April 24, 2014 – April 25, 2014
This, the 31st Social Research conference, is organized by the Center for Public Scholarship in collaboration with C6 (the Coalition to Confront Climate Change Challenges in Cities) at The New School in NYC. The conference is free and open to the public. Learn more.
April 26, 2014
Mystic Community Earth Day is organized by many community groups and organizations in the Mystic River Watershed to coordinate efforts around Earth Day. Stay tuned for more information on Earth Day plans. If you’d like to help plan an event please contact Beth@MysticRiver.org.
Check out the clean-ups happening in Somerville, Cambridge, Malden, and Chelsea!
Abstract: Can socially motivated investments lead to changes in the overall quality and direction of economic activity? How can investments help reduce resource extraction and consumption, promoting a sustainable future?
The goal of this conference stimulate lively and interactive discussion about the relationship between economic activity and environmental impacts. The guest speakers are thought leaders from government, academia, and the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Learn more.
April 30, 2014
The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium was established in 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region.
NECSC Meeting at Brown University
The 10th Annual meeting of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium will take place on Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 9am to 5:30pm with optional tours and evening reception. The meeting will be held in the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center on the Brown University campus in Providence, RI.
May 1, 2014
From the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DoER)
Thinking about renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives in your city or town? Registration (free to municipal officials/staff) is now open for this one-day conference for Massachusetts municipalities and energy officials. Sponsored by UMass Amherst, in cooperation with the Mass. Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division, the conference will cover renewable thermal energy, solar and wind power, energy efficiency, adaptive re-use of historical properties, the local “green” economy, the Green Communities Designation and Grant program, and more. We can help you:
- find resources (government and private)
- network with other municipal officials who have been through the process
- set answers to your questions
May 6, 2014
You are invited to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ public forum at the University of Minnesota on May 6. Join us via interactive live webcast for an evening that will bring together leading experts and advocates with engaged citizens to explore how science can be a more valuable tool in advancing healthier food environments for communities throughout the nation.
May 7, 2014
Each semester, The National Climate Seminar provides a twice-monthly call-in opportunity for your students to engage with top climate scientists, economists, political leaders, film-makers, business pioneers, artists and others who are on the front lines of understanding global warming, and driving change to stabilize the climate. Students can send in advance questions or ask questions in real time, and all conversations are available for podcast after the call. The Seminar is sponsored by The Bard Center for Environmental Policy.
Calls are first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon eastern. To get on our mailing list, and stay informed about upcoming calls, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week’s presenter: Tao Hu, China Program Director, WWF
Topic: China – How Much Climate Action?
May 9, 2014
In the first week of May, the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) plans to release the report of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA). The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of scientists and experts from academia; government; the private; and non-profit sectors.
The USGCRP released the draft report for public comment nearly a year ago. The Security and Sustainability forum hosted a series last year on the draft NCA findings. For free access to those recordings join SSF
for free. The recordings are posted under the Archive tab
on the website.
Registration is open for the webinar:
The panel includes
- Kathy Jacobs: Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona. Formerly, Director of the National Climate Assessment, and Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
- Emily Cloyd. Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment, USGCRP.
- Jim Buizer: Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment; Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona. Member, Executive Committee, National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee
- Anne Waple. Director of Resilience Initiatives at Second Nature, Inc. Formerly, Program Specialist for the Global Change Information System, USGCRP
The panel will discuss the findings and their implications and take questions from the audience.
May 18, 2014
Mark your calendars for the 18th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle for Sunday, May 18th. The year’s events will once again include a 5K run/walk on a flat course along the Mystic River and a 3, 9 and 12 mile paddling race. All events begin and end at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville. Registration is open and we are seeking volunteers to help the day go smoothly!