Monthly Archives: September 2012

Oct. 5: SBN’s 3rd Annual Local Craft Brewfest

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!

Oct. 7: Boston Local Food Festival

Sunday, October 7th, 11am-5pm

The Boston Greenway

What You’ll Find at the Festival

  • Freshly harvested produce and seafood from farmers and fishermen
  • Scrumptious, $5 servings, featuring locally grown foods
  • Entertaining demonstrations and competitions by chefs and other food experts
  • Lively local music of many cultural tastes
  • Tastings of Bay State hand-crafted wines and locally crafted beer
  • Engaging exhibitions and playful activities for the kid in all of us
  • Interactive workshops featuring local food leaders
  • Food-inspired arts and crafts
  • Recycling and sustainable practices for minimal waste

For more information about volunteering or attending, visit the Boston Local Food Festival webiste!

Oct. 11: Urban Homesteading Workshop

6:00-8:00pm: Urban Homesteading Workshop
Led by Lisa Gross, Tufts/SMFA 2011, founder of the Urban Homesteaders League and The Boston Tree Party.

Learn how to make your own non-toxic cleaning products
Space is limited; please RSVP to hannah.swartz@tufts.edu to reserve your spot. Meet at the Gallery entrance inside the Aidekman Arts Center.

Oct. 12: The Future of Water Symposium

Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions:
The Future of Water

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 9 am – 5 pm

 

Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Radcliffe Institute’s annual science symposium will focus on the important and challenging topic of water. Water is a theme that encompasses issues as varied as environmental contamination, public health, agricultural shortages, and geopolitical disputes. “Cloudy with a Chance of Solutions: The Future of Water” will focus on the ecological and human health hazards of environmental contaminants, the threats to drinking water of fracking, the promise of new technologies for water treatment, the need for national water policy, and the role of urban and other areas in conservation. The majority of the talks will focus on the “hard science” of water-related issues; others will offer the perspectives of experts from the policy, business, or urban-planning worlds to put the scientific discussions in a broader context and to link them thematically.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  

For more information and to register, please visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu or call 617-495-8600.

Register Now!

Oct. 13: Enterprise Farm’s Harvest Picnic

Harvest Picnic!
Saturday, October 13
11am-2pm

 

Join us for an afternoon of autumn fun at the 2012 Enterprise Farm Harvest Picnic! Bring your friends, family, and a dish to share. We’ll provide the music, hay rides, a trip through the Maize Maze, and more!

Enterprise Farm is located at 72 River Rd, Whately, MA. For more detailed directions, see the Enterprise website’s directions page.

Volunteers Wanted for Boston Local Food Fest on Sunday, October 7th, 11am to 5pm

Call for Volunteers

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts

Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is moving into high gear for planning of the 3rd annual Boston Local Food Festival  taking place at The Rose Kennedy Greenway on Sunday, October 7th from 11am-5pm and we are looking for volunteers to make this event as successful as it has been in previous years.  Our volunteers are a vital part of the success and execution of such a well received event.  We seek committed, enthusiastic and responsible people who would love to contribute, join in the local food movement, meet new folks, and have a lot of fun!

We are looking to engage both volunteer groups and individuals. If your organization can provide ten or more volunteers for the day of the event, we will assign them to a designated area/role, so that the event also becomes a team building opportunity for staff / students. If groups of less than ten volunteers join the event, we will try our best to also assign similar roles, but cannot guarantee this.  Individual volunteers are welcome to join any of the working groups.  Volunteer tasks include; zero-waste ambassadors, vendor coordination, set-up and break-down, demo and DIY support, fundraising, information and others.

To register please visit our website. http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/participate/volunteer-for-the-festival/ or email us at volunteers@bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.  For more information also please feel free to contact Juan Sanchez at juan@sbnmass.org or call 617.395.0250.   Advanced training will be provided and is required for participation.

We look forward to celebrating local food with you!

Conference “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace”

On October 4th through 6th, the Peace and Justice Studies Association, in conjunction with the Tufts Initiative on Climate Change and Climate Justice, will hold its 2012 annual conference at Tufts. Entitled “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace,” the conference will be featuring presentations from a wide range of disciplines, professions, and perspectives on the many complex issues now unfolding amidst disruptive climate change, which promises to be among the most significant social justice concerns in the 21st Century.

The impressive list of plenary session panelists includes: Christian Parenti (Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence), Ken Conca (Environmental Peacemaking), Betsy Hartmann (“Don’t Beat the Climate War Drums”), Ellie Perkins (“Women and Participatory Water Management”), Darlene Lombos (Community Labor United), Burt Lauderdale (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth; New Power Initiative), Wenonah Hauter (Executive Director, Food & Water Watch), Gregor Wolbring (University of Calgary; energy/water ethics), John Peck (Family Farm Defenders), Greg White (Climate Refugees or Mere Migrants: Climate-Induced Migration, Security, and Borders in a Warming World), Tariq Banuri (renewable energy and climate change), Eveline Shen (reproductive justice), and Julian Agyeman (Just Sustainabilities; Cultivating Food Justice)

The Tufts Institute of the Environment is co-sponsoring this event, and Tufts community members are encouraged to attend. Student volunteers are also needed.

To register, visit http://www.peacejusticestudies.org/conference/registration.php or e-mail Dale.Bryan@tufts.edu

CIERP’s Energy, Climate & Innovation Research Seminar Series

Mondays, 12:30-1:45 PM

September 24:
“Riding the Unicorn: The Myth of Sustainability”
Bruce J. Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Chair, League of Green Embassies
Cabot 703, The Fletcher School

October 22:
“Public Perceptions of Wind Energy Development in Massachusetts”
Maria Petrova, Postdoctoral Fellow, CIERP, The Fletcher School
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

November 19:
“No Great Wall – The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies”
Kelly Sims Gallagher, Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Policy and
Director of CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program, The Fletcher School
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

December 3:
“Climate Change as a Driver of Humanitarian Crises and Response”
Peter Walker, Director of the Feinstein International Center and Rosenberg
Professor of Nutrition and Human Security, Tufts University
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School

For event flyers and additional information, visit the Fletcher School’s events page here.

Sep 20: ENVS Lunch & Learn – Environmental Sustainability at Tufts University

Tina WoolstonJoin our very own Tina Woolston, Sustainability Program Director at Tufts University, as she discussed the sustainability efforts here at Tufts, resources available to students and opportunities to get involved on campus. If you’ve ever wondered about installing solar on campus or where the food from the dining halls goes, this is the perfect place to learn and ask questions about your ideas for innovation on campus!

Tina Woolston has worked in the Office of Sustainability, first as a program coordinator and more recently as director. She co-founded MaynardCAN!, a local non-profit that organizes and promotes sustainability initiatives in the city of Maynard, MA. Prior to Tufts, she worked for the Earthwatch Institute as their Program Manager for Sustainability and Outward Bound as a sea kayak and mountaineering instructor. She received her Master of Science from Cornell University.

Sept 18 & 21: Mass. Car-Free Week Kick-Off & Celebration

Tufts Office of Sustainability is celebrating Massachusetts Car-Free Week September 17th-23rd by encouraging students and faculty members to make their commutes car-light!

Endorsing the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of sustainable travel options, Mass. Car-Free Week promotes public transit, carpooling, bicycling, walking and teleworking as greener modes of transportation.

Track your progress on www.nuride.com, a travel rewards and ride-sharing program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Win daily prizes for commuting car-free by signing into NuRide from September 17th-23rd!

Tufts Office of Sustainability will guide you through Mass. Car-Free Week with Kick-Off and Celebration events:

Kick-Off: Tuesday, September 18th, 11am – 2pm: Tufts Office of Sustainability (OOS) will host a kick-off event on the lower patio of Mayer Campus Center to promote the environmental and economic benefits of car-light commuting for Mass. Car-Free Week. The OOS will be signing up students and staff for Car-Free Week via NuRide. Come join the local biking and alternative transit community to register your bike, pick up bike maps and flyers, purchase bike locks and other transit merchandise, and learn about everything from folding bikes to car-sharing!

Celebration: Friday, September 21st, 11am – 2pm: There is such thing as a free lunch! Tufts Office of Sustainability will offer a free lunch for all registered participants in Mass. Car-Free Week. Enjoy a meal in the Pearson parking lot (across from Dewick dining hall), where Professor Cathy Stanton’s Anthropology 132 “Myth, Ritual, & Symbol” class  will demonstrate alternative uses for an open parking space. Please RSVP to the lunch either by sharing a picture of your car-light ride on our Twitter (@tuftsOOS) or Facebook, or by sending us an email of your NuRide account progress at tuftsoos@gmail.com.

To learn more about Mass. Car-Free Week and other events in the Boston area, visit the MassRIDES website.