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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

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

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

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

Events Off Campus

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

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

Featured Event

Presentation of the major and minors: Environmental Science and Policy program
October 30, 2013
Join us over the lunch hour to learn more about what it takes to major or minor in environmental science and policy or minor in marine science and policy. Lunch provided.
Bass Hall 102
12:00 pm

Events at Smith

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

Speaking and presentation tips
October 30, 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

Info session: Global Engagement Seminar GES 303:
October 30, 2013
Greek History and Archaeology in their Geological Context, which will be taught on location in Greece.
Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall
4:30 pm

Meeting: Engineers for a Sustainable World
October 31, 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

Field Station Friday!
November 1, 2013
Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! 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

Fall Mum Show
November 2, 2013
Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. While not as widely known as the Spring Bulb Show, this autumnal display is even more spectacular, with vibrant over sized blooms reaching 8 inches across, floral walls of color, and chrysanthemums overflowing the greenhouses.
Lyman Plant House
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Events Off Campus

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

Conference: Poignant Prospects: Landscape and the Environment in American Visual Culture, 1750-1890
November 1, 2013
November 2, 2013
The sixth conference of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture (CHAViC) will address changing narratives as depicted in American visual culture before 1890. The presentations at this interdisciplinary conference explore a broad interpretation of landscape and the environment from urban streetscapes to ocean landscapes. Speakers include scholars from the disciplines of art history, American studies, history, English, historic preservation, conservation, architectural history, and environmental studies.
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American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609

Samhain Party (aka Halloween Fiesta!)
November 1, 2013
5 p.m. Samhain Ritual, 6:30 p.m. Pizza Party, 7:45-9 p.m. Scavenger Hunt, 9-10 p.m. Spooky party, dance, and Hell (aka the Sauna!)Ritual is free, dinner, hunt and party: $20, hunt and party: $10. Snacks, treats, and non-alcoholic beverages included! Email Canntina52@aol.com for more information.
Sirius Community, 72 Baker Road, Shutesbury
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Featured Event

Info Session; Selva International - Amazon X: Conservation, Health, Education:
November 7, 2013
Real Life, Real Solutions. Join us for lunch to learn more about this exciting 8 summer week experience in Bolivia during which you will live and work side by side with indigenous people, to help build healthier, more sustainable communities. This is the real deal. Science applied to real life. Do you have what it takes?
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm

Field Station Friday!
November 8, 2013
Update: We will have room for 11, not just 6 today, so if the sign up looks full, stop by anyway to see if we have space! Join us on one of our regular trips to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station! 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
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Events at Smith

Fall Mum Show
November 4, 2013
November 6, 2013
November 7, 2013
November 8, 2013
Each fall as colors fade outdoors, a riot of color erupts indoors in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. While not as widely known as the Spring Bulb Show, this autumnal display is even more spectacular, with vibrant over sized blooms reaching 8 inches across, floral walls of color, and chrysanthemums overflowing the greenhouses.
Lyman Plant House
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Lecture: Making Locally-Grown, Solar-Powered Pickles in the Pioneer Valley
November 4, 2013
Join us for the eighth speaker in the ENV100: Notes from the Field Lecture Series. Dan Rosenberg, the founder of Real Pickles, will be discussing his business and talking about why sustainability is important to him. Free and open to the public.
McConnell 103
2:40 pm to 4:00 pm

Engineers for a Sustainable World lunchtime discussion
November 5, 2013
Engineers for a Sustainable World invites you to a Round Table discussion about the Grand Challenges for Engineering, ethical and technological obstacles facing designers of the 21st century, led by Brittany Bennett. Through guided questions, we think critically about how this documents reflects engineering as a practice and how they will or won't work towards creating a more sustainable world. Snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lecture: Metaphors for Sustainability
November 7, 2013
with Brendon Larson, Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo, Ontario. The lecture will explore if the metaphors used in environmental science help us along the path of sustainability. Prof. Larson will draw on examples from current environmental science to examine both the role of metaphors in scientific thought and their function at the interface between science and society.
Seelye 106
5:00 pm

Salary negotiation
November 7, 2013
Sponsored by the Lazarus Center for Career Development.
Lazarus Center Workshop Room
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Events Off Campus

Lecture: Wind Power and Environmental Conflicts in Portugal: The Social Construction of Landscape
November 4, 2013
by Professor Ana Isabel Afonso (New University of Lisbon, Portugal Professor Afonso is a renowned scholar in the fields of applied and environmental anthropology. Reception to follow the lecture. The Distinguished Lecture is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Department of Anthropology's European Field Studies Program and the Culture and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces (CHESS) program (NSF Grant #IIA-1261172). For further information, please contact . Open to the public.
Machmer Hall W32, UMASS Amherst
4:00 pm

Lecture: Theaster Gates "Du Bois: The Early Social Practitioner"
November 4, 2013
The University Museum of Contemporary Art is delighted to announce a public lecture by the leading artist and urban planner Theaster Gates. The artist Theaster Gates (theastergates.com) has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Gates’ training as an urban planner and sculptor, and subsequent time spent studying clay, has given him a keen awareness of the poetics of production and systems of organizing. Playing with these poetic and systematic interests, Gates has assembled gospel choirs, formed temporary unions, and used systems of mass production as a way of underscoring the need that industry has for the body.
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Thompson 104, UMASS Amherst
5:00 pm

Lecture: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want,
November 6, 2013
with Frances Moore Lappé, author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. She is the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (a.k.a. the "Alternative Nobel") and is the co-founder of three organizations, including Oakland based think tank Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life.
Art Building, Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
7:30 pm

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