March 12, 2014
Come join us in Worcester to meet researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in order to identify challenges, opportunities, and next steps within the context of stormwater in our region. The Water Resources Research Center, WPI, and Clark University are hosting a day-long workshop “Current Stormwater Concerns and Solutions” on the WPI campus to get the stormwater community together and explore new solutions to this evolving problem. Please visit our website to see the day’s agenda and to register. This event is free of charge and includes parking and lunch, but space is limited so please be sure to register by March 6, 2014.
March 13, 2014
There will be a public hearing before the Somerville Board of Alderman about divesting the city from fossil fuels.
March 14, 2014
Speaker: Frances Moore Lappé
What if the ecological crisis were, at heart, a crisis of perception? In her new book, EcoMind, Frances Moore helps facilitate a much needed shift. She argues that much of what is wrong with the world, from our eroding soil to our eroding democracies, results from ways of thinking out of synch with human nature and nature’s rhythms. Humans are not couch potatoes or whiners; we are doers, she says. But our capacity for doing is undermined by seven “thought traps” that leave us mired in fear, guilt, and despair–none of which are motivators to action..
Lappé weaves her analysis together with stories of real people the world over, which, having shifted some basic thought patterns, are shifting the balance of power in our world. It turns out that gap between the world we long for and the world we thought we were stuck with can be bridged after all–if we can learn to think like an ecosystem. “EcoMind “shows us the way.
The program is free of charge, although donations will be gratefully accepted. All donations will go to the Small Planet Institute, the organization that supports all of the environmental work that is initiated by our speaker. Following Ms. Lappé’s presentation, there will be a reception in the church Parish Hall, with an opportunity to meet Ms. Lappé and purchase her books.
March 19, 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: Kiley Kroh, Deputy Editor at ClimateProgress, Center for American Progress (invited)
Topic: Clean Energy Breakthroughs
March 20, 2014
This delicious and unique event will kick off the spring season by highlighting local producers at a casual after-work tasting. From 7-9:00 p.m., The Equinos invites you to wash away the winter blues as you sip craft beer from Cape Cod Beer, eat gourmet local bites from Chive Catering, nibble on delicious Taza Chocolate, and socialize right inside the Taza Chocolate Factory Store. At the Sustainable Business Network’s Spring Equinox Tasting Event, you’ll not only enjoy these gourmet local treats, but ticket purchases will also raise important funds for SBN’s various programs– including the Boston Local Food Program, Sustainable Business Leader Program and Sustainability Leadership Exchange.
Find more information here!
March 21, 2014
The gubernatorial candidates will be participating in a moderated discussion of their views on climate action. To register for the Governor’s forum, please fill out this form.
March 22, 2014
Healthy Land – Healthy Communities
This annual, day-long training and networking event provides land trust board members and staff, parks administrators and advocates, colleagues from federal, state and local government agencies, students, land owners, philanthropists and others an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and discussions that focus on fostering healthy communities in MA through land conservation. Join your colleagues in land conservation and acquire the information, skills, and connections you need to be most effective.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Eric Chivian, Nobel Laureate, founder of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Director of The Program for Preserving the Natural World, and he operates Pairidaeza Farm, a small heirloom fruit orchard in central Mass.
Registration is now open!