Upcoming Events

May 6, 2014

Science, Democracy, and a Healthy Food Policy

You are invited to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ public forum at the University of Minnesota on May 6. Join us via interactive live webcast for an evening that will bring together leading experts and advocates with engaged citizens to explore how science can be a more valuable tool in advancing healthier food environments for communities throughout the nation.

Start: May 6, 2014 4:30 pm
End: May 6, 2014 7:00 pm

May 7, 2014

National Climate Seminar: China – How Much Climate Action?

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 climate@bard.edu.

This week’s presenter: Tao Hu, China Program Director, WWF

Topic: China – How Much Climate Action?

Start: May 7, 2014 12:00 pm
End: May 7, 2014 1:00 pm

May 9, 2014

Webinar: Security and Sustainability

In the first week of May,  the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) plans to release the report of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA).   The NCA is a climate status report authorized every four years under the Global Change Research Act of 1990. It is based on the best available science and written by hundreds of scientists and experts from academia; government; the private; and non-profit sectors.
The USGCRP released the draft report for public comment nearly a year ago. The Security and Sustainability forum hosted a series last year on the draft NCA findings.  For free access to those recordings join SSF for free.  The recordings are posted under the Archive tab on the website.
In partnership with Second Nature, the National Council on Science and the Environment and Adaptation International,  SSF is reconvening the leaders of the assessment to discuss new insights and implications from the final report.
Registration is open for the webinar:
The panel includes
  • Kathy Jacobs: Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, University of Arizona. Formerly, Director of the National Climate Assessment, and Assistant Director for Climate Assessments and Adaptation, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
  • Emily Cloyd. Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment, USGCRP.
  • Jim Buizer: Director, Climate Adaptation and International Development, Institute of the Environment; Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona. Member, Executive Committee, National Climate Assessment Development Advisory Committee
  • Anne Waple. Director of Resilience Initiatives at Second Nature, Inc.  Formerly, Program Specialist for the Global Change Information System, USGCRP
The panel will discuss the findings and their implications and take questions from the audience.
Start: May 9, 2014 11:30 am
End: May 9, 2014 1:00 pm

May 18, 2014

18th Annual Mystic River Herring Run

Mark your calendars for the 18th annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle for Sunday, May 18th.  The year’s events will once again include a 5K run/walk on a flat course along the Mystic River and a 3, 9 and 12 mile paddling race. All events begin and end at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville. Registration is open and we are seeking volunteers to help the day go smoothly!

Date: May 18, 2014

May 19, 2014 – May 21, 2014

Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Antioch University is hosting a regional conference for local planners and decision-makers to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.
Start: May 19, 2014
End: May 21, 2014
Venue: The Center of New Hampshire • Manchester, NH

May 20, 2014

Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts

How is LEED ND transforming the built environment in Massachusetts? How are government, for-profit and non-profits using LEED ND as a tool for enhancing sustainable development? This workshop will answer these and many other questions through a review of people and projects in MA that have used LEED ND as more than just a green building certification program. Learn more.

Start: May 20, 2014 8:00 am
End: May 20, 2014 12:00 pm
Venue: Atlantic Wharf Community Room
290 Congress Street, Boston

June 2, 2014 – June 3, 2014

Land and the City: 9th Annual Land Policy Conference

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will hold its 9th Annual Land Policy Conference in June, and this year’s title is Land and the City. I invite you to attend the conference.
Presentations will address topics related to infrastructure.
If you need more detailed information about the conference, Sam Moody will be available to answer your inquiry by email (smoody@lincolninst.edu ) or phone (617-503-2174). Registration is free and available online.
Start: June 2, 2014
End: June 3, 2014
Venue: The Charles Hotel

June 17, 2014 – June 18, 2014

Environmental League of Massachusetts Campaign Boot Camp

Massachusetts is a leader in protecting the environment and fighting climate change, but we can do even better. The Environmental League of Massachusetts is committed to building a more muscular and effective environmental community by arming grassroots organizers with the information needed to help elect environmental champions.

For those of you committed to fighting for the environment, the ELM Campaign Boot Camp will help you become a valuable asset for the candidates and causes you support.

At this two-day training, experienced Massachusetts political operatives will demystify the various facets of campaigns and help you build the skills you need to play a leadership role in campaigns. Get in-depth training on the four key elements of political campaigns:
• Field organizing
• Fundraising
• Communications
• Political strategy

A limited amount of financial assistance is available. Please contact Ken Pruitt at kpruitt@environmentalleague.org for more information. 617-742-2553

Register here.

Start: June 17, 2014
End: June 18, 2014
Venue: Appalachian Mountain Club
5 Joy Street, Boston

June 18, 2014 – June 20, 2014

Mass. Water Resources Conference

The Mass. Water Resources Research Center is collaborating with UCOWR, NIWR, and CUAHSI to organize a three-day conference at Tufts University on the theme of Water Systems, Science, and Society under Global Change. We are in charge of a track on Evolving Roles of Blue, Green, and Grey Water in Agricultural Water Security and Resilience under Uncertainty. We are particularly interested in the on-the-ground work of extension with farmers/landowners in the US. Please see the conference website.

Start: June 18, 2014
End: June 20, 2014

June 22, 2014 – June 25, 2014

Revisioning Sustainability Conference

Have you ever thought that sustainability just isn’t cutting it? Maybe it’s time for a new vision. Together, we have the potential to not only sustain, but to improve the world we live in. We call it regeneration.

After two successful years of hosting the annual Permaculture Your Campus Conference, the award-winning UMass Dining and UMass Permaculture Initiative are expanding the scope of their 3rd annual food systems sustainability conference and kicking off 2014 with Revisioning Sustainability

At the Revisioning Sustainability Conference, explore real world examples of innovative food systems sustainability programs that embody whole-systems regeneration in practice. At this premiere gathering of food sustainability and permaculture professionals, we bring together campus and community leaders from permaculture initiatives, programs such as the Real Food Challenge, sustainable procurement professionals, progressive administrators, and student advocates from campuses nationwide, in order to collectively develop new ideas, strengthen existing networks, and gain tools that will aide in the cultivation of a truly regenerative world.

Learn more/register.

Start: June 22, 2014
End: June 25, 2014

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