Upcoming Environmental Events

There are many events and activities both on and off campus for students interested in the environment.
Bookmark this page for regular updates as new events are announced.

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Questions? Contact Professor Christine Witkowski at cwitkowski@mxcc.edu or at (860) 343-5781.

Environmental Club: Student Environmental Association for Sustainability (SEAS)
Fall 2017 meetings TBA based on student interest (sign up for emails below for updates)
All are welcome! Opportunities for socializing, networking, and volunteering
SEAS webpage: http://mxcc.edu/student-activities/clubs/
Subscribe to the SEAS email list: http://eepurl.com/2NQbr
NOTE: Detailed information about club activities available to all students through the MxCC_Virtual_Campus course link on Blackboard

Environmental Careers Speaker Series @MxCC
Mondays 4:10 – 5 pm Chapman Hall 709C (unless otherwise noted) 
10/16 Scott Williams, Wildlife Biologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
10/23 Mark Lewis, Brownfields Remediation, CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection
10/30 Dean Wojcik, Conservation Law Enforcement & Wildlife Rehabilitation, CT DEEP
11/6 Thomas Worthley, Forester, University of Connecticut Extension Service
11/13 Michelle Ford, Soil Scientist & Middletown Environmental Specialist
11/20 Amy Vaillancourt, Environmental Consultant, Tighe & Bond, Inc.
12/4 Jeff Gardner, Marine Geologist & Oceanographer, GeoSubSea Consulting
12/11 Marci Montrose, Park Ranger, US Army Corps of Engineers

Meet Your Greens Happy Hour Networking
Every third Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm at varying locations in Middlesex County
Provides networking opportunities for anyone who is interested in making connections and exchanging news about emerging environmental issues.
Nov. 16 at Herb Restaurant, Middletown: Gabe Russo, Forest City Farms
December No Meet Your Greens this month – Happy Holidays!
More info at http://www.rockfallfoundation.org/programs/meet-your-greens/

Monday 11/6/17
Film: A Plastic Ocean
7 pm @MxCC Chapman Hall Room 808
A Plastic Ocean documents a four-year global odyssey to explore the issue of plastics in our oceans and their effect on marine ecosystems and human health, including endocrine disruption. The producer, Jo Ruxton, joined an expedition to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” in the North Pacific Gyre, 1500 miles off the coast of San Francisco, to determine its impact. In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre the researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. More about the film: https://www.plasticoceans.org/about-film/

MxCC Trail Work
Did you know that MxCC has trail in the woods on campus? The trails have become overgrown through the years and we are working with the CT Forest & Parks Association in a multi-year project to improve the trails. We hope that eventually the trails will be enjoyed by faculty, staff, and community members on a regular basis. Our ultimate goal is to link our trails to the blue-blazed trail system in the area. If you’d like to help, or you’d like to receive updates about our progress, subscribe to our MxCC Trails list at http://eepurl.com/bmU4tj