MCLA Green Living Seminars Begin January 27
NORTH ADAMS, MA - "Water wars: Protecting our Water resources" will be the theme of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' (MCLA) spring semester Green Living Seminar Series. The series begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. with a screening of the documentary "Flow," by Irena Salina.
The film will be shown in room 218 of Murdock Hall on the MCLA campus. The
Green Living Seminar Series is free and open to the public.
This documentary screening is the first offering in a 12-week series
that will consider issues of local and global water quantity and quality.
"These presentations will inform both students and community members
about the impending global water crisis, as well as provide an overview of our
local water infrastructure," said Elena Traister, MCLA professor of
"The organizing theme for this year's series considers the challenge of
managing water globally and how we can best manage water in Berkshire County,"
Traister continued. "Lectures address the issue from a wide variety of angles -
water privatization, water quality locally and internationally, the influence
of climate change and population on water availability, treatment of drinking
and wastewater, managing water across political borders, and strategies for
best managing local and global water resources."
"I hope participants will come away with a greater awareness of the
imperative to manage our global waters responsibly and what we are doing at the
local level," said Traister.
Every semester, MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by
local, regional, and national experts organized around a central theme related
to the environment and sustainability. The series is sponsored by Eos Ventures,
Inc. and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, as well as the MCLA's Berkshire Environmental
Resource Center (BERC) and the MCLA environmental studies program.
The seminars will take place every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., from Jan. 27 to April 28. For more information, please visit www.mcla.edu/greenliving or contact Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.
Future Green Living presentations include:
Feb. 3, "Introduction to Water Resources and Human Impacts," presented by Traister
Feb. 10, "Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment," presented by Matt Poach, marine biogeochemist at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Feb. 17, "Dams, Flow, and Stream Ecology," presented by Russ Cohen, river
advocate at the Massachusetts Riverways Program
Feb. 24, "Climate Change, Population, and Global Water Availability," presented by
Steve Frolking, research professor of biogeochemical modeling at the University of New Hampshire
March 3, "Local Water Infrastructure," presented by Brad Furlon, operating
manager at the Hoosac Water Quality District
March 10, "Water Quality in Massachusetts," presented by Cindy Delpapa,
stream ecologist at the Massachusetts Riverways Program
March 24, "Future of Local Water Infrastructure," presented by Tim
Lescarbeau, commissioner of public services for the City of North Adams
March 31, "Water Quality in Developing Countries," presented by Sarah Miller, Ph.D. candidate at Yale University
April 7, "Organic pollutants in local water," presented by David Richardson, professor of chemistry at Williams College
April 14, "Transboundary Challenges: Managing Water Resources of the Great Lakes," presented by Todd Ambs, president of the River Network
April 28, "A Better Approach to Water Management," presented by Shimon Anisfeld, senior lecturer and research scientist in water resources and environmental chemistry at Yale University