Environmental Events, Spring 2012

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Name of Event:  Climate Change Initiatives and Summer Internships

Date:  Tuesday, March 20
Time of Day:  1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Location:  Alumni Room, University Center
Group Sponsoring:  Environmental Science Club
Brief Description:  John Clarkeson, Assistant Director of Water Policy for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will speak about summer internships with climate change initiatives.  Clarkeson is a member of the policy staff at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and was a contributor to the recently published Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report.  He is also coordinator of the student intern program for EEA.
Contact Person:  Clary Coutu, President, Environmental Science Club acoutu@student.framingham.edu
Target Audience:  Students and University Community

Name of Event:  Suitable Solutions Fashion Show
Date:  Thursday, March 22
Time of Day:  7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Location:  McCarthy Center Forum
Group Sponsoring:  Career Services and Employer Relations
Brief Description:  Emceed by Dr. Irene Foster, Dr. Hae Won Ju, and Maritsa Barros, the Suitable Solutions Fashion Show serves two purposes; it’s a way to provide professional interview and fashion tips while having fun and builds awareness for our Suitable Solutions Fund, which provides $50.00 stipends for students needing to build their professional wardrobes.  Over 40 student models will showcase casual and business professional outfits provided with generous support from Marshalls and the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army “recycled” and “cost friendly” outfits are available at their stores for under $30. These outfits are appropriate for that first interview or the professional workplace.
Contact Person:  Career Services ad Employer Relations, 508-626-4625
Target Audience:  Students and University Community

Name of Event:  Richard Louv “The Nature Principle and Notes from the New Nature Movement” (President’s Lecture Series)
Date:  Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time of Day:  7:00 pm
Location: DPAC in Dwight Hall
Group Sponsoring: President’s Office
Brief Description: Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community.  His newest book is The Nature Principle:  Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder (Algonquin), which offers a new vision of the future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology.  Louv also is the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network at www.childrenandnature.org, an organization helping build the movement to connect today’s children and future generations tot eh natural world.  In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society.  Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, and President Jimmy Carter.
Contact Person:  Kathleen Brosnihan
Target Audience:  Students, Faculty/Staff, Community

Name of Event:  Global Climate Change Educator Workshop
Date:  March 31, 2012
Time of Day:  8:30 am-12:00 pm
Location:  FSU Library:  Curriculum Library
Group Sponsoring:  McAuliffe Center, NASA Educator Resource Center
Brief Description:  NASA Global Climate Change Educator Workshop
Imagine your students using NASA data to explore global warming in a unique hands-on approach.  This workshop will explore a new NASA resource for middle school and high school teachers. NASA educators have developed a series of units to teach about global climate change using current NASA data and satellite information to teach lessons on the atmosphere, the cryosphere, the biosphere, the hydrosphere and the lithosphere. Participants will use current educational technology to access NASA data and analyze climate related data. You will track hurricanes as the storms pull heat from the Atlantic Ocean, investigate deforestation in the Brazilian rainforests and monitor ice melt in the cryosphere. The workshop will also include information on California’s diverse climate as well as volcanoes’ effect on climate. Teachers will receive a digital copy of all the units for future use in their classrooms.
Contact Persons: Evan Pagliuca, Mary Liscombe, or Kim Cochrane

Name of Event:  Green Poetry Workshop and Reading
Date:  Tuesday, April 10 
Time of Day:  4:30 to 6:30 pm
Location:  Library Internet Cafe
Group Sponsoring:  Environmental Forum, Whittemore Library
Brief Description:  As a group, students and faculty members will engage in a group discussion of several modern eco-poems and will ascertain characteristics of this most crucial cultural and artistic form.  The group will then engage in a series of writing exercises designed to get students to conceptualize the urgency of this particular moment in the history of the planet, and to write poems from a place that reflects both the urgency and the positive challenges of this shared effort. We will finish by sharing our work in a public forum. Students are encouraged to share ecologically motivated poems they have written before this day as well. The organizers of this event would like to stress the communal, non-hierarchical nature of this event, along with its political and artistic qualities. All are welcome!
Contact Persons:  Professor Sam Witt switt1@framingham.edu srothenberg@framingham.edu; vsingh@framingham.edu
Target Audience:  Students and University Community

Name of Event:  Sonia DeMarta, “What Does My Hamburger Have To do With Global Warming?  Reducing Our Carbon Footprint.”
Date:  Wednesday, April 11
Time of Day: 4:30-5:45 pm
Location:  Heineman Ecumenical Center
Group Sponsoring:  Sarah Howe and the Green Team
Brief Description: Her presentation is titled “What does my hamburger have to do with global warming?” She briefly discusses what steps we can take on a personal level to decrease our carbon footprint. She then goes into the following subjects related to food production:  (1) Modern Agricultural methods (Transportation, Farming equipment, Irrigation, Agrochemical applications,   Processing and freezing); (2) What food choices can we make to reduce our carbon footprint? (Eating locally grown, Organically grown food); (3) Eating lower on the food chain; (4) CAFO’s or “farting cow’s;” (5) Learn to cook; and (6) Resources, websites, books, blogs, organizations that might be helpful.
Contact Person:  Sarah Howe
Target Audience:  Students and Student Clubs



Name of Event:  Sun Come Up, Movie Screening and Discussion
Date:  Thursday, April 12
Time of Day:  Several screenings from 10:30 to 2:30 pm, on the hour; discussion
from 3:15 to 4 pm
Location:  The Forum, University Center
Group Sponsoring:  Environmental Science Club, Environmental Forum
Brief Description:  Sun Come Up is an Academy Award® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home. Sun Come Up follows a group of young islanders as they search for land and build relationships in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean.  Sun Come Up provokes discussion about climate change, displacement, and the rights of vulnerable communities around the globe.  The last screening (at 2:30 pm) is followed by a discussion from 3:15 to 4 pm. 
Contact Person:  Clary Coutu, acoutu@framingham.edu; Vandana Singh vsingh@framingham.edu
Target Audience:  Students and University Community


The Curriculum Library will set up an Earth Day display for the Week of the 16th-20th.

Name of Event:  Creature Teacher
Date:  Tuesday April 17
Time of Day:  6:30 pm
Location:  Hemenway Hall G36
Group Sponsoring:  Wildlife Club
Brief Description:   Live animals will be brought in and Richard Roth will teach us their natural history. Holding and interacting with the animals is encouraged! Some animals brought in the past include: Wallaby, Grey Fox, Kinkajou, Kookaburra, and Skunk. Richard Roth has been the director for several small zoos and is also a wildlife artist. For the past 5 years he has held the position locally as Curator of Marine fishes for a large corporation. He is now the owner of Creature Teacher and spreads environmental and animal awareness through this organization.
Contact Person:  Kristen DeMoranville, President, Wildlife Club   kdemoranville@student.framingham.edu
Target Audience:  Students and University Community

Name of Event:  Blue Wrap Group: Design Competition
Dates:  Tuesday, April 17th, Opening Reception (Exhibit:  April 13-20, 2012)
Time of Day:  5:00-6:30 pm   Opening reception
Location:  Whittemore Library, FSU
Group Sponsoring:  Fashion Design Faculty, Library, Fashion Club
Brief Description:  Fashion students will compete in designing using recycled materials (“Blue Wrap,” a durable, sterile protective cover made of polypropylene used to wrap surgical instruments).  Designs will be evaluated by a panel of judges on the creative use of Blue Wrap, design concept, and the design process.  A Viewer’s Choice design will be awarded though test-to-vote during the Earth Day Celebration Blue Wrap Exhibit.
Contact Person:  Rebecca Taylor, Virginia Noon, Pamela Sebor-Cable
Target Audience: Students, Faculty/Staff, community

Name of Event:  The Green Festival
Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Time of Day:  4:30-7:00 pm
Location: The Forum (McCarthy Center)
Group Sponsoring: Environmental Forum
Green Fest Speakers:
The speakers are Phillip Griffith, Under-Secretary of Environmental Affairs in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, who will speak to the recently released MA Climate Change Adaptation Plan; and Dr. Ellen Douglas, engineer and hydrologist at the University of Massachusetts, who will speak to the scientific applications supporting the Plan.  They will be joined for a Q and A panel discussion which will include: Dr. Larry McKenna from Physics and Earth Science, Dr Doug Seale from Philosophy, Sarah Howe, President of the Green Team, and a member of the recently formed Environmental Science Club.  In addition, the Library is making cuttings of the library plants for distribution on April 19th at the Earth Day Festival, and they will help with the Bingo game and table display. Also, there will be student club tables in the back of the Forum.  Jennifer Ohop will be among those with a table at the festival!
Contact Person:  Carl Hakansson, Sarah Howe
Target Audience: Students and Faculty/Staff, greater community

Name of Event:  Green Tour of Campus
Date:  April 19, 2012
Time of Day:  10:30-11:30 (1 hour)
Location:  FSU, Meet at the entrance to the McCarthy Center at 10:30.
Group Sponsoring:  Climate Action Team
Brief Description:  A tour on campus, with the following stops:
1) Sodexho facilities (demo new energy saving equipment and discuss environmental efforts in our dining hall) - Ralph Eddy
2) Photo-voltaic installations (either in McCarthy Center or Athletic Center (brief overview of technology and energy impact):   Bob Tatro
3) Campus power plant (illustrating operation of oil-fired system and environmental/energy impact of alternatives). Bob Tatro
4) New residence hall (presentation by Consigli on sustainability features of the new building; e.g., what makes a building “green”?). Warren will request the LEED consultant, Dave Ickes, or the architect be there
5) Psychedelic dumpster behind May Hall (perhaps brief presentation by Green Team members) Carl, and or, Maureen
6) Car pooling parking spots next to Ecumenical Center (brief on commuting costs and impacts):  Maureen
7)  The mechanical room in the McCarthy Center; new variable frequency drive pumps, new electric modular chillers. Bob Tatro
8) Other building envelope improvements have made a difference (new roofs, windows mainly) but are hard to demonstrate.
9) View new gardens (from solar panel location)
Contact Person:  Carl Hakansson
Target Audience


Name of Event:  Green Tour of Campus
Date:  April 21, 2012
Time of Day:  10:30 (or earlier?)
Location:  FSU
Group Sponsoring:  Climate Action Team
Brief Description:  A tour on campus, with the following stops:
1) Sodexho facilities (demo new energy saving equipment and discuss environmental efforts in our dining hall) - Ralph Eddy
2) Photo-voltaic installations (either in McCarthy Center or Athletic Center (brief overview of technology and energy impact):   Bob Tatro
3) Campus power plant (illustrating operation of oil-fired system and environmental/energy impact of alternatives). Bob Tatro
4) New residence hall (presentation by Consigli on sustainability features of the new building; e.g., what makes a building “green”?). Warren will request the LEED consultant, Dave Ickes, or the architect be there
5) Psychedelic dumpster behind May Hall (perhaps brief presentation by Green Team members) Carl, and or, Maureen
6) Car pooling parking spots next to Ecumenical Center (brief on commuting costs and impacts):  Maureen
7)  The mechanical room in the McCarthy Center; new variable frequency drive pumps, new electric modular chillers. Bob Tatro
8) Other building envelope improvements have made a difference (new roofs, windows mainly) but are hard to demonstrate.
9) View new gardens (from solar panel location)
Contact Person:  Carl Hakansson
Target Audience: University community and greater community

Name of Event:  Charles River Watershed Association’s 13th Annual Earth Day Cleanup
Date:  Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time of Day:  9:00 am-12:00pm 
Location:  Various Locations in the Charles River Watershed Area
Group Sponsoring:  Charles River Watershed Association (A Community Event)
Brief Description: The Charles River Watershed Association provides trash bags and T-shirts to volunteers who pick up trash in the Charles River Watershed Area which spans from Boston, MA to Bellingham, MA.   Contact Charles River Watershed at their website for more information about signing up for this fun and worthwhile cause.
Contact Person:  Elise Leduc, 781-788-0007 x288, cleanup@crwa.org  
Website: http://www.crwa.org/cleanup.html
Target Audience: community


April 22, 2012:  EARTH DAY


Name of Event:  Guest:  Gordon Morrison
Date:  Tuesday, April 24
Time of Day:  1:30-4:30 pm
Location:   (awaiting word)
Group Sponsoring:  Art, Biology, Education (Marc Cote/Margaret Carroll)
Title: Field Guide Sketchbook: An Interaction with Nature Artist and Children’s Book Illustrator Gordon Morrison
Brief Description: Artist Gordon Morrison will lecture about his approaches to working from nature while he presents his portfolio of drawings and paintings of wildlife and plants. The presentation is open to the University community. Following the lecture, Mr. Morrison will lead a drawing workshop for a smaller group of pre-registered students. While participation in the workshop is limited, non-participants are welcome to observe.
Please contact Marc Cote at 508-626-4831 or mcote@framingham.edu if you would like to register for the drawing workshop.

Name of Event:  “Showstoppers”
Date:  Friday, April 27, 2012
Time of Day:  7:00 pm (doors open, 6:30 pm)
Location:  New Gym
Group Sponsoring: Fashion Club
Brief Description:  Fashion Club fashion show; garments are made in the lower level courses in the FDR program, designed and constructed by students in upper level courses, Flat Pattern Design, Draping, Functional Clothing Design, and Apparel Design Portfolio.  Also included in the fashion show will be Framingham State University student designs from the BSO Project Debussy competition, MetroWest Medical Center/Fashion Design and Retailing design competition The Blue Wrap Group, using recycled blue wrap – fabric covering sterilized medical instruments; and designs from the one day campus design competition Make it Work! Designers also have the freedom to enter any recycled garments that they have made on their own or within a design class not held through the club. Fashion club also sells our fashion club totes which can promote "green".
Contact Persons:  Amanda Porto, Hillary Estes
Target Audience: Anyone interested in fashion, sustainability, and the creative process.

Name of Event:  Town of Framingham celebrates -- Earth Day Festival
Date:  Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time of Day:  11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Town Green
Group Sponsoring: Sierra Club
Brief Description:  The Framingham Earth Day Festival is a ZERO waste event which  will include live music, local food, environmental and land conservation groups,  municipal green initiatives,  green home products (from rain barrels and eco-landscaping to  energy efficiency and solar panels!), businesses with green initiatives, recycled/reused art, natural wellness practitioners,  and  eco transportation!  In addition to composting and recycling all food products, we will also be recycling (at the event):  Florescent light bulbs, rechargeable and button batteries, unwanted bicycles, and eyeglasses.  (www.framinghamearthday.org)  Other "earth day" events around town that day include:  Green Up Day (www.greenupday.org) which has 5 locations collecting trash in Framingham from 9am -12pm, and Styrofoam recycling from Refoamit (www.refoamit.com) all day at Grace Church on Salem End Road!
Contact Person: Donna Kramer Merritt (www.framinghamearthday.org
Target Audience: Community



Name of Event:  6th Annual Statewide Volunteer Day
Date:  Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time of Day:  9:00 am-noon
Location:  Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., Natick, MA  01760
Group Sponsoring:  Audubon Society & Broadmoor Sanctuary, Natick
Brief Description:  Numerous volunteer opportunities will be available at the
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary.
Contact Person:  Michael O’Connor, 781-259-2134 (Media contact).
Target Audience:  Greater University Community and families.

 

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