University campuses across the nation are increasingly searching for more ways to become environmentally-friendly. Many, including RIT, Clarkson, Wesleyan, and Green Mountain College, and have turned to addressing the issue of waste generated through single-use to-go container programs offered to dining hall users. At St. Lawrence, students and staff are excited to be actively working toward this trend and dispose of our old system, integrating our own reusable to-go container program in Dana Dining Hall.
While traditional to-go container programs are very convenient, they are costly, produce large amounts of waste, and are not conducive to fostering a sustainable lifestyle. Reusable to-go container programs address these problems by offering to-go users a reusable container that Dining Services will wash, sanitize, and then circulate back into use. Participants will be able to fill their containers in Dana, eat their meals, and return at their convenience for either a new meal and clean container, or a voucher to get their next container when they again opt to take their meal to-go.
The Environmental Action Organization (EAO) is eager to take on the reusable to-go container initiative for the spring of 2015, and hopes to establish a program that will exist for many years to come. The integration of a reusable to-go program will support the club's larger goal of establishing a reuse ethic in the St. Lawrence community. The reusable to-go program will expand EAO's current SLUreuse campaign, which works to reestablish reusing as the social norm on campus.
Peak Moment Television is "an online television series featuring people creating resilient communities for a more sustainable, lower-energy future. Programs range from permaculture farms to electric bikes, ecovillages to car-sharing, emergency preparedness to careers for the coming times." It is aired on WCKN-TV, Time Warner Cable Station 30, at 7 pm Mondays and Tuesdays or viewed at any time on your computer.
PEAK Moment TV is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University and the Seymour Family of Potsdam. Peak Moment explores locally reliant living for challenging times. The Peak Moment Shows are available at the Potsdam Public Library for borrowing and/or interlibrary loan.
January 5 & 6:
258: Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 1
Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos who explains how “We the People” are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and fight corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say “no” to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn’t, because it would violate the corporation’s “rights” and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal — their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked! The corporation left town.
Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don’t want, define what we DO want. Their “Right to Water” stopped natural gas fracking in the city. Ordinances like this have been passed in over 150 communities in 9 states.
January 12 & 13:
259: Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 2
“I’m not aware of any other social movement going on in the US today that has the power to challenge and win against corporate rule, push back and dismantle corporate rights, and enshrine rights for actual human beings,” asserts Community Rights educator and organizer Paul Cienfuegos.
These ordinances are not only stripping “rights” from corporations, but asserting that nature has rights. Two Oregon counties have submitted a “Right to Local Food Systems” ordinance which forbids genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and protects heritage seeds. Even more, it asserts the right to fully-functioning natural communities, even requiring a corporation to restore whatever it has disrupted.
January 19 & 20:
274: Local Communities Dismantling Corporate Rule, part 3
"In 160 communities in nine states, we've been passing rights-based ordinances that strip corporations of their constitutional so-called rights; that enshrine the right of a local community to govern itself by community majority; and ban specific activities which are legal but which the community considers harmful." Community Rights organizer Paul Cienfuegos notes that the laws they're passing are illegal: "They're direct frontal assaults to unjust law, which is how real social change happens," like the American revolution and anti-slavery movement. He describes two recent laws now being challenged in major lawsuits, saying organizers are positively excited about this opportunity.
January 26 & 27:
268: Re-Becoming Villagers Wherever We Live
Whether city folk or country folk, North Americans don’t tend to know our neighbors, much less do things together. Mark Lakeman (Portland) and Brandy Gallagher (rural Vancouver Island) talk about “repairing” our isolation. How can we reclaim our village roots − living, working and playing in the same neighborhood? Mark, founder of City Repair, helps create gathering places with projects like the famous painted street intersections. Brandy, founder of O.U.R. Ecovillage, discusses overcoming regulatory hurdles like narrow zoning laws by working with agencies to find innovative solutions.