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Date: March 22, 2012

Apr 2: Sustainability & Religion: New Directions in Research and Practice

The Harvard Divinity School Green Team and the HDS student organization EcoDiv are presenting a panel discussion titled “Sustainability & Religion: New Directions in Research and Practice” on Monday, April 2nd from 4-6pm in the Sperry Room at Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA.

Among the presenters will be Prof. Timothy Weiskel, Co-Director of the Working Group on Environmental Justice at the Du Bois Institute, who created and directed the Environmental Ethics & Public Policy Program at the Harvard Divinity School from 1989 to 1999. Also on the panel will be HDS Prof. Susan Abraham, Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, HDS Prof. Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity and HDS Prof. Diane Moore, Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies and Education and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow across the street at the Center for the Study of World Religions afterwards.

Apr 12: Community Stormwater Conference

April 12, 2012; 4 – 8:30 p.m. at Worcester State University  (Agenda)

COMMUNITY STORMWATER SOLUTIONS
KEEPING STREAMS & LAKES HEALTHY

The Massachusetts Watershed Coalition is holding Community Stormwater Conference on Thursday April 12 to learn about easy ways to protect and renew local waters.  EPA Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding is the keynote speaker, and he will share stormwater updates with a focus on EPA’s Soak up the Rain Campaign that helps people cleanse polluted runoff.

Few people know that stormwater is the leading source of water pollution.  Lethal runoff from roads, homes and businesses goes directly into living streams.  Rapid overflow from paved areas during storms erodes streams and reduces the groundwater recharge that nourishes stream flows in dry times.  Fortunately, inexpensive solutions can fix problems that damage property, harm stream life and spoil the uses of brooks, lakes and reservoirs.

Stormwater is caused by the entire community and everyone can reduce runoff to heal damages to vital waters. The meeting will feature workshops about low-cost runoff remedies, aquatic ecosystems, stormwater utilities, erosion control, porous paving, BMP performance ratings, how to disconnect streets from streams, and more.  Expert speakers will supply practical guidance for municipal officials, watershed groups, lake associations, highway departments, home builders, engineers and concerned citizens, which can help to renew the health of cherished waters. 

Please click here to download the meeting agenda.

The $10 registration ($5 for students) includes meeting materials and refreshments.  Please register online at this website or telephone (978) 534-0379.

Jun 16: Hyper-Local Craft Brew Tasting

Calling all foodies, artisan craft food devotees, craft brew fans, localvores, brew hobbyists, nano-brewers, and micro-brewers and the curious-minded.

Join us for our third Local Craft Brew event and first event highlighting the pairing local brews with local ingredients. Come learn, explore, socialize, and network with more than 20 brewers and local food artisans and enjoy 3 hours of tastings of local craft beer, wine, cider, and mead. While you celebrate local brews, you can savor live music by local musicians at this lovefest of all things good and local.

Hyper-Local Craft Brew will showcase local craft brewers and highlight, celebrate and local promote brews made with locally sourced ingredients, including hops, barley, wheat, fruit and many other local items used for flavoring–herbs, teas, coffees, chocolates, honey and more. During this event, you will also have a chance to talk with our local brewers and purchase local wine, directly from our local vintners.

Bottled Wine will be available for sale from local vintners.

Food will be on sale by local vendors for $5.00 or less.
Spread the word, tell your friends, and get your tickets early because we plan to sell out.

Climate Change Continuing Education Symposia for Faculty

FREE weekly webinars on Tuesdays, 3 pm Eastern Time

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)  invite you to participate in a series of free weekly webinars that will introduce you to exciting resources for teaching about climate change science and solutions that are located on the CAMEL (Climate Adaptation and Mitigation E-learning) web portal (www.CAMELclimatechange.org).
NCSE will provide a “digital badge” of participation to registered faculty members.
Each free webinar will feature a faculty member discussing a teaching module or exercise and how to use it in your teaching. The modules to be discussed are designed for undergraduate students, primarily at an introductory level.

Webinar Schedule:

1.       March 20 - Introduction to the CAMEL Resource,  Andy Jorgensen, University of Toledo
Click here to register

2.       March 27 - David Kitchen, University of Richmond, Recent Climate Change
Click here to register

3.       April 3 - Arnold Bloom, Un. California – Davis, Climate Change and Wine
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4.       April 10 -  Kevin Spigel, Unity College: A Mini-Module Approach to Understanding Climate Change
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5.       April 17 -  Tricia Mynster, University of Nevada – Las VegasClimate Change Impacts on Colorado River Water Supply
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6.       April 24 -  Octaviana Trujillo, Northern Arizona University and Teresa Newberry, TOCC – Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Climate Change
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7.       May 1 -  Dave Hassenzahl, Chatham University, NASA Time Machine Visualization
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8.       May 8  - Stephanie Pfirman and Patrick Callahan, Barnard College
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9.       May 15 - Mike Finewood, Chatham University,  Climate Change and Food
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10.   May 22  - Lisa Bosman and William Van Lopik, College of the Menominee, Climate Change and Energy from an American Indian Perspective
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