Greening Our Community Calendar

More information on the Environmental Speaker Series is available on the Environmental Speaker Series Committee Page. All events will be at the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library unless otherwise noted.

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2014 Calendar
January 6 Little Changes: Tales of a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics Pioneer
Kristi Marsh, Author and Founder of ChooseWiser.com
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
February 24 Water Wars in Massachusetts: Reforming Water Management in a Blue State
Julia Blatt, Director - Massachusetts River Alliance
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
March 24 The State of the Environment in Massachusetts and Newton
Panel Discussion with Mayor Setti Warren, Senator Cynthia Creem, Rep Ruth Balser, Repp Kay Khan, Alderman Deb Crossley and Rob Garrity, Newton's Director of Sustainability
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
April 22 Present and Futre of Renewable Energy in MA
Ann Berwick, Chair, Dept of Publc Untilities and Larry Chretien, Executive Director, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
May 19 To be announced
Annual Environmental Leadership Awards
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
June 16 To be announced
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 

2013 Calendar
January 7 Gasland
A documentary film that tells the stories of communities across the country where "fracking" or hydraulic fracturing is extracting natural gas.
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
February 4 How High Will the Sea Rise?
Dan Grossman, author of Deep Water, a book about global warming induced sea level rise.
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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March 18 Home Energy Success Stories Direct from Newton Homeowners
Rachel White, Owner and Principal of Greener Every Day
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
April 22 Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Trash and Recycling , But Were Afraid to Ask!
Courtney Forrester and Elaine Gentile, Newton Department of Public Works
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
May 28 Celebrating Kids for a Greener World
and
Annual Environmental Leadership Awards

7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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June 18 Controlling Invasive Plants in Newton Yards and Parks
with Eric Olson
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 

2012 Calendar
January 30 Mapping Gas Leaks in Newton and Beyond
Nathan Phillips, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, at Boston University
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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February 27 For Cod and Country
Barton Seaver, chef, author, speaker and National Geographic Fellow
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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March 26 Growing Green: Ask the Experts about Organic Gardening and Landscaping
a panel discussion with Risa Edelstein, Jessica Banhazl, and Sarah Little
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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April 30 Greening Our Community Series:
Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living
with Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, Union of Concerned Scientists
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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May 21 Greening Our Community Series:
Imagine If Everyone Were Green!
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
June 19 Greening Our Community Series:
Newton's Energy Plan: Progress To Date
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
NOTE: The change of date from Monday to Tuesday
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2011 Calendar
January 10 Create and Collaborate!
New Tools and Resources for Exploring Life on Earth
Marie Struder, Harvard University
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
February 28 Film: "The Work of 1000"
Screening followed by panel: Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, CRWA's Bob Zimmerman and Rita Barron
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
March 21 Cape Wind: Making Massachusetts the 'First Mover' in Offshore Wind Power
Mark Rodgers, Cape Wind Communications Director
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
April 11 Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth
Juliet Schor, Boston College Department of Sociology
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
May 16 The Newton Green News Show
Students for a Greener World
and Annual Environmental Leadership Awards
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
June 20 Create a Nuclear Free Future
Hattie Nestel, nuclear power expert
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 

2010 Calendar
January 11 Affluenza: Antidotes and Opportunities
Gretchen Brewer, Earth Circle Conservation & Recycling.
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
February 8 The End of the Long Summer
Dianne Dumanoski, author and environmental activist, on her latest book, published in 2009.
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
March 15 Winter Moth
Joseph S.Elkinton, Professor of Entomology, UMass Amherst
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
April 12 Celebrate the Earth with the Next Generation
Environmental projects from elementary, middle and Newton North High School Students
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
May 17 Appreciating the Earth’s Biological Legacy
A visual introduction to our planet’s biodiversity, including Newton.
Dan Perlman, Brandeis University
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
June 21 Environmental Leadership Awards
Money Saving EcoTeam Tips

7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 

2009 Calendar
January 12 Green and Blue: Fixing Our Cities and Towns to Work with the Environment
Bob Zimmerman, Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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February 23 Clean Tech: An Agenda for a Healthy Economy
Amy Perlmutter, Clean Tech Project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
March 16 A Sense of Wonder
A film celebrating the work of Rachel Carson
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
April 27 Organic Gardening 101: Sustainable Practices
Ted Chapman, Risa Edelstein and Henrietta Light
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
May 25 Growing Up Green(er) in Newton

7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
June 22 Environmentally Responsible Investing

7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 

2008 Calendar
January 28 Think Outside the Bottle
Deborah Lapidus, Corporate Accountability International
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
February 25 Is Zero Waste Possible in Our Throw-away Society?
Rob Gogan, Recycling and Waste Manager for Harvard University
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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March 24 Getting a Grip: Our Food and Our Small Planet
Frances Moore Lappé
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
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February 23 Clean Tech: An Agenda for a Healthy Economy
Amy Perlmutter, Clean Tech Project of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
March 16 A Sense of Wonder
A film celebrating the work of Rachel Carson
7 pm -- Newton Free Library
 
April 28 "Back to the Farm? What Community Farms Do for Us."
Greg Maslowe, Newton Community Farm and
Grey Lee, Land's Sake Farm, Weston
 
May 19 Making Materials Matter, Ken Geiser, Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMASS Lowell  

 

2007 Calendar
January 22 "Climate Change in Our Back Yard"
Cynthia Rosenzweig, of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
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February 26 "Green Chemistry"
John Warner of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell
 
March 26 "Rebuilding Democracy for a Healthy Tomorrow"
Jill Stein
 
April 23 Global Citizenship
Ed Wilson, CEO of EarthWatch
 
May 21 The Conquest of Garbage
Heather Rogers
 
June 11 Annual Meeting and Environmental Leadership Awards
 
 

 

2006 Calendar
January 23 Michael Klare,
"Global Petro-Politics: The U.S., China and the Struggle Over the World´s Oil"
 
February 27 Dr. Kerry Emanuel,
"Why Are Hurricanes Growing Stronger?"
 
March 27 Pat Beckett, Chip Osborne & Dr. Regina Downey
"Pets and Pesticides"
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April 24 Earth Day
"Innovative Environmental Projects in Newton Schools"
 
May 22 Barbra Batshalom, Executive Director of the Green Roundtable
"Is Your Home Healthy and Energy Efficient?"
 
June 12 Annual Meeting and
Environmental Leadership Awards
"Reflections on the Charles River" presented by the Charles River Watershed Association.
 

 

2005 Calendar
January 24 Newton's State of the Environmental 2005: Mayor David Cohen.
February 28 Michael Klare, author of "Blood & Oil: the Dangers and Consequences of American's Growing Petroleum Dependency" and "Resource Wars". (Snowed out -- rescheduled for January 2006)
March 28 Ann McGovern, Department of Environmental Protection Composting Specialist and workshop facilitator for "Alternatives to Pesticides"
April 16 Bill McKibben, "The End of Nature"
May 23 "Newton's State of the Environment"  (Rescheduled from January) Mayor David Cohen
June 16 Annual Meeting and Environmental Leadership Awards " Community-Based Social Marketing" with Jan Aceti of Aceti Associates