An invitation from Michael Ortiz ’17:
Do you like all things sustainable? Do you want to work with a great group of people? Do you want to effect change on campus? DO YOU CARRY A LUNCH BOX?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, apply to be an intern with Wesleyan’s Office of Sustainability for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is a dynamic position where you will work closely with a partner and the Director of the Office of Sustainability to help promote events, run Do It In The Dark, meet with various groups/departments on campus, and overall help make Wesleyan a more “green” campus.
Date: Applications are due by April 28th
Interested candidates should apply here: [Link to application]
From 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
I sat down a few days ago with Brent Packer ’15 and Tavo True-Alcalá ’15, the two co-founders of Wishing Wells, an up and coming water bottle filling station startup. Wishing Wells reduces plastic water bottle waste for big events on campus and is soon looking to expand with a bigger team and a larger impact.
Brent (L) and Tavo (R), just two great dudes doing really cool shit.
sheninagans: What are Wishing Wells?
Tavo: Wishing Wells are portable water distribution stations that provide chilled, filtered water for events like football games or reunion and commencement. The goal is to reduce the amount of disposable water bottles that people use at events like that. All you need is ice and a hose connection. It’s great.
Brent: The reason that this came about is because Wesleyan, and a lot of other universities across North America, have committed to reducing, or eliminating water bottle sales on their campuses. Wesleyan has been really great about that, you won’t find bottled water in Weshop or anywhere else. But the one area where they’ve had a lot of trouble was with these large outdoor events, reunion and commencement and football games are the main ones. They needed a way to hydrate people without breaking the commitment they made of being a bottled water free campus. They knew there would be a solution out there. They had some expensive ideas, like renting water bottle filling stations, but they thought there could be an easier and more cost effective way to do that. So two years ago they sponsored a competition. A bunch of students, with no engineering background, put together some designs. And our team, which was Tavo, Nina Gerona, Madeleine O’Brian, and myself just scrappily put together a plan and won the competition. Then our design was built with the help of Dave and Bruce in the machine shop and since then, Wishing Wells have saved 10,500 water bottles, mostly from the past two reunion and commencements and a few other events.
What are you doing with Wishing Wells right now?
The always-sustainable Rachael Metz ’16:
Did you miss the first Eco-Facilitators information session, but still want to learn more and apply to the program? Fear not, we’re having a second info session for all of your questions and concerns about being an Eco-Facilitator for the 2014-2015 school year! Don’t forget, you’ll get a half credit in the fall and be PAID in the spring…this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss! We encourage you to apply as soon as you can!
Here is the application.
Date: Tuesday, March 25th
Place: Usdan 110
Green alert from Zach Burns ’14:
Looking for free food?! Take it out of our compost bucket. Really though, come learn how we diverted 20,000 pounds of would-have-been trash to hot, steamy goodness last year. This year we have even bigger plans and we need your help! As master Confucius oft proclaimed, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Place: University Organizing Center (190 High St., between Beta and Eclectic)
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.
The generous, and good lookin’ Green Fund committee member Brent Packer ’15 wants YOU to have some more green in your life.
The Green Fund is flush with ca$hmoneyz and is eager to give you a bushel for your campus project.
Submit your clearly defined idea that will advance Wesleyan’s commitment to sustainability & conservation by Sunday, April 28th. Feel free to reach out to any of the committee members with questions or suggestions. We’re quite charming.
Deadline: April 28
Classless prefrosh dad of the year: “I’m going to get security if you don’t shut the hell up.”
As the debate over fossil fuel investments continues raging in the NESCAC blogosphere, members of a Tufts student group calling itself Tufts Divest For Our Future infiltrated an admissions information session last week to ask about the University’s investments. Not quite as epic as sending a fake press release to over 150 national and local media outlets claiming the University is formally divesting from the war and fossil fuels industries, but whatever—it’ll do.
In The ‘Cac managed to obtain video footage of the incident, which appears below. Curiously, the most hostile party caught on tape is not the questioner, who politely but insistently inquires, nor the admissions officer (or student?) leading the session, who suggests that they discuss the subject after the session. It’s the disgruntled prefrosh dad who swings into action with some seriously misguided hero fantasies, growling, “We came here to learn about the University. Stop wasting our time! I’m going to get security if you don’t shut the hell up.” Can’t imagine how mortified his kid must’ve been, sinking into hir chair like Harry Potter wearing the Sorting Hat. “Daaaaad. You’re embarrassing me in front of the other prefrosh!”
From Jen Kleindienst:
Come join Sustainability Coordinator Jen Kleindienst for office hours this Thursday in Usdan. Share ideas and questions about Wesleyan’s future in sustainable thinking and acting, or just stop by to say hello!
Date: Thursday, February 28
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Place: 1st Floor of Usdan
From Jane Wiedenbeck ’10:
Do you want to be able to effectively recruit and train new members for your group? How about how to work with other groups to plan more effective campaigns?
Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, is providing a workshop for Wesleyan students on Wednesday, January 30 at 6 PM. The workshop is a great training opportunity that will cover recruitment and coalition building. We will present principles and tips on how to recruit and build groups that are sustainable over the long-term, and how to network across groups and with key
administrators/decision makers in the community.
6-7 PM: Recruitment (for events and building a group)
7-8 PM: Coalition Building (i.e. working with other groups and administrators to further support your mission)