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
Interested in getting involved with sustainability projects at Wesleyan? Want to get your hands dirty while beautifying campus and meeting new people? WILD Wes will be hosting workdays at both the WestCo and Butterfield courtyards, so join us for some post-brunch landscaping! In WestCo we’ll pull weeds, lay woodchip paths, trim kale, and possibly plant some trees. In the Butts we’ll level off the new terraces and care for the raised garden beds. Stop by either site for as long or as short as you’d like.
Date: Tomorrow, Saturday September 21 Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Place: WestCo and Butterfield Courtyards
WeSLAM doesn’t want you to miss the supreme, most salad-y slam of the semester:
The Spring Slam. Come celebrate spring. And vegetables. And the earth. And poetry. Live music will be provided by Immanuel Lokwei ’12, Andrew Pfeiffer ’13, and Greg Shaheen ’13!
Oh, there’s a special surprise scoring-method! If you’ve never slammed before, this is the perfect chance. No intimidation: just love, good weather, the earth and hugs from the WeSLAM family.
Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie is gonna be featuring (she’s super dope; check her out here and here). Lily Myers ’15 and Solomon Billinkoff ’14 are gonna be hosting. Kate Weiner ’15is gonna talk about the earth. (Hopefully) You’re gonna be slamming.
Wait! There’s more! This is outside! I repeat: outside!
Haley Greenberg ’14 and Emma Pattiz ’13 have plans.
This year, Wesleyan took a big step forward by registering with AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, as a follow up to President Roth signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment last year. We’ve also made an important commitment to better our community by joining STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, to rate how sustainable our institution is and find ways to make it better.
Join your fellow sustainability advocates in a day of awareness and appreciation for everything we’re doing beyond these BIG steps, from Long Lane Farm, to WILDWes, WesFRESH, Campus Composting, Urban Gardening, Green Fund, CRI, and so much more! Come enjoy an explosion of good eats and treats at the Farmers’ Market and join the conversation in Usdan110 where we’ll be screening a keynote address from the organizers of Campus Sustainability Day beyond Wesleyan. Volunteer at the Farm, WILDwes courtyard, or Middletown urban gardens! Watch demos by student groups and visiting environmentalists! Also, bring your bike to pedal for power for a smoothie while listening to live music performances all afternoon!
When: Wednesday, October 24. Where:Usdan Courtyard
Before you whip out the greenface and then raze that Novembeard-turned-finals-beard, that quote isn’t excerpted from the updated College Prowler description for attractive Wesleyan students (sorry to disappoint). No, but while you’re sitting at home wondering what you used to do before finals anyway, check out what WILDWes has been up to.
The video, by Erin O’Donnell ’12 and Ofer Levy ’12, tells us some cool facts about landscaping in the United States and some of the WILDWes organizers take us through the process. There are some great shots of mulching and the Sustainable Landscape Design student forum from this semester. President Michael Roth and others involved, such as from Physical Plant, express their support as well. Just watch the video already.
You can also check out more about WILDWes on their website.
Emma Leonard ’13 writes in about a lecture TONIGHT about plants and other green things:
This is one of the last lectures being put on by WILD Wes and its a doosey. It will be led by Max Piana, a Wesleyan graduate of ’05 and recent graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. He’s just returned from doing some awesome field work on subsistence farming and nomadic forest management in Mongolia and will be speaking on the subject of Urban Ecology. woot woot! So bring some dinner, a friend and the name of your favorite native plant. Stay WILD!
For those of you who were blown away by Rachel Schragis and for those of you who missed it, here’s another opportunity to learn about another blossoming side of the sustainable design movement. Dr. Colleen Butler of Tufts University will be coming to campus to give a talk on rooftop gardens and will be discussing both the process of constructing the spectacular rooftop garden at Tufts (check it out!), as well as her work in researching the plant/animal communities that thrive in those rooftop communities. The Lecture will be held Wednesday at 5pm in Shanklin 107. Presented by WILD Wes!
Welcome back, my home-skillets and jingle-berries. This is your main man frostedmoose, and I have found out that it is my duty (or so it became my duty after Zach and A-Batte threatened to jingle my berries) to provide a somewhat but not really anywhere close to comprehensive list of new spiffy stuff on campus.
So here I present to you my
ARBITRARY LIST OF ARBITRARY NEW THINGS THAT I ARBITRARILY SAW WHEN I ARBITRARILY WALKED AROUND
Oh, and this will be helpful to the froshies reading this too.
If you (a) are on campus this week and (b) know what sheet-mulching is, you’re in for a treat: WILDWes sheet-mulching work days. It’ll be just like Woodstock, but without the drugs, or Janis Joplin.
Details via WW rep Manon Lefevre ’14:
This coming Thursday and Friday, WILD Wes will be hosting sheet-mulching work days from around 10:00 to 5:00 in the WestCo Courtyard, and we would love for you to join us! We will be out there breaking down cardboard, laying out compost and mulch, and potentially doing some digging. If you are confused as to where the Courtyard is, need more information, or just want to send moral support, contact Manon Lefevre ’14 at 860-918-8830 or Andrew Pezzullo ’13 at 207-615-7742.