Date: November 2, 2011

Nov 5: Fall Greening the School Conference 2011

When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 8:30am to 3:30pm

Where: Clay Conference Center of the Dexter and Southfield Schools, Brookline, MA

The theme of the fall conference, sponsored by Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom,  will be Greening the School. All workshops will focus on composting, gardening at the school, taking the garden into the classroom, herbs, recycling and other green initiatives. Four workshop sessions with multiple workshop choices will be held throughout the day from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tour the solar panels, wind turbine and planetarium at Clay Center.

The Clay Center for Science and Technology is a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory and learning center. In addition to the observatory’s seven research-grade telescopes, this five-story building contains sophisticated computer and science laboratories, a multi-media lecture hall, classrooms, dining, and meeting spaces, and a solar energy roof deck and wind turbine.

Allandale Farm is Boston’s last working farm — located in Jamaica Plain and Brookline. The farm follows practices that meet the growing methods of the National Organic Program, although they have chosen not to pursue federal certification. They rotate crops, amend the fields with organic fertilizers and their own compost and do not use herbicides or conventional fungicide. The farm offers Community Supported Agriculture Shares, a farm market featuring farm grown and other locally grown and artisan foods, a summer youth camp and there is even a school on the property.

Don’t miss this day of discussion, interaction and opportunities for exploring new ideas for your Massachusetts classroom. The $50 fee includes all workshops; workshop materials; breakfast snack; lunch, and 10 pdp’s with a related classroom activity.

Registration on the day of the Conference: $55 (Subject to space availability.)
Exhibitor fee: $50. (An 8 by 10 foot table will be supplied; exhibitors should be set up no later than 8:30 a.m.)

Click here for more information about this event.

Environmental Studies Program Track Focus Groups

November 3, 2011, 4:30-5:30pm, Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, Medford. Please RSVP here:

November 8, 2011, 12-1pm, TIE Conference Room, Miller Hall-East Rear Door, Medford Campus. Please RSVP here:

The ENVS Program will be holding two focus groups to get student opinions on the new tracks being considered for the program. Come and learn about the tracks proposed, meet the Director and Program Coordinator, ask questions, and give feedback as the Executive Committee continues to develop the program.

Please RSVP using the Doodle polls above. You only need to attend one of the events.

Nov 14: Renewable Energy and Climate Change: The IPCC Report

When: Monday, November 14th from 12:30-1:45pm

Where: Mugar 200, The Fletcher School, 160 Packard Avenue, Medford

The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar Series


Renewable Energy and Climate Change: The IPCC Report

with Professor William Moomaw,

Lead Author, IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2011),

and Director, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy

(A light lunch will be served (no RSVPs – first come first served)

William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy and Director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School. He has worked on stratospheric ozone, climate, energy, forests, water and sustainable development issues for over 20 years. He has served as a lead author for five Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports addressing mitigation options in the context of development, including this latest report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change released earlier this year. He has co-authored a report on nitrogen pollution for the EPA Science Advisory Board and a report on Financing Forests for the UN, written reports for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and is co-author of an upcoming book on International Forest Diplomacy. He was also a member of the Technical Steering Committee that published new forest management recommendations for Massachusetts that have since been adopted. He has led training sessions for climate, environment and resource negotiators, and facilitated international environmental negotiations. He has advised corporations, governments, UN agencies and The World Bank on climate, sustainable energy and forest issues. He serves on the board of directors of several climate organizations and the Consensus Building institute.  He lives with his wife, Margot, in a zero net energy home in Massachusetts that is powered by grid connected solar energy, and heated by a ground source heat pump.

The Energy and Climate Policy Research Seminar Series is convened by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher and sponsored by the Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program at Fletcher’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy.