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Slow Living Summit – Brattleboro, VT, May 30th – June 2nd, 2012

… “Slow Living” implies  being mindful of impacts on the environment, on Earth, and on communities; and it incorporates resilience – our ability to “bounce back” from the consequences of climate change, resource depletion and other changes and stresses (from website.

This conference will include a series of over fifty workshops on everything from energy, to agriculture, to building community and much more.  Speakers include Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Shumlin, as well as a number of distinguished activists and authors.

for more information, see the event’s website.

New England Environmental Justice Forum – Worchester, MA, June 9, 2012

Free day of workshops on environmental activism and community building.  Topics will include urban and rural issues, food justice and energy.  Event will conclude with a special listening session with local policy makers, and a discussion about the formation of a more formalized environmental justice network for New England.

Registration closes May 28th.  For more information and to register, see their website.

4th Annual Spring Garden Symposium

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 9:00 – 3:00, 183 Park Street, North Bennington, Vermont

Come learn about cheesemaking, bee keeping, home gardening, and more.  25$ entry fee covers courses and lunch from Pangea.

For info and to register, visit http://www.oneworldconservationcenter.org/

Bill McKibben –  Notes from the Frontline of the Climate Fight

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 5:00 PM – Maple Street School, 322 Maple Street in Manchester Center, Vermont

This event is being sponsored by the Manchester Transition Forum and the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning.  Come and participate in a lecture and discussion with author, renowned environmental activist, and Middlebury College professor Bill McKibben.   One of the leaders in the climate movement, Bill and the activities of the organization that he spearheads, 350.org, were recently integral in defeating (or at least postponing) construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  The massive protests held in Washington DC that helped to defeat the pipeline last year were attended by a number of Bennington students.

Admission to this event is $10 for adults and $5 for students with half of the proceeds being donated to 350.org. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.greenmtnacademy.org or call Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199. Tickets are also available at The Northshire Bookstore.

Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities

Friday, April 13, 2012, 11:30 – 4:30

Manhattanville College, Reid Castle
2900 Purchase Street
Purchase, NY

Theme: “Your Future and the Planet’s: Environmental Careers and Graduate Education”

This is an opportunity for students pursuing plans in environmental studies to network and become aware of potential future educational and career paths.  The consortium includes a number of seminars on subjects such as sustainable farming, environmental law and policy, non-profit work, conservation biology etc.   There will also be opportunities for discussion and networking, and the event will end with a career and graduate program fair, with presenters from different organizations and institutions.

For more information and to register, visit the consortium website.  Registration ends on March 30th.

Human Rights Day – Sponsored by the Vermont Workers Center

Topic: Solidarity

Date: Saturday, December 10th – All Day! (Schedule Below)

Location: University of Vermont, Davis Center, Burlington, Vermont

Celebrate Human Rights Day by joining Students Stand Up at the
University of Vermont’s Davis Center in Burlington for the VWC annual
membership assembly.  This conference features inspiring workshops, and a
dinner with Bernie Sanders, celebrating our year’s successes. We will also
release our new film on how Tropical Storm Irene exposed a deeper crisis
and communities realized we are all in this together. See trailer for The
Strength of the Storm here. <http://strengthofthestorm.org/>

*Human Rights Day Schedule*

– 10am-1pm: Vermont Workers’ Center Annual Membership Assembly
– 1-5:30pm: Special Children’s Social Justice Art Making Workshop
– 1:30-3:15pm: Human Rights Day Workshops from Climate Justice, Parents
United, Disability Rights, Immigrant Rights, Student Organizing anti-racism
and more. See full list of workshop topics below.
– 3:30-5:30pm: People’s Movement Assembly – Taking Action
– 6pm: Celebration Dinner, Premier screening of Strength of the Storm
movie, Celebrating our victories, recognizing our struggles, Bernie Sanders
speaks, silent auction, music.*

Free to attend. Register by filling out the form

Edible Forest Gardens: A Learning Series – Movies and Discussion at the North Bennington Train Station

Sponsored by Walloomsac Transition Initiative, the North Bennington Park and Recreation Committee and the Bennington County Regional Commission

Edible Forest Gardens grow food using perennial plants supported by planned ecosystems. They are an aspect of Permaculture appropriate for New England.  In this series of three movies we hope to introduce the principles of permaculture in general and the development of Edible Forest Gardens in particular. There will be time for discussion after each.  You are welcome to just one or all.

Following this series, WTI will be forming an ongoing permaculture learning group.  This group will be planning and implementing an Edible Forest Garden for the northernmost acre of North Bennington’s McWater’s Park.  In January we will be offering a weekend course in Permaculture and Edible Forest Design to provide this group and others with further training.  We hope you can join us.

For more information on the event, download the permaculture flier- by WTI

350VT Bennington Strategy Session

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 8:00-9:00 PM, Cricket Hill Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont

Hosted by the college in collaboration with 350.org Vermont and Tar Sands Action, this session is geared towards planning local, statewide and national strategies to fight climate change.

Public Informational Meeting: Commercial-Scale Composting – Benefits, Issues, Opportunities

Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:30 PM: Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, Vermont

Agricultural and food wastes represent valuable resources that can be put to productive use through various types of composting facilities and operations. At the same time, commercial- scale composting facilities need to be properly sited and controlled to avoid negative impacts to the environment and surrounding land uses. Each of the speakers has extensive knowledge and experience with issues common to composting projects. There will be ample time for questions following the presentations.

Speakers include Tom Gilbert, Executive Director of the Highfields Center for Composting in Hardwick, Vermont, Robert Spencer, AICP, Environmental Consultant and Contributing Editor to BioCycle Magazine, and Carey Hengstenberg, Environmental Analyst Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward – Lecture by Robert Repetto at Marlboro College

Friday, November 11, 5:00pm, Marlboro College Graduate School

A senior fellow of the United Nations Foundation in its Climate and Energy Program, Robert Repetto has worked for over 25 years to develop and promote reasonable responses to the challenges of climate change. His talk will lay out those challenges and how they can best be met and overcome. Prior to his work at the foundation, Repetto was professor of economics & sustainable development at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Earlier in his career he was vice president of the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C., a Pew Fellow at the Marine Policy Center of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and an advisor on economic planning in India, Pakistan and Indonesia. He is the author of a new book, America’s Climate Problem: The Way Forward. (from their website).

Graduate Open House: Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Event for prospective students and current applicants.   Will feature a CEP Faculty Panel with Q&A, presentations by Director Eban Goodstein and Admissions Coordinator Molly Williams, and a student-led tour of campus. You won’t want to miss it!  Friends and family are welcome. We hope you can make it. Please register today (November 3rd, 2011).

Carbon Cycle Workshop Presented by Peter Donovan

Monday, November 7th, 2011, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM

One World Conservation Center

413 US Rte 7, Bennington, Vermont

Learn why soil organic matter is key to climate, food and water issues, and what people can do about it.  For more information check our the GoogleDoc

Vermont Green Summit and Expo

Wednesday, November 9, 10:30am to 3:30pm at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT

The Expo highlights the successes and innovative practices of Vermont Green partners and Vermont’s other green employers.  Businesses, colleges, and trainers are invited to share information about their sustainable practices with visitors.  Presentations at this event will feature the latest news on Vermont’s green industry and workforce needs, and share stories about areas that have experienced successful growth.  HERE for Workshop lineup.

Events will take place in the SHAPE Fitness Center.  HERE for site map.

Wallomsac Transition Forum Soap Making Class

Saturday, October 8, 3:00 – 5:00, 2434 Depot Street, Manchester VT

Learn how to make soap from raw ingredients! Beginners welcome, cost $15 plus some supplies.  For more information visit the WTF website.

10th Annual Vermont Renewable Energy Conference and Expo 2011

Tuesday, October 11 – Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont

With nearly 800 participants, our annual fall conference is consistently the largest renewable energy event in Vermont. This year, we celebrate a decade of advancing renewable energy in Vermont and throughout the Northeast. Join homeowners and businesses, renewable energy installers, policy makers, energy advocates, builders and architects, electricians, plumbers and others with a keen interest in advancing renewable energy in Vermont for this two-day event. (From their website)

TEDx Event: Hampshire College

Theme: Respecting Our Humanity

October 15, 2011  Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, Franklin Patterson Hall, Main Lecture Hall

Featured speakers include Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute Policy Studies, James Ferrell, founding partner of the Arbinger Institute, and Betsy Hartmann, professor of Development Studies at Hampshire, and the director of the Population and Development Program.

Check out speaker bios on their website.  For more information on the series as a whole, visit either the Hampshire College Events website, or the TEDx website. 

This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is first come, first serve.

Moving Planet Vermont

Saturday, Sept. 24 Vermont State House, Montpelier

Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crises–and Vermont is leading the way with a big statewide rally in Montpelier. On Saturday, September 24th, a broad coalition of  Vermonters will converge on the Statehouse lawn in Montpelier for the largest climate action event ever held in Vermont.

Click here for more information.

Check out Moving Planet’s main page to learn about global activities occurring on 9/24.


Hopkins Forest Fall Festival

Sunday, September 25th 1-4pm Hopkins Memorial Forest, Williamstown, MA

For more info, check  http://web.williams.edu/ces/hopkins.htm.


Friday, June 24th 7:3o UVM Davis Student Center, Burlington VT

“Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”

The Vermont premiere of the documentary “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.”

The film will be shown at the University of Vermont’s Silver Maple Ballroom (4th floor of the Dudley H. Davis Student Center; map link below), at 7:30 pm, Friday, June 24. This event is free and open to the public, and one need not register for the conference to attend. A panel conversation with Leopold scholar and film narrator Curt Meine as well as other guests will follow the showing at 8:45 pm. The film seeks to provide viewers with a basic historical biography of Aldo Leopold while simultaneously surveying the contemporary relevance and creative evolution of the conservation ethic that Leopold defined.

The Davis Center (http://www.uvm.edu/map/?Page=MAP&Building=300/). More information about the film:http://www.aldoleopold.org/greenfire/index.shtml


Solarfest – New England energy education and renewable energy festival

This renewable energy and arts festival, in its 16th year, will be at Forget-Me-Not Farm in Tinmouth, VT from July 15 – 17. For details, go to: www.solarfest.org

Justice and Climate Change – Faithful Action

This is the title of VT Interfaith Power and Light’s conference which will be on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at the Chase Center at Vermont Law School in South Royalton.  Registration will start at 12:30 pm and the conference will be from 1:15 – 5:45 with an optional light supper and informal discussion for those who can stay longer.  Please save the date, tell your friends,

and plan to come!  The Keynote speaker at the conference will be Professor James Gustave (Gus) Speth, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.

Teva Seminar and Teva Shabbat on Jewish Environmental Education

The 17th annual Teva Seminar on Jewish Environmental Education in Cold Spring, NY will be from May 31 – June 3, 2011. And NEW this year is Teva Shabbat from June 3 – 5.  The seminar offers an “innovative professional development opportunity for Jewish educators, environmentalists, camp staff, farmers, rabbis, lay leaders, and students.”  Participants engage in a “three thousand year old dialogue about the connection between God, earth, and humanity within a dynamic learning community.”  To learn more and to register, go to:


Another Jewish resource is “Jewcology” a web resource for the entire Jewish-environmental community: www.jewcology.com


Monday, May 16, 2011 – Edible Woodland Plants Walk

Join Russ Cohen, professional environmentalist and wild foods enthusiast, to learn about and taste edible woodland plants we will find on Mt. Equinox. Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 30 people. Russ is in his 36th year of teaching courses about wild edibles. His foraging book, Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten came out in June of 2004.  This walk is sponsored by the Bennington County Sustainable Forest Consortium and the Equinox Preservation Trust.

Learn more about Russ at his website. To register or for more information contact Shelly Stiles at bccd@sover.net or at 802-442-2275.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – Writing the Environment: Science, Journalism and History

Williams College, Paresky Auditorium, 7:00 pm (map Williams College campus)

A discussion of the challenges and promises of writing about the environment across fields and media, with Elizabeth Kolbert, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Field Notes for a Catastrophe, Karen Merrill, Williams Professor of History and author of Public Lands and Political Meaning: Ranchers, the Government, and the Property between Them), and Hugh Powell, science editor for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Feb. 9  Conference: “Environmental History of NYC and the Hudson River

Pace University, Manhattan Campus, Pace Plaza



A symposium examining the past 400 years of how natural attributes of the Hudson River and its great all-season harbor permitted the emerging metropolis at its mouth to grow and prosper; how those human uses in turn influenced the ecological health of the Hudson River and the harbor; and how, once they were changed, the consequences for subsequent human activities. This city, like no other in the world, was founded on, and grew as a result of, commercial activity. Those enterprises have greatly affected the river, the harbor, and the city itself. Invited experts will describe ecosystems during the period of human occupation and use. Others will describe the principal functions of early New Amsterdam, and the emerging metropolis. The modern harbor will be analyzed. All authors will examine both causes and effects.
We hope to foster new discussions and new ways of reasoning among historians, biologists, economists, and other disciplines. The content is of great value to the personnel of regulatory and administrative agencies. All authors will orient their discussions around the conceptual feedback relationships between extant ecosystem character and how human uses affect those ecosystems.

Jan. 20 “Urban Farms, Upstate Land & Local Food”

Sarah Lawrence College

Urban farmer-activist and Sarah Lawrence alumna Annie Novak ‘05, founder and executive director of Growing Chefs and co-founder of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn, will deliver the Westchester Land Trust’s “Food, Land, Sustainability” lecture in the Donnelley Theatre in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center on Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m.  The Westchester Land Trust is requesting a voluntary donation of $15. For additional information please call (914) 395 2219.

“Urban Farms, Upstate Lands & Local Food,” will focus on the connection between growing food in the city and the preservation of farmland in the Hudson Valley; the growth of our local food system; and issues of access to farmland for young farmers. Annie’s work has been featured on CNN, in New York magazine (“A Guide to the City’s Urban Farmers” <http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/68297/> http://nymag.com/restaurants/features/68297/), on Salon.com and many other news outlets.

WLT’s “Food, Land, Sustainability” talk last year, also held at Sarah Lawrence, was given by Josh Viertel, executive director of Slow Food USA.

Nov. 9 Vandana Shiva to speak at MCLA in North Adams, MA


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