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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

Green Orgs Meet 'n Greet Potluck
December 2, 2013
Hosted by the SGA Sustainability Committee: You are invited to a Meet 'n Greet Potluck with all of the green organizations and other affiliated groups on campus! This potluck will take place in Chase Dining Hall, Conference Room B at 5:30 PM on Monday, December 2nd. We'd like to invite not only leaders but all members of each org who would like to attend. For too long have we all worked separately to accomplish similar initiatives on campus. Our goal is to bring all the like-minded people focused on sustainability at Smith together to share ideas and resources! Everyone who attends will get a free ticket to enter a raffle to win a prize!!
Chase Dining Hall, Conference Room B
5:30 pm

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Good for Smith and the World?
December 6, 2013
CEEDS invites you to the second in a series of campus conversations about divesting from the fossil fuel industry. This week's confirmed guests include the Reverend Dr. Andrea Ayvazian, Senior Pastor of the Haydenville Congregational Church, and social and political change activist and educator; Lauren Ressler, National Organizer, the Responsible Endowment Coalition; and Eric D. Johnson, Director, External Affairs ISO New England, Inc. Send in your questions ahead of time to jlowenth@smith.edu or bring them to the event and ask them in person. Refreshments served.
Campus Center 103/4
4:30 pm

Lecture: Veganism for Omnivores
December 7, 2013
Interested in sustainable living? Curious about where our food really comes from? Professor James McWilliams, historian and writer on food, agriculture, and animals, offers an informative lecture and discussion on how our food choices impact our world. Free, accessible, and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Animal Advocates of Smith College. RSVP and questions: aadvocates@smith.edu.
Campus Center 103/4
6:30 pm

Events at Smith

Coral Ed-Ventures Program Exhibit and Open House
December 3, 2013
Stop in to see artwork, posters, and other items from the 2013 Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Program. Come by to learn more about this marine education and research program, which takes place each summer on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize! Past student participants and faculty leaders will host an open house Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center's Nolan Art Lounge
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Lecture: Legitimate Coercion: The Key to the Universe
December 5, 2013
This lecture will be by Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mansbridge will argue that human beings need the formal coercion of government to solve the problems created by "free access" goods. These goods are ubiquitous and are particularly salient in matters of climate change. A participant collective action exercise will be part of the lecture. Free and open to the public.
Seelye 106
4:30 pm

Lecture: Space as Metaphor -- Sky: A Useful Foil
December 5, 2013
In her art practice, Sharon Harper, professor of visual arts and visual and environmental studies, Harvard University, takes a group of cameras and experiments with them to find ways to engage a particular space and transform it into metaphor. Her work seeks modes of 'knowing' embedded in photographic language and looks for ways human consciousness is connected through technology to our broader surroundings. On Thursday, December 5 at 5pm in the Neilson Browsing Room, she will discuss her work as a way to perceive, process and generate meaning in response to particular sites. Presented by the Kahn Institute 2013-2014 long-term project Placing Space, organized by Suzan Edwards (Astronomy) and Cornelia Pearsall (English Language & Literature). Free and open to the public.
Neilson Browsing Room
5:00 pm

Events Off Campus

Bizarre Food Fair
December 4, 2013
Students present research on “bizarre” foods & practices from around the globe. Our explorations take us around the world and into our own back yard. We examine heritage foods such as squirrel, gator, honey pot ants, and balut. What challenges do people face in preserving their food cultures? Is entomophagy (eating bugs) a sustainable alternative to factory farming? We explore facts about chocolate and bubble gum that might surprise you. What can anthropological research do to end exploitation of children who produce 90% of the world's chocolate? We consider what motivates competitive eaters to eat - 7 sticks of butter in 5 minutes and 69 hot dogs + buns in 10 minutes. What does an anthropological examination of buffets and competitive eating reveal about our own cultures? Presesnted by UMass Anthropology and the Commonwealth Honors College Dr. Sonya Atalay and Students in ANTHRO 256H ‘Bizarre Foods’.
UMASS Amherst, Commonwealth Honors College Rm. 160 (Next to Roots Café)
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Panel: Decommissioning of Vermont Yankee
December 8, 2013
Panelists include: Professor John Mullin,UMASS co-author of Rowe Decommissioning paper,"The Closing of the Yankee Rowe Nuclear Power Plant"; Dr. Marvin Resnikoff,Senior Associate of Radioactive Waste Management Associates; Paul Blanch,engineer,nuclear whistleblower. participant in Maine Yankee decommissioning;Deb Katz,Executive Director of Citizens Awareness Network. Invited: Rep. Peter Kocot. Sponsored by the Nuclear Free Future Coalition, American Friends Service OMmittee, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Safe and Green Campaign, Northampton Safety Department.
Bridge St. School, Northampton
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Featured Event

Presentations: ENV 312 Capstone projects
December 10, 2013
"Sustainable Irrigation Alternatives for Smith College Campus." by Beth Gillespie and Alex Julius; "Farm to Fork: Celebrating and Incorporating Local and Sustainable Food in Smith College Dining." by Victoria Dunch, Adrienne Goodwin, Hanna Mogensen, and Katie Trudeau; "Making the Invisible Visible: Energy Efficiency, Communication, and Engagement in Northampton, Ma." by Christine Niccoli, Emily Olmsted, Alida Pelli, Elizabeth Petrow, and Liz Wright.
Neilson Library Browsing Room
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Events at Smith

Coral Ed-Ventures Program Exhibit and Open House
December 9, 2013
Stop in to see artwork, posters, and other items from the 2013 Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Program. Come by to learn more about this marine education and research program, which takes place each summer on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize! Past student participants and faculty leaders will host an open house Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Campus Center's Nolan Art Lounge
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Energy Saving Lighting Fair
December 11, 2013
Low prices on CFLS, LEDS, and many more lights and lighting packages. Great for winter gifts or stocking stuffers or to get ready to lower your energy bills in the new year! Take care of holiday shopping for friends and family and help to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Do you have an elderly relative who is difficult to shop for? Buy CFL or LED lightbulbs and install them as a gift. ALL items available are at SUBSIDIZED prices. Sponsored by the Office of Environmental Sustainability and made possible by National Grid.
Campus Center, Lower Level.
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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