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Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn Program

Spring 2013 Schedule

The ENVS Lunch & Learn Program began in the Spring of 2011 to create opportunities for environmentally-minded undergraduate students, faculty, and interested staff to communicate and interact on environmental issues. Tufts University alumni, graduate students, faculty, and undergraduates who are actively participating in interesting research and internship topics give weekly presentations. Non-Tufts speakers have become an integral part of the program as lecturers and by serving as a resource for ideas on future lecture topics.

While we originally anticipated a predominantly undergraduate attendance, the program has attracted graduate student, faculty, staff and Medford community visitors as well.

We look forward to our exciting Fall and Spring 2012-13 season. Lunch & Learn lectures take place every Thursday from 12:00-1:00pm at the Lincoln Filene Center, Rabb Room on the Medford Campus during the academic year. The Tufts Institute of the Environment generously sponsored lunch.

If you are interested in participating in the Lunch & Learn program as a guest lecturer/participant, contact Ann Greaney-Williams, Program Coordinator at environmentalstudies (@tufts.edu).

January 17, 2013
The January 17th Lunch and Learn will be an introduction to the class members of ENV 95. There will be no guest lecturer that day, but if you are planning to officially enroll in the course associated with Lunch & Learns, please come on this day.

January 24, 2013
Low Emission Development Strategies: Building Capacity in the Developing World To Promote Prosperous Low Carbon Futures
Charlie Heaps, Stockholm Environmental Institute

Join The Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) has been working all around the world to help nations develop low emission development strategies (LEDS). Dr. Heaps will describe some of the efforts underway in various countries and show how SEI role. In particular, he will focus on how countries are using SEI's energy and climate change mitigation modeling software Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP) for these tasks.

Charlie Heaps is the Director of SEI's U.S. Center and is a senior scientist in its climate and energy research program. He is the designer of SEI's Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System (LEAP), a scenario-based modeling system for integrated energy planning and climate change mitigation assessment, which has thousands of users in over 190 countries including government agencies, national laboratories, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Heaps is also the founder and manager of COMMEND, an online initiative designed to foster a community among energy analysts working on energy for sustainable development. It currently has over 15,000 members.

In 2009, Dr. Heaps was the lead author of the study: "Europe's Share of the Climate Challenge," which examined how Europe can show leadership in keeping global climate change within safe limits through radical improvements in energy efficiency, the accelerated retirement of fossil fuels, and a shift to renewable energy. In 2010, Dr. Heaps worked to help the State of Massachusetts to implement the new Global Warming Solutions Act, a law that makes Massachusetts one of the first US states to move forward with a comprehensive program to address climate change. Dr. Heaps developed a new set of global energy and emissions scenarios as part of SEI's contribution to the UN Rio+20 conference on sustainable development and he has been assisting the UNFCCC and UNDP to support developing countries that are developing LEDS. He has also been developing new approaches for energy and water resource planning by linking SEI's LEAP and WEAP software systems.

Dr. Heaps has worked in more than 30 countries around the world conducting workshops, undertaking energy studies, and providing training and assistance to users of LEAP. He has consulted widely with numerous national and international agencies including Swedish Sida, US-EPA, US-AID, US-DOE, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, the IAEA, and the World Bank.

January 31, 2013
When Will It End: America's Relationship to Nature Seen Through the Lens of Art
Joseph Wardwell, Artist and Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing, Brandeis University

Examining the work of the first American art movement, the Hudson River School, Joseph Wardwell will explore how early attitudes towards America's landscape helped shaped a national identity. By focusing on competing attitudes within this burgeoning identity and toward land use in the US as expressed in the art of the day, we can see in early ideologies and images the beginnings of the core issues facing us today. Mr. Wardwell will discuss how these issues are illustrated in Contemporary Art and how environmental concerns are addressed in his own work.

Joseph Wardwell is an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Brandeis University. He has an MFA in Painting from Boston University; and a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from the University of Washington in Seattle. Joe Wardwell's was born in Chapel Hill, NC and lives and works in Boston, MA. His paintings are a combination of imagery from rock and roll culture and classic landscapes of the American west as seen through the work of Albert Bierstadt. For more information on his work and his full curriculum vitae, visit: http://joewardwell.com/home.html.

February 7, 2013
Restoring Soil Biodiversity and Reversing Global Warming
Jim Laurie, Biologist and Restoration Ecologist

More carbon has been lost from the world's soils since Lewis & Clark crossed the continent than is now contained in the atmosphere. CO2 levels are now approaching 400 ppm and are higher than they have been in 2 million years. Sea level was 80 feet higher then, which would reach the top of the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville. How can we put this excess carbon back in the soil where it belongs? How long might it take?

Restoring grasslands to desertifying landscapes and restarting soil food webs not only returns carbon to the soil, but also improves the water cycle and feeds local people. This work has been pioneered by Allan Savory and has been demonstrated on four continents to be healthy for the land and its human inhabitants. This Lunch and Learn will review the key elements to soil restoration and share several examples where the land is improving.

Jim Laurie received a BA in Biology from Rice University and an MS in Future Studies from University of Houston. He has been actively looking for places where the ecosystem is improving for 30 years. While working in the chemical industry as a technical trainer, he built several aquatic ecosystems to treat industrial wastewater. The success of this approach brought him to New England to work with Dr. John Todd. Mr. Laurie managed the startup of the Vermont Living Machine, which treated human sewage in a biodiverse greenhouse.

He has since worked on projects to restore salmon and redwoods in California; study and grow mushrooms and mycelia in Maryland; and study wolves in Minnesota. More recently, he is working with Planet-TECH, a future studies think tank in Somerville and is on the board of the Soil Carbon Coalition. The focus of his current work is restoring soil biodiversity to reverse desertification and address global warming.

February 14, 2013
Lead by Example: Advocating, Regulating, and Implementing Sustainability
Jenna Ide, Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design Group, Office of Facilities Management and Maintenance, Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)

Ms. Ide will provide an overview of how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is leading by example in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainability areas. She will discuss DCAMM's role and projects, highlighting a few interesting projects, and compare her current role with that in other environmental areas, including regulatory, advocacy, and education.

Jenna Ide is the Deputy Director of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Design Group in the Office of Facilities Management and Maintenance for the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). DCAMM manages construction and real estate for over 70 million sq. ft. of buildings and associated land.

She has worked at DCAMM on energy and water conservation projects for over ten years. Her experience includes managing over $400 million in energy projects for state buildings, incorporating sustainable design techniques and technologies into new construction/ major renovation projects, and managing the implementation of new energy programs, such as, Clean Energy Investment Program, Demand Response and Zero Net Energy Buildings, for DCAMM. She has led the development and implementation of the Accelerated Energy Program for the Commonwealth, which will retrofit 700 facilities in 700 days. Ms. Ide is AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) and LEED AP certified.

She has a diverse background in environmental and other fields, having previously worked on permitting large energy projects (power plants, power lines, gas lines) for the Commonwealth's Energy Facilities Siting Board. She also worked for five years as an Outreach Coordinator for the Neponset River Watershed Association where she developed an action plan for the watershed and organized local "Stream Teams" with the community. She received her Bachelor's degree in Natural Resources Studies from UMass Amherst and received her Master's in Regional Planning from Cornell University in Regional Planning with a focus on Environmental Planning.

February 28, 2013
Community Engagement – Applications Towards Sustainable Engineering Education
Chris Swan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum Development, School of Engineering and Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

Sustainable engineering considers the potential environmental, health, economic, and social impacts in conceiving, developing, and constructing products or systems; all with an explicit framework that meets the current needs of a client or community. Sustainable engineering education is critical in moving towards a paradigm to meet these aims and, for students to discern the impact of engineering decisions on multiple levels, requires a unique pedagogical approach. This presentation examines the use of community engagement as an appropriate pedagogical approach that can feed off students' intrinsic motivation to engage in sustainable engineering design and development practices.

Dr. Chris Swan is currently Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum Development in the School of Engineering and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He also holds an Adjunct Associate Professor appointment in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. He is affiliated with the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University and was an inaugural CELT Fellow in 2007. Currently, he performs a number of engineering education research projects in coordination with these centers. External to Tufts, he serves as program chair of the Community Engagement in Engineering Education Constituent Committee of the American Society for Engineering Education. Dr. Swan's current research interests in engineering education focus on project-based learning and service-based pedagogies.

March 7, 2013
Telling the Climate Justice Story
Jonathan Kenny, Professor of Chemistry

Professor Jonathan Kenny organized and presented at the first Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI), which is a summer workshop for faculty from all disciplines.The goals of the workshop were to enhance faculty literacy on climate change and to inspire participants to incorporate these themes into an existing course or to create a new course. After more than a decade's hiatus, he resurrected the original TELI workshop on climate change, offering it in 2008 and 2009 with the theme: Climate Change and Climate Justice.

Dr. Kenny has also been involved with the founding and operations of an ad hoc committee of faculty, staff, and students organized about the theme of Climate Change and Climate Justice. The accomplishments of that committee are described on the Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) web page. Last fall, the Director of TIE, Antje Danielson, asked him to chair the committee and he agreed. Over the past year, the committee met to reaffirm its commitment to climate justice and discuss possible initiatives with the primary result being the beginning of planning an interdisciplinary course for undergraduates on climate change and climate justice. Taking the lead, Dr. Kenny began the process of developing the curriculum for the course and convening the directors of TIE, Environmental Studies, Peace & Justice Studies, International Relations, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies for interdisciplinary collaboration of this long-awaited course. The group unanimously supported the initial plan and he submitted the proposal to the Tufts Innovates program of the Office of the Provost.

During this Lunch and Learn, Dr. Jonathan Kenny will discuss the process of developing a new interdisciplinary course about climate change and environmental justice (ENV 095 02 / UEP 195 02: Telling the Climate Justice Story), which is the culmination of his efforts to date related to climate literacy here at Tufts University and is being offered for the first time during the Spring 2013 Semester.

Dr. Jonathan Kenny is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Tufts American Studies Program, and the Tufts Electro-Optics Technology Center, as well as, a Fellow at the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. He is on the editorial boards of both the Journal of Analytical Sciences, Methods and Instrumentation and the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics. He is the former director of the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute and the Tufts Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and is currently a senior member of the Environmental Studies Executive Committee. View a full list of his publications and past accomplishments.

March 14, 2013
Military Remediation in Massachusetts: A Case Study Addressing Martha's Vineyard Military Munitions Sites
Anne Malewicz, Section Chief, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Anne Malewicz will provide an overview of the Massachusetts military cleanups and will present a case study on Martha's Vineyard WWII Military Munitions Investigation. Various technologies that are being used in the site investigation will be explored and the challenges of working in a dynamic coastal system will be explained. In addition, short and long term measures to reduce the risk will be presented.

Anne Malewicz is the Section Chief of Federal Facilities Section, in the Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She implements the Department of Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA), which provides regulatory remediation oversight at Department of Defense Sites in Massachusetts. She manages military cleanups at installations; base closing; formerly used defense sites; and military munitions sites.

Ms. Malewicz has worked in the water works industry, served as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protections' environmental laboratory bacteriologist in the southeast regional office and has worked in the MassDEP's Boston, Emergency Response Program.

She has served on various committees at the Association of State, Territorial and Solid Waste Officials Organization, which promote environmental protection nationally. Currently, she serves on federal facilities work group at ASTSWMO and recently has been chosen to serve on the National Dialogue Committee concerning the Military Munitions Response Program with Department of Defense representatives. In the past, she worked as a state remedial project manager for the Watertown Arsenal and served as the lead state regulator overseeing the cleanup and decommissioning of the nuclear reactor and buildings at this facility.

Ms. Malewicz is graduated with a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Bridgewater State College, and earned an MS in Hazardous Material Management from Tufts University.

March 28, 2013
The Plant, Farming the Future
John Edel, Owner and Developer, Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center

What happens when you combine urban agriculture, alternative energy and a food business incubator? Mr. Edel will discuss The Plant, a project combining adaptive industrial reuse and aquaponics to create the nation's first vertical farm. Located in a century old meatpacking facility in Chicago's historic Stockyards, is exploring the intersection of recycling, job creation, and local growing. By harnessing food waste, this 95,000 sq. ft. vertical farm is shooting for net-zero energy use while recycling waste products, energy and gasses within the structure between manufacturing, office and growing areas. Nothing leaves but food!

John Edel is both an eco and social entrepreneur. He is the owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, a green business incubator in the Stockyards Industrial Corridor. As General Contractor, he took the facility from a burnt-out shell to 100% occupancy while using a mixture of waste-stream recycled materials and leading edge technology to make the building exceptionally energy efficient and pleasantly non-toxic. The renovation was assisted by a core group of volunteers and by bartering with suppliers, tenants, and scrappers. The building's green roof is a photo of Edel's daughter, Zoe, rendered in 9,600 sedum plants, each of which is a pixel in her image.

In previous careers, Mr. Edel taught computer graphics, designed sets for broadcast television, art directed video games and worked as a chef on private railroad cars. He has a lifelong dream of combining industrial preservation, agriculture and food production in a sustainable fashion.

April 4, 2013
Reaching Out to a River Watershed
Carly Rocklen, Outreach Director, Neponset River Watershed Association

A river watershed association, charged with protecting and restoring a river and its watershed lands, communicates with a diverse audience to garner support for the association, its conservation programs and advocacy initiatives, and to build people's knowledge and motivation to protect the river watershed. A watershed association corresponds with members, volunteers, and both potential and current donors, as well as stakeholders, policy-makers, colleagues, and the public. We communicate through speaking, writing and graphics. We hold events, give presentations, organize community meetings, publish newsletters, send e-mails, and distribute press releases, to spread our messages. We communicate through social media, our website, brochures, signage, letters, and more and throughout, the organization strives to improve the effectiveness of our communications and to reach a broader audience. During this lecture, Ms. Rocklen will discuss the complex processes needed to manage and coordinate outreach initiatives in a nonprofit watershed association.

Since 2003, Carly Rocklen has worked for the Neponset River Watershed Association in Canton, MA. While her initial position focused solely on outreach, she has since added a position in restoration. As Outreach Director, Carly manages and produces content for the Watershed Association website, mass e-mails, newsletters, press releases, and social media. She also organizes events. As Restoration Manager, Carly manages the restoration program, and most recently completed a five-year Purple loosestrife biological control project. Carly has an MS in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a BA in Music and Certificate in Environmental Science from Tufts University. Carly previously worked in fundraising, program management, and environmental education.

April 11, 2013
Promoting Biodiversity Literacy: The Encyclopedia of Life
James Hanken, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Director of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ)

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a global biodiversity informatics initiative that launched officially in May 2007. Its fundamental goal is deceptively simple: provide a homepage for every species of living organism. In reality, EOL is an ambitious, even audacious project that seeks to readily make available online and at no cost to the user as much biological information regarding a given species as can be obtained legally and in digital form. In addition to its two core activities, bioinformatics/IT and compilation of species pages, key components include biodiversity synthesis, learning and education, and scanning and digitization of the primary literature of comparative biology and taxonomy since Linnaeus. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), an affiliated consortium of many of the world's largest natural history libraries, performs the latter activity.

EOL is not a taxonomic activity per se, but it has the potential to tremendously enhance the work of practicing taxonomists and systematists, especially those in developing countries, and thereby facilitate the discovery, naming and classification of Earth's biological diversity. As of August 2012, EOL was serving content for more than 1,000,000 of the estimated 1.9 million living, named species. At the same time, BHL had scanned and was making available nearly 40 million pages of scientific literature, representing more than 56,000 titles and 106,000 separate volumes.

EOL seeks the active participation and involvement by both the professional scientific community and citizen scientists in order to succeed and achieve its full potential as a reliable and up-to-date source of information for scientists, educators, conservationists, environmental planners, government policymakers, students, laypeople, and other "consumers" of biological data worldwide. James Hanken will discuss the Encyclopedia of Life and Biodiversity Heritage Library, two of several current projects that together may soon realize the grand vision of a seamless global biodiversity informatics infrastructure for use by science and society.

Hanken websites:
Harvard University Faculty Bio |  Hanken Lab

James Hanken is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Director of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). He received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoctoral stint in developmental biology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, he assumed a faculty position at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He moved to Harvard in 1999, where he also is Professor of Biology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology; Curator of Herpetology in the MCZ; a member of the Biological Sciences in Dental Medicine Program, Harvard School of Dental Medicine; and a faculty member of the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the evolutionary morphology, development and systematics of vertebrates, especially amphibians; his laboratory has maintained field programs in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

He has authored more than 100 scientific publications and edited four books. He also is an accomplished nature and scientific photographer; his photographs appear in several books, field guides and magazines, including Natural History, Geo, Audubon, National Geographic World and Playboy.

He is Past-president, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; Past-president, International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists; former Chair, International Board of Directors, of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force; former Chair of the Steering Committee of the Encyclopedia of Life; and former Co-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life.

Honors include the von Hofsten Lecture (Uppsala University, Sweden), the Gompertz Lecture in Integrative Biology (University of California, Berkeley), election as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an undergraduate teaching award from the University of Colorado Student Organization for Alumni Relations. He serves on numerous editorial boards.

April 18, 2013
Full Life-cycle Bird Conservation: Who's Responsible and How Does It Work?
Kim Peters, Massachusetts Audubon Society

Recent assessments of bird trends in Massachusetts and across North America have shown that despite conservation efforts here at home, a large number of species continue to decline, some at alarming rates. In this talk, Dr. Peters will discuss the state of our birdlife here in the Commonwealth, how Mass Audubon and others are working to halt these declines, and the importance of full life-cycle conservation strategies for long-distance migrants. The discussion will focus on a few key species groups, including grassland birds and shorebirds, to demonstrate the essential roles of partnerships, technology, and genetic methods in establishing connectivity among breeding grounds, migration routes, and overwintering sites.

Kim Peters is Chief Scientist/Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon. Kim received a M.Sc. degree from North Carolina State University in 1999, and her Ph.D. from Clemson University in 2005, where her doctorate work evaluated the effects of human disturbance on non-breeding shorebirds on the Atlantic coast. Kim worked for New Jersey Audubon as Director of Research and Monitoring from 2005-2011, and was heavily involved with the organization's well-known Delaware Bay and South America shorebird banding projects, aimed at documenting changes in shorebird stopover and overwintering ecology. In addition, she oversaw their airfield research program, which examined avian response to grassland management on commercial and military airports across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Having arrived at Mass Audubon in October 2011, Kim has taken on several roles within the organization, including heading up the State of the Birds Implementation Team. The team is charged with using Mass Audubon's 2011 State of the Birds report to develop an internal Bird Conservation Strategy that will include research programs, partnerships, responsible stewardship, and public outreach.

April 25, 2013
Safer Malaria Prevention in Africa Using GPS-enabled Smart Phones for Environmental Compliance Assessments
Peter J Chandonait, Environmental Compliance Manager, Abt Associates

Management of environmental compliance for Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) requires the assessment and inspection of hundreds of operational sites in remote and difficult to access locations. Supervising the work of Environmental Compliance Officers in each of the thirteen countries and getting an understanding of field conditions is challenging, especially as staff expertise and motivational levels vary across the AIRS countries. Even when verbal and/or written descriptions of the conditions of facilities are available, they do not provide a true assurance or understanding of the compliance state of these operational sites. Abt Associates has developed a mobile application that provides geographically and temporally coded photographic evidence of site visits and conditions, and requires the completion of a rigorous checklist to ensure that the required environmental compliance features are present and in good condition. The data record is easily uploaded to integrated, web-based applications for report development, visualization of field locations, and other uses by senior management.

Peter Chandonait is the Environmental Compliance Manager for USAID's Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS) project, which spans thirteen countries. He has over 30 years of managerial, engineering, and operations experience in international and domestic arenas, including: development of environmental management systems; regulatory compliance for indoor residual spray (IRS) and industrial manufacturing operations; oversight of technical environmental investigations; and environmental health and safety consulting. He has contributed to the development of the 2012-13 Programmatic Environmental Assessment for IRS, as well as revisions to Guatemala's national wastewater regulation, and the shaping and implementation of revisions to Massachusetts groundbreaking legislation in Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). His technical skills include deployment of geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental applications; water quality analysis and modeling; and investigations of point and non-point sources of pollution. He has international water, sanitation and environmental management experience in Central and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

May 2, 2013
TIE Fellows Poster Presentation

Join us as this year's Tufts Institute of the Environment Fellows present their work as part of an exposition of environmental research at Tufts.

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