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1/23 9-2:30Sustainability Across the Curriculum WorkshopAllbritton 311SO, Center for Pedagogical InnovationFor faculty interested in integrating sustainability into an existing class
Week of 1/29-2/2Succulent planting eventEF dormsEFStudents get a chance to plant a succulent and learn how to keep it growing while learning about EF events this semester
2/1 5:30-7:30Vegan Cooking ClassOuthouseSIClass led by local food blogger Allison Russo
2/5 7-9 Just Eat It Film ScreeningPowell Family CinemaCOE, Rockfall Foundation, Middlesex CC, CFA
2/10 12-4 PMFree Tumbler Giveaway and DecoratingNicholson LoungeEFPersonalize your own mug, enjoy some drinks and snacks, and contribute to campus sustainability
2/20 12-1 PMCT Rides Carpool Matching EventUsdan 110SO, Human ResourcesEmployees - sign up to meet a carpool buddy and learn how to get commuter rewards and benefits for carpoolingY
2/23 11 AM - 2 PMClean Plate ChallengeUsdan MarketplaceC"Challenge" competition to encourage students to take what they'll eat and eat what they take; prizes available for those with clean plates and an invitation to take the challenge for the weekY
M 2/26 6-8:30 PMTalk: The Historian's Task in the Anthropocene: Theory and Practice; Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame
DFCCenter for the HumanitiesJulia Adeney Thomas explains why some scientists find "the Anthropocene" a compelling concept and the challenges it poses, particularly to history's political function.
Th 3/1 12-1 PMFood Conversation with Claire Kelloway, Bon Appetit FellowUsdan 110Bon AppetitTBD
F 3/2 4-6:30 PMThink Tank: Facing Disasters
Disturbing the Human-Environment Relationship
ChapelCOEHow do we face disasters? Sometimes we live through them, other times we experience them indirectly from a distance.
How can we make such distances malleable? How can we transform ourselves from being passive observers to agents of change?
How can we use our knowledge of disaster to motivate action?
W 3/7 5:30-7:30What on Earth Are They Saying?DFCCOEAward-winning author and journalist Charles Siebert talks of his many experiences visiting with, and writing about, non-human animals, and what they reveal to us about themselves and us.
Th 3/8/2018 4:30 PMIndigenous Peoples and Climate Justice: Resisting Ecological Colonialism; Decolonizing the AnthropocenePAC 001PhilosphyThird Annual Social Justice Lecture
Tu 3/27 11 AM - 1 PMCTrides Information TableUsdan LobbyCTridesLearn about the new rewards app to track sustainable "commutes" (including walking to class) and earn rewards, like restaurant and store discounts.
Th 3/29 12-1 PMTalk: Energy Issues in the Trump AdministrationPAC 001COE, Allbritton CSPL, Government, SOby University of Minnesota Law Professor, Alex Klass (
Th 3/29 6-7 PMTalk/Teach-In: Climate Change Related Natural DisastersEarth House, 159 High StreetEarth House, Wesleyan Sustainability OfficeProfessor Suzanne O'Connell will be presenting on the link between climate change and natural disasters, in particular, the detrimental consequences of melting sea ice.
Sa 3/31 1-5 PMClothing SwapNicholson LoungeEco FacilitatorsTry out a new wardrobe with a low footprint by swapping clothes! Drop off old clothing in any freshman dorm lounge between 3/26 and 3/31 and then come swap for something new on 3/31. Everyone is welcome to come to the swap, whether or not they bring clothes to swap.
M 4/2 12:15-1:15 PMTalk: Politics, Policy, and Social Justice in VenezuelaFries Center for Global Studies, Fisk HallAllbritton CSPL, Fries Center for Global Studies, COEA conversation with Antonio Machado Allison, professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela.
M 4/2 7-9 PMFilm Screening: Comfort ZoneMiddlesex CC, Chapman HallCOE, Rockfall Foundation, Middlesex CC, CFATBD
T 4/3 4:15-6 PMTalk and Workshop: Is a Zero Waste Campus Actually Possible?Usdan 110Wesleyan Sustainability Office, Wesleyan Green FundWaste is a product of system failure. But we believe we can fix that system using campuses as models for communities and the rest of the world. This presentation will explain the factors that fuel the waste crisis, from planned obsolescence to landfills and incinerators. Then use examples that range from move out collections, tool and bike shares, repair cafes, clothing swaps, campus thrift stores and more to prove our theory of change-a zero waste campus, community and world is possible.
The workshop will be an exploration of the strengths we each bring to the table. Using the Point’s of Intervention Theory of Change that no one can do everything but everyone can do something we will help students identify where their strengths are and what they want to develop further. If time allows we will incorporate a zero waste campus visioning activity to this workshop to help students think outside the box.
W 4/4 8 PMFilm Screening: An Inconvenient SequelYale University, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St., New HavenYale Environmental Film FestivalPart of the 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival (EFFY).
Th 4/5 5-6 PMSustainability+Social Justice SocialResource Center, 167 High St.Resource CenterA space and time for anyone involved in environmental and social justice initiatives on campus to meet, be exposed to other organization's projects, and to plan collaborations. Everyone is welcome, regardless of whether or not you're already involved in a campus organization! A vegetarian dinner will be provided.
Th 4/5 7:30 PMFilm Screening: ContainmentYale University, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., New HavenYale Environmental Film FestivalPart of the 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival (EFFY).
F 4/6 7:30 PMFilm Screening: Beyond Standing RockYale University, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., New HavenYale Environmental Film FestivalPart of the 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival (EFFY).
Sa 4/7 1 PMFilm Screening: Chasing CoralYale University, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., New HavenYale Environmental Film FestivalPart of the 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival (EFFY).
Sa 4/7 7:30 PMFilm Screening: WASTED! The Story of Food WasteYale University, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St., New HavenYale Environmental Film FestivalPart of the 10th Annual Environmental Film Festival (EFFY).
Su 4/8 12-1:30 PMWalk with a DocHarbor Park, Middletown Blue Zones ProjectOn the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, meet in Harbor Park (parking available in the Melilli Lot and accessible via the tunnel under Rt. 9) for a chance to walk with a doctor to get exercise, socialize, and learn in a supportive group. All ages and abilities are welcome.
T 4/10 4:30-6:30 PMFilm Screening: Blood LionsPAC 001Veg OutBlood Lions follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler, and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.
W 4/11 8 PMThe Basic Byebye ShowBucknall Theater, University of New Haven, 300 Boston Post Rd. West HavenBread & Puppet TheaterThe Basic Bye-bye Show is a poem on transformation, inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s apocalyptic woodcuts, birch branches lost during an ice storm, and the daily news. Free and Open to the Public!
Th 4/12 11:30-1:30 PMSpin Bikeshare Launch and Transportation EventUsdan LawnWesleyan Sustainability Office, CTrides, Wesleyan Green FundWesleyan is starting a bikeshare program! Come try out one of the NEW Spin bikes, learn about how you can earn rewards by riding a bike on campus, learn about transportation options around campus, and enter to win a FREE helmet if you download the Spin app! Stop by any time between 11:30-1:30!
Connect Middletown PresentationUsdan LawnConnect Middletown (Noah Kahan '19)Connect Middletown seeks to revitalize the M-Link service, a route serviced by Middletown Area Transit (MAT). This proposal strives to enhance Middletown’s connection to the wider region by keeping local M-Link service in place and launching M-Link Express, a modified route that will provide a faster ride to Meriden Rail Station, where in May 2018, a new commuter rail service, CTRail Hartford Line, will pass through going between New Haven, CT, Hartford, CT, and Springfield, MA.
Th 4/12 9-11 PMSOC Fashion Show: All the StarsBeckham HallWesFest/SOCAn event where students of color band together to not only celebrate being people of color, but to showcase their talents and educate their community members of their culture and creative ideas. This year, the show is called "All the Stars" relating to Black Panther in connection to where in the diaspora we all come from. Tickets are on sale at the box office.
Fr 4/13 6:30-8:30 PMTalk: Jonathan Chester on Antarctica and Climate ChangeShanklin Hall 107 Cormac ChesterJonathan Chester is an Antarctic expeditioner, author, professional photographer, and environmentalist, will give a talk on Antarctica and its relation to the environment and global warming.
Fr 4/13 7-8:30 PMPerformance: Bread and Puppet Theatre: Canastorias from the PossibilitariansFirst Church, 190 Court St., MiddletownFirst Church Middletown, Bread and Puppet, ArtFARMFor 50 years, Bread and Puppet has performed cantastorias in the streets and on stage to speak to the urgent themes of the moment. This program brings together six Bread and Puppet cantastorias, all of which celebrate creative intervention in the face of an intolerable status quo and the beauty and necessity of protest. After the performance Bread and Puppet will serve its famous free sourdough rye bread with aioli, and Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread and Puppet Press – will be for sale.
Su 4/15 10:30 AMGarden Tour & BrunchCEAS Japanese GardenWesleyan Sustainability OfficeCome learn about the Japanese Gardens around the CEAS building and enjoy brunch afterward! The Freeman family garden Shôyôan Teien was designed and built in summer 1995 by Stephen Morrell, a landscape architect specializing in Japanese-style gardens. His earlier public projects have included meditation gardens for Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York, and Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York, as well as a tea garden exhibition for the New York Japan Society. Since 1981, he has been Curator of the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Mill Neck, New York. Morrell will kindly give a tour of the garden he planned - a perfect way to start your Sunday morning!
M 4/16 7 PMOne Sky ConcertCrowell Concert HallAllbritton CSPL, Center for the ArtsOne Sky is an attempt to deliver a message that we live under and share one sky no matter how different our individual beliefs may be or what political borders have been created. The Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina performs the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II (2018). The concert will be opened by Wesleyan's Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and cross-cultural performances by faculty and students from Korea, China, Japan, Iran, and the United States; and followed by a Q&A with the audience about their musical experiences.
T 4/17 4:30-7 PMOne Sky Film Screening and Panel DiscussionPowell Family Cinema, 301 Washington TerraceCenter for the ArtsAt a panel led by Wesleyan Professors Neely Bruce, Mary Alice Haddad, Joan Cho, University of Connecticut Professor Alexis Dudden, and invited scholars from Yale University will discuss the current political conflict and U.S. and North Korean policy, as well as South Korean urban culture. The discussion will be followed at 5:30pm by a film screening of Divided Families. Chair and Charles W. Fries Professor of Film Studies, Director of the College of Film and the Moving Image, and Curator of the Wesleyan Cinema Archives Scott Higgins will moderate a Q&A after the film screening.
W 4/18 9:30 AM - 12 PMYouth Climate Action Lobby DayCT Legislative Office Building, 300 Capitol Ave., HartfordClean Water Action, CT League of Conservation Voters, CHISPA, Greater Hartford Environmental Coalition Join Connecticut youth for a day of action, as we call on state leaders to provide a strong Renewable Portfolio Standard for all, community shared solar, protection of net metering, and restoration of clean energy funds. The day includes a press event and time for lobbying.
Th 4/19 12-1 PM Brian Stewart's 11th Annual Earth Week RantExley 58Professor Brian StrewartJoin Brian Stewart, Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies, for a Wesleyan Earth Week tradition and a thoughtful discussion on energy and the future.
Th 4/19 12:15-1:10 PMTalk: Jeremy Mennis – “The Social and Environmental Contexts of Substance Use: A Geographic Information Science Approach to Investigating PlaceJudd 116PsychologyThe role of geography and place is increasingly seen as key to understanding substance use and other health behaviors, but capturing an individual’s social and environmental interactions and exposures as experienced through the movements of daily life remains a challenge. This presentation shows how advances in Geographic Ecological Momentary Assessment (GEMA) can be used to investigate the role of place in adolescent substance use behavior, with a focus on the effects of neighborhood disorder and peer support in influencing substance use trajectories. Jeremy Mennis is Professor and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University.
Th 4/19 3 PMLobby Senator Blumenthal Staffer on Climate LegislationUsdan 114Kate Sundberg '20Join Kate Sundberg, an Advocacy Corps organizer with Friends Committe on National Legislation (FCNL), at a lobby visit with Ellen Graham, a staffer in Senator Blumenthal's office. We will be asking for Senator Blumenthal to co-sponsor the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act of 2018 (S. 2448). This is a bipartisan bill that requires the EPA to regulate hydrofluorocarbons and meets the US obligations to the Kigali Amendment of the Montreal Protocol (a one pager with more information on the bill is attached in the next column). No experience is necessary to participate in the lobby visit. Before we meet with Ellen Graham we will be briefly going over the legislation we are lobbying on and the plan for the meeting. Questions? Email
Th 4/19 4:30 PMTalk: The Flint Water Crisis: America's Wake-Up Call & Future of Public ScienceExley 58College of the EnvironmentIn collaboration with Flint residents, a Virginia Tech research team used citizen science, laboratory experiments, field sampling, investigative journalism, and social media to expose the Flint water crisis. These efforts led to the declaration of a national public health emergency by President Obama in January 2016, garnered over $600 million in relief for Flint residents, and informed a long-overdue debate on "safe" water in America. This talk will revisit the events of the Flint disaster, where science was used to help and hurt the public, and reflect on the lessons learned.
Th 4/19 8-9 PMBrian Stewart's 11th Annual Earth Week RantExley 58Professor Brian StrewartJoin Brian Stewart, Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies, for a Wesleyan Earth Week tradition and a thoughtful discussion on energy and the future.
F 4/20 12:30-3 PMClimate Justice: Conversations Across Barriers and Borders University of Connecticut Konover Auditorium, StorrsUConn Metanoia on the Environment, Human Rights Institute's Economic & Social Rights Program, El Instituto, Political Economy ProjectAddressing the formidable challenges that climate change presents to humanity will require unprecedented collective action at global, national, and local levels. Despite the unquestionable importance of acting collectively, neither the causes nor the effects of climate change are distributed uniformly across political boundaries. The discriminatory effects of climate change are not restricted to international borders, as evident from the extensive reportage of the discriminatory effects of climate-related disasters in the United States and elsewhere. This event brings together scholars, activists, and student leaders – from Puerto Rico, parts of Africa, India, and the United States – to foster multiple conversations about the central questions of climate justice.
Su 4/22 12 PMThesis Theater Production: (at)tendCFA GreenKatherine Paterson '18Inspired by work in New York City food communities, (at)tend is a durational performance unfolding over the course of the spring semester. The work will involve the collective construction, seeding, and tending of a greenhouse by performers and community members. This work-in-process will culminate in a site-specific installation/performance and harvest day on Earth Day. Reservations will be available two weeks in advance of the performance online or by phone at 860-685-3355.
Su 4/22 12-1:30 PMWalk with a DocHarbor Park, Middletown Blue Zones ProjectOn the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, meet in Harbor Park (parking available in the Melilli Lot and accessible via the tunnel under Rt. 9) for a chance to walk with a doctor to get exercise, socialize, and learn in a supportive group. All ages and abilities are welcome.
M 4/23 - F 4/27Zero Waste WeekM: Usdan Marketplace
T: Summerfields
W: Pi Cafe
F: Usdan Marketplace
Compost InternsJoin the Composting Interns in reducing your food waste. We'll have educational events and challenges all week across campus. Stay tuned for more details!
M 4/23 11-1Clean Plate ChallengeUsdan MarketplaceCompost InternsTwo CPC's, Monday and Friday. Monday will include a commitment to reduce waste, Friday will include follow-up surveys about changes in food waste production over the course of a week. Collect names to email a final survey to see if habits changed over the course of a week.
T 4/24 10:45AM-12PMThe Bridge Tofu Factory TourCFS, 301 Washington TerraceWesleyan Sustainability OfficeCome check out the Bridge tofu factory, a wholesome local business that supplies Wesleyan with its delicious tofu! The tour is first-come, first-serve and is limited to 10 people. Sign up here:
T 4/24 4:15 PMSAGES Monthly MeetingUsdan 110SAGES (Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship)Join Wesleyan's campus sustainability committee for its April meeting. All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are always welcome to attend to learn about sustainability on campus and get involved. We will primarily be discussing feedback on the new recycling/trash signage and hearing campus sustainability updates.
T 4/24 6-8 PMFood AuditSummerfields CafeCompost InternsLearning to reduce food waste on a college campus is harder with a-la-carte dining options. Compost interns will monitor food waste and encourage composting at Summies during regular dinner hours. The event will include tips on food-waste reduction, informational posters, and hands-on composting.
W 4/25 5:30pmSaving the Ocean: Sea Turtles and Blue Habits Daniel Family CommonsCollege of the EnvironmentDeclining ocean health is a global problem whose causes—overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction, and climate change—share a common cause: human behaviors. Sea turtles are victims of unhealthy oceans, bellwethers for the long term impacts that humans may face, and they help tell the stories of ocean threats in ways that are understandable to the public. Oceanic Society President and sea turtle expert, Roderic Mast, will discuss how his organization is helping to conserve sea turtles globally, and also motivate, measure, and amplify pro-ocean human behaviors through an innovative program called Blue Habits.
W 4/25 7:00pmThe Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & CommunityEarth House, 159 High StreetVeg Out and Earth HouseClimate change is here. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption.
Th 4/26 8am-12pmPi Waste ChallengeOutside Pi CafeCompost InternsDo you know what you can compost where? Do you know your trash from your recycling? Thursday morning, the compost interns will be outside of Pi, helping you with all your waste-related questions!
Th 4/26 5:30-7:30 PMCounting the OmerThe BayitWesleyan Sustainability Office, The BayitCome learn about the Jewish tradition of counting the Omer and share a harvest meal with the Bayit. We will be learning about the omer, a count of days from Passover to the harvest fesitval of Shavout, discussing Jewish agriculutural traditions like gleaning, and thinking about thier relevance in the modern world. Join Middletown community gardening advocates and the Wesleyan Jewish community for discussion and dinner together!
F 4/27 11-1Clean Plate ChallengeUsdan MarketplaceCompost InternsTwo CPC's, Monday and Friday. Monday will include a commitment to reduce waste, Friday will include follow-up surveys about changes in food waste production over the course of a week. Collect names to email a final survey to see if habits changed over the course of a week.
F 4/27 6-8 PMMiddletown Green Community Center Open HouseDigital Design Studio, Davison Art Center, 301 High St.Middletown Green Community Center, Digital Design Studio, North End Action Team, Food and Movement TherapyThe point of this event is to bring together Wesleyan folks (alums, faculty, staff and students) with the Middletown community at Wesleyan. We will be raising awareness about our overall project in both communities. We are also encouraging people to contribute to our first fundraising effort. We want new people to come learn about us--people who have never heard of the Middletown Green Community Center. Prof Chenier, the creator of the digital design studio, and George Perez '20 will be giving a demo of some cool tech. We'll also have a great vegan feast from Grown.
Sa 4/28 2pm-4pmGoodwill Adventure200 Church Eco FacilitatorsJoin us to come pick out your spring flight outfits and clear out your closet. We are trying to promote sustainable consumerism while spreading awareness of the harmful chemical processes and water usage involved in the production of clothing.
Su 4/29 11am-4pmEarth FestFoss HillClimate Action GroupCelebration of the Earth and ways to maintain it. Live music and games, tabling of environmental groups on campus. Use the snapchat geofilter for the day, that was created using students' designs.
Su 4/29 11am-3pmAlpha Delta ThriftAlpha Delta PhiAlpha Delta PhiThis Sunday, come to the Alpha Delta Phi Greene room and thrift some items for charity! The house will be selling a ton of stuff, from clothes to fridges, at an ~affordable~ price. All proceeds will support Trans Lifeline. Feel free to donate your own items before 11am.
Sa 5/5 12-4 PMMay DayLong Lane FarmLLFThe annual spring celebration at Long Lane Farm. This year we fundraise for the North End Middletown Farmer Market. There will be games, crafts, live music, a contra dance and so much more. Great for kids, families and lovers of spring!
Sa 5/5 TBDUCAB Cup Decorating EventTBDEco Facilitators, UCAB
T 5/8 6:30-8:30 PMJust Food DinnerDaniel Family CommonsLong Lane Farm and the North End Action TeamThe Just Food Dinner is an opportunity to engage in conversation around food justice in Middletown, while also fundraising for the Double Dollars program which makes fresh produce more affordable at the North End Farmer's Market. There will be speakers from NEAT and lots of good food, generously provided by BonAppetit. Minimum donation is $25, and all the proceeds are going to the Double Dollars program!
Sa 5/19/2018Waste Notall residencesSustainability OfficeAnnual move-out collection for underclassmen
M 5/28/2018Waste Not56 Fountain/44 Brainerd garagesSustainability OfficeAnnual move-out collection for seniors
M 6/4 - T 6/5Northeast Campus Sustainability ConferenceWesleyan University, Beckham HallSustainability OfficeMore information at
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