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 2018 meetings TBA based on student interest (sign up for emails below for updates)
All are welcome! Opportunities for socializing, networking, and volunteering
SEAS webpage: https://mxcc.edu/student-activities/clubs/
Subscribe to the SEAS email list: https://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
Wednesdays 4:10-5 pm Wheaton 204 all are welcome
9/5 Christine Witkowski, Professor, Middlesex Community College
10/3 Dean Wojcik, Conservation Officer & Wildlife Rehabilitator, CT DEEP
10/17 Marci Montrose, Park Ranger, US Army Corps of Engineers
10/24 Scott Williams, Wildlife Biologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Meet Your Greens Happy Hour Networking
Every third Thursday from 5:30-7:00 pm at varying locations in Middlesex County
Provides socializing and networking for anyone who is interested in making connections and exchanging news about emerging environmental issues.
September 20 Rooftop Gardens, Community Health Center, Middletown: Jane Harris on gardening
October 18 Penny Lane Pub, Old Saybrook: Judy Preston on Long Island Sound
November 15
 Middletown Inn: Jen Kleindienst on Wesleyan Sustainability 
 More info at https://www.rockfallfoundation.org/programs/meet-your-greens/

Monday 10/1/18
Film: Sacred Cod
7 pm @Powell Family Cinema, Wesleyan University
SACRED COD is a feature-length documentary that captures the collapse of the historic cod population in New England, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to fish. After the film, we welcome you to stay for discussion.
Trailer: https://www.sacredcodfilm.com/sceneselects/

Friday 10/26/18
Eco Board Game Night
6-10 pm @Dekoven House, Middletown

There are lots of great eco-themed boardgames out there. On Friday October 26th, we’ll take over the two meeting rooms at the deKoven House and turn them over to gaming! Drinks and snacks will be served. Try to save the world, green your power supply, grow some trees, or just make some risque green jokes. Drinks and snacks will be served! More infor at https://www.rockfallfoundation.org/event/eco-boardgame-night/

Monday 11/5/18
Film: Death by Design
7 pm @MxCC in Chapman 808
Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. A cascade of new devices pours endlessly into the market, promising even better communication, non-stop entertainment and instant information. But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability. After the film, we welcome you to stay for discussion.
Trailer: https://deathbydesignfilm.com/about/

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 https://eepurl.com/bmU4tj