March 7, 2014
Please join us for an afternoon of community engagement, scholarship, cheese tasting, and discussions around the politics of food.
1:00-3:00pm – Local Food Production Exhibition Featuring sixteen organizations including Groundwork Somerville, Food for Thought, Equal Exchange, Union Square Main Streets, and M.F. Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats.
2:00-3:00pm – Cheese Tasting Featuring New England raw-milk and pasteurized cheeses.
3:00-4:30pm – Speaker + Panel Discussion featuring MIT Associate Professor of Anthropology Heather Paxson, author of “The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America”.
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We are very excited to welcome two very talented planners to teach a course on innovative ways to build resiliency in your community or region – aka Permaculture. Steve Whitman, AICP and Stacey Doll, AICP are offering up an exciting, informative, and interactive workshop on how to create a more resilient community through ecological design. You will leave with hands on knowledge and a framework for working towards more ecological solutions for your community or region and the tools to do it with. Seven (yes, that’s 7!) CM credits have been submitted to APA for approval. Please see the website for more information and to sign up.
March 6, 2014
Chuck Sherzi, Jr., Arborist and Agronomist at Tree Specialists, Inc.
Soils are a vast and complex entity and always something of a mystery. We truly know very little about the dark realm of the underworld beneath our feet and even less about soil when it comes to managing it with regard to the health of our landscapes.
In the urban environment, soils have become the product of society rather than that of nature and are the cause and consequence of our past landscape cultural practices.
To get a better handle on managing soil holistically we need fresh insight and a new diagnostic approach beyond the traditional extension soil test. In this ‘Lunch & Learn’ presentation, Chuck will introduce the concept of soil health/quality and the implementation of soil health/quality indicators to comprehensively assess the biological, chemical and physical attributes of the soil as they pertain to the constraints of a site.
This event is part of the Lunch and Learn series sponsored by the Environmental Studies department. See the full line of spring semester speakers here.
March 5, 2014
Leon Awerbuch, dean of the IDA Desalination Academy and President of Leading Edge Technology, with 40 years of international large scale water projects and Kathleen Baskin, Director of Water Policy for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will present international and local perspectives on how climate and other forces are affecting the availability and nature of water usage.
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: Micha Tomkiewicz, Physics Professor, Brooklyn College
Topic: Desalination as Adaptation
CERO cooperative worker-owners will discuss the organization’s history and community focused, green business model. CERO, which stands for Cooperative Energy, Recycling and Organics, is building an organic waste hauling business that will create good green jobs and provide environmental benefits for the Dorchester and Roxbury community. We will hear from CERO about the challenges and benefits to a worker owner model and their vision for how this model can help build a more sustainable future. Learn more about CERO and Tufts New Economy.
Light refreshments provided
An event of the Boston Area Sustainability Group
Our food system is extraordinarily complex with a myriad of stakeholders motivated by varying concerns of climate change, personal health, local economic development, social justice, financial returns, and other factors. What does the local landscape of food look like for us in New England and what does the future hold in terms of innovative partnerships and disruptive supply chain solutions?
Come hear from leaders, who will share a broad perspective of the food system, touching on diverse levers of change and influence including production capacity, regional collaboration, municipal regulation, industry advocacy, institutional procurement strategy, and investment in entrepreneurial food ventures.
Our program this evening will be introduced and moderated by Holly Fowler, drawing on her experience of developing and implementing international, sustainable food procurement standards for more than 6500 institutional clients and her most recent consulting work with diverse regional food system stakeholders.