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Topher Sabot ’99: From Econ Major to Dairy Farmer

Topher Sabot ’99 gave a Log Lunch talk on Friday about his dairy farm, Cricket Creek. He brought along three of his cheeses for the crowd to try, a special treat for a rapt audience. Topher spoke about his roots as the son of an Economics professor, and his introduction… Continue reading »

Professor Alex Apotsos on the Cape Town Water Crisis

On Friday, Professor Apotsos gave a Log Lunch lecture on the Fulbright Fellowship he did last year in Cape Town, South Africa. Using his background in coastal oceanography and work at the USAID (US Agency for International Development), Professor Apotsos aimed to work with regional planners to assess urban vulnerability… Continue reading »

Prof. Don Carlson ’83 on the Evils and Perks of Capitalism

At the last log lunch, visiting economics and sustainability professor Don Carlson gave a talk on the benefits and disadvantages of climate change. Professor Carlson is teaching at his alma mater as a “reverse sabbatical” from a fruitful career in investment banking and venture capital, a field most associate with… Continue reading »

Nutrient Cycling in Riparian Zones with Wyndom Chace ’21

At the last log lunch, sophomore Wyndom Chace presented on her CES-funded summer internship at the University of Rhode Island. She conducted research on how nutrients used for fertilizer, like nitrogen and phosphorus, behave throughout riparian zones. A riparian zone is any land adjacent to a stream, and Wyndom… Continue reading »

Mayor Tom Bernard on the Bright Future of North Adams

Thomas Bernard has a long history in the Berkshires. Born in raised in North Adams, he graduated from Williams College and has worked at Mass MoCA, MCLA, and is currently the Director of Special Projects at Smith College. He was elected mayor of North Adams in November 2017, adding this… Continue reading »

Peter Kelly-Detwiler ’83 on the Transformation of the Energy Market

Don Carlson with Peter Kelly-Detwiler Energy expert Peter Kelly-Detwiler’s (’83) Log Lunch talk centered on the rapid changes occurring in electricity and transportation sectors. As renewable electricity resources and energy storage become increasingly cost-effective, the electricity sector begins to become greener. At the same time, our transportation sector is… Continue reading »

Jenny Hansell on the Berkshire High Road

At last week’s Log Lunch, Jenny Hansell, President of the Berkshire Natural Resources Council, gave a talk on her work at the BNRC. The BNRC is a land trust, conserving parcels of land through trail-making and also providing human access to the wild. In particular, the BNRC is working… Continue reading »

Tessa Kelly: The Mastheads Project

Last Log Lunch, architect Tessa Kelly ’07 spoke about her ongoing project in her hometown, Pittsfield. She is working with students in Sarah Gardner’s Environmental Planning senior seminar to design a park in the west side of Pittsfield. This is a historically black neighborhood with culture that isn’t reflected in… Continue reading »