Our next events
Monthly UVSC Excom Meeting
Tuesday March19 at 6:30 pm at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. All are very welcome to attend!
Women in Conservation
Thursday March 21 at 6 pm, at the Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
The Upper Valley’s Women in Conservation speaker series resumes with two area authorities on sustainable food and nutrition: Laurie A. Ristino, Ph.D., director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, and Certified Food for Life Instructor Beth Perera.
The presentation is sponsored by the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the Sierra Club Upper Valley Group, and the Montshire Museum of Science.
Ms. Ristino is the inaugural director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, where she has built the most comprehensive law and policy program for sustainable food systems in the nation. She is an expert on farm bill conservation, environmental law and policy, and climate change, and regularly provides influential commentary on the role of law in the food movement, including the recent publication of A Changing Landscape: The Conservation Easement Reader by the Environmental Law Institute, co-authored with Jessica Jay. Prior to joining the Vermont Law School faculty, Ms. Ristino practiced environmental law at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 20 years. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from the University of Iowa, an M.P.A. from George Mason University, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership from American University.
In addition to her Food for Life certification, Ms. Perera holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, among many others. In her own words, “I ate everything for the first 47 years of my life, and like so many others, until I had a health crisis, I was not motivated to change anything.” At that point, Ms. Perera implemented numerous dietary and lifestyle changes. “I adopted a plant-based diet, and my health issues completely resolved themselves,” she states. “I was then inspired to learn more and teach others.” Ms. Perera also holds certifications in Food Over Medicine, Women’s Health, Diet & Lifestyle Intervention, Cancer Prevention/Survival, and the links between Diet & the Microbiome to Autism. “My greatest joy,” she says, “comes from empowering others with this information, so they can take charge of their health and not leave their quality of life up to a medical system that omits nutrition from medical school training.”
Now in its second year, the Women in Conservation series features women from throughout the two-state region who influence our understanding of and interactions with the natural world. The programs offer area residents an opportunity to hear these women’s inspiring stories and draw from their leadership and stewardship.
Previous Women in Conservation events have featured former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, SCA Founding President Liz Putnam, Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell, Dartmouth College Professor of Environmental Studies Elizabeth Wilson, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Deputy Supt. Christina Marts, past national park Artist-in-Residence Joan Hoffmann, animal behavior expert Cheryl Asa, Ph.D., and educator Anna Morris of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS).
The March 21 program is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.
2016 was the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service! Along with the national Sierra Club and many Chapters and Groups we have actively participated in Events sponsored by the Park Service in our area. The Boots to Boats initiative continued in 2018, as does the ongoing cooperation between our Group and the Park Service.
Here is our own Joan Hoffman, Artist in Residence at the Park!
Here is Karl Kemnitzer with our Upper Valley Group table at the NPS-100 event
Here is Bonna Wieler with our table at the Boots to Boats celebration: