December 11, 2013
James Forester, IonE Resident Fellow and Assistant Professor of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences
Across the globe, spatial patterns of land cover and human land use are changing rapidly. Coincident with these changes are shifts in the spatial and temporal patterns of weather and climate. For wildlife species at the edge of their geographic ranges, these changes can be dramatic and potentially limiting. Forester will discuss initial steps to quantify how wildlife populations are responding numerically and behaviorally to these novel combinations of climate, weather and land cover.
The second in a series of three webcasts by the EPA aimed at providing information on communications strategies and methods, this session will explore how communications tools can be used throughout the implementation of climate and clean energy programs to achieve behavior change and ensure sustained, lasting impacts. Key points that will be discussed include the role of behavior change in the success of a program; the value of communicating program results and successes in sustaining change; how incentives, awards, and competitions can be used to recognize behavior change; and how to assess behavior change. Sign up here.
December 12, 2013
MIT Water Club is pleased to announce the first MIT Water Summit, a landmark event that will bring together experts from industry, academia, government, and investment to discuss the challenges and cutting-edge developments in the water sector. The all-day event is composed of thought provoking panel discussions featuring panelist from MIT, GE, Tufts University and many more. Register here – tickets range from $0-10.
This event will showcase businesses, investors, advisers, and academics involved with the new business model of “sharing.” You know the big ones– AirBnB, Lyft, GearCommons, WorkBar, ZipCar- and more. In fact you’ve probably used at least one of them this year. Find out more/get a ticket.
Collecting food waste in retail dining operations is challenging but the opportunities for food waste reduction are immense. Join us as we look at successful “reduce and reuse” strategies, food donation programs, and unique materials management solutions for the dining hall and “dining on the run.”
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December 13, 2013
Dr. Johannes Meier, the CEO of the European Climate Foundation (The Hague, The Netherlands) will be visiting the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development on Friday, December 13th. He will be speaking about the latest work of the Foundation.
December 14, 2013
A wintry night-time ride amongst warmly lit homes. Somerville Bicycle Commitee holds this event in conjunction with the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations Trolley Tour the same evening. Meet at 5:50 pm in front of the main entrance to Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave. (next to City Hall). We’ll depart promptly at 6 pm, riding for about an hour.
Please wear warm clothes and light up your bike — the more lights, the merrier! Costumes are encouraged but not required. We suggest a $5 donation to support the Somerville Arts Council. After the ride, enjoy hot drinks, treats, and good cheer at City Hall.
January 7, 2014 – January 14, 2014
Ultimately, Sustainability is all about change. Remembering the three pillars, often too little attention is given to social responsibility. Bringing sustainability home, taking responsibility where our businesses operate, has the potential to create real shared value and sew the seeds of lasting change.
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January 28, 2014 – January 30, 2014
The impacts of climate change have “moved firmly into the present,” as noted in the draft United States National Climate Assessment. Moreover, the pace and magnitude of climate change and its impacts are occurring much faster than was predicted even a few years ago. The window for turning the situation around is closing very rapidly. The 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Building Climate Solutions will engage over 1,200 key individuals from a wide range of sectors who will develop strategies and tactics that advance solutions to minimize the impacts of anthropogenic climate change. This will include mitigation solutions to minimize the consequences of climate change and adaptation solutions for those consequences that cannot be avoided.
February 6, 2014
Julie Nelson is a UMASS Professor in the Department of Economics.
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).