Schedule and Sign-Up

The Environmental Expo will run for 4 weeks from May 15 to June 15. Learn more about the Expo workshops and sign up here.

Mon May 17th, 7pm  – 8:30pm

Community Action Works, Basic Organizing

How do you go from a community concern to a winning campaign? Come to this workshop about community organizing to find out! We’ll talk about clarifying what residents are worried about and what change they want to achieve, understanding the pathways to that change, and honing in on the most strategic course of action. These skills are applicable to any issue that may be impacting your community.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-organizing

Weds May 19th, 6pm- 8pm

Livewell Springfield, Climate Change Health and Equity

The Live Well Springfield Coalition under the Public Health Institute of Western Mass is working to address climate change and health equity issues in Springfield. With funding from the Kresge Foundation, the coalition has identified 2 policies for the Springfield Healthy and Just: Climate Action Resiliency Plan (CARP) to advocate for implementation in Springfield.  The coalition is working with a resident and stakeholder committee to narrow and identify four policies that could significantly impact greenhouse gas immersion, health, equity, and racism. The coalition is committed to a clear, transparent, narrowing process that transforms change. Transformation change can be accomplished by keeping the community connected to the process and informed about our community engagement results.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-health-equity

Thurs May 20th, 7pm – 9pm

Arise, Environment and its deeper connection to capitalism, I.e. housing, voting, census, economics

Our workshop will explore the deep impact that capitalism has on the environment. We will examine how decisions made about housing, voting, and economics relate to environmental justice and who is affected by those decisions.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-climate-capitalism

Sun May 23rd, 6pm-8pm

TBD, Housing

Learn about housing and how it impacts our communities. You will leave with additional understanding around how housing has been a way to disempower our communities and how our communities can work together to create our own solutions to the housing crisis. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-housing

Tues May 25th, 6pm-8pm

University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez 

Listening to Puerto Rico, Learning from Puerto Rico: Community Response to Climate Disaster in the Aftermath of Hurricane María 

Approximately six weeks after deadly Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, a student-faculty team at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez began a mass-listening project that stretched across the archipelago to collect oral histories and other biographical narratives related to the disaster. While the over 100 collected narratives reveal massive government-level failures in distribution of relief supplies and aid, they simultaneously highlight the courage and ingenuity of individuals and communities who developed innovative strategies to survive the aftermath. In this presentation, members of the UPRM team discuss the project with a focus on food insecurity, including a look at some of the mutual aid groups that were formed in disaster and continue to serve the people through the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussion to follow. 

Dra. Ricia Anne Chansky with Gabrielle Armstrong Velázquez, Natalia Betancourt Malave, Aleyshka Estevez Quinones, and Yarelis Marcial Acevedo 

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-UPR

Fri May 28th, 6pm-8pm

John Snow Research and Training Institute Inc

Presentation on the results of a study conducted around problem gambling and how it has impacted the City Springfield. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-casino-gambling

Wed June 2nd, 6pm-8pm CANCELLED

Jobs with Justice,

Our workshop will consider issues of labor and the job market. We will explore job creation and how green jobs fit into Springfield’s future and the future of safe, reliable, and sustainable employment opportunities.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-labor

Sun June 6th, 6pm-8pm

Biomass

Learn about the resistance to placing a biomass plant in a city that was named the asthma capital of the nation for two years in a row. From revoking the permit at the city level, to battles in court, to a battle at the statehouse and additional rulings, this has been a rollercoaster for a community that can not afford any additional pollution for it’s vulnerable youth and elders. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-biomass

Tues June 10th, 6pm-8pm

Lower Valley Mutual Aid

Based on a Solidarity, not Charity model; Looks at creating new systems, when the current one failed us. The time is now for us to step into our power as a community.  We are in a moment in history that will decide who we are, and where we want to go. The hope of the Neighbor to Neighbor Mutual Aid Lower Valley is that the crises we are living through will bring us closer together, and bring safety, peace of mind, and good health to each member of our community. As your neighbors, we are reaching out to ask for your help in fulfilling this hope, in whatever way you can. We are asking you to step up and play an active role in building true relationships within your community, while giving support to your neighbors during this difficult time. Today might be their turn to receive help, but tomorrow might be their turn to provide it.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-mutual-aid

Sun June 13th, 1pm-2:30pm

Resistance Center

Our workshop will discuss the impact of the military industrial complex and the effect that increased militarization has on communities and the environment.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-militarism

Mon June 14th, 7pm-8pm

Community Action Works, Basic Organizing Skills

How do you go from a community concern to a winning campaign? Come to this workshop about community organizing to find out! We’ll talk about clarifying what residents are worried about and what change they want to achieve, understanding the pathways to that change, and honing in on the most strategic course of action. These skills are applicable to any issue that may be impacting your community.

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-organizing2

Tue June 15th, 6pm-8pm

Neighbor to Neighbor Presents

The story of Gerena: Its past and present: Where does it go from here?

Neighbor to Neighbor presents an exploration of the German Gerena Community School. This workshop will look at Gerena’s past and the crucial role it has played in the community, how that role has changed and what those changes will mean for the future of Gerena and the North End.   

Register in advance for this meeting:

http://bit.ly/expo-gerena