This school year, Massachusetts is participating for the first time in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools award program, which recognizes K-12 schools that excel at reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.
Find out how your school(s) can apply to be among those nominated by the Commonwealth for this national recognition by registering for this webinar.
Wednesday, October 10. 1 – 2pm
Presented by Lisa Capone, DOER Green Communities Division
Lauren Greene, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jessica Hing, Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Coordinator for US EPA Region 1
Sign up now: Free EPA Webinar Series “Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption” – Starts Wednesday, October 10, 9:30am. PT, 12:30 ET
Did you know that over 40 percent of the GHG emissions in the U.S. can be attributed to the life-cycle impacts associated with the manufacture, distribution, sale, use and disposal of the goods and food we consume? Are you interested in identifying strategies for creating more sustainable patterns of consumption? If so, please join us for EPA’s Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series starting on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 9:30am PT/12:30pm PT! Participation is free so sign up! To register for the series, click here https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/469476793. Please forward this invitation to others who may be interested in participating.
EPA’s Materials Management through Sustainable Consumption Webinar Series is designed to provide examples of communities around the US and internationally that are reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and creating more sustainable patterns of consumption. This webinar series focuses on helping regulators and environmental management experts share information about existing research, programs and practices. It also shares perspectives from citizens and businesses. This information supports communities seeking to reduce their GHG emissions, wastes and other environmental impacts through a focus on sustainable consumption, including source reduction. Source reduction minimizes the quantity and toxicity of materials that later need to be disposed of, and is identified under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) as a key strategy for achieving our long-term environmental goals. Source reduction also helps to reduce GHG emissions, which are regulated pollutants under the Clean Air Act. This series is in follow-up to last year’s Consumption and the Environment Webinar Series. For our webinars we invite guest speakers to share their views on sustainable consumption to get participants thinking and talking about new strategies for achieving our environmental goals. Please note the opinions, ideas or data presented by non-EPA speakers in this series do not represent EPA policy or constitute endorsement by EPA.
In October, we will kick off the series discussing the key challenges and opportunities for sustainable consumption, nationally and internationally. Speakers David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Duke Castle, Natural Step and Castle Group will will explore the barriers to sustainable consumption and the multiple links between climate change and economic growth. For more information and specific session descriptions, please visit EPA’s website through the following link http://bit.ly/sustainableconsumption.
WHAT: New England Campus Sustainability Forum – Leveraging Collective Resources for the Future
WHEN: September 21, 2012
WHERE: Watson Hall, Wentworth Institute of Technology, 550 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115
SecondNature invites you to attend the New England Campus Sustainability Forum, organized by the New England Board of Higher Education, Clean Air/Cool Planet, Second Nature, Greener U, Colleges of the Fenway and the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium. The Forum will explore Organization and Coalition Building, Financial Strategies and the Campus as a Living Laboratory. This event is designed to foster conversation and linkages between all stakeholders: administrators, staff, faculty and students in order to provide new insights on ways to think about and initiate campus sustainability programs.
Among the agenda topics:
- Behavior Change – Tactics
- Sustainable Sustainability Financing
- Effectively Harnessing Student Interest and Activism
- Living Learning Communities
- Enhancing Endowment Returns
- Harnessing the Link Between Student Projects & Campus Operations
- Strategies for Bringing Together the Diverse Campus Stakeholders
- Effective Marketing & Communications
- Presidents’ Panel
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
- Anthony Cortese, President, Second Nature
- Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions
Registration Fee: $110 per registrant.
Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 17, 2012
*$180 after August 17, 2012.
Future Energy is a series of events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Agenda 6:30pm – Pizza, networking and introduction. 6:45pm – Investor Feedback Forum. 8:00pm — energy and cleantech startups pitch to an investor panel; the panel provides actionable advice for each presentation. 8:15pm – Pitch Showdown – audience voting via Twitter; winners announced and prizes awarded. 8:30pm – Drinks at nearby location. Future Energy link: http://ultralightstartups.com/future-energy/ Ticket link: http://futureenergyboston.eventbrite.com/
Cool Science invites students of all ages to create and submit a visual work of art about climate change. The best 6 entries will be placed throughout Lowell’s mass transit system in 2013 and be seen by thousands of people every day! Winning students and their schools will receive $200 in gift certificates. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/faqs.aspx for FAQ’s about the competition. Visit: http://www.uml.edu/Education/Coolscience/Submit-Your-Artwork/default.aspx for submission specific information. Deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012.