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Apply to be an Eco Facilitator!

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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

New Eco-Facilitators Program Info Session

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.04.22 AMThe 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
Time: 7:30-8pm
Place: Usdan 110
Contact: rmmetz[at]wesleyan[dot]edu

Residential Composting Bucket Distribution Day II at Olin Library – Rescheduled to 8:30 to 10:30 Tonight!


Don’t let our children end up like Howard (the one on the left)

Are you into planet Earth? The human race? The survival of the aforementioned planet Earth/human race? Then you may be interested in this unassailably environmental heads-up, which comes from DeNeile Cooper ’15:

Couldn’t grab that five-star blue composting bucket that food waste critics are raging about before you went out for thirsty Thursday? Stop by the Olin entrance lobby or Weshop entrance this Sunday evening between 7 and 9 pm and set your environmentally sustainable conscience at ease with a free composting bucket provided by the Wes Composting Committee and Wesleyan Sustainability. Buckets are generally distributed to student apartments, program or senior houses, but exceptions can be made if you really sell your composting enthusiasm. Contact Zach Burns ’14 (zburns(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) or DeNeile (djcooper(at)wesleyan(dot)edu) with questions.

Date: Today, Thursday, September 12
Time: 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Place: Olin Library entrance lobby and Weshop entrance

Waste Not! Tag Sale at Pine/Fountain & Brainerd Garages

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Attention everyone on campus that doesn’t want to lose their limbs for dorm furnishings! Waste Not!, the annual tag sale, is on. Details from Rebecca Sokol ’15:

It’s that time of year, y’all. Come get all the couches you could ever want at the WasteNot! Tag Sale. We also have tables, chairs, shelves, kitchen appliances, microwaves, coffee-makers, kettles, fridges, lamps, Christmas-themed paraphernalia, and a flying Batman doll. As always, our proceeds will go towards Sustainability at Wes and local charities.

There will be two sales this year on Saturday 8/31 and Sunday 9/1, both from 2-5 pm. We will be selling items in the backyard between Fountain Ave and Pine St. as well as in the garage behind 44 Brainerd Ave (Womanist House). We will only accept cash.

If you have any questions please email Sustainability Interns Isabel Stern and Rebecca Sokol at wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com.

Date: Saturday, August 31st, 2013 & Sunday, September 1st, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Place: Fountain Backyard and Garage behind 44 Brainerd
Cost: All yo monies

Apply to be a Sustainability Intern

Recyclops will drown you in your over-watered lawns!

The rad Rebecca Sokol ’15 hollers:

The Office of Sustainability is looking for 2-3 interns to join our team in Fall 2013. Interns manage the Waste Not program and the monthly Do It In The Dark competition in addition to organizing sustainability education programs on campus. You can find the full job description here.

If interested, email your resume to Wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com. We will be scheduling interviews next week. The application deadline is Monday, 5/6 at 9 AM.

Deadline: Monday, May 6
Contact: wesustainability(at)gmail(dot)com

Emergency Organizing Meeting Re: New Natural-Gas CoGen Plant at Freeman

Frack that...

From Evan Weber ’13:

In the last couple of weeks, it has come to my attention that the University is moving FAST on plans to build a new natural gas co-generation plant at Freeman to make most of the campus “energy independent.” In the university’s greenhouse gas reports, it has used the installation of the co-gen plant on High Street as a source of significant greenhouse gas reductions. While co-generation is a more efficient technology than traditional power plants (uses excess heat produced by combustion to heat buildings), such a strong capital investment in fossil fuel technology would cripple our community’s ability to move to true energy independence through renewable technologies. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the fact that domestic natural gas is largely extracted in this country through hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking” or “fracking”) which poses huge moral questions of environmental justice and may have a larger life-cycle carbon footprint than coal. 

Whudja Get at Waste Not!?

The annual Waste Not! tag sale was this weekend—the usual hodgepodge of second (or third or fourth) hand knickknacks. This year the sale was in two locations, Brainerd and Fountain. Despite prices, which some perusers felt were a bit steep, most items sold quickly. The sale started at noon on Saturday with shoppers sprinting to couches, lamps, mirrors Supermarket Sweep style. Fountain was picked almost clean within the first half hour of the sale, but Brainerd—where all the clothes were—was going strong all day Saturday.

So, what’d people buy? Film hall now has a new record player, which they claim will be used for “playing music.” Jules Berman ’16 of West College bought a birdhouse, which he’s hoping will bring canaries and cockatoos to play above his bed.

A shout out to the hip and cool sustainability interns, Noah K-M ’13 and Kate Weiner ’15, who will be putting on campus sustainability events throughout the year.

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Do It In the Dark

It’s November, which means it’s time for Do It In the Dark, the senior wood-frame energy competition.

Throughout the winter we’re going to be giving away monthly prizes to the Senior Woodframe that uses the least energy, and we’re awarding the first prize!

The top scoring house for the month was 220 Cross, whose energy efficient residents will each win a $10 gift certificate to dinner in Middletown (restaurant of your choice!).

Stay tuned for November’s results, and start saving energy so that your house can win. Save energy by turning out lights and unplugging appliances you aren’t using (especially over breaks), and remember that you can wear a light coat or sweater instead of cranking up the  heat. You can view the top 20 scoring houses on our blog at http://wesustainability.blogspot.com/ or after the jump.

Do it in the Dark

Live in a woodframe or program house? Your house is automatically entered into the Do it in the Dark Energy Competition. Each month two groups of housemates each win gift certificates for a dinner in town at a restaurant of their choice! The prizes are given to one house in each category: least total energy per square foot and least energy per square foot compared to the same house during the same month, the previous year. Reduce your energy consumption and you could bring pride and free dinner to your house!

Each month the winners (and losers!) are posted on our blog, WESustainability.blogspot.com. Check it out to see if you’ve won and get tips to reduce your energy usage!

Do it in the Dark from Wesustainability on Vimeo.