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!
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-393-2137, to learn about sponsorship opportunities.
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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.