May 11, 2013 – May 19, 2013
Register now for this year’s Mass Commute Bicycle Challenge
The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge (MCBC) is a week-long, free and friendly competition amongst Massachusetts businesses, educational institutions, and municipalities. The 2013 MCBC will take place during Bay State Bike Week (May 11th – 19th).
Shift Your Mode – the official Mass Commute Bike Challenge t-shirt
Register now to ride for the Tufts University team at http://masscommuterchallenge.org/registration/ and you can win prizes. The Office of Sustainability is also giving away one Official 2013 MassCommute Challenge shirt to the person who logs the most commuting miles.
What are you waiting for? Register now!
This event is part of Bay State Bike Week 2013.
May 18, 2013
We all know living in Cambridge is sweet. But did you know we have a sweet history?
Fig Newtons were created in Cambridge and named after our neighboring town. The NECCO building on Mass Ave was for a time the largest candy factory in the world. Fifteen million Junior Mints are still being made each day on Main Street, perfuming Central Square with the delightful scent of chocolate.
There’s a lot that’s sweet about our city but let’s not forget the savory either. It was Zachariah B. Porter’s restaurant in North Cambridge that gave us both Porter Square and the Porterhouse steak. Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which raised the culinary standards of the nation, was published while she lived on Irving Street.
Please join us for a gorgeous springtime ride, at an easy pace, on mostly level terrain. No rain date: heavy rain cancels. Rain announcements will be posted here on the morning of the ride. Like all our tours, this ride is free of charge.
Find out more at the event web page, or from Cambridge Bikes. You can find event FAQ here.\
This event is part of Bay State Bike Week 2013.
May 19, 2013
Please join the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) for our annual fundraiser and FUN-raiser along the beautiful Mystic River!
The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle consists of a 5K Run/Walk (USATF certified course) along the Mystic River Bike Path at 9a.m.; a 3, 9 or 12 mile Paddling Race up the Mystic River beginning at 11:00a.m. Compete in both races and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award for the male and female with the fastest overall time in the 5K road race and the 12 mile paddle. Terrific prizes are donated by local businesses. Register today!View the full schedule of events here.
This event is part of Bay State Bike Week 2013.
The Media Institute for Social Change is now accepting student submissions to our 4th Annual Student Sustainability Film Festival!
Student Sustainability Film Festival
Films should be inspired by real-life events, issues or solutions.
The winning film will receive a $1,000 cash prize and top-ranked submissions
Submissions are due May 19th- See our website
for complete rules and details.
May 21, 2013
Young staff from the Appalachian Mountain Club are leading a series of FREE walks, bike rides, and paddling trips in Boston for college students and young professionals, and we want YOU to join us! The adventures will start this Tuesday, April 23 at 5:30 PM and run for the next five weeks. This program is organized by the Appalachian Mountain Club staff and made possible by an Outdoor Nation grant.
May 21, 2013 - Back Bay Fens
For our last walk of the series, we’ll be exploring Back Bay Fens. Take the Green line – D train to Fenway. We’ll meet right outside the T stop on Park Drive and make our way through the Fens. We’ll end the walk with an ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s!
For more information see http://www.outdoors.org/recreation/outdoor-nation.cfm and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
May 31, 2013
At MIT’s Climate CoLab you can work with people from all over the world to develop ideas for what we can actually do about climate change. If you submit one of the winning ideas, you’ll be able to present it to the media, government officials, business executives, and scientists at an MIT conference on September 17-18, where a grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded. Even if you don’t have new ideas yourself, you can help improve other people’s ideas and support the ones you find most promising. Current contests address low-carbon energy, building efficiency, adaptation, geoengineering, and many other topics. Entries are due May 31.Can crowdsourcing save the planet? Join the crowd and find out .
June 12, 2013 – June 13, 2013
Make plans to attend the 8th Annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference. The show will feature over 350 Exhibitors displaying products and services necessary to operate, manage, renovate and maintain all types of buildings, facilities and plants in the Greater New England area.
Unique to this event, attendees earn IFMA-CFM & AFE-CEU credits by attending selected 1 hour Talks presented at the NEBFM’13 Educational Conference. Leading experts will present talks on a wide array of topics including:
Design Build (Green)
LEED Case Studies
Energy Management, Conservation & Renewables
Facilities Management & Maintenance
June 23, 2013 – June 26, 2013
The UMass Permaculture Initiative has had remarkable success in the creation of campus edible and sustainable landscapes, the development of experiential and academic programming and the strengthening of local networks toward community resilience.
On June 23-26, 2013 the University of Massachusetts Amherst is hosting the second annual Permaculture Your Campus Conference 2013!
The 2013 Permaculture Your Campus Conference brings together participants from international universities to learn why and how permaculture design is being used as the guiding framework for some of the most cutting-edge sustainability programs around the world. At this conference, we will provide you with the tools necessary to transform your campus using permaculture design to be more ecologically, economically, and socially regenerative.
At this conference, attendees will:
- Explore diverse models of institutional sustainability designed using the permaculture framework
- Participate in experiential learning programs
- Gain hands-on permaculture design and implementation experience
- Explore transformative strategies for creating a campus permaculture initiative
- Establish an international network of students, faculty, staff, and community members working to create a culture of sustainability
July 15, 2013
Under the guest editorship of Richard Matthew, PhD (Director, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs and Professor, Planning, Policy and Design, University of California Irvine), Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice is dedicating part of issue 25(4) to exploring the linkages between climate change and peace. This special issue seeks papers that explore the real and potential linkages between climate change and peace. Is developing this linkage desirable, or should the peace community be wary of it? Is there a new nexus for peace that must focus on the complex relationships among climate, food, water, and energy? Should climate change become an explicit focus of peacebuilding and humanitarian operations? If climate change is ignored, is peace at risk? Interested writers should submit essays (2500-3500 words) and 1-2 line bios to Peace Review no later than July 15, 2013. Essays should be jargon- and footnote-free, although we will run Recommended Readings. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines http://alumni.usfca.edu/redirect.aspx?linkID=27678&eid=181970.
August 5, 2013 – August 16, 2013
Announcing the 3rd annual
SUMMER INSTITUTE ON SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY
Hosted by the Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago); Energy and Sustainability Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Initiative for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)
2013 Program Theme: Sustainable Transportation
The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series geared towards individuals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy. From August 5-16, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics. Issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Participants will engage these issues through interactive and interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions, collaborative research projects that stress scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, networking opportunities with academics and professionals, and tours of sustainability and energy related sites in the Chicago area. This experience leaves graduates of the Summer Institute with a firm foundation for future careers in sustainability and energy, and inspires them to lead the next generation as thoughtful and informed global citizens.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED.
Admission into the program is highly competitive. 60-80 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants. Those accepted into the program can expect to receive financial support including transportation getting to and from Chicago, lodging during the duration of the program, and most meals.
LEARN MORE ABOUT US!
We invite you to learn more about the Summer Institute.
Visit us on the web at: http://sise.phy.uic.edu/