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Past Green Living Seminar Podcasts

See a list of previous seminars and listen to podcasts from 2018, 2017, 2016, 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011 or 2010.

2018 Seminars

Making technological innovation work for sustainable development
Alicia Harley, Harvard Kennedy School, PhD Candidate (podcast)

Treatment technologies for small water systems: Innovation at the water-energy nexus
Patrick Wittbold, WINSSS, University of Amherst, Quality Assurance Manager (podcast)

The future of smart grid technologies 
Jennifer Schilling, Eversouce, Director of Strategy and Performance (podcast)

How network of real-time sensors is being used to understand and manage the Hudson River 
Stuart Findlay, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Aquatic Ecologist (podcast)

Innovative strategies for Facilitating and monitoring fish movement and migration
Alex Haro, United States Geologic Survey, Fish Passage Engineering Section Leader (podcast)

Using forest models of guide sustainable forestry practices
Charles Canham, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Forest Ecologist (podcast)

SNOW DAY 3/8/18

(Spring Break) 3/15/18

Challenges of offshore wind development
Alison Bates, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lecturer (podcast)

Landscape modeling to provide guidance for strategic habitat conservation
Ethan Plunkett, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Research Associate (podcast)

Understanding potential large wind farm impacts on local meteorology using satellite data
Liming Zhou, University at Albany, Associate Professor (podcast)

Studying whales using drones: The Ocean Alliance's Snotbot
Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance, CEO (podcast)

2017 Seminars

Prioritizing, Partnering and Preventing: How one National Wildlife Refuge Approaches Invasive Plant Challenges (podcast)
Cynthia Boettner, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Success of Failure (or Both): Long Term Invasive Plant Control (podcast)
Julie Richburg, The Trustees

Current Forest Health Conditions in Massachusetts RESCHEDULED for April 27
Ken Gooch, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Health Program 

Invasive Plants and Managing Regional Biodiversity (podcast) 
Chris Buelow, Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program

From Run Down to Renewed: Land Restoration at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve (podcast)
Jesse Hoffman, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission

The Time They are a Changin': Marine Bioinvasions in the Northeast (podcast)
Judith Pederson, MIT Sea Grant College Program

Restoring Ecological Integrity to Your Land: Management Strategies to Curtail Invasive Plants (podcast)
Chris Politan, Ecological Services: Stewardship, Inc.

From House Sparrows to Mute Swans: The Invasive Birds of Massachusetts  (podcast) 
Andrew Vitz
, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program: Leveraging Partnership to Model Invasive Species Prevention & Management Success (podcast)
Brendan Quiron, The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program 

Biocontrol Control of Winter Moth and Gypsy Moth (podcast)
Joe Elkinton, Department of Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences, University of Massachusetts 

The Management of Invasive Species of Cape Cod Natural Seashore (podcast)
Nita Tallent, National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore

Recipe for Success: Can Eating Invasives Help Reduce Their Spread? (podcast)
Joe Roman, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics University of Vermont

Current Forest Health Conditions in Massachusetts (podcast)
Ken Gooch, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Health Program 

2016 Seminars

Improving Relations Between People and Urban Wildlife (podcast)

Susannah Lerman, USDA Forest Service, Research Ecologist

Alleviating Wildlife Conflicts in Massachusetts (podcast)

Monte Chandler, USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services, State Director

When Wildlife Gets Too Close: The Massachusetts Large Animal Response Team (podcast

Andrew Madden, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Western Wildlife District Supervisor

What to Do When There Are Too Many Deer in the Suburbs (podcast)

Allen Rutberg, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy

Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping in Massachusetts (podcast)

Nathan Buckhout, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, District Wildlife Biologist

Mass Audubon: Protecting the nature of Massachusetts (podcast)

Becky Cushing, Mass Audubon, Berkshire Sanctuaries Director

Roads and Wildlife: Reducing human impacts on habitat connectivity (podcast)

Elia Del Molino, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Program Manager

Wildlife Rehabilitation (podcast)

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

A Shifting Approach to Saving Endangered Species (podcast)

Pat Parenteau, Vermont Law School, Senior Counsel and Professor of Law

Managing Protected Areas to Benefit Threatened Species (podcast)

Doug Bruce, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Stewardship Manager

International Conservation of Large Wild Cats: Minimizing human-wildlife conflict (podcast)


2015 Seminars

What sets the temperature of the Earth? (podcast)

Dr. Brian E. J. Rose, University at Albany

The oceans and climate, past and future

Dr. Mea S. Cook, Geosciences Department, Williams College

Climate Change, Green Infrastructure and the Interconnected Nature of Everything (podcast)

Eric J. Walberg, Senior Program Leader, Climate Services Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Clean energy policy in the Commonwealth  (podcast)

Senator Ben Downing, Massachusetts Senate

Municipal Planning to Meet Challenges of Climate Change (podcast)

26-Feb, Lauren Gaherty, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Building Support for the Shift to Clean Energy (podcast)

Rob Sargent, Energy Program Director, Environment America

Act Globally, Act locally -- Addressing Climate Change at Every Level (podcast)

Ellie Johnston, 350MA Berkshires

Addressing climate change: What an Individual Person or Business can do Right Now (podcast) (power point presentation)

John Majercak, President of the Center for EcoTechnology

Citizen Science and Climate Change (podcast)

Dr. Jennifer Shirk, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

A New England Food Vision (podcast)

Dr. Brian Donahue, Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies, Brandeis University

Electricity in New England (podcast)

Eric Wilkinson,  ISO-NE Senior External Affairs Representative


2014 Seminars

Creating Sustainable Food Systems (podcast)

Philip Ackerman-Leist, Green Mountain College, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Farm and Food Project

Policies for the Future of New England's Food System (podcast)

Margaret Sova McCabe, University of New Hampshire, Professor of Law

The Role of Food Co-ops (podcast) (Cancelled due to weather)

David Durfee, Wild Oats Co-op, General Manager

The Environmental History of Milk (podcast)

Kendra Smith-Howard, University at Albany, Assistant Professor and Author of Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History Since 1900

Panel Discussion: Sustainable Food Systems on College Campuses (podcast)

Including MCLA Aramark Food Services Director John Kozik, Williams College Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program Manager Brent Wasser, Hampshire College Sustainability Initiative Director Beth Hooker, and UMass Auxiliary Enterprises Sustainability Manager Rachel Dutton

Sustainable Business as a Vehicle for Social Change (podcast)

Dean Cycon, Dean's Beans Organic Coffee Company, Founder and CEO

Current Status of Farming in Berkshire County (podcast)

Melissa Adams, Keep Berkshires Farming Program Coordinator and Sarah Gardner, Williams College Center for Environmental Studies Associate Director

Meat Production and Processing (podcast)

Ali Berlow, Author of The Mobile Poultry Slaughterhouse: Building a Humane Chicken Processing Unit to Strengthen Your Local Food System

Permaculture and Resilient Food Systems (podcast)

Jono Neiger, The Conway School, Professor of Regenerative Design, and Regenerative Design Group, Principal

Community Gardens: Sharing the Harvest (podcast)

Jennifer Munoz, Growing Healthy Garden Program Director and Russell Moody, Pastor at Pittsfield Church of Christ

Farmers' Roundtable Discussion: Successes, Opportunities, and Challenges Farming in the Berkshires

TCE Contamination

This mini-documentary about TCE contamination of North Adams ground water was produced by students in the 2011 Green Living Seminar.


2013 Seminars

The Return of Placecraft 

Jennifer Krouse, Imagining North Adams, and Ian Rasmussen

Strong Towns 

Charles Marohn, Strong Towns, Executive Director

Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change 

Andrew Howard, Team Better Block

Green Certification: The Sacred and the Profane

R. John Anderson, Principal at Anderson Kim Architecture & Urban Design; and Stephanie Boyd, Director of the Williams College Zilkha Center 

The Original Green 

Steve Mouzon, Mouzon Design, Principal

The Agrarian City 

Andres Duany, Principal of Duany Plater Zyberk & Company; and Jennifer Munoz, Director of the Growing Healthy Garden Program

The Environmental Argument for Smart Development (in Sullivan Lounge)  

Lee Sobel, Real Estate Development and Finance Analyst at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Jon Ford, Principal at Morris Beacon Design

Shared Space 

Norman Garrick, University of Connecticut, Professor of Civil Engineering 3/21/2013

Legalizing Main Street 

Caleb Racicot, Tunnel-Spangler-Walsh & Associates, Senior Principal

Revitalizing Downtown 

Russell Preston, Design Director at Principle Group; and Judy Grinnell, President of Hoosic River Revival

Mobility's Contribution to Sustainability 

Aurash Khawarzad, Change Administration

TCE Contamination

This mini-documentary about TCE contamination of North Adams ground water was produced by students in the 2011 Green Living Seminar.


2012 Seminars

Biodiversity and conservation in New York State Parks 

George Robinson, University of Albany, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Medicinal plant conservation 

Emily Mooney, MCLA, Assistant Professor of Biology

Land conservation and the New England cottontail 

Doug Bruce, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Stewardship Manager

Saving biodiversity in the Berkshires

Jane and Bruce Winn, Berkshire Environmental Action Team

Rattlesnakes in the Berkshires 

Tom Tyning, Berkshire Community College, Professor of Environmental Science

Biodiversity conservation in western Massachusetts 

Angela Sirois, Restoration Specialist, The Nature Conservancy

Massachusetts endangered species protection  

Jon Regosin, MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, Chief of Conservation Science

The changing biodiversity of the Northeast  

Peter Alden, Naturalist and writer

Integrating biodiversity into land use planning  

Erik Kiviat, Hudsonia, Executive Director

Ocean biodiversity: Medicines, fisheries, and marine conservation 

Kathleen Frith, Harvard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, Managing Director

Landscaping and bird biodiversity 

Susannah Lerman, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, Post Doctoral Research Associate

Evolution and biodiversity: How a musical instrument that evolved from feathers can help conserve biodiversity 

Kim Bostwick, Cornell University Museum, Curator of Birds and Mammals


2011 Seminars

Introduction to water resources and human impacts 

Elena Traister, MCLA, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment 

Matt Poach, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Biogeochemist

Dams, flow, and stream ecology 

Russ Cohen, Massachusetts Riverways Program, River Advocate

Climate change, population, and global water availability 

Steve Frolking, University of New Hampshire, Research Professor of Biogeochemical Modeling

Local water infrastructure 

Brad Furlon, Hoosac Water Quality District, Operating Manager

Water quality in Massachusetts 

Cindy Delpapa, Massachusetts Riverways Program, Stream Ecologist

Water quality in developing countries 

Sarah Miller, Yale University, PhD Candidate

Organic pollutants in local waters 

David Richardson, Williams College, Professor of Chemistry4

Transboundary challenges: Managing water resources of the Great Lakes 

Todd Ambs, River Network, President

Keynote: A better approach to water management 

Shimon Anisfeld, Yale University, Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist in Water Resources and Environmental Chemistry


2010 Seminars

Vulnerability and resilience in turbulent times - in pursuit of a sustainable future 

Jack Byrne, Middlebury College, Director of Sustainability Integration

Sustainability at Williams College 

Stephanie Boyd, Williams College, Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives 

Campus sustainability initiatives at MCLA 

Lauren Moffatt, MCLA, Coordinator of the Berkshire Environmental Resource Center 

Panel discussion on community sustainability initiatives in Berkshire County 

Greg Federspiel, Lenox Environmental Committee & Town Manager; Kathy Keeser, Florida Energy Committee; Wendy Penner, Williamstown COOL Committee Chair; Marcia Powdermaker, Tyringham Green; Jaimie Wallace, North Adams Take Charge Intern 

Sustainable energy choices for campuses and communities 

Fred Loxsom, Eastern Connecticut State University, Endowed Chair in Sustainable Energy Studies 

Susainable design of transit systems and surrounding communities

Sam Zimbabwe, Reconnecting America, Technical Assistance Director

Sustainable building design and green remodeling strategies 

Barry Katz, Greenworks Consulting, Founder and CEO 

Reducing waste 

Jamie Cahillance, Center for Ecological Technology, Director of Recycling and Manager of Waste Reduction Programs 

Sustainable food systems: Strategies for campuses and communities 

John Turenne, Sustainable Food Systems, President and Founder 

Community planning to protect natural resources: Examples from the northeast region 

Suzi Zakowski, Audubon International, Sustainable Communities Manager

Redesigning cities for the long-term health of human and natural systems 

Richard Register, Ecocity Builders, Founder