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.
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
Saturday, October 13
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.
Call for Volunteers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information also please feel free to contact Juan Sanchez at email@example.com or call 617.395.0250. Advanced training will be provided and is required for participation.
We look forward to celebrating local food with you!