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.)
There’s a lot going on at Wesleyan. We all know that, it’s part of what makes this place so amazing. We also know that it’s hard to stay connected to all the groups, clubs, events, and scenes that you want to be a part of while also juggling class, homework(?), going to the grilled cheese cart at least 3 times a week, and hitting the gym in an attempt to stay looking like you only go once or twice a week. We also know that Wes students love to be good citizens; to each other, to Wesleyan, and hopefully, to the Earth as a whole. We aim high.
Because we know this is a lot to do, we are here to help. We want to help you stay up to date on all of the awesome and important environmental going ons and happenings on campus. So, we’re MORE than happy to tell you that the GreenScene is BACK and better than ever! Looking for a way to fill a Friday afternoon while also attempting to keep your carbon footprint from looking like Shaq’s shoe? Want a few energy saving tips to help relieve some of the guilt from that 20 minute shower you took the other day? Want to get involved with a great group of people on campus? The GreenScene is here to help!
Put out by Wesleyan’s Environmental Organizers Network (EON), the GreenScene is an environmental newsletter that organizes a green calendar for all groups and clubs hosting environmental events to add to, and spot lights some of the great events that have happened or are happening on campus. In this week’s issue you can learn more about Do It In The Dark (otherwise known as the event preceded by the super mysterious yellow numbers on every wood frame and program house door) or about a rally that took place in support of defunding the dirty Keystone XL Pipeline.
We are so excited to be a new addition to the amazing Wesleying blogosphere, check us out here whenever we put out a new issue! Questions/concerns/additions/thoughts/want to write an e-mail to take a break from midterms? Feel free to contact us at weseon[at]gmail[dot]com. Also check us out on Facebook (Wes Eon GreenScene) and Instagram (weseongreenscene)!
Raise your hand if you’re tired of your summer internship… or if living with your parents impinges on your previous personal freedoms… or if you miss Foss Hill… or if you’re anxious about furnishing your fall digs without breaking the bank… or if you want to scope out the class of 2017 before everyone else (we won’t judge you). If you raised your hand for any one of those, the ever-resourceful and charming Kate Weiner ’15 has a sustainable and fun solution for you to get back to campus a little early:
Interested in helping out with sustainability on campus? Getting first dibs on cool stuff? Volunteer with Waste Not in the fall!
If you’re still looking for cheap, useful stuff to buy, go to the Waste Not! tag sale this weekend:
Need a loveseat to canoodle on? How about a mini Buddha figurine to match with your Tibetan prayer flags? Fretting over how to launder your comforter without tennis balls? Waste Not!, Wesleyan’s annual tag sale, has all of these things, plus an extensive collection of tutus and a pristine Batman statue.
Every spring, students donate items that they not longer need or want, and we store them over the summer to sell in the fall. We have mini-fridges, outdoor furniture, couches, clothing, costumes, kitchenware, and tons of miscellaneous, often hilarious, items for you to buy at extremely low prices. It’s Wesleyan thrifting!
The proceeds go to sustain the Waste Not! program (pay for storage, etc.) and extra goes to charity, so come support us! We’ve been working hard to sort through all this stuff and it kind of feels like we’ve been touching hundreds of really sweaty people for hours.