In the upcoming meetings we will continue to work on projects including
composting, banning bottled water, preparing for POWERSHIFT, preparing
for the installation of the dashboard, and other projects. IMPORTANTLY we
will be deciding on the new administration for the upcoming fiscal
year. Attend these meetings if you would like to run for an
administrator's position or vote!
In solidarity with the largest grassroots campaign ever - 10/10/10: the Global Work Party with 7,347 events in 188 countries (see www.350.org) - the Environmental Action Organization and Conservation Council encourage you to participate in our Hit the Lights campaign to reduce SLU's electricity use by 5% by the end of the term (FYI, roughly 30% of our electricity use goes toward lighting).
Turning lights off reduces energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, reduces light pollution, and saves money.
In addition to being mindful of electricity use, you can request Hit the Lights stickers from Ben Watson to stick on light switches that you notice often get left on.
We will compare SLU's electricity use over the next three months with averages of past years and send out monthly update.
On October 8th, I-House, in collaboration with the Green House as well as EAO and The Weave, will be presenting Trashy SLU. This is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the amount of trash produced daily by people. Throughout the day we will be doing the following:
Collect Your Trash! - SLU students and employees will be invited to keep track of how much trash they produce in a day by simply just collecting their trash in a bag that they carry around through the course of the day. Everyone who participates in this would be given a bag and a small card. One side of the card is an explanation of what they are doing and they could decorate the other side of the card by writing their name etc to make it more personal. People could stick this card on the bag or carry it with them.
SLU Recycling Center Tours - Are you curious of where the stuff that you put in the recycle bin in your room ends up? Members of the Green House will be taking students on a tour of SLU Recycling Center. They could sign up for this at the table, or just show up at the day of the event. Tours will be given October 8th at 1pm and 2pm and will be leaving from the front of the Student Center.
Have a Chat With Louise Gava About Trashy SLU - Louise Gava will be giving a workshop about trash at SLU at 4 pm in front of the student center. (Rain Location - I-House Lounge (Sykes 2600s)) Spirited students who collected trash, will bring their bag with them so that others can take a look at the kinds of trash produced in a typical day, and how they could effectively manage and reduce their personal trash.
I-House, Green House, EAO and The Weave all appreciate your interest and involvement this Friday, October 8th and hope that you will all spread the word and raise awareness of how much waste a single individual can produce in one day!
The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, sponsored by the students of the Environmental Action Organization was a success. The first showing of this festival in NYS attracted an estimated 200 students, faculty/staff and community members to the Friday evening event. Over $900 was raised to benefit the local non-profit GardenShare and Gulf Aid, an NGO assisting communities in the Gulf Coast. Complementing their efforts to ban bottled water on SLU's campus the feature length documentary ‘Tapped' was the final film of the evening. EAO students are hoping the information about water privatization, environmental impacts and human health issues will increase support of their efforts to make a change on campus.
Interested in Environmental Activism? Join a large group of students with a similar focus and help us host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the country -- we are the first hosts in the state of NY!
Also, we will be begin working on projects to make our campus more sustainable, both student lead initiatives, and joint efforts with faculty and staff.