Catamount Earth Institute’s November 2013

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

All programs are free and open to the public (unless noted otherwise)

Thursday, November 7, 6 pm gathering, 6:30 pm program, Chandler Center, Randolph, VT
Next Steps for Food System ChangeHear from the big-picture leaders of Vermont’s current food system changes: Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Coordinator of Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative; Andrea Stander, Executive Director of Rural Vermont; Peter Allison, Executive Director of Upper Valley Farm to School and Coordinator of Food to Institution New England (FINE); and Suzanne Long, owner of Luna Bleu Farm, Royalton.
This is the 4th in a series of programs organized by BALE (Building a Local Economy) that explore local resilience in the face of climate change and economic inequity. The series is presented in coordination of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation. Co-sponsors include the Donella Meadows Institute, Vital Communities, 350 Vermont, Vermonters for a New Economy, Black Krim Tavern, South Royalton Market, Bethany Church’s Advocacy Committee, Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG), Sustainable Woodstock, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Catamount Earth Institute.
The 6 pm gathering time features local food provided by Black Krim Tavern and music by Jeremiah McLane, accordion.

Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 10:00 am-11:00am, Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Polar Opposites? The Science and Politics of Environmental Change in the Arctic and Antarctica
Back to Class Dartmouth Faculty Lecture by Ross Virginia, Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science and Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
As polar ice on land and sea retreats from rapid global warming, the specter for international conflict over newly exposed natural resources may increase. This talk will consider how the environments at the ends of the Earth are changing and how international politics, through conflict or cooperation, will shape the future of the poles.
Sponsored by Alumni Relations for the public

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Steele 006 on the campus of Dartmouth College
 “Climate Change over the Northeast” Projections and Impacts on Flooding and Agriculture
A Presentation by Jonathan Winter and Frank Magilligan, Department of Geography faculty, Dartmouth College
This fall the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its 5th Assessment Report headlined: “Human influence on the climate system is clear”.  According to this report, global surface temperature is projected to rise more than 1.5°C relative to 1850 to 1900 by the end of the 21st century in all but the lowest greenhouse gas emission scenarios considered, and is likely to exceed 2°C for the two highest scenarios.  This will result in more frequently and longer lasting heat waves, changes in rainfall patterns that broadly find wet regions receiving more rainfall and dry regions receiving less, reductions in glaciers and ice sheets, and rising global mean sea level. Come learn what these global predictions mean for New England and the Upper Valley. Professor Magilligan’s research focuses on major storm water events; Winter’s, on the impacts of climate change on agriculture and water resources.
Sponsored by THE SIERRA CLUB

Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 pm, Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT.“How Much Wood Should I Burn? The Environmental and Other Implications of Household Wood Burning” A presentation by Dartmouth Environmental Studies professor Andrew Friedland. Friedland’s recent research is on biomass as an energy source, particularly examining the scale of firewood use that makes sense from an environmental standpoint.
Sponsored by THE SIERRA CLUB

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