Meeting: 4/30/08

1. Amy Klobuchar at Olaf

2. Tree Planting

3. NHS Environmental Club Fundraiser

4. Ethics of Global Food Crisis

5. Ethics of Global Climate Change

6. AFL-CIO Turn Around America Video Competition

7. Change It 2008 Greenpeace Summer Training

8. Environmental News

9. Declare your ENTS concentration

10. Task Force Updates

1. Amy Klobuchar at Olaf: Saturday at 1

Senator Amy Klobuchar will be at St. Olaf this Saturday 5/3 from 1-2pm in Urness Hall (in the Music building) for a public panel discussion addressing environmental issues. If you would like a ride, contact Jill Rodde (roddej@) and if you would like to bike, meet Ray in front of Sayles about 12:40- if you don't have a bike of your own, take a green bike!

2. Tree Planting Saturday morning

The tree-planting that was scheduled for last Saturday in the Cannon River Wilderness Area has been rescheduled to this Saturday, presumably still at 9:45 and ending around 1. It's supposed to have stopped snowing by 9, so just dress warm and get outside for a bit! I e-mailed the guy at Olaf listed as the contact, so let me (Tess) know if you're interested- I'll make sure we're back by 1 for Amy Klobuchar.

3. Volunteer at the NHS Environmental Club Fundraiser, Saturday between 8 and 5:30

The Northfield High School Environmental Club is having a garage sale to raise money to buy an Earth Tub for the high school. It will be at the First UCC church (kitty-corner from Nutting House- look on the back of your lagniappe) They're looking for people to help set up before the sale starts at 9, and to clean up after it ends at 5. If you'd like to help, get in touch with Matt Rohn, (or it would probably be fine if you just showed up tomorrow)

4. Ethics of the Global Food Crisis Panel: Wednesday, May 7th at 7:30pm, Olin 141
Panel discussion sponsored by Food Truth, ENTS and EthIC on the best way to address hunger, our personal responsibilities as citizens of a society privileged with abundance, and the actions necessary to ensure no one's right to food is ignored. Panelists are Dale Jamieson, director of Environmental Studies at New York University, Phil Camill, Carleton biology professor and future director of Bowdoin College's environmental studies program, and Tun Myint, visiting Carleton political science professor and Ph.D. in public and environmental affairs and law. Refreshments and baked goods will be served

5. Ethics of Global Climate Change separate talk by Dale Jamieson Thursday, May 8 at 7:30pm, Boliou 104
Next in this year's ENTS Climate Change Lecture series

6. AFL-CIO Video Competition
How do you feel about the direction in which America is headed? Now is the time to get your cameras rolling, creativity flowing and tell us what you think! The AFL-CIO is sponsoring an online video competition to engage and inspire people to speak up and create a short video that addresses how we should turn around America. The winner will receive $2,000 and their video will be part of a national television spot. Videos can be submitted until May 20. To learn more, visit Turn Around America at

7. Still don't have summer plans? Greenpeace student activist trainings, July 16-21 or 26-31

Change It 2008 is a training program led by Greenpeace to empower student activists to become the next generation of leader in the global movement for change. 140 students will be provided with all-expenses-paid scholarships, including travel to Boston (July 16-21) or Seattle (July 26-31), room and board, and a week of intensive grassroots training. Apply at

8. This Week's Environmental News Item (courtesy Phil Camill): "Dumb as We Wanna Be" NY Times Thomas Friedman (author of "The World Is Flat")

Few Americans know it, but for almost a year now, Congress has been bickering over whether and how to renew the investment tax credit to stimulate investment in solar energy and the production tax credit to encourage investment in wind energy. The bickering has been so poisonous that when Congress passed the 2007 energy bill last December, it failed to extend any stimulus for wind and solar energy production. Oil and gas kept all their credits, but those for wind and solar have been left to expire this December. These credits are critical because they ensure that if oil prices slip back down again — which often happens — investments in wind and solar would still be profitable. That’s how you launch a new energy technology and help it achieve scale, so it can compete without subsidies. The Democrats wanted the wind and solar credits to be paid for by taking away tax credits from the oil industry. President Bush said he would veto that. Neither side would back down, and Mr. Bush — showing not one iota of leadership — refused to get all the adults together in a room and work out a compromise. Stalemate. Meanwhile, Germany has a 20-year solar incentive program; Japan 12 years. Ours, at best, run two years. If the wind and solar credits expire, said Resch, the impact in just 2009 would be more than 100,000 jobs either lost or not created in these industries, and $20 billion worth of investments that won’t be made. America’s premier solar company, First Solar, from Toledo, Ohio, has opened its newest factory in the former East Germany — 540 high-paying engineering jobs — because Germany has created a booming solar market and America has not.

9. Declare your ENTS concentration!

It's time for sophomores and juniors to declare your ENTS concentration! To declare ENTS, pick up a declaration of concentration form from the Registrar's office or Adam Smith's office and get it signed your advisor and Mark Kanazawa. If you have questions about the ENTS concentration, courses, or credits, please contact Adam at

SRF: The SRF task force has officially submitted our proposal to upgrade the lighting in Cowling Gym to more energy efficient florescent models! They are currently working on a project to replace campus showerheads with low-flow 1.5 gpm models. There are 6 pilot models installed and feedback forms put up near each model. They are in the following locations: 1st Burton Mens, 4th Watson Womens, 4th Norse Womens, 4th Meyers Mens, 3rd Goodhue Mens, The Rec Womens. Everyone should make the effort to go use them and leave feedback!

Composting: Brainstorming where this task force is headed since the bid for more Earth Tubs has dead-ended. Serendipitously, Shaun was contacted last week by a guy from Providence Coffee in Faribault, a fair trade coffee company which is in the early stages of creating a natural fertilizer based on used coffee grinds and would like to establish a coffee grounds collection program with Carleton! We're on it!

Think Outside the Bottle: endlessly crusading for a more socially and environmentally sustainable campus and world

PEAR: Welcome to our newest task force, Publicity, Education, Awareness, and Recruiting (PEAR)! They mostly brainstormed on what they want the taskforce to accomplish. Their brainchild in the making is a Environmental Newsletter printed on the backs of old posters to pass out like the NNB a few times a term. They're hoping to have at least one or two "published" by the end of the year, and are also working on ways to get more SOPE publicity and to recruit more members

Thanks for a very informative discussion of your reflections on SOPE at the meeting to everyone who was there. We're planning to have an open meeting in the next few weeks to discuss the organization of SOPE and/or environmentalism on campus in general- stay tuned! Have a great mid-term break!

~Tess, Elizabeth, and Ray~