Tag Archives: environmental

Wild Walls

WILD WALLSFrom Kate “Katydid” Weiner ’15:

Love to garden? Want to learn more about vertical living walls? Enjoy making things? Wild Walls will be building a large-scale green wall on campus this semester that will incorporate both a vertical garden and herb wall.

We would love your help! If you’d like to join or have any questions/ideas, contact kweiner[at]wesleyan.edu

Contribute to Loam Environmental Arts Magazine

loamFrom the radiant Kate Weiner ’15:

Loam, Wesleyan’s environmental arts magazine, is seeking editors, graphic designers, and artists to contribute to our fall semester publication. Check out the spring 2014 issue here to get a sense of the work we do. We love sharing creative expressions of our relationship with the earth and can’t wait to see your contributions!
If you are interested in working with the loam team, please contact Kate at kweiner (at) wesleyan.edu

“Water, Water, Everywhere”: Wishing Wells Come to Commencement

Image via HartfordBusiness.com.

Changes are coming to Reunion and Commencement. Instead of plastic water bottles this year, you will find two water filtration systems, called the “Wishing Wells,” where students can fill a reusable water container.

As you probably have noticed by now, Wesleyan implemented a campus-wide ban on water bottles this past year that has been met with a pretty positive response. Plastic water bottles create environmental waste and, in the words of Melodious, the product “privatizes a public commodity.” Why pay for something you could get for free from the tap in your sink? (And your tap water is probably cleaner and more highly regulated to boot).

In keeping with this new campus policy, R&C will go water-bottle-less. In lieu of selling plastic water bottles, the two student-made Wishing Wells will provide water. Nina Gerona ’15, Tavo True-Alcalá ’15, Brent Packer ’15, and Mads O’Brien ’16 created the winning design and then worked closely with the Wesleyan Machine Shop to build the filtration systems.

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.

GreenerU Environmental Action Workshop

From Corey Guilmette ’13:

Want free Pizza and to become a better leader, come to the GreenerU Environmental Action Workshop.

The workshop will cover the following topics ~
•Leadership Skills–Development the skills necessary to create sustainable change
•Behavior Change Theory and Practice–Understand behavioral psychology and how it can be put into practice.
•Communication –Investigation of effective strategies for communicating with different groups of people on campus (i.e. other students, faculty, staff, administrators)
•Sustained Change –Exploration into how student leadership can be consistently fostered year after year in such a way that supports continued institutional change.

Space is limited to 30 students. RSVP now to dallase.s(at)greeneru(dot)com to reserve your spot!

Date: April 26
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Place: Exley: Woodhead Lounge

Bidder 70: Tim DeChristopher on Confronting the Climate Crisis

From Brianna van Kan ’12:

Tim DeChristopher was recently convicted of two felony counts for disrupting an illegitimate BLM oil and gas auction in December of 2008, by outbidding oil companies for parcels around Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. In 2009, Tim founded Peaceful Uprising, a climate justice group working to build an uncompromising movement to defend a livable future. Join Tim as he delivers the urgent message regarding the need for bold, confrontational action in order to create a just and healthy world in the face of the climate crisis.

There will be cookies!

Date:   Tuesday, April 12
Time:   4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place:  Exley 058

Ready, Set, Compost!

Black Stars: Working Composting Machines; Red Stars: Broken or Planned Expansions (Will be working soon!)

Black Stars: Working Composting Machines.  Red Stars: Broken or Planned Expansions (Will be working soon!). Click to enlarge the image.

From Corey “Compost Guy” Guilmette ’13:

As the sun returns for the Spring and the air begins to warm, that also means that composting is back! You can start composting now!

In under a month of operation last semester, thanks to the help of around 800 participants, we were able to compost almost 300 gallons of food waste! If you forgot how our system works or want to see a map of compost machine locations, check out the composting website.

Unfortunately, do to heavy ice and snow, we had two composting machines break this winter. Please don’t try to use (because it won’t work) the composting machine between Fountain Ave and Pine St. and the machine next to Hewitt. Fortunately, we have replacements coming soon, along with a new machine that will be next to the Bayit!

If you have any questions or want to start composting, please email wesleyancompost(at)gmail(dot)com.

Composting: Back for the Spring!

From Corey Guilmette ’13:

As the sun returns for the Spring and the air begins to warm, that also means that composting is back! You can start composting now!

In under a month of operation last semester, thanks to the help of around 800 participants, we were able to compost almost 300 gallons of food waste! If you forgot how our system works or want to see a map of compost machine locations, check out the composting website.

Unfortunately, do to heavy ice and snow, we had two composting machines break this winter. Please don’t try to use (because it won’t work) the composting machine between Fountain Ave and Pine St. and the machine next to Hewitt. Fortunately, we have replacements coming soon, along with a new machine that will be next to the Bayit!

If you have any questions or want to start composting, please email wesleyancompost(at)gmail(dot)com.

Powershift 2011

Party hands up, Party hands downFrom Marj Dodson ’13:

Join Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Van Jones, and 10,000 young leaders in DC to demand climate solutions!

Powershift 2011 will be the largest youth convergence in US history. It will allow us to meet today’s challenges by bringing together over 10,000 environmental activists from across the country for focused trainings, issue briefings, and political action in the nation’s capital. It’s time for our elected officials in Washington, DC to hear our demands and follow our lead. We are sending a Wesleyan delegation down to Washington to have our voices heard, get inspired, and gain tools for making change in our campus community and beyond.

Registration is $65 until this Sunday! We will subsidize your price down to $35 if you register before this Sunday’s deadline. Transportation and Housing Provided!
Powershift2011.org

When: April 15-18th
Where: Washington, DC

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5K for Earth Day Planning Meeting

From Corey Guilmette ’13:

Are you interested in planning a 5K? Do you know how to design t-shirts? Do you want to help plan an Earth Day festival? Earth Day is a couple months off, but we are starting to plan an awesome Earth Day 5K and Festival. We want your help! If you can’t make the meeting but want to help out, no problem! Just email: cguilmette(at)wesleyan(dot)edu

Date:   Tuesday, Feb. 15
Time:   4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place:  Usdan 136