Thursday, December 8, 2011

Spotted: Electric Car on Campus

Over this past summer, Saint Michael's College and Green Mountain Power partnered to install 2 electric vehicle charging stations (the installation was joined also with installing solar panels on the roof of Klein Hall to offset the electricity usage from the charging stations).

Many were skeptical that the station would see utilization soon, but it just so happens that there is a wonderful member of our campus community that purchased a chevy volt in mid-November and has been very happy to utilize the charging station.

Monday, October 10, 2011

October Sustainability Events

Each October brings so many different opportunities to explore the sustainability and environmental program at Saint Michael's. Below is a list of all the events planned for this month into the beginning of November. Be sure to jot these down on your calendar, you won't want to miss them!

Oct 11: Live Wolves, Keeping Track lecture/photo slideshow. Ross Sports Center 7:00pm
Oct 21-23 : Environmental Conflict Conference at new UVM Institute for Environmental Security and Diplomacy (Director - Saleem Ali)
Oct 22 - Green Up's annual Harvest Fest. Library Lawn
Oct 24: Environmental Studies majors give concentration proposal presentations 7:00 pm, location TBA
Oct 26: Food Justice club's 100-mile dinner event
Nov 1: Environmental Studies majors give concentration proposal presentations 7:00 pm location TBA
Nov 2: Evening lecture by Barry Estabrook, author of "Tomato Land" 7:00 pm McCarthy Arts Center
Nov 6: Vermont Law School hosts Vermont Interfaith Power and Light Conference on "Justice and Climate Change: Faithful Action". This event is co-sponsored by SMC

Monday, September 26, 2011

Green Up Meeting

Green Up Meeting tonight in the Vermont Room!!!! Get Excited!!! Be Green!! Come find out what Green Things are happening around campus!! Help Plan Harvest Fest!!

Moving Planet Rally Recap

September 24, 2011 marked this year's 350.0rg day of action. It was a day to put our demands for climate action into motion, calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels. There were over 2000 events in more than 175 countries on that day. A handful of dedicated, motivated Saint Michael's College students attended one of these rallies in the state capital, Montpelier.

Half the group made the journey to Montpelier from Saint Mike's campus via bicycles, leaving mid-morning on Saturday to make the 45+ mile trek to Montpelier and arriving on the state house lawn by 3:00, in plenty of time to enjoy some free Ben & Jerry's ice cream and listen to a great line-up of speakers (which finished with speeches from Governor Shumlin and Senator Bernie Sanders).

It was increidbily inspirational to have been there that day on the statehouse lawn, with the group of amazingly motivated, passionate and dedicated students. It's easy to get frustrated with lack of change while you constantly push for it. I believe that these events are important not just to make a statement and get a message out, but it's so important to refuel all of us that are working towards the same goal. We need these moments to see that we aren't alone, that so many people are pushing alongside you for climate action. We need to remember to take these moments, reflect, and get back out there to make a difference.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Green up minutes from September 19th

Hello everyone!
We had a good meeting tonight; thanks to everyone who came! Here are the meetings from Monday September 19th

Here are a few notes from the meeting:

350 day: THIS SATURDAY- 9/24
Moving Planet Rally at the State House in Montpelier 2 PM
There will be great speakers, and a rally led by US Senator Bernie Sanders
People from all over Vermont will be biking, walking, and carpooling to what is expected to be the largest environmental rally in the history of VT!
Colin will be leading a group of cyclists- reply ASAP if you would like to join. There will be transportation for the return trip.
I will send a separate email to those of you who expressed interest in attending. If anyone else would like to join, let me know so we can plan carpools accordingly.

Tar Sands Action:
We have an awesome banner with lots of signatures which will be delivered to Obama's campaign offices in Burlington hopefully this week or next.
I will send a separate email to the Tar Sands Action Group. Reply if you would like to be added to that list and didn't already give me your name at the meeting.

Harvest Fest: Saturday, October 22
Food- soups, hot apple cider, bread, cheese, crackers, smoothie bike, cider donuts
Music- Julie will work on contacting Twiddle, Karri will contact Dirty Paris
Activities- food miles display, tie dye, face painting, trash/recycling/compost sorting game,
Other- Heather has list for groups to invite, educational displays, Tar Sands info

Recycling Week: November 7-11
Education is key! Involve RA's to label trash/recycling rooms better
Heather will order 3 new outdoor recycling bins
Harper/Sam G. will contact CCSWD about a trash on the lawn event
Recycled art contest- Meg has gift certificates for prizes from last year!
Trash clean up
Double-sided printing education
Reward halls/floors for good recycling
Butt Buckets

Coffee Hour: Every Thursday 8-10 am, St. Ed's Foyer
We have a brand new 3rd percolator, so we will need a few extra hands to set stuff up at 7 am. Colin will email those of you who volunteered. Feel free to stop by and enjoy free coffee and great company!

OVE Event this friday!!

Please stop by the MOVE board and sign up for event this Friday! It is going to be One to Three in our Organic Garden! This is a great way to meet new people and enjoy the beutiful is hoping it does not rain! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!