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MCLA Green Living Seminar Virtual Series Begins Jan. 27 With Talk From Dr. Seth Wynes

NORTH ADAMS, MA—MCLA’s annual Green Living Seminar Series begins on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and continues through April, presenting a series of virtual lectures on the theme of “Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability.”


Dr. Seth Wynes, a postdoc at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will kick off the series with a talk titled “Individual Actions and Climate Change: Which are most effective?”


Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register at


This 12-week series will explore how individual decisions can contribute to global sustainability. “Through these presentations, students and the broader public will have the opportunity to learn which individual actions have the greatest positive impact on the environment, and how to create systems and frame questions to encourage people to make sustainable decisions,” said Elena Traister, MCLA professor of environmental studies.


The seminars will take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. from Jan. 27 to April 14. Future Green Living presentations include:


February 3: “Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy,” presented by Rachel Fey, Senior Director of Public Policy at Power to Decide


February 10: “Cycling for Sustainable Cities,” presented by Dr. Ralph Buehler, Professor and Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


February 17: “Consumer Demand for Fuel Efficient Vehicles and the Role of Social Marketing,” presented by Dr. Lisa Watson, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Marketing at University of Regina 


February 24: “Factors that Influence Demand for Green Power,” presented by Lori Bird, Director of U.S. Energy Program and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy at World Resources Institute


March 3: “Factors that Influence Electric Vehicle Adoption,” presented by Dr. Ona Egbue, Associate Professor of Informatics and Engineering Systems at University of South Carolina Upstate


March 10: “Framing Messages to Make Them Appealing” presented by Dr. Nell Putnam-Farr, Assistant Professor of Marketing at Rice University


March 17: “The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior,” presented by Dr. Christie Manning, Director of Sustainability at Macalester College


March 24: “How Emissions Information Can Help Prompt Travelers to Purchase Greener Flights,” presented by Dr. Angela Sanguinetti, Research Environmental Psychologist at University of California, Davis


March 31: “Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts,” presented by Dr. Jason Seacat, Professor of Psychology at Western New England University


April 7: “Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances,” presented by Dr. Chien-Fei Chen, Director of Education and Diversity & Research Associate Professor at University of Tennessee


April 14: “Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems,” presented by Dr. Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College


Every semester, MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series hosts lectures by local, regional, and national experts organized around a central theme related to the environment and sustainability. The 2021 series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA’s Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.


For more information, go to or contact Elena Traister at (413) 662-5303.


About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.


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