Handprinter Dorrie Pizzella’s office, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, has awarded $200,000 in grants to fund urban farm pilot projects across the state. These grants represent one of the first state-funded urban farming initiatives, awarding funds to projects in Boston, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, Somerville, Springfield and Worcester.
Grant recipients include the City of Somerville, to build a raised bed and greenhouse structure at South Street Farm; the City of Everett, to launch a rezoning initiative for urban agriculture; the Food Project, to conduct a cost analysis of their urban and suburban farms in collaboration with the Dudley Street Neighborhood initiative, and many more!
Visit the EEA website for a full list of grant recipients, and details about this exciting grant program.
Environmental Synthesis and Communication (ES 399) is a capstone course for Environmental Studies majors at Wellesley where students engage with environmental sustainability issues as public writers. The course blog features students writing on an environmental “beat” of their choosing, communicating the complex scientific, economic, political, and ethical dimensions of pressing policy issues. The blog will be updated throughout the semester, so check back often!
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is now accepting applications from students to participate in the Global Food Security Symposium 2014 Next Generation Delegation.
About the Delegation
Convened annually by The Chicago Council, the Global Food Security Symposium discusses the US government and international community’s progress on addressing global food and nutrition security. The Next Generation Delegation program was launched in 2013 to provide an opportunity for promising students to engage in symposium discussions and to interact with policy, civil society, and business leaders working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues. The Global Food Security Symposium 2014 will focus on adapting food and nutrition systems to climate change. It will be held May 22, 2014, in Washington, DC.
Delegates will have the opportunity to:
- Attend the symposium.
- Participate in symposium discussions via social media.
- Interact with symposium speakers and senior attendees in private forums.
- Connect with other outstanding students planning careers in the global agriculture, food, and nutrition sectors.
Delegates are expected to:
- Attend all symposium-related events in Washington, DC, from May 21-22, 2014. The Chicago Council will cover airfare, accommodations, and meal expenses.
- Describe their research and career aspirations related to global agriculture, food, and nutrition issues through a posting on The Chicago Council’s Global Food for Thought blog.
- Participate in a video interview to be filmed the day of the symposium.
Students must be at the graduate or advanced undergraduate (third or fourth year) level studying agriculture and food policy; public policy or administration; agricultural science; nutrition; or other science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines and must plan to enter the agriculture and food sector upon graduation. International students and students studying at universities outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should submit the following to CaSandra Carter email@example.com with the subject line “2014 Next Generation Delegation”:
- Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of recommendation from a professor or employer
- An essay explaining their interest in the program (no more than 500 words)
- A recent headshot (in JPG or PDF format)
The deadline for applications is March 21, 2014. Please note incomplete applications will not be considered.
Further Information on Global Food Security Symposia
The Wellesley Daily Shot on January 21st highlighted Environmental Studies Professor Jay Turner’s ES103 course: Environment & Sustainability: Food, Agriculture & Sustainability. The course asked the questions, “What’s the best way to feed the world? Organic food? Local production? Genetically modified organisms?”
Wellesley chose ES103 as the first Spotlight on Teaching feature of 2014, where the college “highlights the array of innovative, thought-provoking Wellesley courses.” Read the full Spotlight article here.
Project Handprint is excited to share the remaining videos from our fabulous symposium. These include an introduction to the day from Kristina Jones and summary of the symposium, a detailed description of the dinner and the organization behind it, and a video of inspiring ideas featuring interviews of student and alum attendees. It’s hard not to feel energized all over again after watching these clips! Check out the rest of our speaker videos on our symposium page too!
The Politics of Climate Change
Wellesley hosts a dialogue with Madeleine Albright ’59, former United States Secretary of State, and Carol Browner, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. Peter Thomson, Public Radio International’s environmental editor, will serve as moderator. Join us for a lively discussion as we explore the challenges and opportunities of climate change and environmental policy.
Wednesday, January 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
Or Streamed Live
Watch the conversation between Madeleine Albright ’59 and Carol Browner streamed online on Wednesday, January 22, 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST, or join us in person in Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
A recent piece by Louisa Kasdon on WBUR’s Cognoscenti highlights the lack of media coverage of female chefs and calls out Time Magazine’s recent cover story, “The 13 Gods of Food,” in which zero women in food are recognized.