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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 email accounts, submit it to eDigest.

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September 17-23

September 24-30

October 1-7

Featured Event

September 20, 2017
Come for lunch and to hear from some of the Smithies who spent their summer interning at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this summer. Find out how you can apply for an internship for next summer! This week: Emma Becker '18 (BIO): Stakeholder Communication and Engagement: Addressing Clam Population Decline in the Kachemak Bay, Alaska; Gray Li '19 (ECO): Where does atmospheric mercury come from? Tracking mercury fate and transport; and Sophie Shapiro '19 (PHY): Madden Julian Oscillation and Diurnal Amplitude Weather Oscillations in the Tropical Pacific.
McConnell 103
12:15 pm


Events at Smith

September 18, 2017
Earth, Adventure and Environment- study abroad opportunities in New Zealand for all with Frontiers Abroad and the University of Canterbury and Auckland. Come for lunch and find out more about this approved study-abroad program!
Sabin-Reed 103
12:10 pm


September 19, 2017
with Jordan Krouse (computer science), Ben Baumer (data science) and Burcu Minski (biological sciences) Lunch is served in the Foyer at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at 12:10 p.m. and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students.
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McConnell 103
12:00 pm


September 20, 2017
The House Sustainability Challenge invites Smith College houses to develop programs that promote scalable, sustainable practices that can be adopted or implemented by houses campus-wide. Join us for pizza lunch to find out more about how you can win money to test out your idea in your house and more.
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Campus Center 003
12:10 pm to 1:00 pm


September 20, 2017
Please note: this event is part of the First Year Experience and is open to first year students only. Please register on the Smith Guidebook App. Attention First Years: Take a tour of Smith focused on sustainability, led by students and campus sustainability staff. Learn about green buildings and initiatives and what you can do to be more sustainable. Refreshments served at the end of the tour.
CEEDS - Wright Hall 005
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm


September 20, 2017
Help us manage this $100,000 completely divested fund! Club members, under sponsorship of the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, will have the opportunity to research, construct and manage an investment portfolio in an environmentally-responsible way. Join us for pizza and find out more!
CC 103
6:00 pm


September 21, 2017
by Carolyn Finney, Professor of Geography, University of Kentucky. This lecture is part of the LSS 100 lecture series sponsored by the Landscape Studies Program.
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


September 21, 2017
Come see stars, planets, and galaxies through the astronomy department's telescopes. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher @smith.edu, 585-3935).
McConnell Hall Roof
8:30 pm to 9:30 pm


September 22, 2017
This show is the result of a series of creative re-inventions. Esther Pullman '64 trained as a graphic designer but made a self-directed mid-career transition to photography which itself morphed from a hands-on, craft-based discipline to a computer-based digital process. This series of large-scale greenhouse images, began as an intuitive and visceral effort to bring light and life into my own home, as I anticipated the darkening seasons, gradually took on a more symbolic and metaphorical meaning in the face of our increasingly imperiled home planet. Exhibition open to public Monday-Friday, Sept. 8 to Jan. 8, 2018
Alumnae House Gallery
8:30 am to 4:30 pm


September 22, 2017
"Brains, Behavior, and Evolution- learn how diverse animals adapt to ecological niches of the tropical forest". This program is supported by the Lewis Global FLEX fund. Financial aid is available through the application process. Deadline to apply is October 2, 2017.
Sabin-Reed 220
12:00 pm


September 22, 2017
Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish! Our field station has it all- scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research and a state-of-the-art living building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1, and will be back in time for tea. Sign up with the link below.
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Meet the van at Chapin Loading Dock and head to MacLeish
1:00 pm


September 22, 2017
A performance of contact omprovisation, titled "Causing it only a little...," with Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Nancy Stark Smith and others. Free and open to all.
Crew House
6:30 pm


Events Off Campus

September 19, 2017
Join leading climate scientist Alan Betts from Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, VT for a special lecture and discussion about how global climate change is affecting New England, and review the transformation of society that is underway despite current political opposition. In his talk, Betts will explore the question, “What are our responsibilities to the Earth?”. This event is free and open to the public.
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Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
4:15 pm to 6:00 pm


September 21, 2017
-the Cooks Pond Story a lecture by Bob Newton, Professor of Geology and Director of CEEDS. Part of the Five College Geology Faculty Symposia at UMass. Sign up for a ride over with other Smithies (the sheet is in Sabin-Reed 109) Van leaves Clark Corner (under the walkway between McConnell and Burton Halls) at 5:30 p.m. Pizza dinner at 6 p.m., symposium starts at 7 p.m.
UMass- sign up to travel in our van
5:30 pm


September 22, 2017
September 23, 2017
This annual trash cleanup allows us to connect with our community members and rivers– in 4 states! Learn more or sign up below:
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VT, NH, MA & CT


September 23, 2017
Gardening the Community (GTC) is an intersectional food justice organization based in Springfield, MA. GTC focuses on youth development, community building, and growing good food. We will be volunteering on Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (on site 9-noon). Transportation is provided but is limited. The event will take place outdoors and tasks will include weeding, planting, harvesting, and other gardening activities. Sunscreen and bug spray are provided. Please bring water and a snack if you need either. Email ewhittier@smith.edu for more information. Sign up at the link below. Sponsored by the Community Service Office (CSO).
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In the garden! Springfield, MA
8:15 am to 12:30 pm


Featured Event

September 27, 2017
Come for lunch and to hear from some of the Smithies who spent their summer interning at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this summer. Find out how you can apply for an internship for next summer! This week: Breanna Parker '18 (ENV): Integrating Natural Capital Principles into the Ocean Economy; Ellie Mason '18 (ENV): The Idaho Project; and Rachel Moskowitz '18 (ENV): Hawai‘i Coastal Resilience: wetland restoration in the He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve
McConnell 103
12:15 pm


September 28, 2017
This event is part of the First Year Experience and is open to first year students only. Please register on the Smith Guidebook App. Attention First Years: Come meet students and staff who work on sustainability issues at Smith for a lunch discussion. We’ll talk about Smith’s carbon neutrality goals, where our energy comes from, where our waste goes and how you can get involved. Lunch provided for the first 20 students.
CEEDS - Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Events at Smith

September 25, 2017
Botanical illustrations created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii. Come explore the varied ways both ancient Romans and modern Pompeians have used these plants. Exhibit on view through December 15, 2017.
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Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House


September 26, 2017
with Andrew Guswa (engineering). Lunch is served in the Foyer at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at 12:10 p.m. and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students.
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McConnell 103
12:00 pm


September 26, 2017
September 28, 2017
Savor autumn in New England by attending biweekly Outdoor Adventure recreation trips. Explore the Pioneer Valley with skilled trip leaders Noa Randall and Lauren Stanley. Tuesday cycling trip routes are usually 10-40 miles dependent on the skill level of the group. Road bikes are provided to attendees that can't bring their own. Transportation is also provided to the trailheads for Thursday local hiking trips. Trips leave at 4 p.m. from the boathouse and return by 6:30 p.m.
Boathouse
4:00 pm


September 28, 2017
Mountain Day is coming... who knows exactly when, but here at CEEDS we are thinking about it, and we wanted to let you know that you are welcome to take the opportunity to visit MacLeish that day! You can come and hang out (check out Smith's Living Building and play a game, read in the swing outside, sit in the grass and enjoy the lovely weather) or come and be active (take a hike on one of our trails, explore, play games, go on our challenge course). Your call. All are welcome. Buses will run on the hour from the Elm Street side of the Campus Center from 10am- 2pm, with the last bus leaving MacLeish for campus at 3:30 pm.
Ada and Archibald Field Station
10:00 am to 3:30 pm


September 28, 2017
Eastern Asia to Pioneer Valley with Kinuyo Kanamaru, Amherst College. Lunch served at 12 noon, talk begins at 12:10 p.m. Come and meet one of our Five College Geoscience neighbors!
Sabin-Reed 103
12:00 pm


September 28, 2017
by Diane Pataki, Professor of Biology, Associate Dean for Research, University of Utah. Landscape Studies LSS 100 Annual Lecture in Honor of John Burk-Emeritus Biological Sciences.
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


September 29, 2017
Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish! Our field station has it all- scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research and a state-of-the-art living building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1, and will be back in time for tea. Sign up with the link below.
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Meet the van at Chapin Loading Dock and head to MacLeish
1:00 pm


September 30, 2017
Join us in the garden anytime between 9am-12pm to weed, water plants, do a mini harvest, listen to music, dance among vegetables, or do art! There will be gloves and basic tools, as well as some art supplies! Show up with your friends, show up with your enemies, show up with anyone. We welcome all- Feel free to bring your breakfast, coffee, anything really. It can be a potluck!
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Community Garden- between Northrup-Gillett and Lamont
9:00 am to 12:00 pm


September 30, 2017
Hey y'all!! Following the harvest at the Community Garden, Tenney House is hosting a workshop taught by Paul Wetzel from CEEDS on food preservation! We plan to use whatever vegetables we harvest earlier in the day, but if you have other items you would like to preserve, please come through with them :) All are welcome!! Jars, lids, and rings will be provided, we just need enthusiastic people and happy helping hands.
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Tenney House
1:00 pm


Events Off Campus

2017-11-28
Come hear about how women entrepreneurs are creatively revolutionizing our farms and food system. Each month this fall, women entrepreneurs will share the successes ans challenges of their journey in food system entrepreneurship. 9/28: Amanda Brown, UMass Amherst Student Farm; Maida Ives, Book and Plow farm. 10/24: Annie Myer, Myer Produce; Susan Pincus, Sawmill Herb Farm. 11/28: Tucka Saville, Anarchy Apiaries; Julia Coffey, Mycoterra Farm. Light refreshments will be provided. Free!
Conference Room, Paige Lab, UMASS AMherst
5:30 pm to 6:45 pm


September 30, 2017
Come one – come all to Nuestras Raíces’ (Our Roots) 25th Anniversary Harvest Festival (rain date: Sunday October 1st) at La Finca (the farm). We will have live music, dancing, farmers market, and traditional pig roast are featured. Admission is free and children’s entertainment will be provided throughout the day. For more information visit the link below:
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24 Jones Ferry Road, Holyoke, MA
11:00 am to 4:00 pm


Featured Event

October 4, 2017
The environmental concentrations let students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of the many issues involved in the topics of sustainable food and climate change. Come for a tasty lunch and find out more!
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CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm


October 5, 2017
Bring your curiosity and questions, and take part in an engaging conversation that can range from the connection between humans and nature, to the varied ways people of different cultures value nature, to inequities in access to nature and decent environments, to how to most successfully conserve our environment, and back again to science communication. You can also find out about grad school opportunities at UCLA! Before coming to UCLA Peter was the Chief Scientist and VP of The Nature Conservancy. Lunch from La Veracruzana provided.
CEEDS, Wright Hall 005
12:00 pm


Events at Smith

October 1, 2017
Help out with Smith's Food Recovery Network efforts. Remember to tie long hair back and wear closed-toe shoes. Email us if you want to come or if you have any questions about the work we do: foodrecovery @smith.edu All welcome!
Meet in Cutter-Ziskind
3:50 pm


October 3, 2017
In this gallery talk, Victoria I discusses her experiences working with Wilhelmina Jashemski as well as the process of creating the illustrations, working with botanist Frederick Meyer at the U. S. National Arboretum and botanist Massimo Riccardi in Naples. Offered twice- first at 12 Noon, and again at 7 p.m.
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Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House


October 3, 2017
for site-selective ester hydrolysis with Moira Flanagan (chemistry). Lunch is served in the Foyer at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at 12:10 p.m. and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students.
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McConnell 103
12:00 pm


October 4, 2017
Katrina, Irene, Sandy, Matthew, Harvey, Irma, and now Maria. We all know the names of these hurricanes. The reason: they were all record-breaking monsters, and they all hit the US in the last dozen years—three this year, with Maria leaving millions of Puerto Rican’s without power, food or water. Less known, but more deadly, have been the devastating floods hitting South Asia this year, with over 7,000 people killed, and tens of millions displaced. Records are supposed to fall every thousand years, not every season, but as carbon pollution is warming the oceans and the atmosphere, we are juicing hurricanes and forcing the hydrological cycle, while raising sea levels and putting cities at risk from storm surge. Can we change direction? And how do we adapt?Join distinguished urban sustainability expert Dr. Michael Neuman, University of Westminster. Part of the National Climate Seminar series hosted by Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy. Lunch provided. Hosted by CEEDS and the Environmental Science and Policy Program.
McConnell 103
12:15 pm


October 4, 2017
Join Drawdown Editor and Project Drawdown Executive Director, Paul Hawken, in a conversation with Security and Sustainability Forum Managing Director, Edward Saltzberg, and American Renewable Energy Institute Chairman and CEO, Chip Comins. Produced by the Security and Sustainability Forum which convenes global experts to address the impacts to society from climate and other disruptions to natural systems.
CEEDS- Wright Hall 005
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm


October 5, 2017
a lecture by Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Part of the LSS 100 Landscape Studies lecture series.
Weinstein Auditorium
3:00 pm to 4:50 pm


October 6, 2017
Get off campus and reconnect with nature at MacLeish! Our field station has it all- scenic views, miles of hiking trails, sites for research and a state-of-the-art living building with tea and wifi. Vans leave from Chapin loading dock at 1, and will be back in time for tea. Sign up with the link below.
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Meet the van at Chapin Loading Dock and head to MacLeish
1:00 pm


October 7, 2017
Botanical illustrations created by Victoria I and Lillian Nicholson portray medicinal plants identified in the excavations of Pompeii. Come explore the varied ways both ancient Romans and modern Pompeians have used these plants. Exhibit on view through December 15, 2017.
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Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House


Events Off Campus

October 1, 2017
Hey! Do you want to go with us to the Better Futures Project training this weekend? Join Divest Smith College students for what is sure to be an amazing day! (We are looking for more drivers, so if you are van credentialed and willing to drive, please email Sarina ASAP- svega@ smith.edu) The event is free, and breakfast and lunch is provided. You can search the event on FB; use the link below to register:
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MIT Student Center


October 5, 2017
Please join us for this beloved event! Originally conceived byTerren Braen this event has grown to be a favorite of the community Featuring dance, perfomance, music, and spoken word - we walk through the sculptures in the orchard entranced by words and performance.We will start at 6:30 - with a short walk to the Big Red Frame and then continue the walk across the street to coincide with moonrise - come early and enjoy hot cider or a cider slushie. Begin this full moon lunar month with a walk through the orchard with stories and poetry. You don't want to miss it! We will illuminate each sculpture as we make our way...and share original poetry prose and storytelling. All are welcome to participate!
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Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, MA
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm