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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

Living Building Classroom: Dialogue Phase 1
December 6, 2012
As part of a Landscape Studies special studies project, Ellena Baum and Emily Dixon are hosting an informal roundtable discussion to collectively brainstorm ways to integrate students and the field station. The discussion will explore the potential of what it really means to be a Living Building classroom. An initial question to frame the conversation, and inspire your input is: How can a Living Building be focused on the social as well as environmental impacts of a space? Come bring your ideas and enthusiasm! Any questions, email ebaum at
CEEDS, Wright Hall
4:00 pm

Events at Smith

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

Field Station Friday!
December 7, 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.
Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station

Information Session: Vermont Law School
December 7, 2012
VLS offers a one year masters degree in environmental law and policy, in addition to other law degree programs. Come find out more about this grad program from Tim Clark, AsSsistant Director of Admissions from VLS.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
4:15 pm

Featured Event

"Feminisms and the Fate of the Planet"
December 12, 2012
Students present about Gardening the Community and Springfield Food Policy Council Projects. Lunch provided.
CEEDS, Wright Hall garden level
12:10 pm

Events at Smith

ES&P Lunchbag: Sustainable Solutions Capstones
December 11, 2012
Come hear from three student groups presenting their seminar capstone projects. Sarah Hussain and Stefanie Cervantes will be presenting "Ambergris Caye: The Road to Clean Energy." Ambergris Caye is heavily dependent on the importation of electricity, which is often unreliable and comes from fossil fuels. We are proposing the implementation of a renewable energy farm, specifically solar and wind, to pave the path to clean energy independence. Emily Barbour and Elli Levy will be presenting "Sustainable & Accessible Food, Ambergris Caye, Belize." his presentation is a proposal for increasing food access though sustainable and local food production on Ambergris Caye, Belize. We adress environmental setbacks on the island such as poor soil quality and limited water supply by suggesting cost and space effective methods for a community garden. Additionally, we are exploring school gardening programs and using models from non-profit organizations on the mainland to demonstrate systems that could provide fresh, affordable food on Ambergris Caye. And Dalyn Houser and Abby Dornbusch will be presenting "Rainwater Catchment Systems Implemented at Hotels on Ambergris Caye, Belize: Why Wouldn’t you invest?" Due to the strain on water resources on Ambergris Caye we propose that all hotels implement rainwater catchment systems as a supplemental source of water. The privatization of water has caused water to become an expensive commodity and investing in a rainwater catchment system may cost an initial amount but is worth the investment in the long run. Lunch will be provided.
Neilson Library Browsing Room
12:10 pm

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