There are many events 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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*WEEKLY:
Environmental Club:
Student Environmental Association for Sustainability (SEAS)
Spring Meetings TBD (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.

Saturday 1/31
Winter Trails Workshop
Registration & snacks 8:30 am; workshop 9 am – 12:30 pm
CFPA Headquarters (16 Meriden Road, Rockfall, CT)
Pre-register at http://www.ctwoodlands.org/2015-CFPAWinterTrailsWorkshop
The CT Forest & Parks annual winter trails workshop will give trail volunteers, land stewards, town managers and parks & rec personnel a solid introduction to sustainable hiking trail design & layout, trail tools and equipment, trail funding and trail blazing. Meet other trail enthusiasts, learn new skills and advance your own understanding of best practices in trail stewardship. The morning session will be indoor. After lunch we will have an optional field hike if weather allows. Please bring appropriate outdoor wear.
*We will organize a carpool from MxCC if there is enough interest*

Tuesday 2/10
Talk: Making a Place for Wildlife in Our Communities
Speaker: Liv Baker, PhD; College of the Environment, Wesleyan University
7  – 8:30 pm at deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington Street, Middletown
“What if we (re)designed our communities – our buildings, our roads, our personal and communal behaviors – to include the needs and wants of the wildlife that already share our urban and suburban environments? Liv Baker will challenge the current approach to wildlife management in two key ways: 1) by scrutinizing the science behind common policies and practices, and 2) by using concepts of animal welfare science to suggest a more compassionate, individual, and animal-based approach to mitigate wildlife-human conflicts.”

Tuesday 2/17
“Green Drinks” Happy Hour
5:30-7:00 pm Cypress Restaurant, South Main Street, Middletown
A happy hour event with informal guest speakers each month; no RSVP required (all ages welcome)
http://www.rockfallfoundation.org/programs/meet-your-greens/
This month: Onte Johnson from Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign.
Onte Johnson is a Bridgeport native and environmental activist leading the effort to close Connecticut’s last coal-fired power plant in Bridgeport. Learn more about the problems with using coal and the Beyond Coal campaign.

Tuesday 3/10
Talk: Middletown 200 Million Years Ago
Speaker: Dana Royer, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Wesleyan University
7  – 8:30 pm at deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington Street, Middletown
” Our city and its surrounding towns have a very interesting tale to tell, one that spans several hundred million years. 200 million years ago…the supercontinent Pangea was breaking apart right here in the Connecticut River valley, bringing fresh lava to the surface. With this lava came many gases, including greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, which caused severe global climate change and one of Earth’s largest mass extinctions. This led to the 135 million-year-long domination by dinosaurs (whose footprints are preserved throughout the valley). This lava cooled to form basalt rock, whose remnants we still see and enjoy in the trap rock ridges of Mt. Higby. The sediments that weathered from the basalt 200 million years ago turned into our beloved brownstone, for which Portland and its quarries became famous.”

Tuesday 4/28
Second Annual Sustainability Conference #SustainU2015
9 am – 3 pm at Eastern Connecticut State University Student Center
Who should attend? Students, faculty & staff involved with campus sustainability
This statewide conference is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the CT Alliance for Campus Sustainability, co-chaired by Yale University and the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University.