Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Green Scene Edition 11

The Green Scene is Wesleyan's new environmental newsletter. Look to us for weekly updates on relevant news, lectures, conferences, meetings, and other interesting little environmental tidbits.
*If you have anything you would like included, please submit it to each week by Monday afternoon*

Important Notices:

~There was no Green Scene last week due to lack of submissions. We had no news to report, so we didn't want to waste space in your inboxes. If you have something to report, tell us, so we can keep this going!

~End of the semester summaries
-Has your group or campaign accomplished some great sustainability feats?
-Have you gotten policy passed?
-Have you held a really successful event?
-The last edition of the semester is going to include summaries/progress reports of all the campaigns and committees, and any other environmental actions that have happened throughout the semester.
-Please send a brief summary to and let everyone know what you've been up to and how hard you've worked!


~Gene Baur: The Intersections of a Meat-Based Diet and Climate Change
-Where: PAC002
-When: Tuesday, December 8th at 7:00pm
-What: Gene Baur, animal rights activist, best-selling author and president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary is coming to Wes! He will be giving a talk entitled: The Intersections of a Meat-Based Diet and Climate Change: How Our Food Choices Make a World of a Difference.

~IMPACT to bring Francisco Rodriguez to campus
-IMPACT! Humanity, Wesleyan's microfinance group, will be bringing Francisco Rodriguez to campus early this February to discuss the most recent United Nations Human Development report.
-The presentation should be about 30 minutes followed by a panel discussion and is open to the public.
-Keep an eye out for more details and if you have any questions or would like to be involved with bringing this presentation to campus, please feel free to contact Alexa Atamanchuk (
-For more information, check out

Group Meeting Times for the Week:

WesRUM: Thursday, December 10th at 8pm in the UOC (190 High)
-Come for poster/craft time to promote the next Free Market!
Dining: Thursday, December 10th at 5:30pm on the Usdan black couches
*Note time change*

~Check out your Eco Footprint!
-See how many earths we would need if everyone lived like you!

~Meeting on Climate Opens With Calls for Urgent Action- NY Times

~Obama Shifts His Visit to Last Day of Climate Conference

~Copenhagen Talks Tough on Climate Protest Plans

~Europe Bypassed on Climate Summit

Action On Campus!

~Copenhagen Rapid Responder
-During the Copenhagen climate negotiations, Dec. 7-19, the Energy Action Coalitions, its partners, and youth delegates will be coordinating rapid response efforts in the United States so that the movement can receive breaking updates and collectively engage in the negotiations.
-With your help, we'll assemble a Rapid Response team of hundreds of people so that on a moments notice we can generate thousands of phone calls, get our message out to the media, and effectively mobilize together.
-The goal of this rapid response team is no small task: to affect the U.S. negotiation position. But if enough of us engage in a timely way together, we can do just that.
-As part of the Rapid Response team, you'll be expected to devote 1-2 hours of your time at least every other day to mobilizing around the negotiations. You'll receive breaking updates through emails and phone calls from youth delegates in Copenhagen who are setting up a phone (skype!) bank.
-Join the Rapid Response team here!

Outside Opportunities:

None known at this time

Job Announcements:
None known at this time

Thanks for reading this week! Make sure to send in any submissions for next week's edition by Monday afternoon!

"A person writing at night may put out the lamp, but the words he has written will remain. It is the same with the destiny we create for ourselves in this world."
- Shakyamuni

Green Scene Edition 9

The Green Scene is Wesleyan's new environmental newsletter. Look to us for weekly updates on relevant news, lectures, conferences, meetings, and other interesting little environmental tidbits.
*If you have anything you would like included, please submit it to each week by Monday afternoon*

The ALL EON meeting is TONIGHT Monday, November 16th at 9pm in the Woodhead Lounge.
Come and hear what all the groups have been up to, report what you've done, and see what new things are happening! As always, there will be tons of smiling faces and food :)


-Screening of FOOD FIGHT with director Chris Taylor

Where: CFA Hall (the old cinema)
When: 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
What: Free screening of Food Fight with a Q & A session afterwards with the director.
Food Fight is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness. For more info on the film:

~Wesleyan Farmer's Market

-Where: Beckham Hall
-When: Wednesday, November 18th 11 p.m. - 2 p.m.
-What: The Wesleyan Farmer's Market will be featuring a special vendor this week who will be giving massages for $5.00! Also, Bon Appetit will be preparing lunch again, sourced from market ingredients and the Farmer's Market info table will be handing out hot apple cider. Come for good cider, food, and music during your lunch hour.

-Meet Your Greens Drinks at Tuscany Grill
-Where: Tuscany Grill (120 College Street, Middletown CT)
-When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 17 2009
-What: mingle with staff, volunteers, business owners and others working in Middlesex County to keep our communities green and growing! The guest speaker will be Sherill Baldwin, facilitator for the state DEP’s Materials Reuse Network. The MRN is a group of professionals interested in materials reuse and increasing deconstruction and building materials reuse activities in Connecticut. Sherill will talk about the work of the group and how deconstruction may increase reuse and recovery efforts of construction, renovation and demolition debris and surplus/salvaged goods in the state.

Come make connections, exchange news, brainstorm and relax. We’ll gather in the mezzanine overlooking the bar—appetizers ordered before 6 pm are half-price. At 5:45 we’ll take a few minutes for introductions and begin our informal program. All are welcome to Meet Your Greens –no reservations needed. Questions? Contact Claire Rusowicz at the Rockfall Foundation, (860)347-0340;; or Jennifer Weymouth,

Group Meeting Times for the Week:
Interest in the following groups should be directed towards the indicated contact people.
350: Juliana Gaertner:
Bike share/Rental: Josh Levine:
Dining Committee: Anne Rosenthal:
Green Fees: Julia Michaels:
Compost: Emilie Knight:
Landscaping: Nora Christiani:
WesRUM: Alex Provo:
SAGES: Sarice Greenstein:
Long Lane: Alex Ketchum:
Farmer's Market: Sara Rood-Ojalvo: (meetings Monday 5:30 p.m. in PAC 104)

John Kerry writes about a new green youth movement. Check it out:

Outside of Campus Opportunities:

Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship - $5,000

What: The Morris K. Udall Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to sophomore and junior undergrads with a demonstrated commitment to solving environmental issues through policy, science (hard and soft), engineering, architecture, economics, the arts, or any combination of the above. Udall Scholars also get to attend the Scholar Orientation in August and are immediately plugged into a growing and active alumni network.
How: Interested students should contact the Wesleyan College Udall faculty representative (FacRep). To find your FacRep and for more information about the Udall Scholarship, please visit our website:

Apply for a Greenpeace Organizing Term this Spring 2010

What: The Greenpeace Organizing Term is an action-filled semester and the best hands-on training for students to become environmental leaders. You’ll be investing in your leadership skills, getting training in grassroots organizing, media, coalition building, direct action, and campaign strategy. And you’ll travel with Greenpeace around the country or world to campaign and join a team of incredible activists working to protect the planet. GOT students return to their campuses with vastly increased skills, and many go on to work for Greenpeace or other campaigning organizations.

That's it for this week - thanks for reading! Send news and information to

Green Scene Edition 10

The Green Scene is Wesleyan's new environmental newsletter. Look to us for weekly updates on relevant news, lectures, conferences, meetings, and other interesting little environmental tidbits.
*If you have anything you would like included, please submit it to each week by Monday afternoon*

~Vote for Your favorite Recycled Sculpture!
-The City of Middletown Public Works Department is hosting its 7th Annual Children’s Recycled Sculpture Contest!
-Sculptures are on display in the lobby of City hall. Votes will be taken Monday and Tuesday, November 23 and 24th for the People’s Choice Award. Come see the sculptures and vote for your favorite!! Anyone can vote, but please vote only once. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1st! The public can come to City Hall the week of Nov. 16th to view the sculptures and then vote on Nov. 23 and 24 from 8:30 am. – 8:00 p.m.
-For more information, contact the City Recycling Coordinator at 344-3526 or

~ECS Prize!
~The Energy Conservation Showdown Prize (aka the ECS or “X” -Prize) is a competition to discover the best student-created ideas to reduce Wesleyan‘s energy consumption. Teams of students will compete to win cash prizes by submitting reports of at least three pages in length on how to best cut back on greenhouse gas emissions while also saving the University money.
-The members of the first place team will receive $600; two runners up will each receive $200. Additionally, the top-scoring submissions will be forwarded to President Roth for implementation, to help both the planet and Wesleyan’s finances.
-The recently created ECS-Price presents a great opportunity for members to break up into pairs or small groups to draft proposals for energy conservation on campus. -We have a great chance to win this prize!

~Crude Showing this Week in Hartford!
-Crude is an incredible documentary on the huge environmental lawsuit going on between Chevron and 30,000 indigenous Amazonians in Ecuador
-It is showing NOW in Hartford at the Real Artways cinema until Thursday, November 26th
-For more information, and - crude

Group Meeting Times for the Week:
~WesRUM: Monday, November 30th at 9pm in the Woodhead Lounge

~Uneven Terrain
-New Urban Online TV Series features the hidden, underground, and forgotten corners of our globe
-This week's episode takes Viewers into LA’s Network of Secret Oil Wells, Sequestered in Fake Office Buildings, Disguised as Palm Trees and Artificial Islands
-The debut episode centers on Los Angeles where viewers gain an unprecedented look into the city’s network of secret oil wells that dot residential neighborhoods and clandestinely sit near schools, malls and beaches. Twenty billion barrels of oil sit beneath Los Angeles. Hidden in plain sight, thousands of wells pump day and night all over the city covered by hollow office buildings, camouflaged next to high schools, and concealed behind shopping malls
-Watch it here:

~City of Middletown Announces Expansion of Plastic Container Recycling

-In an effort to encourage Middletown residents to recycle more, the City of Middletown is excited to announce that it will accept #3 - #7 plastic containers at its Recycling Center for recycling. Currently the City accepts plastic containers with a #1 and #2 on the bottom. Starting immediately, residents can also bring down other plastic containers that have a #3-7 on the bottom of the container. It can include various food containers such as deli and yogurt containers, shampoo bottles and Styrofoam containers.
-This is currently limited to the City Recycling Center, although they do hope to eventually expand it to curbside collections
-The The City Recycling Center is located on the corner of Johnson St and North Main St. It is open Monday – Friday 7 am – 3pm and every Sat. through November 7am – 12 noon. December – March it is open only the first and third Sat of the month 7am – 12 noon. A residence pass must be obtained to bring in free recyclables. This can be obtained at the Department of Public Works in City Hall upon presentation of your vehicle registration.
-For more information on the plastics recycling or the Recycling Center, contact Kim O’Rourke, the City Recycling Coordinator at 344-3526.

~Want to live in Earth House?
-If you're looking for somewhere to live next semester and you're a sophomore, junior, or senior, consider Earth House!. Contact Josh Levine at as soon as possible for more info. The deadline is soon so get on it!

~Service Week Next Semester
-The Senior Class Officers are putting together a "Service Week" for next semester that will allow students to participate in giving back. They are coordinating with agencies/organizations in the North End of Middletown to host service projects each day of the week at their various locations during a time frame of 3 to 6 PM. Students will be able to sign up for these activities online.
-They are also hoping to plan service projects that can occur during lunch hours at the Usdan Center. Ideally these projects will include activities such as making cards for a nursing home, assembling goodie bags for a health center, envelope stuffing, etc. These activities would be one-time service projects that would allow students to drop in at their leisure.
-Interested in hosting or participating in a lunch-hour project? Contact Joanna Humphries ( with any ideas or suggestions

~Industrialized Nations Unveil Plans to Rein in Emissions- NY Times

~Storm over the Chamber- NY Times

~Chinese Solar Panel Firm to Open Plant in Arizona- NY Times

Action On Campus!
~Tell Lieberman We Need Strong Climate Legislation
-Senator Lieberman is one of the KEY people shaping our country's climate change legislation.
-He is expected to release a compromise framework in the next few weeks.
-Call him today to ask for STRONG climate legislation in the Senate.
-Here is a script you can follow:
To reach Senator Lieberman:
Phone: 202-224-4041 (if that doesn’t work, try 860-594-8463)
Hi, I’d like to speak with Senator Joseph Lieberman.
(NOTE: You are likely to speak with an aide or an answering machine.)
My name is ___________ and I am a student at Wesleyan University.
I am calling to ask Senator Lieberman to strengthen the Senate’s global warming legislation.
This means:
-Protect and strengthen emission reduction standards.
-Enact a Renewable Energy Standard of at least 20% by 2020.
-Protect the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate coal-fired power plants.
Can you tell me Senator Lieberman’s position on these three issues? Thank you for your time, Good-bye.

Outside Opportunities:
None known at this time

Job Announcements:

None known at this time

Thanks for reading this week! Make sure to send in any submissions for next week's edition by Monday afternoon! Have a great, safe, and environmentally friendly break everyone! Try to carpool as much as possible!

"It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish." - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Green Scene! Edition 8 (11-09-09)

The Green Scene is Wesleyan's new environmental newsletter. Look to us for weekly updates on relevant news, lectures, conferences, meetings, and other interesting little environmental tidbits.
*If you have anything you would like included, please submit it to each week by Monday afternoon*

~Speaker: David Leff
-When: Tuesday, November 9th at 7pm
-Where: Russell Library (located just down the street from Fisk)
-What: David Leff, the former deputy commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection is coming to speak about his new book, "Deep Travel: In Thoreau's Wake on the Concord and the Merrimac".
-His book recounts his stories of traveling the same rivers Thoreau did 150 years ago and the differences in landscape that he noticed.
-For more info take a look at this article from the Hartford Courant:,0,1603191.story
-People are meeting at 6:45pm in front of Fisk to walk down together

~The Beehive Design Collective: Dismantling Monoculture

-When: Thursday, November 11th, at 6pm
-Where: 200 Church Lounge
-What: The Beehive Design Collective is a non-profit, volunteer driven, political arts organization who's mission is to “cross pollinate the grassroots” through the creation of images as an effective medium for deconstructing and educating the public about complex geopolitical issues.
The presentation at Wesleyan will be "Dismantling Monoculture": an interactive, visual tour of the connections between COLONIZATION, MILITARISM and RESOURCE EXTRACTION in the Americas.
With three giant illustrated portable murals, a six foot tall fabric storybook “slideshow”, and an engaging narrative, the Bees will be exposing the agendas of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, Plan Colombia, and celebrating resistance to the “Plan Puebla Panama” in Mesoamerica.
Join in as we deconstruct the complex and overwhelming issues that are shaping our world, using bioregionally accurate depictions of animals and insects as metaphors to link cultural and ecological diversity.

~Really Really Free Market
-When: Sunday, November 15th, 1-5pm
-Where: Nic Lounge
-Did you love Waste Not? Well this is like that, except better, because it's all free!!
-Bring unwanted (clean) clothes, dishes, blankets, or any other objects. Make some food to share, bring your guitar and share some music, teach a craft, or offer a service like cutting hair or painting faces.
- Leave what you don't want, and then take what you do. It's a great way to redistribute what we have. It's easy, it's fun, and it's all FREE!!!!

~This week is National Sustainability Education Week in CT
-CT Governor Jodi Rell signed a resolution declaring November 9th-13th National Sustainability Education Week in CT
-See the attached document for details

Group Meeting Times for the Week:
WesRUM: Monday, November 16th at 9pm in the Woodhead Lounge
Dining: Thursday, November 12th at 9pm on the Usdan black couches


~Space Available in Farm House!
-Want a new place to live?
-Farm House still has some space available.
-It is located on 344 Wash and is focused on Food Politics with strong ties to Long Lane Farm.
-Email aketchum@wes if interested.
(Please note we are currently only able to move in sophomores, juniors, and seniors for this year BUT any interested freshmen should apply to live in the house for next year).

~New teen program goes ‘green’ Middletown YMCA starts effort at camp

~Rules on Modified Corn Skirted, Study Says - NY Times

~Groups Press US and China on Carbon - NY Times

~Creating a Landfill to Have Cleaner Air - NY Times

Action On Campus!
~WSA debates the Green Fund Resolution
-When: Sunday, November 15th, 7-9pm
-Where: Usdan 110
-What: WSA will be debating the Green Fund Resolution (attached). This resolution would create a $15/semester opt-out student fee that would go toward sustainability initiatives on campus. The money would likely add up to about $60,000-80,000 each year, which would be spent on a wide range of projects that address environmental issues from climate change to waste. There is more described in the resolution, and much more will be said at the meeting, but the take-home point is that the creation of this fund would provide a significant, sustainable source of funds for sustainability initiatives on campus.
Most WSA meetings are sparsely attended by members of the student body, if at all. If this meeting is the most attended of the year, that will send a loud and powerful message to WSA members to vote Yes on the Green Fund Resolution.
-Contact Josh Levine ( with any questions, comments or concerns.

~Petition: Urge Obama to step up on climate change
-Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) voted in favor of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.
-But you can bet that after this crucial vote, dirty polluters and their lobbyists will crank their campaign to kill this clean energy bill into overdrive.
-That's why it's so critical right now for President Obama to step up his involvement in the process and push for a strong bill -- and we need you to push him to do just that.
-Let's deliver 25,000 petition signatures to President Obama by December 1st. Urge the President to step up on climate by pushing for bold climate action at home and around the world, especially at the UN Climate Change Conference next month:
-Sign the petition here today!

~Repower America Wall

-Help make our clean energy future a reality by adding your thoughts to the wall.

Outside Opportunities:

None known at this time

Job Announcements:

~The National Society of Leadership and Success Internship
-Society interns help students achieve their goals by starting, and leading, a chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. This is an opportunity to make your mark on campus and create lasting positive change in hundreds of students' lives. It's also an opportunity to build a team of likeminded students focused towards success and reaching goals.
-What will you do as an intern for the National Society if selected? You will literally start a brand new organization on your campus and help drive students towards their future success.
-Interns are awarded a stipend for their efforts - total compensation is $500 plus an all-expense-paid training retreat. Payment is made at the end of the internship semester.
-For more information, please check out the website
-If you have any questions not answered on the site, email the Intern Team at
-Upload your completed resume here.

Thanks for reading this week! Make sure to send in any submissions for next week's edition by Monday afternoon!

"Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations." - Jean Paul Richter, German Romantic novelist and humorist