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Month: October 2011 (page 1 of 5)

Nov 9: Plastic Ocean Event at Boston University

When: November 9th, 5-7pm

Where: Life Sciences & Engineering Auditorium, B01, 24 Cummington Street (Boston University)

Captain Charles Moore discovered the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch and brought it to world attention.  He wrote a book called ” Plastic Ocean: How a Sea Captain’s Chance Discovery Launched a Determined Quest to Save the Oceans” and is on a book tour now.  http://www.ted.com/talks/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html

Milo Cress launched a campaign to raise awareness about waste based on a single item – straws. Restaurants often give straws with drinks without asking if you want one. At age nine he began with local restaurants in Vermont where he lives and launched a website: http://bestrawfree.org/ He has gone on to speak with with mayors, the governor of Vermont, the congressional delegation in Washington and he spoke at FYSOP this summer and was very well received.

**The talks will be followed by a Captain Moore book signing.

Nov 2: The Promise of Hubway

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman 301, 3rd fl, Taubman Bldg, 15 Eliot St.
New Balance Hubway, Boston’s new bike sharing system, was launched in July 2011 with 61 stations and 600 bicycles and plans to expand into Boston neighborhoods and surrounding communities. Touted as a way to boost healthy, environmentally friendly transportation, the program has gotten off to a positive start – organizers claim the Hubway bikes were used 37,000 times in month after it was launched. Speakers: Mary McLaughlin, General Manager, Hubway & Nicole Friedman, Director, Boston Bikes.

Oct 28: Walk/Ride Day

Green Streets will be holding its monthly Walk/Ride tomorrow and there’s lots going on, including a Halloween Parade in Somerville!

Commute car-free and celebrate, be proud and check-in! Be rewarded by retail sponsors, too

ALL DAY: Walk/Ride Day celebrations at schools and workplaces throughout the Boston region. Send us your pictures and videos! And, visit our sponsors and check in online! Lucky online check-in raffle entrants are eligible to win:

  • Tin wind-up bicycle toy from Joie De Vivre
  • A “Reel Pass” (3 admissions) to the Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Tickets to Bang on a Can At MIT, V.2

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM: Ride the 326 bus with the MBTA Acting General Manager and MassDOT Rail & Transit Administrator Jonathan Davis. Bus #326 departs Medford Square for Haymarket Station at 6:30 AM.

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Paint Storefront Windows in Central Square, Cambridge, with Green Transportation and Halloween Themes, as well as free refreshments and goodies. More info here.

4:00 PM: Somerville Walk/Ride Day Halloween Parade, Somerville Community Path at Cedar Street to Davis Square. More info here.

“GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” Documentary

Friday, November 4, 7:00 pm, at Union Hall, 27 School Street, Carlisle, MA.

Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm at the Refuge Visitor Center, Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.

“Growthbusters: Hooked on Growth” is a non-profit documentary examining what may be the most critical issue of our time: the unsustainability of our society’s addiction to growth everlasting.

Have you ever questioned the “conventional wisdom” that growth will solve our problems?

Many of us are thinking about growth, yet so few of us are moving our lips. It is preventing us from making a dent in so many of our problems like sprawl, climate change, energy, dying oceans, pollution, traffic trauma, and heaps of trash.

Growth: Economic, consumption and population growth are overwhelming all that conservation and technology might do. Yet, we keep saying that perpetual growth will solve our problems – but many believe that this is really the FAILED conventional wisdom.

Come see a dramatic and riveting new documentary that shakes our common assumptions to the core with dramatic out-of-the-box conversation, analysis and thinking. It is a 90 minute feature film, by gifted producer Dave Gardner, which holds up a mirror to our culture, our values and our daily behavior.

Showing times and locations are listed about.

The movie, a discussion, and snacks are all free. For a taste, see http://www.growthbusters.org/ For more info, contact Mike Hanauer at MGHanauer@yahoo.com.

Campus Sustainability Day: Wednesday, Oct. 26

Yes, tomorrow is the 186th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal, but it’s also Campus Sustainability Day, which is even spiffier.
Don’t forget about the Massachusetts School Sustainability Coordinators Roundtable from 9:30 to noon tomorrow at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Staffs are encouraged to invite colleagues and students to attend. Click here for details.
Click here to check out Campus Sustainability Day events happening at campuses nationwide.
Lots of colleges and universities are making big leaps toward sustainability. Check out this story about a leading-edge zero net energy building at a community college in Salem, Mass.
Go to it, Jumbos! How will you exercise sustainability tomorrow?
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