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April 1, 2014

Webinar: Get the Facts on Municipal Aggregation

From the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DoER)

Municipal aggregation of electric load by municipalities, a practice that enables a city or town to negotiate for the purchase of the combined electric supply of its residents and eligible small businesses, has been gathering interest among Massachusetts communities. Join this webinar to learn more about the municipal aggregation process in Massachusetts.  

  • Meg Lusardi, Director, DOER Green Communities Division
  • Jonathan Goldberg, Hearing Officer, Department of Public Utilities


Start: April 1, 2014 8:00 am
End: April 1, 2014 5:00 pm

March 29, 2014

Earth Hour 2014

Join millions of people across the world who switch lights off for an hour – to raise awareness for the planet.

Learn more — and pledge to go dark for the planet!

Start: March 29, 2014 8:30 pm
End: March 29, 2014 9:30 pm

Future of Food and Nutrition – Tufts Friedman School Student Research Conference

The 8th Annual Future of Food and Nutrition Student Research Conference is a unique venue for graduate students across disciplines from around the country to submit and present original research relating to the food system and nutrition science. Register now.

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Date: March 29, 2014
Venue: The Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts Medford Campus

March 28, 2014

Planning for the Possible: Visionary Planning in Québec and New England

Visionary thinking was, in many ways, the foundation of the modern city planning profession. Early planners like Burnham, Olmsted, Tugwell, MacKaye, and others used an emerging suite of analytical tools, reasoning, and design to paint exquisite pictures of what the future could hold: plans that the American Planning Association today celebrates as “landmark”. As the profession has evolved and grown, however, planning has become increasingly ensconced within the routine administrative functions of local government. Somewhere in the middle of the 20th century a concern for predictability, risk avoidance, and conservatism impacted the very heart and soul of planning; we went from planning for the possible to planning for the probable. This conference seeks to redirect the momentum of contemporary city planning back toward a creative exploration of what places could be instead of what they are likely to become. The Planning for the Possible Conference will be hosted by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University with funding provided by the Government of Québec and the Government of Canada.  Free tickets are available, and are on a RSVP basis.

Start: March 28, 2014 8:00 am
End: March 28, 2014 5:00 pm
Venue: ASEAN Auditorium in the Cabot Intercultural Center
Tufts University

March 27, 2014

Workshop: Organizing for Social and Env. Change

Learn to plan and carry out strategic efforts to make so­cial change. This workshop will focus on skills that are highly applicable for all campus, community or political organizing and social justice minded students who want to grow their skills and learn how to run strategic cam­paigns! Learn more!
Start: March 27, 2014 7:00 pm
End: March 27, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Terrace Room, Tufts Medford Campus

Cities and Climate Change: Building Resilience by Stealth or by Spotlight

Elisabeth Hamin, Professor of Regional Planning and Head of the Department for Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Despite significant research saying that cities need to prepare for climate change and more severe and variable weather, relatively few US cities have made progress toward this explicit goal. This research will discuss the barriers communities experience in planning for climate adaptation, and the ways some communities are able to overcome those barriers — whether through very public planning (spotlight), quieter actions that increase adaptation but are publicly presented as achieving different goals (stealth), or something in between.

Elisabeth Hamin is a Professor of Regional Planning and Head of Department for Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass Amherst. She has published extensively on climate change planning, growth management, and collaborative regional land conservation.

This event is part of the Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the Environmental Studies department. See the full line-up of spring speakers here.

Start: March 27, 2014 12:00 pm
End: March 27, 2014 1:15 pm
Venue: Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, Tisch College, Medford

March 19, 2014

National Climate Seminar: Clean Energy Breakthroughs

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

This week’s presenter: Kiley Kroh, Deputy Editor at ClimateProgress, Center for American Progress (invited)

Topic: Clean Energy Breakthroughs

Start: March 19, 2014 12:00 pm
End: March 19, 2014 1:00 pm

March 13, 2014

Could the Cornerstone of Sustainability Be the Corner Store?

Peter Cooke, Program Development Manager, Sustainable Economies Program at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

There are 37,000 grocery stores across the US. Americans go to the grocery store an average of twice per week to purchase food and household products. There is no business sector that gets the frequency of visits a grocery store does that also has the opportunity to communicate and advance sustainability then the grocery sector. This talk will discuss ways in which grocery retailers can both influence sustainability with its customers and employees and be influenced to engage in more sustainable practices by its customers and employees.

This event is part of the lunch and learn series sponsored by the Environmental Studies department. See the full line-up of spring semester speakers here.

Start: March 13, 2014 12:00 pm
End: March 13, 2014 1:15 pm
Venue: Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, Tisch College, Medford

March 11, 2014

Gender, Water, and Citizenship

A world Water Day Event at Tufts University
Gender, Water & Citizenship: Politics of Development and Democracy in Water Governance in the Global South By Farhana Sultana, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geography Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Author of The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles”(2012)
Lunch Served
Start: March 11, 2014 11:45 am
End: March 11, 2014 1:15 pm
Venue: Alumni Lounge, 40 Talbot Ave., Medford Campus

March 8, 2014 – March 9, 2014

Tufts Energy Conference

An upcoming cross-border and cross-sector discussion on pressing energy issues in developing markets.

Great speakers.
3 keynotes & 8 panels address major global energy challenges.

Energy showcase.
Presentation of innovative energy projects and technologies.

Sponsor workshop sessions.
Interactive small-group discussions led by sponsors.

Energy competition.
Student innovators pitch projects to win seed funding.

Learn more!

Start: March 8, 2014
End: March 9, 2014

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