MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Begins February 1

January 6, 2023

MCLA’s annual Green Living Seminar Series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 1, and continues through April, presenting a series of lectures on the theme of “Capitalism and the Environment.”  

Every semester, the Green Living Seminar Series centers around a different topic, timely and relevant to current sustainability issues. The series is free and open to the public, with seminars on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. from Feb. 1 to April 19 in the Feigenbaum Center for Science & Innovation room 121. Community members can find up-to-date information about the schedule at

Tom Wessels, Professor Emeritus at Antioch University New England, kicks off the series on Feb. 1 with a talk titled “The Myth of Progress.”                                                          

Future Green Living presentations include:                                                               

2/8: Doughnut Economics; Della Duncan*, Renegade Economist                  

2/15: GDP is Gross, Wellbeing is Better; Eric Miller*, York University, Director of Ecological Footprint Initiative 

2/22: Corporate Sustainability; Dr. Bogdan Prokopovych, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Isenberg School of Management, Senior Lecturer                                                                                                 

3/1: Economics of Climate Change; Dr. Matthew Gibson, Williams College, Associate Professor of Economics       

3/8: Economics of Climate-Smart Forestry; Christina McKeown, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Climate Forester 

3/22: Forest Carbon Offsets: Too Good to be True?; Dr. Charles Canham, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Forest Ecologist 

3/29: Economics of Climate Smart Agriculture; Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Trisha Pérez Kennealy and Michael Kennealy Director                                                                  

4/5: Economics of Recycling and Producer Responsibility Policies; John Hite, Clear Strategy Inc., Associate 

4/12: Militarization, Economic Growth, Carbon Emissions; Dr. Andrew Jorgenson, Boston College, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology 

4/19: Using Ecological Economics to Drive Policy Change; David Batker, Batker Consulting, President 

Those with asterisks will be presenting remotely.  

For more information contact: 
Elena Traister 
or 413-662-5303 

Podcasts will be posted online following each presentation: 

The 2023 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department. 

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