UMass Sociology doctoral student Vanessa Adel. This event is sponsored by Smith College Department of Sociology and Smith College Department of Environmental Science and Policy.
Dewey Common Room
12:00 pm

Lecture: Ethnoengineering: The Challenges and Opportunities
December 3, 2012
of Culturally Appropriate Sustainable Design, with Gabriel Arboleda, Five College Visiting Assistant Proessor in Sustainable Architecture. Sponsored by Latin American and Latino/a Studies and the Centers for Engagement, Learning and Leadership: the Center for Community Collaboration, the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability, and the Global Studies Center.
Neilson Browsing Room
4:30 pm

Changing the Way We Eat
December 4, 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. 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 garden-level
12:00 pm

ES&P Lunchbag: Sustainable Solutions Capstones
December 4, 2012
Come hear from two student groups presenting their seminar capstone projects. Christina Goethel, Hannah Hurvitt and Liz Esposito will be presenting "Evaluating Critical Habitat and Development using Global Information Systems." The development of maps using ArcGIS illustrating roads, canals, infrastructures, and habitat types to aid in development and zoning decisions on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Charlene Gemora , Sophie Mettler-Grove and Margaret Snelgrove will be presenting "Balancing Tourism and Ecosystem Services on Ambergris Caye." This will be a presentation on the coastal capital of Ambergris Caye and the potential educational and management programs for the protection of fisheries and coastal habitats. Lunch will be provided.
Neilson Library Browsing Room
12:10 pm

Events Off Campus

Soil-structure Reliability and Hazard Assessment for Offshore Wind Turbines
November 29, 2012
As part of the UMass Amherst Offshore Wind IGERT Program seminar series, Dr. Sanjay Arwade, UMass Amherst Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering will lecture on "Soil-structure Reliability and Hazard Assessment for Offshore Wind Turbines."
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Kellogg Room (118) ELab II, UMass Amherst
3:30 pm

From the Soil to the Sky: Organizing a Revolution for Climate Justice
November 30, 2012
December 1, 2012
From worker coops to climate justice, from human rights to nature's rights, from soil science to soul science, this convergence hosted by Ecosocialist Horizons will explore and expand the connections between diverse organizations and individuals working toward social and environmental justice. The convergence will begin on Friday, November 30th at St. John's Episcopal Church in Northampton,MA, with a public event from 7 to 9pm. This Convergence in Concert will feature (among others)renowned authors, artists, actors and agitators Joel Kovel, Mixashawn Rozie, Addie Horan, Sarah Littlecrow-Russell, Seth Tobocman and Clare Dolan. The following day, on December 1st, at Hampshire College in the West Lecture Hall of Franklin Patterson Hall, the convergence will continue. Starting with breakfast at 9am, we will kick off at 10am with a full day of presentations, workshops and discussions. From the food system to the prison system,from popular education to permaculture, from soil science to climate science, diverse organizations and individuals will be presenting their work and their perspectives on the current global moment. This is an attempt to connect the dots between the different movements fighting for a just future beyond capitalism. A free lunch will also be provided. Contact: Kanya D'Almeida / kanyaldalmeida@gmail.com / 646 664 5658
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St. John's Episcopal Church in Northampton and Hampshire College
7:00 pm

Colleges Against Climate Silence Rally
December 1, 2012
This year, the largest storm to ever hit the east coast left communities devastated; the country’s worst drought in over fifty years left crops withered, and yet the climate crisis was not mentioned in the presidential debates for the first time in a generation. As 2012 fossil fuel subsidies approach $1 trillion, it’s become clear that politicians believe that by ignoring the problem, it will go away. As college students, we will not ignore the climate crisis. We stand on the precipice of great change. For better or worse, it is up to us, the generation that has the most at stake to defend our futures. It’s time for us to mobilize. Now is the time to end the silence surrounding the climate crisis. Schedule of events: 1:30- Music and Gathering 2:00pm- Meet on the Green for rally and FLASHMOB 2:30pm- Student speeches 3:00pm- JILL STEIN 2012 Green Party presidential candidate!! 3:30- ENCIRCLE THE GREEN 4:00- Open mic (personal testimonials- how has the climate crisis affected YOU!) 4:30pm- More music and meet with local environmental organizations
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Amherst Green
2:00 pm to 12:00 am

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