Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Mar 5: 1st Annual Undergraduate Environmental Photography Exhibit

When: March 5, 2012, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: Tufts Institute of the Environment,
210 Packard Avenue, Miller Hall-East Rear Door,
Tufts Medford CampusIn the Fall 2011, the Environmental Studies Program at Tufts University held its 1st Annual Undergraduate Environmental Photography Contest.TIE and ENVS will be holding an opening reception. Join us to celebrate the undergraduates who submitted photography for the exhibit, mingle with other Environmental Studies students and faculty, and enjoy some really great student work.

Sponsored by the Tufts Environmental
Studies Program and TIE

Mar 6: “Feeding 9 Billion While Maintaining the Planet” with Speaker Jason Clay

FEEDING 9 BILLION WHILE MAINTAINING THE PLANET

Tuesday, 3/6 @ 6:30 PM

Cabot 206

OneWorld and The Poverty and Power Research Initiative (PPRI) invites you to a discussion with Jason Clay, senior V.P. of the World Wildlife Fund. on the topic. We invite the Tufts community think about how to transparently grow more food without turning over more land to agricultural production, thus tackling the first steps toward sustainability in food production and consumption.

For more information about Dr. Jason Clay and his work with WWF, see the website.

Mar 13: MyRWA Flatbread Pizza Doughraiser

On March 13th, support the Mystic River Watershed Association at Flatbread Pizza in Somerville. The Flatbread Company will automatically donate a portion of each flatbread sold to MyRWA between 5pm and 11pm on March 13. Eat in or take-out.

Flatbread Somerville is located at Sacco’s Bowl Haven, 45 Day St., Somerville in Davis Square.

Internships, MyRWA (Arlington, MA)

MyRWA seeks two interns to assist in a water quality monitoring program from June through early September. Water Quality Interns will gather data on Cyanobacteria populations and key water quality parameters from approximately ten water bodies to safeguard the public health of residents who live in the watershed.

Interns will work both in and out of the office, and must be able to work independently and as a team. This is a part-time position that requires a commitment of two days a week during the Monday through Friday work week that are agreed upon between the two interns. Primary duties include monitoring local water bodies, collecting water samples (training provided), analysis of samples and data entry. Additional duties may include assessment of habitat for anadromous fish. Interns will learn about the scientific tools applied to monitor water quality and the efforts that a watershed association undertakes to advocate for water quality improvements based on this information.

An interest in science, the environment and advocacy is encouraged. Having reliable transportation is preferred and mileage will be reimbursed.

Candidates must be 16 years of age or older.

Exact dates can be flexible depending on the candidate. These are unpaid positions.

Read more here, including how to apply!

Mar 22: “Work of 1000″ Film & Discussion with Marion Stoddart

Get energized and inspired! Join MyRWA for an award-winning documentary film followed by a lively personal discussion with the film’s central figure, world-renowned local citizen leader, Marion Stoddart. The film, “Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000” is an exhilarating success story of how one woman-Marion Stoddart, mobilized clean-up of one of America’s most polluted rivers – for herself, for her community, and for future generations – and became a citizen leader honored by the United Nations. It’s a gripping account of an ordinary person who realized her power to make a difference. Read more & get your tickets today!

Thursday, March 22, 7PM
Capitol Theater, 204 Mass. Ave., Arlington

Get your tickets here, $10.

Mar 7: Everett Rain Garden Community Meeting

WHAT IS A RAIN GARDEN?

Rain gardens are vegetated areas that collect, absorb and clean stormwater runoff. Using slope, vegetation and well drained soils, rain gardens are increasingly being used by homeowners and municipalities to reduce the impact of stormwater on local waterways and storm drain systems.

MyRWA is working with the Town of Arlington, City of Everett and local community groups to design and build one to two rain gardens in each city. Community involvement is key to the success of these gardens – please plan on attending the next Community Meeting!

Everett Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 7th at 7pm
City Hall, Keverian Room, 484 Broadway, Everett


Mar 6: Mystic River Watershed Association Committee Meeting

The Mystic River Watershed is one of the most urban and densely populated watersheds in the Commonwealth. It has three Superfund sites within its borders, and is home to various Environmental Justice communities. The Mystic has a history of industry along it’s banks – evidence of which continue to linger. Find out what environmental issues are present and current water quality information by following the links.

Since 1972, the Mystic River Watershed Association has been the one consistent voice speaking up for the Mystic River, it’s tributaries and surrounding lands – read more about our work here.

Get involved with local projects to preserve the health of this Medford river by attending MyRWA’s next meeting:

Tuesday, March 6, 7-9pm
MyRWA Committee Meeting
Tufts University, Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room

There will be discussions about upcoming events and opportunities related to MyRWA, such as this upcoming program:

Herring Monitoring Program Seeks Volunteers

Starting in April, MyRWA volunteers will monitor river herring at the newly renovated Mystic Lakes Dam in Arlington. We need volunteer fish monitors to count herring and support our data collection so that we can estimate run size. No previous experience required – training provided!

Learn more about the Herring Monitoring Program and become a fish monitor today!

Mar 30: Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

The Green Streets Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge!

Kicking off March 30, the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among Boston area employers to encourage alternative commuting habits just one day a month, over the course of seven months. The Challenge aligns with Green Streets’ signature Walk/Ride Days when, on the last Friday of every month, individuals can check in at http://greenstreets.mapc.org to indicate they have used active, sustainable transportation and receive special incentives.

Each month, gogreenstreets.org will display a leader board of companies ranked according to the employer’s percentage of participation. We’ll also raffle off a fabulous prize among participants of each month’s leading company, including gift cards to area restaurants and more. Upon the Challenge’s conclusion in September, the company with the highest cumulative percentage of participation will be named the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge and be honored with a special celebration.

Employers ready to sign up now can do so at http://gogreenstreets.org/sign-walkride-day-corporate-challenge.

The Green Streets Initiative also has a number of sponsorships available, including the Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge Naming Title Sponsorship. As the Naming Title Sponsor, your company’s name will appear on all materials related to the Challenge, from bus signs and brochures, to t-shirts, cups and bike vests.

For more information, see GSI’s website.