This will be mostly a repost of Samira‘s two updates of DMZ‘s original 2012 post but with some important updates, so read on, dear freshies.
Is there anything more romantic than a bike ride in place? (October 2012)
This is part of our 2016 Unofficial Orientation Series. A quick reminder that you can check out the welcome post here and past years’ series here.
If you came to Wesleyan because of some vague, or obvious, interest in environmentalism, then you’re in luck! If you find the right people, organizations, classes, etc. then you’ll have a great support system for keeping green on campus. If you thought it was impressive that the admissions building has solar panels on top of it (mostly a ploy to get environmentalist students to apply), then you’ll have a great time getting involved with sustainability efforts at Wes.
First of all, Wesleyan has a sustainability coordinator, whose role is to help further Wesleyan’s mission of sustainability, including making things clearer to you. Her name is Jen Kleindienst and you can send her an email at jkleindienst(at)wes. For any and all questions regarding sustainability, you should also check out Wesleyan’s sustainability website. (I’ll be going through the most important details, but I can’t link to everything.)
From the lovely miss Molly Steinfeld ’15 comes the final Do It In the Dark challenge.
For the final two weeks of Do It In the Dark, the Sustainability Interns would like to present the #WesDoItInTheDark (or#WesDIITD) Sweater Competition! Tweet or Instagram a photo of you wearing your finest winter sweater with this hashtag to enter into the competition. The picture with the most likes will win a prize! Don’t forget to
wear your sweaters and turn down the heat in your residencies to reduce energy usage. All money saved in energy reductions goes towards financial aid!
When: Now until November 23rd
Where:Wherever you’re wearing your sweater!
From Molly “fast shower” Stienfeld ’15
Thank you everyone for your continued support of Do It In the Dark!For those of you who haven’t heard of Do It In the Dark yet, it isWesleyan’s annual energy saving competition. Every dollar saved inenergy reduction goes towards Wesleyan Financial Aid. All campusresidences compete to reduce the most energy and win prizes!We have just entered the second phase of the competition: the ShowerChallenge. For the next two weeks, we are trying to reduce showertimes. Taking showers under four minutes not only saves water but alsoelectricity. In order to gain points on Joulebug, buzz the “ShowerSprinter” pin under the “Water” tab.Don’t forget past tips for electricity savings.
Thanks for your continued participation and support!
PLUS! Do It In the Dark was featured in the Middletown Press!
Where: Your house/fauver/hi rise/lo rise/program house/dorm!
When: Started October 12th and runs through November 25th. You can still catch up!
Cost: Free plus you give financial aid scholarships.
From the Sustainability interns, kicking off Wesleyan’s sexiest energy saving effort:
Do It In The Dark is Wesleyan’s annual energy-saving competition. For the first time ever, Do It In the Dark is going campus-wide. From October 12 to November 25, we’re encouraging students in all residences to cut back energy usage. Every dollar saved in reduced energy usage will be donated to Wesleyan Financial Aid. In order to track energy reductions throughout the competition, we will be using an app called Joulebug (which can be downloaded on the App store and the Android store on either your phone or computer). JouleBug allows you to “buzz” every time you perform a sustainable action, earning points. The points will be tracked to determine which residence is being the most sustainable (earning you a prize!).
The app is sorted into teams. Dorms, HiRise, LoRise, and Program Houses will be competing in one group, and Woodframes and Apartments will be competing in another group. When you sign up, look for your team and join!
Even if you can’t download the app, still participate. A grand prize at the end is awarded to the residence with the most actual energy reduction (which we track through the utility bill in the winter!).
Every two weeks, there will be a new challenge. For the first two weeks, we’re focusing on laptops and electricity usage! Here are some tips:
- Turn your lights off every time you leave your room!
- Shut down your computer rather than putting it to sleep!
- Unplug your computer once it is fully charged, and unplug your charger if you’re not using it.
From Ari Lewenstein ’16, Ellen Paik ’16, the Wesleyan Sustainability Office, and The People Putting All Those Creepy Yellow Numbers on Your Doors:
Wondering what all those yellow numbers on the houses mean? Want to know who’s been doing it and why? Good news, it was us!
READ AFTER THE JUMP TO SEE HOW TO DO IT IN THE DARK AND WIN COOL PRIZES (and also raise money for financial aid)!
From Kate Weiner ’15:
Do It In The Dark is Wesleyan’s energy saving competition. Each month, residents from the house that saves the most energy win gift cards to Middletown venues! It’s an awesome way to get rewarded for your green efforts and we want everyone from wood-frame houses to try and win! For more information check out this link
Have fun and save energy!
When: Once a month
Where: Wood-Frame Houses on Campus!
In a quest to dominate the front page of Wesleying, I’d like to call your attention to some information about applying to become a Sustainability Intern, provided by Emma Pattiz ’13 and Noah K-M ’13:
Interested in a year-round paid internship focused on sustainability efforts at Wesleyan? A Sustainability Intern position will open up in the fall of 2012. To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com by Wednesday, May 9th. Interviews will be held by appointment during the following week.
The Sustainability Interns are expected to work at least 5 hours per week, and tasks include running the Do It in the Dark energy competition, the Dorm Energy Competition, and Recyclemania. Interns also coordinate Waste Not! collection at the end of the spring and the tag sale in the fall, so applicants must be available during Orientation Week 2012. We are also starting a regular on-campus thrift sale in the spirit of Waste Not!
In addition, the interns serve as a liaison between student groups, the Wesleyan Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship, Physical Plant, and Residential Life.
Questions? Concerns? Feel free to email us at wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com.
Due: Wednesday, May 9
It’s November, which means it’s time for Do It In the Dark, the senior wood-frame energy competition.
Throughout the winter we’re going to be giving away monthly prizes to the Senior Woodframe that uses the least energy, and we’re awarding the first prize!
The top scoring house for the month was 220 Cross, whose energy efficient residents will each win a $10 gift certificate to dinner in Middletown (restaurant of your choice!).
Stay tuned for November’s results, and start saving energy so that your house can win. Save energy by turning out lights and unplugging appliances you aren’t using (especially over breaks), and remember that you can wear a light coat or sweater instead of cranking up the heat. You can view the top 20 scoring houses on our blog at http://wesustainability.blogspot.com/ or after the jump.
A sustainability intern position will open up in the spring. To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com by Sunday, November 20th.
This is a paid position where you will be expected to work at least 5 hours per week. The sustainability intern tasks include running the Do It in the Dark energy competition, the Dorm Energy Competition, and Recyclemania, as well as coordinating Waste Not! collection at the end of the spring. We are also in the process of starting an on-campus thrift store in the spirit of Waste Not! You must be able to stay on campus through senior week to get this position.
Questions? Concerns? Feel free to email us at wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com.
Live in a woodframe or program house? Your house is automatically entered into the Do it in the Dark Energy Competition. Each month two groups of housemates each win gift certificates for a dinner in town at a restaurant of their choice! The prizes are given to one house in each category: least total energy per square foot and least energy per square foot compared to the same house during the same month, the previous year. Reduce your energy consumption and you could bring pride and free dinner to your house!
Each month the winners (and losers!) are posted on our blog, WESustainability.blogspot.com. Check it out to see if you’ve won and get tips to reduce your energy usage!
Do it in the Dark from Wesustainability on Vimeo.