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Environmental Studies News & Events

We will try to keep you updated on what is going on around our campus and the community.  Please help us do this by sharing information about news and events with us.  Contact Bonnie Hallam at if you have news or events you would like to share. 


May 20-21, 2014:  Tri-Co Environmental Studies Faculty Conference:  Building Bridges

For details and registration click here.



April 7-11, 2014:  Sustainable Food Week at Bryn Mawr!

Please join us in celebrating Bryn Mawr College's Sustainable Food Week on Thursday, April 10th

Special Events on this THURSDAY Include:

• 8:45-11:30AM- Free Fair Trade Coffee and Local Pastries in the Pem Arch to learn more about Fair Trade Coffee at BMC. 

• 12:30-1:30PM- Informal Lunch with Keith Lemnios about Sustainable Food, Fair Trade Coffee, and Student Power at Haffner.

•4:30PM-  From Wall Street to Sustainability: Keith Lemnios Presents His Journey to Fair Trade Coffee Keynote Speech in Thomas 224. Includes fair trade coffee taste testing! 

• 4:00-8:00PM- 100 Mile Meal (sustainability dinner) in Haffner.

Brought to you by the Sustainable Food Committee and the BMC Real Food Challenge!


Speaker: Mr. Conor Lewellyn

Location and Time: Villanova University, CEER 314, 12:00pm.



There has been limited research performed to measure the effects and performance of SCMs in series.  As a result, in 2011, Villanova University constructed a treatment train which combines four SCMs to study the quantitative hydrologic and water quality effect on rainfall runoff of SCMs in series.  The treatment train includes a vegetative swale, two rain gardens in series, and an infiltration trench.  Research at the treatment train continues to focus on accurately quantifying the flow of rainfall runoff through the system.  New instrumentation has been tested and implemented to provide accurate rainfall runoff inflow to the system.  Further research will focus on accurately quantifying outflow of the system, as well as individual performance of SCMs in the system.


The talks will be recorded and can be watched live.

Visit and go to presentations to watch previous talks

April 10, 2014, 7:30 pm:  Tenant Farming to White House Arrests:  A Scientific Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis

Seating is reserved and tickets ($5.00 each) may be purchased by phone (610-436-2266) at the SSI Box Office in West Chester University's Sykes Student Union or online at .  Please note:  There are no longer spaces available for the VIP Reception, but please join us for the Keynote!  Location:  Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S. High Street, West Chester, PA  RSVP by April 7, at

Dr. Hansen is the leading authority in the field of climate science and has contributed significantly to the public debates about climate change and the responsibilities of science.  He served as Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and is an Adjunct Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University's Earth Institute.   

Eliminating Extreme Poverty by 2030 
Human Rights and Human Development 

Join us for this 10th Annual Global Solutions Lab, June 22–30
at the United Nations and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Where we develop solutions to critical global and local problems.

Who Attends:
College and high school students, as well as teachers and young professionals from around the world, who want to contribute effectively to the world. (Previous Lab participants have come from France, Spain, Germany, Georgia, Lithuania, Ireland, Turkey, Ukraine, Mexico, Venezuela, Haiti, Canada, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Sudan, Uganda, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Palestine, Sudan, India, Pakistan, Nepal and all over the U.S.)

Global Solutions Lab

When: June 22–30, 2014
Where: The United Nations, New York, and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

What happens:

1. You are briefed by expert UN staff (previous speakers were from UN Development Program, UN Environment Program, UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO,  UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Population Fund, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN High Commission for Human Rights, and others*)

2.  You develop designs and solutions to critical problems facing the world

3.  You present these at the UN

4.  A book is published of your work.

Cost: Lab tuition $950. Discount for early registration. Partial scholarships available in special circumstances.

Contact: 302.656.2721

What you learn, do, get

  • Be briefed by United Nations experts on global problems and opportunities.
  • Learn about critical global problems that impact the lives of everyone in the world, as well as the opportunities associated with these problems, and what we can do to change the current situation.
  • Learn and use Design Science—a problem-solving and strategic design and planning methodology, developed by Buckminster Fuller and other scientists and designers, that will be of use to you for the rest of your life. You will work collaboratively to develop a solution to meet one or more of the UN’s post-Millennium Development Goals.
  • Present your work at the UN to a team of UN and other experts. Your work will be published in a book after the Lab’s conclusion.
  • You will receive a CD ROM packed with over $1,000 worth of the latest books and reports from the UN and dozens of other international agencies on the state of the world, communications, energy, food, water, population, education, health, climate, the global economy and other topics.
  • Meet others with similar interests, and work very hard and have fun doing it.

Cost, registration, further details
Cost of attending the 2014 Global Solutions Lab is $950. There is an early registration discount. Partial scholarships are available in special circumstances. Further details and registration information are at Here you will also be able to download the book that documents the work from previous Labs as well as see a short movie that describes the work of the Lab.


April 1, 2014:  Environmental Studies Spring Tea - 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Join us in celebrating Spring and meet current ES Minors and Faculty.  Find out how an Environmental Studies Minor could make sense for you no matter what discipline you are majoring in!  Quita Woodward Room, Thomas Hall.  To download a flyer click here.


  • March 4 and 5, 2014:  Conversations with Dorceta Taylor

Please see Professor Taylor's schedule of events below.  Please make note of the Public Talk on March 5 at 4:30 pm.  This talk will examine historical and contemporary contexts in which environmental inequalities arise and are perpetuated.  Dr. Taylor will show how patterns of inequalities such as exposure to pollution and living in hazard-prone environments were evident in early American cities and set the stage for some of today's concerns about environmental justice and long-term sustainability.  The discussion will examine how gender, social class, and race influenced both environmental practices and decision-making as well activism and outcomes.  The talk will analyze the role of activists and scholars in bringing issues such as environmental racism and social inequalities to light. 

Suggested reading in preparation for Dr. Taylor's talk: 
Dorceta E. Taylor. 2011. “The Evolution of Environmental Justice Activism, Research, and Scholarship.” Environmental Practice . 13(4): 280-301.

Dorceta E. Taylor is the author of The Environment and the People in American Cities, 1600s-1900s:  Disorder, Inequality, and Social Change (2009, Duke University Press) and Toxic Communities:  Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility (2014, New York University Press).   To download a copy of a flyer, click here.

Tuesday, March 4:
* 10:30-12:00 noon meeting with Career and Professional Development staff—Campus Center 200 (Kate Krimmel)

*12:00-1:30 pm lunch conversation about environmental careers—Ely Room, Wyndham (Kate Krimmel)

Wednesday, March 5:
*9-10:30 A Conversation about Social Work and Environmental Justice
—GSSWSR (Darlyne Bailey)

 * 12:10-1:00 EDUC 285: Ecologies of Minds and Communities—Goodhart B (Jody Cohen)

* 1:10-2:30 Poli Sci 101--Dalton 2 (Carol Hager)

*2:40-4 ENGL 216 Re-creating Our World: Vision, Voice, Value—English House 2 (Anne Dalke)

* 4:30-6 Public Talk, "Race, Class, Gender and the Environment:   The Role of Scholarship and Activism”--Dalton 300 (Anne Dalke)

* 6-8 dinner with faculty interested in sustainability issues—Wyndham (Victor Donnay)

* 8-9:30—
Multicultural Center (Pensby Center)
An informal chat with NAACP, POSSE, Sisterhood, and BaCaSO

Dorceta flyer


  • December 5:  Exhibition Opening for F'13 360: Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan ( 2:30 pm)

The participants of the Fall 2013 360, Perspectives on Sustainability:  Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan, invite you to attend the exhibition in Canaday Library 3rd floor, "Disasters and Rebuilding in Japan:  Perspectives and Testimonies from the Tri-Co Collection." 

The exhibition is based on research into connections between the Tri-Co Colleges and Japan which was conducted with both Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Library special collections.

December 12:  There will be an official opening reception on December 5th (2:30-3:30 pm) and a panel discussion on December 12th (1-2 pm)

  • December 10:  Screening of  A Place at the Table

Join us for a screening of the documentary A Place at the Table which explores the state of hunger in the United States.  This food documentary was produced by the same team that brought you Food Inc.  Campus Center, 8 pm   See attached flyer


Pre-registration is upon us.   Here are a few things ES Minors should know:

  • If you are a senior and looking to register for the Senior Seminar in the Spring, you will not be able to do this unless you have an approved ES Minor Plan on record in the registrar's and dean's offices.  Please contact Bonnie Hallam ( if you are having problems.
  • New ES Course being offered at Swarthmore this Spring! POLS 087 & CHIN 087 Water Policies, Water Issues: China and US (Summer Trip to China Funded by Luce Foundation)

Access to fresh water is an acute issue for the 21st century, and yet civilizations have designed a wide range of inventive projects for accessing and controlling water supplies over the centuries. Fresh water resources allocation generates issues between upstream and downstream users, between a country and its neighbors, between urban and rural residents, and between states and regions. This course examines a range of fresh water issues, comparing China and the U.S.  For more details, download the flyer!                Water Course Flyer


October 29 @ 3:30 - 5:30 pm - Environmental Studies Fall Tea                                               Please join us in the Campus Center, Room 105 for refreshments and conversation.  Meet the ENVS faculty, current minors and those interested in minoring!  Learn about some exciting Environmental Studies courses lined up for the Spring Semester. 

October 28 @ 5:30 pm -  The SunShot Initiative - A Physics Department Colloquium       

Come hear Dr. Lidjia Sekaric from Cornell University discuss the Sun Shot Initiative.  The US Department of Energy started the SunShot initiative two years ago in an effort to decrease the cost of solar energy to be equal to other sources of electricity.  The SunShot initiative was modeled after the Apollo Mission (the Moon Shot).  How does getting solar power to be cheap compare with getting humans to the moon for the first time?  The talk will address technical, economic, and political obstacles to deploying solar on a large scale.  Dinner at 5:30 pm, Presentation at 6:30 - Dorothy Vernon Room, Haffner Hall

October 25 @ 5:30 pm - Global Water Challenges, Issues and Solutions                           TheFairmount Water Works Interpretive Center  presents Dr. Peter Gleick, Co-founder and President of Pacific Institute.  Dr. Peter Gleick is one of the world's top experts on global water. He'll be at the Van Pelt Auditorium on Friday, October 25, to present his views on global water challenges, issues, and solutions.   Following this will be a reception here at the IC. For more information, please see the first page of the FWWIC calendar ( or visit

October  8 - 10th - Mellon Creative Residency - Three Centuries of Stirring the Pot: African American Foodways
Culinary historian, food blogger, and Chef Michael W. Twitty ( will visit campus through the Mellon Tri-College Creative Residencies program from October 5th-11th. We'd like for you to join us for these events and are encouraging you to RSVP early for the community dinner, as the seating is limited!

  • 10/8 @ 7 pm  "Dining from a Haunted Plate"  - A lecture by Michael W. Twitty
    Science Center 199

    “To the African-Americans, the first question was usually, “Where are your people from? “My answer was always, “Yonder”…The food told them I was kin.  The food was pointing in the direction where I was, where I belonged, what I was a part of, and what I brought to the table.  My terroir was not the asphalt and parkland, green space and rooftop gardens and honeybee laced urban air–it was the fields and farms of the past, the scary scary past–the colonial and antebellum past—with its bayous, backwoods, creeks, swamps, mountainsides, Black Belts, sandy bottomlands and sweeping subtropical valleys.  My terroir was my enslaved past–and the enslaved past of us all.”
    Michael W. Twitty illuminates the connection between the nation’s history and its foodways. His lecture takes us on a culinary history tour designed to restore knowledge of the culture, language and skills of people who work created southern and American cuisine. Reception to follow.
  • 10/9 @ 4:30 pm - "Food Justice, Social Justice, Culinary Justice: Food Issues in Communities of Color from the Outside Looking In"  A Panel with Michael W. Twitty and Tina Johnson of the Chester Co-op.   Bond Memorial Hall
    Culinary Historian Michael W. Twitty and local food activist and Tina Johnson, Director of the Chester Co-op will discuss issues related to equality of access to high quality food for communities of color in the United States. The two panelists will address questions focused on where and how food is grown, distributed and efforts to insure availability of sufficient food for people in urban communities. Twitty and Johnson will share their insights about foodways in communities of color and the need for respectful engagement by concerned outsiders.  Reception to follow.
  • 10/10 @ 6 pm - A Celebration of Fall - Michael W. Twitty's Community Dinner
    Join us for the concluding event of Michael W. Twitty’s Mellon Tri-College Creative Residency. Michael Twitty and volunteers will prepared a menu of seasonal delights for student members of Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore colleges. Seats are limited, so RSVP soon via this link:
    You can follow him on Twitter @koshersoul and @antebellumchef and find him on Facebook as Michael W. Twitty.
    Questions? Email

October 7 @ 4:00 pm - Effects of Fracking on Streams in Pennsylvaia Park 229

Biology Department presents Dr. Kelly Maloney, USGS Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory For more information about Dr. Maloney go to   Refreshments will be served before the lecture.

October 7 @ 7:30 PM - Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series: “Our Environment 2013 - Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

On Monday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m., psychologist and author Mary Pipher, PhD, will discuss her latest book, The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture, where she tackles the way we deal with traumatic information about the fate of Mother Earth. Books will be available for sale on site, and Pipher will be available to sign books following her presentation. Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church - 625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.  For more information contact 610-525-2821 or

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Monday, Nov. 4 @ 7:30 p.m. - Community Forum Distinguished Speaker Series: “Our Environment 2013 - Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Pieter Tans, PhD, an internationally-recognized environmental scientist, will be our guest to discuss climate change and humankind’s influence on our environment. The link is a great educational resource for your classroom. The following link is offers more general information  Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church - 625 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.  For more information contact 610-525-2821 or

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