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April 24, 2014 – April 25, 2014

Conference: Climate Change Demands We Change

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.

Start: April 24, 2014
End: April 25, 2014
Venue: The New School, University Center John L. Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Avenue, New York City

April 26, 2014

Mystic River Earth Day Clean-Ups

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!


Date: April 26, 2014

Investing in a Sustainable Future: Economic Growth and Environmental Constraints

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.
Date: April 26, 2014
Venue: MIT Stata Center Room 32-123
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

April 30, 2014

10th Annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium

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.

Learn more.

Date: April 30, 2014

Movie Viewing: Chasing Ice

Start: April 30, 2014 6:45 pm
End: April 30, 2014 8:15 pm
Venue: Grace Church, 160 High St., Medford

May 1, 2014

Helping Communities With Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

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

Register here.

Start: May 1, 2014 9:00 am
End: May 1, 2014 3:15 pm
Venue: UMass Amherst, Campus Center, Amherst, MA

May 6, 2014

Science, Democracy, and a Healthy Food Policy

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.

Start: May 6, 2014 4:30 pm
End: May 6, 2014 7:00 pm

May 7, 2014

National Climate Seminar: China – How Much Climate Action?

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 climate@bard.edu.

This week’s presenter: Tao Hu, China Program Director, WWF

Topic: China – How Much Climate Action?

Start: May 7, 2014 12:00 pm
End: May 7, 2014 1:00 pm

May 9, 2014

Webinar: Security and Sustainability

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.
In partnership with Second Nature, the National Council on Science and the Environment and Adaptation International,  SSF is reconvening the leaders of the assessment to discuss new insights and implications from the final report.
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.
Start: May 9, 2014 11:30 am
End: May 9, 2014 1:00 pm

May 18, 2014

18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run

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!

Date: May 18, 2014

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