This Winter in Sustainability
Compiled by Sustainability Office students and staff
Winter Term is off to a great start in the Sustainability Office and there are many ways for students, faculty, and staff to get involved and learn about sustainability. To kick off the term and make getting engaged easy, we’ve compiled a list of programs and upcoming events. We (The Sustainability Project) welcome new faces and really enjoy meeting community members with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Whether sustainability has been a long time interest or a concept you are just beginning to explore, please don’t hesitate to stop by an event or send us an email.
Intern, EcoReps, and Senior Consultancy Programs
This term, the Sustainability Office has a full roster of Interns, EcoReps, and Senior Sustainability Consultants working on campaigns and projects to improve sustainability on campus and beyond. Active student-driven projects this term include Dartmouth Bikes, Green Greeks, the Student Energy Task Force, Waste, and Permaculture. Our 2014-2015 EcoReps have chosen to tackle food and sustainability issues on campus. They will be working hard throughout the winter term to develop a campaign addressing important food and sustainability issues here at Dartmouth. Finally, this year, we have two Senior Sustainability Consulting teams both working on health and wellness issues. One team is partnering with Student Health Services to look at correlations between sleep, wellness, sustainability, and energy savings. Our second team is working with the Wellness Office to promote community-building and wellness activities among staff, from yoga classes to sit down lunches, by repurposing underutilized common areas on campus.
Annual Sustainability Office Winter Programs
Big Green Careers
The Big Green Careers program (BGCP) is kicking into high gear, continuing the success of its fall launch! In the fall, the BGCP enrolled 50 students, held biweekly office hours in the Hornig Environmental Studies Library, and hosted the first of three workshops. To start the winter term, BGCP hosted an information session to enroll more students and will hold its first session of biweekly office hours today (January 20th) in Hornig Library. Our second and third workshops, in January and March, focus on networking skills, navigating job fairs, and envisioning your future. In February, a Business and Sustainability panel features accomplished alumni. Students can also join a trip to the All Ivy Environmental Career Fair at Columbia University in New York City. We look forward to engaging students and alumni, and finding great career opportunities for students interested in sustainability and the environment.
This winter, the Sustainability Office will again be run Ecovate -- a six session workshop series for rising sophomore and junior sustainability leaders. Workshops are rooted in the principles of design thinking and help students reframe sustainability problems as opportunities. Using iterative thinking, brainstorming, and need-finding, student participants generate unique and innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Workshops emphasize discussion-based learning, use action-based prompts and give students the chance to collaborate intensively. The series culminates with an innovation challenge with students presenting their ideas to a panel of experts.
Sugar Crew 2015 (photos)
Farm Club and the Sustainability Office are teaming up to support a beloved tradition at the farm: turning maple sap into edible gold. Sugar Crew is a spring break trip hosted at the Dartmouth Organic Farm where participants learn the art and geographically unique tradition of transforming maple sap into maple syrup. The group oversees all aspects of the sugaring process -- from purchasing equipment to setting up lines and buckets in the sugar bush at the farm to bottling, branding, and marketing their final product. Even if you can’t participate in the spring break trip, look out for opportunities to explore the sugarbush and learn the basics of syrup production.
Environmental Justice Alternative Spring Break Trip to West Virginia (blog)
The Sustainability Office is also excited to be collaborating with the Tucker Foundation’s Alternative Spring Break program to support a trip to Montgomery, West Virginia. Each winter, 10 students, 2 student trip leaders, and 1 staff member prepare for their travels by studying US energy production and use, and its environmental, political, economic, and heath impacts on the local communities in West Virginia, national climate conversations, and sustainability efforts at Dartmouth. This winter, the group is excited about revamping the trip’s service project and supporting the efforts of local organizations to spread their message to college students across the country.
Green Groups Happenings
This winter, our student-run green groups have lots of offerings for anyone interested in food, climate policy, sustainable finance, and more!
Throughout the Winter Term, the Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group will be promoting “Meatless Mondays.” Want to learn more about why reducing meat consumption is good for your health and the environment? Sign up to take the challenge and receive weekly tips, reminders, gifts, and more!
The cold weather and snow is not keeping the Farm quiet this winter. Through the term, Farm Club will be hosting weekly “Farm Breakfasts” at 10am in the Fahey Ground Floor lounge and weekly Nature Walks from 2-4pm at the Farm and other beautiful natural areas within walking distance of campus. Additionally, look for workshops on garden planning, food preservation, permaculture, and maple sugaring throughout the term!
If you are new to sustainability and aren’t sure where to get started, ECO is a great group to check out! This term, ECO will be focusing on waste and encouraging Dartmouth Community members to BYO mug for hot drinks. The group meets Thursdays at 8pm in Hornig Library and always welcomes new members!
Dartmouth Council on Climate Change is working to bring several speakers to campus and to facilitate conversations around climate policy and action with local experts. One confirmed speaker will be environmental author and journalist Mark Schapiro who will be speaking on February 10th, at 6:30pm in Haldeman 041. Voices from across the Dartmouth community are welcome to attend and join the discussion!
Finally, Divest Dartmouth is also working on a speaker series around the linkages between sustainability and finance. The group is eager to spread awareness of divestment and help students understand what divestment and reinvestment looks like.
Lectures and Events
This term the Dickey Center, Tucker Foundation, Environmental Studies Program, and Sustainability Office are bringing engaging speakers to campus to discuss climate change, careers, social justice, farming, and more! See a listing below of upcoming events that all in the community are welcome to attend!
Tanya Taguq in concert with Nanook of the North; Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:00pm, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center More Information!
FILM SPECIAL: ANTARCTICA + Panel Discussion with Professor Ross Virgina, Environmental Studies and Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies, Robert Hawley, Earth Sciences, Mary Albert, Thayer School of Engineering, and Gifford Wong, PhD candidate in Earth Sciences; Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8:00pm, Loew Auditorium
FILM: Shored Up: When Human Nature and the Force of Nature Collide; Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:00pm-6:30pm, 041 Haldeman
What’s Happening in Sustainability at Dartmouth? Lunchtime Talk with Rosi Kerr, Director of the Office of Sustainability; Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Haldeman 124
Permaculture, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Indigenous Food Systems with Shannon Francis Permaculture Design Instructor at the Center for Integrative Botanical Studies, Thursday February 5th at Filene auditorium from 4-5:30
Talk by environmental journalist and author Mark Schapiro; Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 6:30pm, Haldeman 041
Sustainability and Business Careers Panel, Monday, Febryary 23rd, 5:00pm, Location TBD
Want more details on any of these events and up-to-date information as new events are scheduled? The best way to find out about sustainability happenings is by liking Dartmouth Sustainability on facebook and keeping an eye on our website calendar Events are also sent weekly to the campus listserv and advertised in the D2U. Have suggestions for how we can continue to spread the word? Email Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu with your ideas!