3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 4, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Museum of the White Mountains, 34 Highland Street, Plymouth


Boston is the fourth most vulnerable city in the U.S. to future climate change impacts. Over the last several years, the city has been engaged in deep planning to remain vibrant, growing and safe in the face of the expected changes. This presentation will explain how Boston is preparing for expected climate impacts over the next several decades, especially sea level and rise and extreme precipitation. The city is expected to experience 3-5 feet of sea level rise by 2100, and it will require a dramatic reshaping of the urban form adapt to this new reality. This process will play out over multiple decades and will present difficult challenges as well as terrific opportunities to reinvent urban life.

John Cleveland is the Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (www.greenribboncommission.org), a network of business and civic leaders supporting the implementation of the City of Boston Climate Action Plan. The Commission is supporting the City’s long-term climate preparedness strategy through the Climate-Ready Boston initiative, and is supporting the City’s long-term de-carbonization strategy through the Carbon-Free Boston initiative. John is also President and a co-founder of the Innovation Network for Communities (INC), a national non-profit organization focused on helping cities achieve carbon neutrality and long-term resilience to climate disruptions.

The talk will be followed by a members- and exhibit partners-only evening from 5-6:30.

Programming at the MWM is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nov ’16
6:30 pm

Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Boyd Hall, room 144.
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning
actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio: Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around
the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows
DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world
leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex
issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of
our time.

This event is free for anyone who would like to attend.

Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Lyon Hall Lawn


Join the Office of Environmental Sustainability, MAPS, and others for "Stargazing and S'Mores."  Dennis Machnik, associate professor of physics and director of the Mark Sylvester Planetarium at PSU, will be on hand with telescopes to share his vast knowledge.

The event is being held as part of efforts to raise awareness of PSU's "Do it in the Dark" electricity conservation competition between residence halls. Rain location is the Mark Sylvester Planetarium.

May ’16
2:00 pm
Please join us at the 2016 Student Showcase of Excellence. The event is free an open to the public, so please encourage members of our broader community to join us.
For more information about the showcase, including a five-minute video from last year, tap here. For this year’s press release, tap here.
  • Friday, May 6, 2-6 p.m.
  • HUB

Mar ’16
8:00 am

Managing New Hampshire’s Water for a More Resilient Environment

Each year, this popular event addresses current issues around our water resources and watersheds. Our watersheds are regularly exposed to a variety of disturbances, both of natural and human causes. Some disturbances are happening more frequently and often are of larger magnitude. The 2016 conference, on Friday, March 18, will focus on the concept of resiliency, or the ability of our natural watersheds and water systems, and built infrastructure, to respond to and recover from disturbances.
The event is at capacity, but if you would like to be added to the contact list, please complete our Contact Form.

Dec ’15
4:00 pm

Patterns of Macroinvertebrate Abundance and Diversity in a Headwaters Stream in Coos County
Presented by Brigid O’Donnell, PSU Department of Biological Sciences

This study is an ongoing investigation of the spatial and temporal variation in macroinvertebrates across Johnson Brook in Nash Stream Forest (Coos County, NH). The aim of this work is to document shifts in macroinvertebrate communities over heterogeneous habitats along the length of this headwaters stream and following habitat manipulation to create Brook trout habitat.

  • Today, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Nov ’15
4:00 pm

Integrating Bottom Up Knowledge into a Top Down Organization: A Story of Sustainability Efforts at the US Army Corps of Engineers

Through a case study of flood management projects, Professor Shannon Rogers will discuss the utility of integrating operator level knowledge into U.S. Army Corps Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiatives. Using site visit and semi-structured interview approach, 12 flood management projects in New England were explored.

  • Shannon Rogers, Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Oct ’15
4:00 pm

Resilience of New Hampshire’s Hydrology to Disturbance

New Hampshire’s forests have a rich history of harvesting for timber, fuel, agriculture, and suburbanization. This talk will look back at the hydrologic evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries to understand how large-scale forest harvesting likely impacted the hydrology of New Hampshire’s watersheds. A major focus of the talk will be on the resilience of the forests to maintain hydrologic function. Such information is vital to making sound decisions about our water resources in the future.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd 001
  • Presented by Mark Green, CFE/ESP and USFS

Oct ’15
10:00 am

Get together to beautify our community, meet new people, and help the environment.

Meet at 10 a.m. this Sunday, October 11, at the EcoHouse to participate!


Sep ’15
4:00 pm

Dr. Bill DeLuca of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present on "Designing Sustainable Landscapes by Expanding the Boundaries of Conservation: Lessons from a Migratory Songbird."

Current extinction rates of wildlife are unprecedented and continue to increase. A solid understanding of the relationship between wildlife and the environment is needed to design landscapes to ensure habitat connectivity and persistence. DeLuca developed Landscape Capability models for a suite of representative species applied to the 13 northeastern states. These models incorporate breeding habitat capability and climate suitability and are used to inform land acquisition for conservation in light of climate change throughout the region.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001