November 26, 2013
350 Massachusetts is a volunteer-led, campaign-focused initiative connecting and organizing a strong grassroots coalition to address climate change and build a just and secure future beyond fossil fuels. Meetings are held every two weeks. All meetings are held at First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA and begin at 6PM for potluck and networking, with the general meeting and working groups at 7PM.
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.
November 21, 2013
Most of us go to the gym, but how many of us actually know the reasoning behind our workouts? Do you want to know how to make your workouts more efficient, get better results, and learn new strategies to mix up your routine? Then come to Exercise Smarter, presented by Balance Your Life! At this event, you will hear from graduate physiology professor Paul Leavis, who will teach you about the fundamentals of training, new strategies to incorporate in your workouts, and some of the science behind it! There will be a panel at the end for the audience to ask questions and also consult a nationally certified personal trainer for exercise specific advice. And as always, BYL will bring some delicious food, so come join us at Cabot Auditorium!
Special Thanksgiving feature. A feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, two friends move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.
CIERP’S Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance Program Presents:
First Generation Ethanol: Evolution, Potential and Constraints with José Roberto Moreira, Professor of Energy, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Source: Ethanol Producer Magazine
(a light lunch will be served – no RSVP, first-come first-served)
November 20, 2013
Panel with Harvard’s Joseph Aldy and Theda Scocpol; MIT’s John Reilly; Babson’s Fritz Fleischmann; and Ctizens Climate Lobby’s Gary Rucinski. For more information, click here. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Citizens Climate Lobby.
Steve Heikin, Principal, ICON Architecture
Guest lecture in UEP 205/105 Urban Planning and Design, open to all students and faculty.
Interested in making a difference right after graduating? Consider applying for a Fellowship with U.S. PIRG.
U.S.PIRG is a network of state-based consumer advocacy groups working on behalf of the public interest. In 30 states around the country, we work on federal and state issues ranging from public health policy, to higher education affordability, to consumer protection, to open, democratic governance. Through targeted research, coalition building, outreach to citizen activists and the media, and direct lobbying of decision-makers, we work to ameliorate some of the nation’s most pressing problems.
Right now we are looking to hire graduating seniors for our full-time Fellowship program. Fellows with U.S. PIRG will do research, advocacy and grassroots organizing on critical public interest issues. They will receive extensive training while working side-by-side with experienced staff in one of our 30 state campaign offices. And after two years on the front lines tackling important problems and pushing for smart solutions, Fellows will have the skills and experience it takes to become a leader with us, or other organizations working to make change happen.
A current fellow will be present to answer any questions, plus there will be pizza! 1st round Interviews will be held Thursday, November 21st.
Apply at http://www.uspirg.org/apply by 12 PM on Wednesday, November 20th to reserve an interview time.
Michael Runge, USGS
Michael Runge is a Research Ecologist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. His primary research interests include problems in quantitative ecology related to adaptive management of wildlife resources. Duties include development and evaluation of principles and theories of adaptive resource management, development and implementation of large-scale management experiments, development of novel applications of adaptive management, technical support for ongoing applications of adaptive management, and development and implementation of other quantitative methods for wildlife