Meeting: 4/16/08

Today we talked about the Midwest Youth Conference on Climate Change, which was in Madison this past weekend. People who went talked about some of the things they learned. Mostly what we got out of the report from the conference is that we, as an organization, need to sit down and talk about larger environmental issues and how SOPE fits into the larger youth climate movement. So, next week we will begin the meeting by talking about where we would like to see SOPE go in the context of TEAM MN, etc. This is pretty important, so please come next week to share your vision with us.
Other announcements include:
*Apply to Greenhouse! Applications due this Friday. Email mahlbern
*Help chalk for Earth Day Sunday at 2pm meet in front of Sayles. (Then there's yellow bike club at 3pm)
*Deadline for Stewsie (Sustainability) nominations Wednesday, April 23rd.
Purpose:
The Stewsie Sustainability Award is given to a Carleton student and faculty/staff member every year whose character reflects the determination, conviction, and innovation of the life-long service of Dresdon Blake Stewart, better known as “Stewsie”. As employee and later Superintendent of Grounds, Stewsie served the college for over 50 years, and was given the title “Landscape Architect” in his later years. Never found without a shovel in hand, he was dedicated to improving his community’s environment, keeping strong his deep convictions to preserving the natural order of the local habitat. Through his problem-solving, will-power, and enthusiasm, Stewsie ensured the health and vitality of our environment.
All faculty and staff nominations as well as student nominations should be sent via email to Mathias Bell (mbell@carleton.edu)
Eligibility:
1) Student

• Nomination (unsolicited) by a member of the Carleton faculty, staff, or students
• Full-time Carleton student
• Sophomore or Junior standing
• Nominee embodies Stewsie’s spirit through a specific sustainability project that
improves the health of human-environmental relationships on campus and beyond
• Nominee whose experiences and character best reflect the spirit of Stewsie’s
conviction and dedication to our human relationship to the natural world
• Non-winners may be re-nominated in subsequent years

2) Staff or Faculty

• Nomination (unsolicited) by a member of the Carleton faculty, staff, or students
• Full-time Carleton faculty or staff member
Nominee embodies Stewsie’s spirit through a specific sustainability project that
improves the health of human-environmental relationships on campus and beyond
• Nominee whose experiences and character best reflect the spirit of Stewsie’s
conviction and dedication to our human relationship to the natural world
• Non-winners may be re-nominated in subsequent years

*The Rothbury Festival is a sustainable concert in MI this summer. PLUS art, activism and community spirit! It's July 3rd to 6th in Rothbury, Michigan, and it's going to be huge. Bands include Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Michael Franti and Spearhead, 311, Phil Lesh and Friends, Keller Williams, Snoop Dogg, Primus, and MANY more. http://rothburyfestival.com/festival/artists.php
* Sierra Student Coalition's SPROG (July 17-24) - Summer trainings for high school and college students who want to build their skills and become the next generation of environmental leaders. The week-long experience focuses on grassroots campaign training for campus and community projects, particularly around global warming and the clean energy future. http://www.ssc.org/sprog/ Additional questions? tdenherder-thomas@macalester.edu
We also had an Earth Day briefing. Here are some events coming up:

*Earth Week Schedule

Monday, April 21

Stories from the Climate Wars: Insights and Lessons from the IPCC” — Gary Yohe is a Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize along with Al Gore. Dr. Yohe will deliver a talk based on his experiences with the IPCC. His presentation is part of the Climate Change Lecture Series, sponsored by the Environmental and Technology Studies Program.
7:30pm, Boliou 104

Tuesday, April 22

Local and Organic Dining Selections in the Dining Halls
Enjoy a special lunch menu of organic salad items, organic pasta and sauce, an organic vegetable stew, a potato bar featuring local potatoes, and (as always) freshly baked breads with local and organic white and wheat flour.
11:30am-1:45, East Dining Hall and Burton Dining Hall

Wind Turbine Tour - Come hear about the history, construction and productivity of the Carleton Wind Turbine from by Facilities Director Steve Spehn. Meet in front of Sayles and ride in a new Carleton Prius hybrid to the turbine.
12:00pm, Meet outside of Sayles-Hill

“The Turbine Trot” – a 4.7 mile run through the Cowling Arboretum to Carleton’s wind turbine (and back). Be the closest runner to predicting your time and win a gift certificate to Just Food co-op!
5:00pm , Meet behind the Recreation Center

Faculty Guest Farm House Dinner
6:00pm, Farm House

Carleton “Earth Tub” Composting Demonstration
Come learn from student leaders Ali Melton and Jesse Rothman about Carleton’s commitment to campus wide composting, with a demonstration at the side of Carleton’s new “Earth Tub” near the base of the Carleton water tower
7:00pm, Near the water tower (by Farm House)

No Power Hour! – Lights out and appliances off across Northfield for this energy reduction hour that follows recent 'Earth Hour' events held in cities around the globe.
7:00pm – 8:00pm, All campus

The Eleventh Hour Film Screening and discussion. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness.
8:00pm, Boliou 104

Events in Sayles throughout the day
Offset Your Earth Day, bicycle-made smoothies, $5 bike repair station

Saturday, April 26

The Long Road Back: Challenges and Opportunities in Conservation” — talk by Christopher Vaughan, co-founder and director of Latin America’s first Wildlife Management/Conservation graduate program in Costa Rica. Part of Carleton’s Foro Latinoamericano.
10:30am, Gould Library Athenaeum

Enjoy Earth Week in the Arb! Meet Arboretum Director Nancy Braker for a short tour to learn about restoration activities in the arb and then participate in removal of invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle shrubs. Wear long pants, shoes or boots (no sandals) and expect to get grubby. Bring drinking water. Gloves and tools will be provided. Work will be concluded at 3:30.
1:00pm, Meet at the Arb Kiosk in front of the Rec Center

Northfield Community Earth Day Contra Dance
With music by Contratopia, and led by expert “caller” Robin Nelson of Tapestry Dance Center in Minneapolis. No prior contra dance experience needed, no partner required. Comfortable shoes/boots recommended; festive swing ready attire encouraged. Free to Carleton and Stolaf Students, and open to the general public. Sponsored by SOPE in collaboration with the Northfield Community Contra Dance Association
7:00pm Dance Lesson; Dancing starts at 7:30pm, Sayles-Hill Great Space

Sunday, April 27

Adopt-A-River - come help clean up the Cannon! We'll be removing trash along the river by foot and by canoe. Participants should wear shoes and be prepared to get wet and/or dirty.
11:00am, Meet in front of Sayles-Hill

That's all for now folks.

~Elizabeth, Tess, and Ray