There are many events and activities both on and off campus for students interested in the environment.
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Questions? Contact Professor Christine Witkowski at cwitkowski@mxcc.edu or at (860) 343-5781.

*WEEKLY:
Environmental Club:
Student Environmental Association for Sustainability (SEAS)
Fall 2016 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

*WEEKLY
Environmental Careers Speaker Series @MxCC
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 pm Wheaton 210A all are welcome
*The speaker series will resume in the Fall 2016 semester

*MONTHLY
Meet Your Greens Happy Hour Networking
Every third Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm at varying locations in Middlesex County
A happy hour event with informal guest speakers each month; no RSVP required (all ages welcome)
http://www.rockfallfoundation.org/programs/meet-your-greens/
Sep. 22 (note: 4th Thursday this month) at Quarry Ridge Golf Course: Speaker Howard Rosenbaum, Brownstone Quarry
Oct. 20 at Indian Springs Golf Club: John Greeno, New England Conservation Services/Energy Audits
Nov. 17 at Tuscany Grill: Social Gathering
December: off for the holidays!

Saturday 9/24
Source to Sea Annual River Cleanup
10 am – 2 pm Meet at Pavilion at Harbor Park, Middletown
Free pizza and a t-shirt! Dress to get dirty
This is an annual coordinated clean up of the rivers, streams and banks that make  up the vast CT River system. Thousands of volunteers of all ages and abilities head out along the four-state watershed to clean the CT River and its tributaries. Volunteers can expect to pull out such trash as tires, shopping carts, bottles, televisions, and much more! For more info: http://www.ctriver.org/projects/source-to-sea-cleanup/

Monday 9/26/16
Film & Coffee Tasting: Dukale’s Dream
6:30 pm Coffee Tasting, 7 pm film Powell Family Cinema @ Wesleyan
DUKALE’S DREAM is a feature length documentary about Hugh Jackman’s life changing experience after befriending an Ethiopian coffee farmer. While in the Yirgacheffe region, Hugh met a 27 year-old coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. Spending time on Dukale’s farm, Hugh learned first-hand about the value of fair trade coffee and clean cookstove technology. By utilizing shade grown farming practices and limiting reliance on fossil fuels, Dukale was able to create a bio-farm with a zero carbon footprint and resounding health implications for his family. Part of the annual Environmental Film Series Elements.

Monday 10/3/16
Talk: Growing a Life – Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health & Joy
4 – 5:30 pm Chapman Hall Room 605, @MxCC
Talk by author Illene Pevec on Growing a Life describing interviews with more than ninety youth who describe firsthand how gardening and local food production has improved their well-being, both physically and mentally. The author is presenting @Mxcc following a Food Symposium at Yale.

Tuesday 10/4/16
Panel Discussion: Open Space – Once It’s Gone, It’s Gone Forever
7 – 8:30 pm deKoven House, 27 Washington Street, Middletown
Some of the questions to be addressed in our program are: How much land in Middletown has been conserved and how can additional land be protected from development, given funding limitations? What characteristics make a property worthy of protection and how are those qualities prioritized?  How do private land trusts work and how can each of us support the long-term preservation and management of protected lands? What changes have occurred to wildlife habitat in Connecticut over the years? How can open space conservation provide the most benefit to birds and other wildlife?  Why should open space preservation be a high environmental priority? Presenters will be Michelle  Ford, Environmental Planner for the City of Middletown; David Brown, Executive Director of the Middlesex Land Trust; and Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Connecticut.

Thursday 10/20/16
CT Trails Symposium
8:30 am – 1:30 pm Chapman 808C & D @MxCC
Register online at by Monday 10/17; $10 includes continental breakfast
at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ct-trails-symposium-tickets-27714491791
If your community already has trails or if you are just interested in what trails can do for your community this Symposium is right for you.   A panel of experts and Greenway advocates will illustrate the benefits recreational trails can have in both locally and statewide through a series of short talks, local examples and testimonials.  These experts will also address liability concerns and road blocks, including funding, that may discourage a community from building trails. You will leave knowing the many benefits of greenways, you will learn how to successfully deal with obstacles that get in the way of development, a network of trail oriented associates to rely on along the way and be empowered to go back to your community and begin or continue on your path to your greenway ribbon cutting!

Ongoing
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