Month: August 2011 (page 1 of 4)

September 8: Lunch & Learn on Environmental Sustainability at Tufts University

On September 8th (Thursday) at noon, join our very own Tina Woolston, Director of the Tufts Office of Sustainability, as she discusses the sustainability efforts here at Tufts, resources available to students and opportunities to get involved. If you’ve ever wondered about installing solar on campus or where the food from the dining halls goes, this is the perfect place to learn and ask questions about your ideas for innovation on campus!

Tina has worked in the Office of Sustainability since 2007, initially as Project Coordinator and then as its Director. She created the Eco-Ambassador program for staff and faculty and an Ex-college course on sustainability in action. She works closely with Tufts Recycles, Tufts Institute for the Environment, Purchasing, Dining Services, and others on sustainability initiatives across the university.

Tina also co-founded MaynardCAN!, a local non-profit that organizes and promotes sustainability initiatives in the city of Maynard, MA. Prior to Tufts, she worked for the Earthwatch Institute as their Program Manager for Sustainability. She received her Master of Science from Cornell University.

Visit Environmental Studies Department website for more information on the Lunch & Learn Program, which occurs every Thursday. Lunch & Learns began in the Spring of 2011 to create opportunities for environmentally-minded undergraduate students, faculty, and interested staff to communicate and interact on environmental issues.

September 7: National Climate Seminar teleconference

Listen in real time to climate and clean energy specialists talk about the latest science, policy, law, and economics of climate change. Assign these half-hour calls to your students for a chance to hear top scientists, analysts and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions.

At noon on Wednesday, 9/7, the guest commentator will be Mike Tidwell, renowned author and Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Mike has been at the center of the clean energy movement for a decade.

Later in the term, tune in for Dave Roberts from Grist, green business pioneer Hunter Lovins, Sharon Nunes from IBM, and Mark Hertsgaard, author of HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.

More information available on the Bard CEP website. Send in your questions prior to each call by emailing All calls are also available as podcasts.

Join the National Climate Seminar by dialing in at 12:00pm eastern on the scheduled day. Call-in number: 1-712-432-3100; Conference Code: 253385.

The seminar is a great opportunity to engage classes in real-time dialog about climate solutions; you can use the calls as the basis for a brownbag, or assign them as homework. All calls are recorded and available as podcasts. For more information, email

November 19: Water Rising

Music and Dance amid Climate Change:

Artists from the Pacific Atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu

(Boston debut!)

Saturday, November 19, 8:00 PM

Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy St
Cambridge, 02138
Reserved seating
$40.00, $32.00, $28.00 (includes Sanders Theatre $0.75 restoration fee)

The tiny Pacific atolls Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu are on the front lines of global warming and risk becoming the first cultures on earth to be submerged by rising sea levels. For hundreds of years, the islands’ history, spiritual teachings and social values were danced and sung rather than written. Now, as their fragile way of life is threatened, the 36 dancers and musicians of Water is Rising create an elegant, sensual and exuberant performance that expresses their deep connections to nature and the legacy of their traditions as well as their feelings about global warming. Their shared spirit and intense energy represent the joyful vitality of their collective ethos.

Free lecture/demonstration:

Sunday, November 20, 3:30pm
Cahners Theatre at the Museum of Science
Science Park, Boston

Admission: Free, register online by November 6

Featuring Aaron Bernstein, MD, director, Human Health and Global Environmental Change Program of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, Mikaele Maiava, Tokelau government councilman, and Andrew Semeli, Tuvalu parliamentarian assistant and Water Is Rising performers from the island of Kiribati. Facilitated by Judy Mitoma, Director of UCLA’s Center for Intercultural Performance. A co-presentation of the Museum of Science and World Music/CRASHarts. This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

June-August 2012: Common Circle Cross Country Bicycle Tour

Who: You and your neighbors who care about a sustainable future for America.  As always, all of our programs are designed for beginner and intermediate cyclists.

Where: Eugene, Oregon to Washington, DC

When:  June 1 – August 31, 2012

Come ride your bicycle with us across the country learning about and promoting sustainability and permaculture. Our most powerful program yet – a supported cross-country tour (support vehicle, meals and lodging included) to farms and sustainability sites, integrated with our award-winning permaculture design and regenerative leadership certification and much more — this program will change your life.

This three-month intensive course combines our Urban Permaculture and Regenerative Leadership Certificate training, followed by a Wilderness First Aid training before we head on the road cycling from Eugene, Oregon all the way across America to Washington DC (we’ll be roughly following the TransAM bike route – about 4200 miles), promoting and learning about sustainable living and intentional communities.

The stunning places you will visit on this program and the extraordinary people you will meet will challenge and inspire you..

Program cost:  $6000 regular rate pay just $4500 before September 1st. Payment plans available.

More details at

Moving Planet: New England working meeting

Get involved in putting together this event for New England!

When: Tuesday, August 30, 7 to 9 pm

Where: Harvard Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (Harvard Square).

We still need volunteers to:

– Invite politicians to joing the “meet and greet” portion of the Rally
– Crafty folks to make banners, puppets, signs, etc…
– Marshals to accompany the rolling parades from transit stops to the central rally
– People to organize contingents moving to Boston from their communities (these can join the metro-west, metro-north, and metro-south commuter rail lines/boat travelers)
– People to help set up and break down the event on the day of
– Volunteers to orient people at the event
– Out-reachers who can help turn out a huge number of people to this event!
– And more!

Please email Vanessa with any questions:

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