The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. For two weeks, October 1-15, we challenge you to change one habit for Earth. You choose your challenge, we connect you with other EcoChallengers, and collectively we prove that small actions create real change.
Participating is simple:
1. Choose your EcoChallenge category and actions (October 1-15): water, energy, food, transportation, trash or choose-your-own. Looking for inspiration? We’ve got suggestions and success stories in each category to get you started.
2. Register for the EcoChallenge.
3. Decide whether you’re going to take on the Challenge individually or as part of a team
- To start your own team, select “start a team,” and we’ll help you invite friends and coworkers to join.
- To join an existing team, select “join a team”.
- To participate individually and raise pledges to support NWEI’s sustainability eduction programs, select “participate as an EcoChallenge Fundraiser,” and set your fundraising goal. Remember: everyone who raises at least $50 is entered into the EcoChallenge raffle!
- To participate individually without raising pledges, select “join a team” and join the “NWEI Community Team”.
4. Create your EcoChallenge profile page. You can start your page during the registration process and Log In at any time to add or edit.
5. Share your challenge with friends and family—and while you’re at it, invite them to take the EcoChallenge, too!
6. On October 1st, start working toward your challenge goals and Check In on the website daily to log your progress. Connect with other EcoChallengers online and share your progress on your personal EcoChallenge blog.
Whether the EcoChallenge is your first step toward a lower impact lifestyle, or you’ve been around the environmental block many times, we invite you to Challenge yourself this October 1 – 15. Register today, and join a growing community of people who are taking action on behalf of the planet!
Wednesday, October 3rd
24 Park St., #7
Somerville, MA 02143
You don’t have to be a farmer to keep chickens. Terry Golson has more than sixteen years of experience keeping a small flock of laying hens in her backyard that supply eggs for her family’s table. In this slideshow and lecture, Terry will share everything you need to know to get started with your own chickens. She’ll cover selecting the right breeds, housing, feed, and how to keep the hens healthy. Terry will talk about chicken behavior, predators, and daily chores. She’ll show you how she composts the manure and makes use of it in her garden. Terry speaks and writes frequently on this topic. You can find out more about her and her hens at www.HenCam.com.
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October 4, 12:00-1:00pm at the Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Tufts University
Join Leith Sharp, Chair of the Sustainability Futures Academy and Professor, Harvard University, for a dynamic discussion of this question.
Learn the fundamentals of becoming a successful change agent for sustainability in any organization, business or group. Ms. Sharp will introduce participants to the art of catalyzing wide scale change in the behaviors and practices of large organizations, encouraging them to reduce their environmental impact. As she presents the major concepts and the role of the individual in bringing the new green economy to fruition, Ms. Sharp will use her many years of experience greening Harvard University as her primary case study.
See the Environmental Studies website for a full bio for Leith Sharp and information on other upcoming Lunch & Learns!
Urban Planning Film Series
A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.
Location: MIT Room 3-133
A feature documentary about light pollution and the disappearing night sky. It premiered in competition at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize for Best Score/Music. After moving to light-polluted New York City from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks: “Do we need the dark?” Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai’i, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights — including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers, THE CITY DARK is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.
Presented in conjunction with the PBS “POV” Community Network.
Special guest: Susanne Seitinger, City Innovations Manager, Philips Color Kinetics.
Open to: the general public
Calling all foodies, artisan craft food devotees, craft brew fans, locavores, brew hobbyists, and the curious minded.
Join the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts‘ 3rd Annual Local Craft Brewfest on! Friday, October 5, 2012 from 6PM to 930PM at the HarborPark, where the City meets the sea at the location of the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse on the Boston waterfront in Fort Point, Boston. Come learn, explore, socialize, and network with craft brewers, artisan brews, and local food producers. While celebrating local brews, you can savor live music by local musicians at this lovefest of all things good and true.
The Brewfest will showcase local craft brewers and highlight, celebrate, and promote – brews, wines, distilleries, and artisan craft beverages made locally. The festival will take place in-doors and outdoors on Boston Harbor’s best view. More than 50 brews and local food vendors will be featured. This event will be a great opportunity to meet brewers, vintners, and local eateries that are as passionate about local food as you are!
This is a 21+ event and all attendees must have a valid ID to enter the courthouse premises (no exceptions).
Regular Admission: Access to our brew tent and small bites from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
VIP Admission: This will give you access to the distilleries and wineries that we are featuring well as delicious nibbles. VIP ticket holders are granted access to the event half an hour before regular ticket holders at 6:00 p.m – 9:30 p.m. These are limited tickets, so sign up early.
Purchase tickets here!