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Zero Waste Week

Today, October 17th, is the start of Zero Waste Week! From October 17th to October 24th, 200 students will participate in this challenge to raise awareness that trash doesn’t just “disappear.” Participating students will place all trash that will not otherwise not be recycled or composted in a clear plastic bag that they will carry around with them for the week. Students should feel less compelled to create waste since they’ll have to carry it all with them! The plastic bags will be dropped off on the RezQuad at Mt. Trashmore on October 24th and the amount generated by the participants will be compared to the trash generated from a comparable sized dorm.  Visit the Office of Sustainability, the Crafts House, or find your Eco-Rep to be a part of the challenge!

Sustainability Day

October 24th, the end of Zero Waste Week, is also Sustainability Day! This event, taking place from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, focuses on raising awareness of what has been done and what needs to be worked on to become a sustainable campus. Events for this year’s Sustainability Day include Mt. Trashmore, which will feature individual piles of trash taken from Miller, Houston, Carmichael, and Hill Halls, and “The Story of Bananas” dinner at Dewick. “The Story of Bananas” dinner seeks to educate students on the path of the dining halls’ most eaten fruit from farm all the way to compost. Check out the five stations, play the fun foodie game to win banana themed prizes, and enjoy foods with bananas! In addition, Annie Leonard, the author of “The Story of Stuff” will be holding a talk, question and answer, and book signing session in Cohen Auditorium from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Eco-Rep Events

Last night Eco-Rep Sidney May, the Eco-Rep for Wren Hall, held her first event. She set up a tap water vs bottled water taste test and raffled off a Brita reusable water bottle! Sidney threw residents a fun curve ball by serving only tap water. Residents had fun doing the test and were almost always surprised they tried two cups of tap water. Way to go, Sidney!

Hill and West residents, don’t miss the Sustainability Dinner event tomorrow night put on by Eco-Reps Chantal Davis and Laina Piera. The dinner will focus on sustainability of the food in the dining halls. You can’t miss the delicious Flatbread pizzas they’ll be serving for dinner! The event takes place from 6-7pm in the Hill Hall Lounge.

Plus, look out of Do It In the Dark, an inter-dorm competition to see which can reduce their energy consumption the most over a one-month period! More information to come in our next post!

Oct. 5: Presidential Campaigns Energy Debate

Date: Friday, October 5, 2012

Time: 7:30 pm [seating at 7:00 pm]

Viewing: MIT Kresge Auditorium, Televised by E&E TV

 

The MIT Energy Initiative and the MIT Energy Club are co-sponsoring a televised energy debate with representatives from the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 pm in Kresge Auditorium at MIT. Event and registration information are included below:

Speaker for President Barack Obama: Joseph Aldy, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University

Speaker for Governor Mitt Romney: Oren Cass, Domestic Policy Director; Romney for President

Moderator: Jason Pontin, Editor of Technology Review

Questioners: Steve Hargreaves, CNN Money; Bill Loveless, Senior Editor of Platts; Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor and Host, E&E TV

Sponsors: MIT Energy Initiative and MIT Energy Club

Two students will be selected to present a question for debate. Interested students must submit one question for consideration in their registration. Winning students will be notified by the MIT Energy Club and MIT Energy Initiative.

REGISTER to attend and participate! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. A lottery will be conducted if attendance exceeds venue capacity.

For tickets and more information, click here.

Oct. 25-27: 2012 Net Impact Conference

Accelerate your impact. The annual Net Impact Conference is the premier event for students and professionals using their careers for good. For our 20th anniversary conference, we are bringing together more than 2,800 changemakers from all over the world and 300 dynamic speakers from across industries, from Fortune 500 companies to emerging nonprofits.

This October 25 to 27 in Baltimore, Maryland, we will explore how to take all we’ve accomplished over the past 20 years and accelerate our impact to forge real solutions for the decades to come. REGISTER HERE!

What to expect at the 2012 Net Impact Conference

  • Over 100 sessions across 8 interest tracks – Expand your knowledge through inspirational keynotes and more than 100 sessions of panels, workshops, debates, and more, led by industry and thought leaders. Sessions span eight tracks: Corporate Impact, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Energy & Clean Tech, Environmental Sustainability & Natural Resources, Finance & Investing, International Development, Community Development & Urban Revitalization, and Career & Professional Development.
  • Many formal and informal networking opportunities – Network with like-minded changemakers and discover new opportunities to connect through social and networking events including happy hours, Net Impact’s signature no-host dinners, a closing party, and an exclusive reception for our professional attendees.
  • An Expo with over 80 businesses and organizations – Engage with forward-thinking employers and innovative organizations at our epic Net Impact Expo. Many exhibitors are actively recruiting and interviewing while others are showcasing their latest innovations and programs.
  • Opportunities to visit and explore Baltimore – Connect with the people and communities of Baltimore through site visits and tours to local businesses and nonprofits. Attendees can engage on a deeper level by participating in our unique Local Impact mini-consulting sessions.
  • A commitment to sustainable conference practices – We are committed to making a positive impact on our host community and the Earth by implementing green initiatives throughout conference planning and implementation.

Oct. 14: AASHE Conference 2012

 

Head to LA on October 14th for the 2012 Student Summit of the annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference.

At the summit, students have the opportunity to present their unique sustainability projects. They can each contribute their ideas, resources, and opinions on sustainability efforts, and will have the opportunity to network with other students from different schools after these student presentations. The summit will also include a variety of workshops that can guide students in starting sustainability efforts at their school.

The summit will also feature keynote speaker Billy Parish, the Co-Founder and President of Solar Mosaic, a solar investment marketplace. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the Energy Action Coalition, the largest youth advocacy organization in the world focused on climate crisis, and was honored as a “Climate Hero” by Rolling Stone magazine.

The Student Summit provides opportunities for information and resources to start initiatives on your campus. AASHE also provides students with the opportunity to submit their individual research, as well as apply for their two awards: the Student Sustainability Leadership Award and the Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award.

For a full schedule of events and to sign up, visit the AASHE website!

Oct. 1: GDAE Brown Bag Lecture “Work in the Post-Growth Economy”

Location: 44 Teele Ave., Somerville, MA

Time: Oct. 1st, 12:30-1:30pm

Head out to GDAE, located just off campus at 44 Teele Ave., and enjoy a free lunch and lecture with Neva Goodwin, GDAE’s Co-Director! GDAE Brown Bag Lectures are held in the 3rd floor conference room and are open to the public. For more upcoming lectures at GDAE, see their events page.

GDAE’s name: Our name reflects our mission. We have capitalized the “A” of “And” to emphasize that it is the interrelation between Development And Environment that is our special focus; studies or policies relating to either of those terms alone have too often resulted in one or another kind of failure. We use the word “Global” to indicate that we are concerned with the linkages between Development And Environment in all parts of the world. There are important differences – as well as some important similarities – between the meaning and the consequences of those linkages in the North and in the South. We are concerned with understanding both the differences and the similarities, from both the academic and the policy perspectives.

Oct. 1-15: EcoChallenge 2012

The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. For two weeks, October 1-15, we challenge you to change one habit for Earth. You choose your challenge, we connect you with other EcoChallengers, and collectively we prove that small actions create real change.

Participating is simple:

1. Choose your EcoChallenge category and actions (October 1-15): water, energy, food, transportation, trash or choose-your-ownLooking for inspiration? We’ve got suggestions and success stories in each category to get you started.

2. Register for the EcoChallenge.

3. Decide whether you’re going to take on the Challenge individually or as part of a team

  • To start your own team, select “start a team,” and we’ll help you invite friends and coworkers to join.
  • To join an existing team, select “join a team”.
  • To participate individually and raise pledges to support NWEI’s sustainability eduction programs, select “participate as an EcoChallenge Fundraiser,” and set your fundraising goal. Remember: everyone who raises at least $50 is entered into the EcoChallenge raffle!
  • To participate individually without raising pledges, select “join a team” and join the “NWEI Community Team”.

4. Create your EcoChallenge profile page. You can start your page during the registration process and Log In at any time to add or edit.

5. Share your challenge with friends and family—and while you’re at it, invite them to take the EcoChallenge, too!

6. On October 1st, start working toward your challenge goals and Check In on the website daily to log your progress. Connect with other EcoChallengers online and share your progress on your personal EcoChallenge blog.

Whether the EcoChallenge is your first step toward a lower impact lifestyle, or you’ve been around the environmental block many times, we invite you to Challenge yourself this October 1 – 15. Register today, and join a growing community of people who are taking action on behalf of the planet!

Oct. 3: Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop

 

Wednesday, October 3rd
6pm-8pm
Groundwork Somerville

24 Park St., #7
Somerville, MA 02143

 

You don’t have to be a farmer to keep chickens. Terry Golson has more than sixteen years of experience keeping a small flock of laying hens in her backyard that supply eggs for her family’s table. In this slideshow and lecture, Terry will share everything you need to know to get started with your own chickens. She’ll cover selecting the right breeds, housing, feed, and how to keep the hens healthy. Terry will talk about chicken behavior, predators, and daily chores. She’ll show you how she composts the manure and makes use of it in her garden. Terry speaks and writes frequently on this topic. You can find out more about her and her hens at www.HenCam.com.

To RSVP for workshop please click here

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Drew Love at by email at drew@nofamass.org.

Click here for more information on Groundwork Somerville and its other upcoming events and volunteer opportunities!

 

Oct. 4: ENVS Lunch & Learn “Who Are the Change Makers?”

October 4, 12:00-1:00pm at the Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room, Tufts University

Join Leith Sharp, Chair of the Sustainability Futures Academy and Professor, Harvard University, for a dynamic discussion of this question.

Learn the fundamentals of becoming a successful change agent for sustainability in any organization, business or group. Ms. Sharp will introduce participants to the art of catalyzing wide scale change in the behaviors and practices of large organizations, encouraging them to reduce their environmental impact. As she presents the major concepts and the role of the individual in bringing the new green economy to fruition, Ms. Sharp will use her many years of experience greening Harvard University as her primary case study.

See the Environmental Studies website for a full bio for Leith Sharp and information on other upcoming Lunch & Learns!

Oct. 4: MIT’s Urbanfilm Hosts “The City Dark”

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.

Time: 6:00p–8:00p

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

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.