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Are you a student at Dartmouth who wants to get involved in sustainability? Guess what? All around campus, there are diverse groups of students tackling sustainability issues here at Dartmouth and in the world. These groups are powered by and governed by students, while coordinating and communicating with each other and the Sustainability Office through the Green Groups Directorate so they can maximize their impact. Email them directly to get involved!
The Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) has been around since the 1990s starting with bringing recycling to the dorms. Today the group educates students about sustainability on campus and tackles everyday sustainability challenges at Dartmouth, from reducing plastic use to encouraging energy efficiency. Have an idea about making Dartmouth greener? Contact ECO!
The Ecovores aim to increase campus awareness about where our food comes from and the economic, social, and environmental tradeoffs of various models of agricultural production. The group builds connections with Upper Valley farmers and producers to support a more local, sustainable food supply. In the long run, the group hopes to work with Dartmouth Dining Services to expand the percentage of Dartmouth food coming from local sources and provide more options to students who wish to eat more responsibly.
The Dartmouth Organic Farm
Located 3 miles north of campus on Rte. 10, the Dartmouth Organic Farm is a product of student enthusiasm. Students came up with the idea for the farm in 1991 and since then students have sewn crops, weeded, harvested, and guided the farm. The students involved with the farm consult with Farm Manager Scott Stokoe about which crops to plant each year and how to tend them. Recent additions to the farm include a timber-framed maple sugar shack, a solar-powered greenhouse, and a wood-fired bread oven. Come check out the Farm!
The Dartmouth Council on Climate Change is a climate change educational and activism-oriented group. Funded by the Dickey Center, DC3 aims to connect Dartmouth students to how global warming and climate change have social, environmental, economic, and political impacts from the local to international level. In 2011-2012, DC3 brought nearly 40 Dartmouth students to Washington D.C. for Powershift, one of the largest student lobbying efforts in the history of the United States. Students attended workshops and lobbied Congress for effective climate change legislation.
The Dartmouth Animal Welfare Group raises awareness about issues of animal ethics on campus, increases students' interactions with animals, and supports national movements that also promote animal welfare. The group focuses on animal welfare in the food industry, product testing, and scientific testing. DAWG also works to connect students to animals through volunteer opportunities at local shelters as well as pet-sitting opportunities within the Hanover area.
Divest Dartmouth works towards getting Dartmouth to divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies. Club members work to develop the skills needed to facilitate change related to campus culture and institutions! Join the movement!
The Dartmouth Food Connection is a new organization funded by the 2012 Milton Sims Kramer '54 Memorial Prize of the President's Office. Its mission is to connect the Dartmouth community to each other and to the local community using food as a medium. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.
In the 1960s a new awareness was born in the Dartmouth Outing Club: involvement and love of the out-of-doors could include more than recreational pursuits. In 1969, the DOC formed an Environmental Studies Division to promote environmental education and activism. Today, the ESD supports environmental action on campus via student grants. The club also hosts speakers and conferences throughout the year to educate its members and the Dartmouth community.
The Sustainable Living Center
In September 2008, the Sustainable Living Center opened its doors, as the result of student enthusiasm and leadership. With a program based on the three pillars of academics, community outreach, and residential experience, the eighteen residents and nonresident friends experiment with and learn about daily practices that contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle.
The Big Green Bus
The Big Green Bus was formed in 2005 as a means to promote alternative energy and conservation practices through advocacy and grassroots methods. The Bus is a retired coach the students converted to run on waste vegetable oil and retrofitted with recycled, sustainably-produced materials, energy efficient appliances, and solar panels. Through education and example, they inspire Americans to reconsider their relationship with the planet and each other to become more environmentally responsible citizens at home, at work, and in the voting booth. In a typical summer road trip, the twelve-member student crew visits 41 cities in ten weeks, promoting and educating Americans about simple actions that improve the environment and save money through energy conservation and recycling, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable food choices, and civic action. Check out the blog, photo albums, and lots more at www.thebiggreenbus.org.
Sustainability Related Programs Elsewhere on Campus
Foley House strives to be the healthiest, most stimulating and engaging residential environment on the Dartmouth campus. By cooking and eating together and sharing household chores, a bank account, a phone line and a television, Foley residents form important lasting relationships. Importantly, Foley House is not a membership organization. Residents and non-residents alike can be members of the Foley community.
Tucker Foundation Programs
The Tucker Foundation runs programs that support environmental and social sustainability in the Upper Valley and all around the country. Of particular note are:
Members of Growing Change design and teach a farm to school curriculum in local elementary schools. Club members volunteer for 1 teaching day a week and help maintain small vegetable gardens at the schools.
Design for America
Founded by Elizabeth Gerber '98 at Northwestern University in 2009, Design for America uses human-centered thinking to improve communities. Members collaborate with community organizations and nonprofits to solve real-world problems. Dartmouth's chapter meets weekly and consists of 60 students from such diverse areas as environmental studies, economics, art, sociology, anthropology, and cognitive science.
Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering
Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering (DHE) is an award-winning, impact-driven group of university students at Dartmouth College. DHE runs a wide range of technical projects in developing nations, including small-scale hydropower, improved cookstoves, and an initiative aimed at improving access to clean water. We strive to encourage development, improve health, and reduce environmental impact through sustainable, affordable, socially-conscious solutions for communities in need.
Tuck Sustains is a student-administration partnership at the Tuck School of Business aimed at reducing our environmental footprint and promoting a healthy work-life balance in the Tuck community. It also offers leadership positions for the growing number of students interested in environmental issues in preparation for a business world increasingly focused on sustainability.
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EcoReps and Sustainability Interns
The Sustainability Office offers Internships and runs the First Year EcoRep Program. Find out more here.