Sunday, February 27, 2011

GE donations to river group stir controversy - The Boston Globe

Friday, February 25, 2011

Gender and Food Activism Lecture: Dr. Carole Counihan, Williams College

Submitted by Katharine Millonzi (identified below):

"On behalf of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program at Williams
College, please find attached details on an event, which might be of great interest to you.

"The Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program & The
Williams College Women's and Gender Studies Program will present:

"Gender and Food Activism: Dr. Carole Counihan

Monday, March 7th, 7 pm
Paresky Auditorium, 39 Chapin Hall Drive
Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267

"Carole Counihan, Professor of Anthropology at Millersville University,
ponders whether and how gender plays a role in food activism in general, and in Slow Food Italy in particular. Dr. Counihan is an expert in the fields of food and gender studies; Counihan is author of Around the Tuscan Table: Food, Family and Gender in Twentieth Century Florence and The Anthropology of Food and Body: Gender, Meaning, and Power. She is editor of Food in the USA: A Reader and of Food and Culture: A Reader. She is editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Food and Foodways.

"Please help us spread the word -- feel free to include in your
enewsletter, blog posts, Facebook page, website and/or just send to
everyone you know who might be interested in attending. Poster jpgs attached. And please do come!"


Katharine Millonzi
Manager, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program
Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives
Williams College
Fulbright Fellow '07, Italy
MA Eco-Gastronomy
office: 413 597 4422
fax: 413 597 4192

Bosley Named CEO of North Adams Partnership / - The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.

Monday, February 14, 2011

"Burning New England's Forests for Electricity?" . . . Discussion Wednesday at Williamstown town hall

Submitted by Tela Zasloff (

Speaker: Josh Schlossberg / Biomass Accountability Project
Wednesday, February 16, 7 p.m. / Williamstown Town Hall, Selectmen's Room

Forest biomass power incineration emits more CO2 stack emissions than coal, pollutes the air with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter, and threatens New England's precious forests. So why does biomass power receive hundreds of millions of federal and state "clean energy" tax dollars?

Join a presentation and open forum with Biomass Accountability Project's Josh Schlossberg to discuss whether our taxes should support biomass power incineration-or go instead to zero-waste, renewable energy alternatives.

Contact:; (802) 223-5844

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Bill Moomaw and Mary Booth Speak About Biomass at Williams

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Bill Moomaw and Mary Booth Speak About Biomass at Williams College

“Getting Biomass Right: Should We Be Generating Electricity from Trees?”

Thursday, February 10
7:30 p.m.

Paresky Student Center (auditorium on the lower level)

Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies, the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, and the Office of Public Affairs. The discussion will feature Bill Moomaw, director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and Mary Booth, co-founder of the Massachusetts Environmental Energy Alliance (MEEA). Each will present remarks before taking questions.

Moomaw is professor of international environmental policy at Tufts. His work and research over the past two decades have focused on stratospheric ozone, climate, energy, forests, water, and sustainable development. He has served as a lead author or coordinating lead author for four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and is coordinating lead author of the IPCC special report “Renewable Energy and Climate Change” due out this year. He was also a member of the Technical Steering Committee that published new forest management recommendations based on ecosystem services for Massachusetts. He has advised corporations, governments, and the World Bank on climate, energy, and forest issues. He graduated from Williams in 1959, earned his Ph.D. at M.I.T., and taught in the Williams chemistry department from 1964 to 1990.

Booth is a scientist whose research has examined human influences on soils, waters, and forests. She is currently serving as an expert witness on air-permit appeals for biomass plants proposed nationally. The MEEA, which she co-founded with Alexandra Dawson, advocates for sustainable energy solutions by carrying out scientific and legal analyses of the impacts of energy policies. The organization promotes issues such as energy conservation and efficiency and transparent, science-based state and federal energy policies, and opposes large-scale biomass plants. Booth was formerly a senior scientist at Environmental Working Group. She received her Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology at Utah State University.


Other Reminders...

February 20, 2011 at 2pm

Images Cinema Film Benefit
Screening of “Carbon Nation”
A Climate Change Solutions Movie

See it in Williamstown, MA as it premieres in major cities across the country in February!

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