From The Wesleyan Green Fund:
Looking for a way to get involved in sustainability on campus? Want to support others in making their environmentally friendly dreams a reality? The Wesleyan Green Fund is accepting applications for new members until October 3rd! Email ieck[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with any questions.
Application deadline: Monday, October 3rd
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.)
Mira Klein ’17 and Rachael Metz ’16 write in:
The Wesleyan Sustainability Office is seeking frosh and sophomores to serve as Eco Facilitators for the 2016-2017 school year! Eco Facilitators (EFs) are peer-to-peer sustainability educators who promote sustainable lifestyles on campus within the context of global climate change and social inequality.
In Spring 2016, EFs will enroll in a semester-long student forum focused on theories and strategies for sustainable behavior change. Throughout the fall and spring of the 2016-2017 school year, EFs will be paid to implement these strategies, working with first-year students and Res Life to serve as a resource on how to adopt sustainable lifestyles. Working as an Eco Facilitator is a great opportunity to gain leadership skills and take part in building a more sustainable campus community.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Saturday, December 5th. An information session will be held on Monday, November 30th at 12:15 PM in Usdan 108 . More information is available HERE, and you can apply HERE. Please email ecofacilitators(at)wesleyan(dot)edu with any questions!
Info Session Date: Monday, November 30
Time: 12:15-1 PM
Place: Usdan 108
Application Deadline: Saturday, December 5
From Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director:
Are you interested in making sustainable change on campus? Want to break out of the student bubble?
If so, join a group of students, faculty, and staff at the first SAGES (Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship, Wesleyan’s official sustainability committee) meeting of the semester!
The Sustainability Action Plan will be complete (or nearly complete) by the time of this first meeting, so we’ll discuss ways for SAGES members to get involved in making Wesleyan’s campus more sustainable.
Date: Tuesday, October 13
Time: 2PM – 3PM
Place: Usdan 108
Michael Ortiz ’17 invites you to get free stuff from Waste Not:
Many great items were not sold at the Waste Not Tag sale over Labor Day weekend, and we want to give the Wesleyan community a chance to get great used items for office or home.
From Exley’s back entrance, turn right on Lawn and left on Brainerd; 44 is on your left. The end time is TBD, so come early for the best merchandise! If you have questions, email jkleindienst[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.
Date: Friday, September 25th
Place: Behind 44 Brainerd Avenue
Cost: Everything is FREE!
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 Rebecca “Eco Diva” Sokol ’15
The Wesleyan Sustainability Office is seeking students to serve as Eco Facilitators for the 2015-2016 school year. Eco Facilitators are peer-to-peer sustainability educators who promote energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and other sustainable habits on campus.
In the fall, EFs will enroll in a semester-long student forum designed to equip them with the tools to promote these behavior changes. In the spring, EFs will be paid to continue in their role.
From Sustainability Coordinator Jen Kleindienst:
Join Wesleyan’s Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES) for its first meeting of the semester! We’ll talk about the exciting sustainability projects going on on campus and create a roadmap for the spring. If you’ve never been to a SAGES meeting before, newcomers are always welcome.
Date: Thursday, January 29
Time: 9-10 AM
Place: Usdan 110
For more about SAGES, click here.
From eco-warrior Heather Whittemore ’17:
Join us on Wednesday, November 12 for a discussion about the growing resistance to the Spectra pipelines, and how you can join in defeating the fracked-gas industry and opening the way for a renewable energy future.
FANG (Fighting Against Natural Gas) and BASE (Burrillville Against Spectra Expansion) are two grassroots groups that are organizing resistance to the three proposed expansions to Spectra Energy’s northeast fracked-gas pipeline system.
Date: Wednesday, November 12 – TODAY
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Place: 200 Church
This past Sunday about 400,000 people walked in the People’s Climate March. Some odd hundred of those thousands were Wes students (and my housemate estimates that if you include Wes Grads there were about one gazillion of us, but that’s a rough number).
The People’s March was in anticipation of the UN Climate Summit that happened this past weekend (Sorry! I’ve been busy). There were no demands and no target for the march, but it still billed itself as the “biggest climate change demonstration ever.” Personally, I think it was pretty invigorating to see so many disparate affinity groups unite under the umbrella cause of taking action on climate change.