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Unofficial Orientation 2016: How to Keep Wes Green

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)

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.)

Common Ground: Exploring the Intersections of Environmentalism and Social Justice

common groundOlivia Won ’18 writes in:

‘Common Ground’ is a collaborative art exhibition that explores the intersections between environmental and social justice issues. This project aims to foster growth between different communities on campus and to create a space for more inclusive dialogue and collaboration. This installation features art produced by members of the Wesleyan community that speaks to a variety of environmental justice issues facing our world. Through artistic media, we hope to help repair the schism that has developed on campus between the different approaches to the environmental movement and between environmental and social justice activists.

Let’s find common ground together.

Come join us for an evening of collaboration, dance, music, spoken word, and art!

Schedule of performances/art making/workshops TBA!

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Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 4-8 PM
Place: The Workshop

Radical Inhabitation

radicalKate Gilbert ’18 writes in:

In order to raise awareness about environmental issues on Wesleyan’s campus, and to make environmentalism more of a priority of the student body, Matilda Ostow, Lizzy Elliott and I have planned Radical Inhabitation. This action, which consists of a workshop and sleep-out, and culminates in a human banner, strives to connect environmental groups on campus and to expand dialogue about environmental issues. We invite anyone and everyone to participate in this event – join us on Foss on Wednesday April 27th at 7pm.


Re-envision our relationship to green spaces on campus. Climate change is disrupting our world, DISRUPT one night of your life by participating in:

*Workshop* – An evening of environmental exchange and collaboration
*Sleep Out* – Occupying Foss to radicalize the way we inhabit our campus
*Human Banner* – Use our bodies to send a message to the student body

– Come fed
– Bring sleeping bag/pad (or borrow a friend’s)
– Only experience necessary: being a human on planet earth.

Let’s create a collective attitude of environmental awareness and action!

Date: Wednesday, April 27 – Thursday, April 28
Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 AM
Place: Foss Hill

Student Forum: Marine Biology

finding nemoFrom Abby Meyer ’16:

The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains 97% of the planet’s water, yet more than 95% of the underwater world remains unexplored. If this intrigues you, come learn about the 5% we do know about and watch lots of critter videos like this:

Come to our information meeting at 7pm Wednesday September 9th in Exley 121 to find out more about this full credit class!

Date: Wednesday, September 9 — tonight!!
Time: 7-8 PM
Place: Exley 121

WesCycle Bike Generators Training, Recruitment and Free Smoothies

From the absolutely fabulous Katie “runs this school” McLaughlin ’15,

Are you interested in sustainable energy and exercise?
Wesleyan’s one and only bike generator group WesCycle is looking for members to join our team for tomorrow and beyond! If you want to learn a really incredible new skill, make some friends, and do some good for the world (and your thighs) this could be the student group you’ve been waiting for!
We will be powering a blender for delicious smoothies at the Feet to the Fire Riverfront Encounter event tomorrow from 12-5pm in Harbor Park. It should be a wonderful event with food, games, and music. We are actively recruiting new members to be trained to maintain the generators for next semester but also could really use some extra hands tomorrow.
If you are interested in helping out for any part of the Riverfront Encounter,  or if you are interested in helping out in the future but can’t make it tomorrow, please email kmclaughlin[at]wesleyan[dot]edu
Date: Just tomorrow or beyond!
Time: Event is 12-5pm but you can help for any period of time.
Place: Harbor Park near the CT river
Cost: Free smoothies!

Greenscene requests submissions for “Loam”

An important request from Kate Weiner ’15:


GreenScene wants your creative, environmentally-themed submissions for our magazine “Loam.” “Loam” will be published on recycled paper and distributed for free during Earth Month.

Are you a photographer? Take your camera outside. A poet? Be inspired. We need your creativity, environmentalism and talent!

If you have any questions or would like to submit your beautiful work, please contact cpatel(at)wesleyan(dot)edu or kweiner(at)wesleyan(dot)edu.

Environmental Organizers Network Meeting

From the ever-busy/ever-wonderful Kate Weiner ’15:

The Environmental Organizers Network (E.O.N.) will be meeting this Friday, January 31st in 41 Wyllys Room 114.Come at 12 p.m. for a short meeting about making cool sustainable projects happen on campus, how to collaborate with other environmental groups, and ways we can help Wes go green.

Everyone is welcome and so are all ideas–we’d love to hear your vision for an eco-initiative on campus and figure out together how E.O.N. can be of service!

Date: Friday, January 31st
Time: 12 PM
Place: 41 Wyllys Rm. 114

JouleBug Sustainability Contest Winners

joulebug-1From the organizers of the JouleBug sustainability contest:

The JouleBug sustainability contest wrapped up on November 24. With more than twenty teams representing eighty individuals, we had more than fifteen individuals rack up more than one thousand points, gaining them top standing on the national JouleBug leader board.  Perhaps more than the extraordinary performance of our top leaders, we had more than fifty-five individuals Buzz more than 100 points.

#1 winning team with 2168 points:  “Barnacles” captained by Julianne Green ’14.  All members will get $30 in Middletown cash.
#2 winning team with 1547 points: “The Joule Thugs” captained by Ari Lewenstein ’16.  All members will get $25 in Middletown cash.

The team that had fewer than 400 points on Nov. 22 and improved the most in the final three days of the contest was WOCOHO, captained by Crystal Rogers ’16.  They will get a home baked care package during reading/finals week

The single largest point-scoring individual was Katherine Lu ’15 with 2310 points.  She will get a guest pass to Spring Fling.The two best pictures were posted by Inés Parmentier VINT and Sarah Bessey ’14 who both got JouleBug reusable water bottles.

The contest was a terrific success for all of the participants and for Wesleyan.  We’ll have to run the numbers to see how much money we generated for financial aid, but without a doubt we helped raise awareness, created enthusiasm for every day sustainable actions, and had fun!

Wes EON GreenScene, Issue 3

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out this week’s issue of GreenScene to learn about the divestment resolution passed through the WSA, to find some environmentally relevant articles of the week, and to get more info on campus sustainability.

Heard of the Arctic 30? Well did you know that one of our Wes Alums was recently imprisoned for acts of peaceful protest? From our newsletter:

“Earlier last month Wes alum Dima Litvinov ’86 and twenty-nine other Greenpeace activists were arrested in Russia for protesting offshore oil drilling. The activists, known as the Arctic 30, were initially arrested after two of their members attempted to climb an offshore oil rig, the Prirazlomnaya, to hang an anti-drilling banner. The Prirazlomnaya is the first offshore oil rig to drill in the Arctic, which gives environmentalists particular concern given the Arctic’s unique climate and biodiversity. Initially the Arctic 30 was charged with piracy; after public outcry over the piracy charges, Russia has promised to change the alleged offense to hooliganism, which still carries a potential seven year prison sentence. On Nov. 6th the International Tribunal for the Law of the Seas began hearing the Arctic 30’s case.”

Check out our blog for the full article.

Wes JouleBug Kick-off Event w/ Pizza Dinner


Wes JouleBug is a campus-wide sustainability contest and is having its kick-off event on Monday, Nov 11 at the College of the Environment. Stop by to learn more about the contest and meet the other people participating! There will be pizza for dinner, and a bunch of people who care about a more sustainable Wes!

If you haven’t signed up for the contest yet, you have until TONIGHT at midnight to do it. Sign up as a team captain here and get your friends to be on your team! Remember, all residential energy savings go toward financial aid.

Date: Monday, November 11
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Place: The College of the Environment (284 High St)
Cost: FREE and you get pizza
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