Tag Archives: COE

Take the Pledge to be Sustainable over Winter Break

Take the pledge to be sustainable over Winter Break!From ENVS/GOVT/EAST 291: Environmental Advocacy Strategies That Work:

Like the planet? Take some quick and easy steps this Winter Break to ensure that you have a sustainable experience. This event doesn’t have a limited physical location–participate from wherever you are through conscious decision-making.

1. Take shorter showers.
2. Unplug appliances and power strips when not in use.
3. Use public transportation when possible.
4. Don’t buy bottled water.
5. Bring a mug when buying coffee.
6. Bring bags while doing holiday shopping

Sign on by pressing Join here, and invite everyone you know.

Wes Talks Climate in Doha

From Samantha Santaniello ’13:

We are a group of three Wesleyan students – Sophie Duncan ’13, Chloe Holden ’15, and Samantha Santaniello ’13 – who are attending the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol in Doha, Qatar. This blog is a space to discuss some of the issues that inspire, frustrate, and energize us most during our time at the Doha climate negotiations.

We’re writing the blog and we want you to read it! There are some hot topics being discussed and the blog is extremely informative.

“Not In My Backyard is Beautiful!” Panel Discussion

We actually didn’t get an e-mail about this, but this panel today with the College of the Environment Think Tank 2012 seems semi-relevant to the current battle that is taking place over the Centerplan development:

NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) environmental protests are usually associated with images and rhetoric of selfish, parochial communities who engage in violent clashes with authorities.  Most social science literature thus far has focused on what policy makers and businesses can do to avoid this kind of opposition.  This panel takes a different view.  Examining NIMBY environmental protests in Germany, China, Russia, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, the four panelists will argue that although they may begin with narrow goals, NIMBY protests can often have positive and lasting influences on environmental policy and governance. 

Lecture and Discussion with Food Justice Activist and Author Mark Winne: The Myth of Food Democracy

Caitlin Aylward ’13 writes in about the food justice:

Food justice activist and author Mark Winne is returning to Wesleyan this Thursday to give a talk entitled “The Myth of Food Democracy: Ethics, Choice and the Tyranny of the Marketplace.”

The event will take place in the Woodhead Lounge (Exley) on Thursday October 11th from 4:15-5:30 PM with a reception to follow featuring Udupi’s Indian food.

In light of the upcoming general election, Mark Winne will address the links between food justice and the national election, as well as the market barriers that impede genuine democracy. Learn more about the societal consequences of recent food-related actions, votes, and policies, and discuss effective food policy strategies from cities across the world.

CoE Lecture: “The True Worth of Water”

Ally “Wa-Wa” Wang ’12 writes in, pointing us towards the latest effort by College of the Environment and Prof. William Pinch (along with his leather jacket, I suppose) to save the world:

Interested in learning about water issues? Come to Earth House for an informal panel to hear professors and students talk about hidden costs and politics surrounding water.

This Wednesday night, 3 of the fellows at the College of Environment’s Think Tank are speaking at Earth House about the “True Worth of Water.” We tend to think that water issues don’t apply here in Connecticut, but the water around us is not free, and politics of use surround it. The water bottle interns will also be there to talk about getting rid of water bottles at Wesleyan.

There will be a discussion afterwards.

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Cost: nada
Place: Earth House, 159 High Street
Time: 6:30 pm – 8.00pm

WILDWes Comes to the ‘Tube

“clean, green, smooth, well-kept, well-maintained…it’s attractive”

Before you whip out the greenface and then raze that Novembeard-turned-finals-beard, that quote isn’t excerpted from the updated College Prowler description for attractive Wesleyan students (sorry to disappoint).  No, but while you’re sitting at home wondering what you used to do before finals anyway, check out what WILDWes has been up to.

The video, by Erin O’Donnell ’12 and Ofer Levy ’12, tells us some cool facts about landscaping in the United States and some of the WILDWes organizers take us through the process.  There are some great shots of mulching and the Sustainable Landscape Design student forum from this semester.  President Michael Roth and others involved, such as from Physical Plant, express their support as well.  Just watch the video already.

You can also check out more about WILDWes on their website.

WesFRESH Speaker Series: Josh Viertel, the President of Slow Food USA

Caitlin “Speaker Series Extraordinaire” Aylward ’13 hollers:

The College of the Environment in conjunction with WesFRESH, Farm Hoe and the Italian Department will sponsor the WesFresh Speaker Series: Slow Food Movement, on Tuesday, October 18 at 4pm in Woodhead Lounge.

Josh Viertel, the President of Slow Food USA, will be coming to speak about and answer questions pertaining to the Slow Food Movement.

Please join us!


For Josh’s bio, follow the jump.

“Princess Mononoke” at COE

Fun fact: did you know Neil Gaiman did the english subtitles for Princess Mononoke? Anyway, Phoebe Stonebraker ’11 wants you folks to know that they’re showing the movie over at the College of the Environment building, a.k.a. that blue house.

Princess Mononoke took film director and writer, Hayao Miyazaki, 16 years to develop. It stars the voices of Claire Danes, Mini Driver and the ever amazing, Billy Bob Thorton, among others. So come and check out the COE building if you haven’t already…There just might be cookies.

Date:   Feb. 15
Time:   8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place:  The Blue COE Building (284 High Street)