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SMC Environmental Lecture Series Features Zero Net Energy Homes, Improving Food Systems, Climate Change, & More


Santa Monica College’s Spring 2014 Environmental Issues Lecture Series – covering topics such as zero net energy homes and how to improve the food systems in the community – begins Tuesday, March 4, with “SMC and Sustainable Works Move Us Forward,” a chance to meet Genevieve Bertone and learn from the Sustainable Works professionals how to improve the quality of our living and working environments.

All lectures in the series are FREE and are held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 263 of the Humanities & Social Science Building on SMC’s main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Seating is on a first-arrival basis.

The series – which has informed the community for more than 12 years – is sponsored by SMC’s Center for Environmental and Urban Studies (CEUS). The center is open to the public and features displays, a library and information center, video collection, native garden, and other services and activities related to environmental and urban studies. SMC has been offering courses in environmental and urban studies since fall 2001.

The remaining line-up in the Spring 2014 Environmental Issues Lecture Series is:

• April 8 – “Zero Net Energy Homes – What Will They Look Like?” – Find out about residential home designs that produce as much energy as they consume from renewable energy expert Stuart Cooley.

• May 6 – “How to Improve the Food System” – Join anthropologist Gillian Grebler and a panel of SMC and community food activists to find out what’s going on in our community and on campus in the quest for food that’s good, clean, fair—and available to everyone.

• May 27 – “Climate Change 101 Night” – How do we know what is happening to our climate, what can we expect in the future, and what can we do about it?

For more information, please visit or call (310) 434-4743.


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