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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.

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.

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.

Oct 13: Medford’s Harvest Your Energy Festival

When: Saturday October 13, 2012 1-4 pm

Where: Base of the Medford Wind Turbine, Riverbend Park, Medford, MA (behind the McGlynn Schools Freedom Way, Medford, MA)

Rain Location: McGlynn School Building Cafeteria

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  • Wind Turbine Presentations followed by tours of “Windy” the Wind Turbine!
  • Home Energy Seminar given by actual home energy auditors
  • Learn how to save energy and money with free home energy assessments, tap the power of solar energy, and MORE!
  • Support local organizations; buy their food and energy/environment-related products
  • Enjoy a beautiful fall day along the Mystic River and see the wind turbine up close
  • Enjoy the live music!
  • Mass Energy will be there to connect you with free home energy assessments and energy upgrade rebates

The City is currently looking for additional businesses and organizations to have tables and sponsor the Festival. For more information please download the vendor application to have a table or contact Alicia Hunt in Medford’s Office of Energy and Environment at ahunt@medford.org or 781-393-2137, to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Click here for more info.

 

Sept 4-Oct 5: Register for EPA’s Campus RainWorks Design Challenge

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in its new design competition, the Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. This first annual competition, will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Stormwater is a major cause of harmful water pollution in urban areas in the U.S., impacting tens of thousands of miles of rivers, streams, and coastal shorelines, as well as hundreds of thousands of acres of lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.

Student teams, working with a faculty advisor, will submit design plans for a proposed green infrastructure project for their campus. Registration for the Campus RainWorks Challenge is open from September 4 through October 5, and entries must be submitted by December 14, 2012 for consideration. Winning entries will be selected by EPA and announced in April 2013. Winning teams will earn a cash prize of $1,500 – $2,500, as well as $8,000 – $11,000 in funds for their faculty advisor to conduct research on green infrastructure. In 2013, EPA plans to expand Campus RainWorks by inviting students to design and complete a demonstration project assessing innovative green infrastructure approaches on their campus.

EPA is encouraging the use of green infrastructure as a solution to help manage stormwater runoff. Green Infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater runoff at its source and provide other community benefits. Green infrastructure is increasingly being used to supplement or substitute for single-purpose ³gray² infrastructure investments such as pipes, and ponds. The Campus RainWorks Challenge will help encourage the use of green infrastructure projects on college and university campuses to manage stormwater discharges.

More information on the Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Student Organizers – Tufts Energy Conference 2013

Interested in the energy sector? Hope to develop great professional skills over the next five months while networking with leaders in the energy field? Every year over thirty student organizers come together to produce the ever-growing Tufts Energy Conference (TEC). TEC 2013 will be held on March 1st and 2nd 2013, and we’re excited to be rolling out panels ranging from oil exploration in the Arctic to the role of digital communications in increasing energy efficiency to the economics behind the U.S. ‘Golden Age of Gas.’ It’s an exciting time to learn more about the energy industry, applications are encouraged from undergraduates and graduate students to join one of our eight organizing teams (Marketing, Sponsorship, Content, Operations, Finance, Web Development, Showcase and the Tufts Energy Competition) as student organizers. As a TEC student organizer you’ll have a great opportunity to bring new skills to a growing conference, add new skills to your own resume and portfolio, help produce a great conference, and have the ability to network with leaders in the energy sector. Please see the attached PDF for more information about the conference and the application. Applications are brief at one page and are due by 5 pm next Thursday 09/13.

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