December 9, 2013
Michael Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations
Hosted by CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program’s Research Seminar Series
A light lunch will be served (first come first served).
December 5, 2013
Bruce McKenzie Everett, Adjunct Associate Professor of International Business at The Fletcher School, and William Moomaw, Professor of International Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School, will be debating the hottest energy-related issues of the day. This year’s debate will focus on climate change and a carbon tax. Previous clashes between these two “international energy heavyweights” were met with lively student response and involvement. This is an event not to be missed.
Julien Agyeman is a Tufts Professor in the Department of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning.
The ENVS Lunch & Learn Program began in the Spring of 2011 to create opportunities for environmentally-minded undergraduate students, faculty, and interested staff to communicate and interact on environmental issues. Tufts University alumni, graduate students, faculty, and undergraduates who are actively participating in interesting research and internship topics give weekly presentations. Non-Tufts speakers have become an integral part of the program as lecturers and by serving as a resource for ideas on future lecture topics.
While we originally anticipated a predominantly undergraduate attendance, the program has attracted graduate student, faculty, staff and Medford community visitors as well.
If you are interested in participating in the Lunch & Learn program as a guest lecturer/participant, contact Ann Greaney-Williams, Program Coordinator at environmentalstudies (@tufts.edu).
UEP Colloquium brings together the students, faculty, affiliates, alumni, and friends to share,learn, inspire, and provoke. Attendees are encouraged to bring food and beverages to share. All sessions will be Wednesdays 12-1:15pm at Sophia Gordon Hall.
Julian Agyeman: Food, Space, Place, Culture
Jon Kellett: Sink or Swim? Policy Responses to Climate Induced Sea Level Rise
Rachel Bratt: National Housing Policy and a Modest Local Victory
Susan Ostrander: Citizenship and Governance in a Changing Somerville
UEP Thesis Share: From Idea to Proposal
Greg Watson, MA Commissioner of Agriculture
Juan Leyton and Aaron Tanaka: Building New Economies
Denise Chin: Food Security in Brazil and Malaysia
Stefanie Chang and Deniz Geçim: Social Capital in Urban Disaster Resilience in Japan and Turkey
UEP Field Projects: Spring 2014
UEP Thesis Share: From Proposal to Project
Future of Civil Rights with Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
Alexandra Klass, IonE Resident Fellow and Professor of Law, Law School
This presentation addresses the development of physical and regulatory infrastructures for transporting oil, natural gas and electricity in the U.S. Hydraulic fracturing has allowed oil and natural gas development in parts of the country that were not major producers when pipeline networks were built. Is the regulatory structure put in place decades ago sufficient for the expansions needed today? Likewise, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources are being developed far from population centers, with the electricity they produce transported through transmission lines. Does it still make sense for states to be responsible for siting and construction of interstate lines?
December 2, 2013
Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank
Open to the public. Convened by Professor William Moomaw and Professor Jenny Aker as part of CIERP’s Sustainable Development Diplomacy & Governance Program
November 25, 2013
Israel is one of the densest countries in the developed world and has the highest rate of natural growth. Unfortunately, Israel is an island that needs to be self-sufficient thus import goods via air or sea. At the same time Israel has a very unique history and heritage connecting three continents, creating a unique bio-diversity on a global scale.
Those factors put heavy weight on the shoulders of the planning system that has to be precise and yet flexible enough to navigate the field. The major impact on the environment is delivered by power plants, transportation (roads, railways, ports) and housing. The major means to mitigate and minimize the impact of those needed infrastructures are environmental impact assessments and careful planning.
In the last three years there has been increased pressure to make the system more flexible to reduce the environmental demands and to make the planning process simpler. Our talk will focus on those aspects and the different ways to lead for better environment and sustainable development in Israel.
Please join us for a Kosher dinner and discussion with Shahar Solar on this interesting topic.
Shahar is the head of the environmental planning and green building division in the Ministry of Environmental Protection. He joined the central district in the Ministry in 2004, initially working in the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel. In 2006, he was appointed as environmental planner-in-charge in the headquarters and in 2010 became the head of his division. During these years, apart from promoting planning policy in the Ministry and leading the professional planners, he engaged with some of the more complex national projects, including in the energy and transportation fields. Shahar holds a Bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies from Beer-Sheva University, as well as a Master’s degree from the Hebrew University in geography with two majors: urban studies and environmental planning, and management and policy. He lives in Moshav Ramat Raziel with his wife Yael and their three children, Yonatan, Nitzan and Shaked.
November 22, 2013
Presentation and Q & A with Rancher and Restoration Ecologist
Founder of the Savory Institute and originator of the
Holistic Management approach to restoring grasslands
Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Agriculture, Forests, and Biodiversity Program of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School;
the Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program of Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; Tufts Institute of the Environment; and Planet-TECH Associates.
Note: Public event will be followed by a closed student workshop with Savory on the afternoon of Nov. 22 & all day Nov. 23.
Interested Tufts graduate students are welcome to apply. More information & application instructions available here. Deadline: Nov. 11.
While governments posture and dither, a pragmatic practitioner and intellectual entrepreneur, Allan Savory, has been developing and demonstrating a powerful technique that can reverse desertification, restore degraded grasslands, and provide livelihoods and food for millions of people. His applied research based in Zimbabwe on the restoration of grasslands has now been replicated on millions of acres worldwide. The application of his methods has the potential to significantly reduce atmospheric carbon by capturing and storing it in plants and soil. This process begins immediately and involves no new technologies, but rather a shift to the Holistic Management practices for livestock that he has pioneered. Major organizations and institutions are now recognizing his work, but governments have yet to incorporate it into their analyses and policy prescriptions.