TIE Talks

TIE Talks is a monthly get-together of environmental faculty, staff, students, and alumni to learn from each other in a casual social setting. Building on the success of last year’s series, on the first Wednesday of each month beginning October 3rd, 2012, TIE hosts an informal educational event to facilitate interdisciplinary cross-pollination. The theme of the 2012 – 2013 academic year will be “Water and Agriculture.”

This Fall, we had a variety of interesting speakers.  Alumna Marisol Pierce-Quinonez (G’12, F’12) discussed  the requirements of planning for a more sustainable local food system, the use of Food System Assessments as a tool for community visioning, and her work with the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group in her talk, “Tools and Techniques of Regional Food System Planning.” In November, we actually heard eight short, unique presentations related to water during our Droplets: Short Presentations About Water event, co-sponsored by the Aidekman Art Gallery. Finally, professor at the Friedman School Tim Griffin’s talk, “Agricultural Conservation Practices to Protect Water Quality,” spurred a discussion of environmental damage from grazing livestock, and what the US has done to mitigate the degradation of water quality on grasslands through Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP, of the USDA)

Spring 2013 Talks:

March 6: Sean Cash, ʺWillingness to pay for water supply improvements in households of informal settlements: Evidence from Queretaro, Mexicoʺ
April 3:  Selena Ahmed, “Tea and the Taste of Climate Change”
May 1:  Rebecca Pearl-Martinez and Kim Foltz, “Climate Change Adaptation in the Water and Agricultural Sectors”

TIE Talks are held in the Miller Event Space (Miller 20, next door to TIE at the former RezQuad Café).

Executive Director Antje Danielson sits with students and faculty members at a recent TIE Talk. Tim Griffin discusses how the US is dealing with environmental damage from grazing livestock. Alexander Zorniger, founder of the Tufts chapter of the Thirst Project, discusses solutions to the clean water crisis.