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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

Fall Break Backpacking Trip: 10/12-10/14/13
October 12, 2013
Have fun and meet new people while hiking along the Long Trail in Vermont. Sponsored by the Smith College Outdoor Adventure Program. Register by emailing smithoutdoors@smith.edu
Vermont Long Trail!

Events at Smith

Information Session for Operation Wallacea
October 9, 2013
Operation Wallacea is a not-for-profit conservation organization that takes students on biodiversity, environmental, cultural and sociological research expeditions to tropical locations around the world. Operation Wallacea runs conservation research projects worldwide with a team of academics and students can join our programs either as Research Assistants or to gather data for a thesis project. Come learn more and ask your questions.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
5:00 pm

Info Session: Duke University Marine Lab and Nicholas School of the Environment
October 10, 2013
with Dana Hunt, assistant professor of microbial ecology at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment. Undergraduates, come learn about the opportunity to study for a semester away at the Duke University Marine Lab. Seniors, come hear about many graduate school programs offered by the Nicholas School for the Environment. Lunch will be provided for the first 15 students.
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Biology Lecture/Talk
October 9, 2013
Dana E. Hunt, Ph.D. Microbiology at the Bacterial Scale: Spatial and Temporal Patchiness in Marine Microbial Ecology Sponsor Mount Holyoke Biological Sciences Department
Mount Holyoke College, Cleveland L2
4:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Conversation with No Impact Man
October 9, 2013
Sustainability activist Colin Beavan will take part in a discussion moderated by Steve Goodwin, the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences at UMass Amherst, talking about his book No Impact Man and the experiences, benefits and challenges associated with sustainable low impact living. Book Signing to follow discussion.
UMass Amherst Student Union Ballroom
7:30 pm

Exhibition: Post-oil City - The History Of The Urban Future
October 10, 2013
An Exhibition presented by UMass Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Curated by the Institute for Cultural Relations with support from Goethe Institut Boston
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Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA

"Is There an America Beyond Capitalism?"
October 10, 2013
Gar Alperovitz is the author of: What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution; co-founder of Democracy Collaborative; and Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland
Third Floor Conference Room, Gordon Hall, 418 N. Pleasant St., Amherst
4:00 pm

Lecture: Regional Disparity: A New Approach. Can Money Buy Happiness in Your Community?
October 10, 2013
Lecutre by Jun Koo. Jun Koo is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Korea University. He is also the Director of the Center for Methodology and Data Analysis at the Institute of Government, Korea University. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Korea University, he taught at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. His main research interests include innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry clusters in the context of regional development. His most recent work focuses on regional development and disparity from a happiness perspective. Contrary to existing economic approaches, he aims to develop a new approach based on measuring happiness and the quality of life in analyzing and evaluating regional development issues. This is a part of the Ervin Zube Lecture Series sponsored by the UMASS Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Light refreshments will be served.
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UMASS Amherst, Procopio Room, 105 Hill North.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Structural Transformation and the Role of Natural Resources in Africa
October 11, 2013
Emerging economies, such as Brazil, China, India among others, have been more successful than most African countries in that endeavor, achieving impressive reductions in poverty for more than two decades. How are they different from Africa? At this lecture, speakers Abebe Shimeles and Henri-Bernard Soulignac-Lecompte will discuss underlying reasons behind this question and how structural transformation and natural resource play a role in influencing emerging economies.
Gordon Hall, UMass Amherst
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

2013 North American Biochar Symposium
October 13, 2013
October 14, 2013
October 15, 2013
If you have heard about carbon negativity, ecosystem restoration, sustainable benefits for agriculture or any of the other benefits of biochar and are curious to learn from and network with international experts, THIS is the conference you've been waiting for! Registration is LIVE and the early bird discount has been extended to August 31st!
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University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Film: More Than Honey
October 15, 2013
Amherst Cinema is pleased to partner with Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)to screen this film that explores the vital relationship between humans and bees and addresses the mysterious, drastic decline of honeybee colonies around the world. A panel discussion by CISA’s own Local Hero members Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms follows, and will be moderated by Phil Korman, CISA’s Executive Director. Tickets at the Amherst Cinema box office, or online. Regular admission. Trailer:
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Amherst Cinema
7:00 pm

Featured Event

Field Station Friday: Apple Picking!
October 18, 2013
Join us this Friday to pick apples at the newly fruiting apple orchard at Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! In addition, hike the trails, relax outside, or explore the newly opened environmental building. Space is limited. The van leaves from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center at 12:30 p.m. Friday and returns from the MacLeish Field Station to Smith College at 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.- depending on the day's participants. Sign up using the link below!
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Annex Road by Chapin House
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Conference: Southern New England American Planning Association
October 17, 2013
October 18, 2013
Conference details are not fully available. For updates, like us on facebook (Southern New England APA Conference http://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-New-England-APA-Conference/156354794425192?ref=hl or follow us on Twitter (@SNEAPA). As the major southern New England planning professional development event of the year, we welcome the fresh perspectives that students of the profession and related fields can provide. The conference provides a number of opportunities to encourage student participation.
Worcester, Massachusetts at the DCU Center

Events at Smith

Speaking and presentation tips
October 16, 2013
Sponsored by the Jacobsen Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning. No registration required. Bring a grab-n-go lunch. Treats provided.
Jacobsen Center, Seelye 307
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Information Session for Operation Wallacea
October 16, 2013
Operation Wallacea is a not-for-profit conservation organization that takes students on biodiversity, environmental, cultural and sociological research expeditions to tropical locations around the world. Operation Wallacea runs conservation research projects worldwide with a team of academics and students can join our programs either as Research Assistants or to gather data for a thesis project. Come learn more and ask your questions.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
5:00 pm

Meeting: Engineers for a Sustainable World
October 17, 2013
Passionate about sustainability? Interested in working on innovative projects? Engineers for a Sustainable World invites you to our Think Tank meetings for informal discussion and brainstorming. Meet the board, participate in insightful conversation with your fellow peers, learn about upcoming ESW events and projects, and engage in real sustainable change. All you need to bring is an open mind and your own lunch. All majors welcome!
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Presentation: How I spent my Summer; Smithies at NOAA
October 18, 2013
Each spring, the Environmental Science and Policy Program connects students to summer internships with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Join us for lunch and hear from fellow Smithies about their experiences this past summer in NOAA labs and offices around the country - and get information about how you might apply for next summer. Lunch provided.
Bass Hall 102
12:00 pm

Graduate School Info Session (Chatham University)
October 21, 2013
Come learn about the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. David M. Hassenzahl,the Dean of the school, will be here to discuss the Master of Arts in Food Studies, Master of Sustainability, and the Executive Master of Sustainable Leadership.
CEEDS
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Lecture: Costco's Evolving Sourcing Practices
October 21, 2013
Join us for the sixth speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series with speaker Sheri Flies. Sheri is the assistant general merchandise manager of corporate foods at Costco, and her lecture will discuss 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

SEA Semester Info Session
October 22, 2013
Looking for an adventure? Interested in field research and hands-on learning? Study abroad with SEA Semester! SEA Semester offers semester and summer field programs in marine and environmental studies for students of all majors. Elizabeth Dorr, SEA Semester Admissions Counselor and alumna, will be on campus, so please stop by to learn more, pick up materials, and ask any questions you might have!
Lower level Campus Center
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Events Off Campus

2013 North American Biochar Symposium
October 16, 2013
If you have heard about carbon negativity, ecosystem restoration, sustainable benefits for agriculture or any of the other benefits of biochar and are curious to learn from and network with international experts, THIS is the conference you've been waiting for! Registration is LIVE and the early bird discount has been extended to August 31st!
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University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Cultivating the City: Infrastructures of Abundance in Urban Brazil
October 16, 2013
Jacques Abelman '96 will present current research-in-progress into connected urban foodscapes based on indigenous species in Brazil. His current research on urban agriculture and landscape infrastructures in rapidly developing Brazilian cities is done in collaboration with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre.
Pruyne Auditorium Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College
4:30 pm

Gleaning Field Trip with Rachel's Table
October 20, 2013
What is gleaning? The definition of gleaning is the gathering of grain or produce left after harvest. The practice of gleaning dates back to the biblical tradition of leaving the corners of the fields for those in need to harvest. In the past it was common practice for those in need to collect from the corners of fields to feed themselves. Gleaning is a great way to make use of food that would otherwise go to waste. Farmers often grow more than they can sell in order to ensure that they will have enough for their customers. There is also often excess produce that farmers cannot sell because it is slightly imperfect in appearance, but perfectly edible. Rachel’s Table salvages food from stores and bakeries too in order to make use of as much food as possible to feed those in need. By doing so, they are making use of an already existing resource and thereby helping the environment. Rachel’s Table helps to address the issues of food scarcity in the greater Springfield area by supplying food to over 40 shelters and food pantries. To take part in this gleaning opportunity, email jbenkley@smith.edu. Space is limited. The van will depart from the Chapin Annex Road at 1:30 and return before 5:00.
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Free Screening of King Corn with Director Aaron Woolf
October 21, 2013
Film director Aaron Woolf will make a rare LIVE appearance at Amherst Cinema at a special FREE screening of his hit documentary King Corn, a humorous and informative look at the prevalence of corn in the American food chain.King Corn follows two friends on their journey through the agricultural industry, from corn fields to final consumption. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they discover raises troubling questions about how we eat - and how we farm.
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Amherst Cinema
7:30 pm

Featured Event

Sustainability Walking Tour
October 25, 2013
Get your “Green” on and see some of the environmentally friendly highlights at Smith. Tour will include Smith’s 3.5 Megawatt cogeneration power plant, LEED Gold certified Ford Hall, Bike Kitchen, Community Organic Garden, Energy Star rated Conway House, new solar installations and Paradise Pond. Please wear comfortable, closed toed shoes. Meet at the Campus Center, outside of the cafe.
Campus Center
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Good for Smith, Good for the World?
October 25, 2013
Students in the student organization Divest Smith College will lead a community conversation about how the college invests its endowment and whether those investments reflect the values we collectively hold. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and weigh in on this important issue! All members of the Smith community are welcome. Refreshments served. Sponsored by CEEDS.
Campus Center 205
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Apple Cider Pressing
October 26, 2013
Join students and staff from the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) to experience a family friendly and tasty New England tradition. Help us press fresh, locally grown apples into cider and then have a cup with a locally made cider donut.
Chapin Annex Road
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Events at Smith

Time management and study strategies
October 23, 2013
Sponsored by the Jacbosen Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning. Ne registration required. Brign a grab-n-go lunch. Treats provided.
Jacobsen Center, Seelye 307
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm

Ice Cream Social: Williams-Mystic the Maritime Studies Program
October 23, 2013
Live on the coast and study marine policy, marine science, maritime history, and literature of the sea. Swim and surf in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf of Mexico, explore tide pools, have behind-the-scenes access to Mystic Seaport Museum, work in a blacksmith shop, conduct original research, talk to fishermen and Congressmen, and even canoe to class. Enjoy ice cream and find out from students who have already done the program how you can explore the world- explore the ocean for a semester with Williams-Mystic.
Campus Center 205
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Hidden Mill River Walk
October 25, 2013
Take a walk back in time with a local expert to learn about Northampton’s Mill River, its changing course and industrial history. Hear also how Smith students are connecting through CEEDS with the Mill River Greenway Initiative. Plan on an easy walk of about one hour.
Boathouse steps, College Lane
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Harvestfest
October 25, 2013
Celebrate Fall with us at the annual fall event put on by the Sustainability Representatives to promote ideas and dialogue of local agriculture and sustainable lifestyles on campus and in the Pioneer Valley. Eat caramel apples, paint a pumpkin or make a scarecrow – all materials are from local farms and businesses. Check out all the tables highlighting all the student involvement in sustainable living. This event, and all others put on by the Sustainability Representatives throughout the year, will be waste-free! Sponsored by the Office of Environmental Sustainability.
Chapin Lawn
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Lecture: Resilience and Adaptive Co-management in the Rural West: Revitalizing Rural Communities
October 25, 2013
by Nils Christofferson, Executive Director, Wallowa Resources. Mr Christoffersen has worked in community-based natural resource management for over 20 years, including seven years in southern Africa. Mr. Christoffersen serves on the Oregon Board of Forestry and participates in the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition. Sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program.
Bass Hall 102
12:00 pm

Field Station Friday at the MacLeish Field Station
October 25, 2013
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately! Go on a guided hike, relax outside, or explore the College’s greenest building- the Bechtel Environmental Classroom. Space in the vans is limited. Email macleish@smith.edu or call 413-585-3352 to reserve your spot. Vans leave at 1:00 pm from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center and will return by 3:00 pm.
Chapin Loading Dock
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) Open House
October 25, 2013
Join CEEDS staff, including the Office of Environmental Sustainability, as they welcome families and friends and answer questions about the Center, campus sustainability,the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station, the environmental concentration and other related curricular programs.
Wright Hall, garden level
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Visit the MacLeish Field Station
October 26, 2013
Join us for a trip to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately! Go on a guided hike, relax outside, or explore the College’s greenest building- the Bechtel Environmental Classroom. Space in the vans is limited. Email macleish@smith.edu or call 413-585-3352 to sign up. Vans leave at 1:00 pm from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center and will return by 3:00 pm.
Chapin Loading Dock
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Study Abroad in Israel at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
October 28, 2013
Want to study abroad in Israel? Come to this talk! Come learn about the opportunities available through the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. Bring your questions! Lunch provided for the first 15 students.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lecture: Transboundary Water Management in the Middle East: Research and Dual Narratives
October 28, 2013
Join us for the seventh speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series with speaker Dr. Clive Lipchin. Dr. Lipchin is the director of the Arava Institute for Transboundary Water Management. This is free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Building Sustainable Leaders: Green Jobs Panel
October 23, 2013
Interested in a sustainability career? Renewable energy, green communities, urban farming, social justice? Keynote speaker: KEVIN DOYLE, Workforce leader for New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) Institute. Panelists include: ELAINE STRUNK, Manager for Sustainability Engagement, Harvard, University Office for Sustainability; RUBY MADDOX, (UMass Amherst Alum), Assistant Director for the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College; KERI FITZPATRICK (UMass Amherst Alum), Regional Environmental Manager, Schnitzer Steel; STEPHANIE CICCARELLO, Sustainability Coordinator, Town of Amherst
Earth Foods Cafe, Student Union, UMASS Amherst
3:30 pm

Travels of a Rubber Duck: Science and Policy on Chemicals in Global Manufacturing
October 24, 2013
Dr. Ann Blake will talk about what research science is telling us about the human health and environmental impacts of ubiquitous exposure to chemicals in products as well as the latest developments in global and local regulation around chemicals. She will also discuss the interplay between science, regulation, policy and global economic drivers to cheaper materials and labor, and current efforts to shift us from a 'take-make-waste' model for the global economy to the Triple Bottom Line of people, planet, and prosperity.
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Mount Holyoke College, Kendade 305
4:30 pm

Conference: Connecting for Change
October 25, 2013
October 26, 2013
October 27, 2013
The 9th Annual Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference presented by the Marion Institute is an annual three-day, solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities. This internationally acclaimed event summons environmental, industry and social justice innovators to bring focus on food and farming, health and healing, green business, indigenous knowledge, environmental and social justice, women and youth empowerment, spirituality and sustainability, all working to catalyze a movement to heal our world.
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New Bedford, MA

Exhibition: Post-oil City - The History Of The Urban Future
October 25, 2013
An Exhibition presented by UMass Amherst Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning. Curated by the Institute for Cultural Relations with support from Goethe Institut Boston
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Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA

A New Paradigm for Pre-Columbian Agriculture in North America
October 28, 2013
A Five College Conversation with Jane Mount Pleasant, Associate Professor, Cornell University.
Amherst College, Merrill Science Center 4
6:00 pm

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