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The goal of the Clean Energy Expo at Saint Clements Castle is to help inform the community of the tools and resources needed to move toward a clean and green energy future. Visit with vendors from local companies exhibiting their products and services for “green” building, renewable energy and efficiency. Attend the presentations in The Prince Edward Ballroom and learn how you can reduce energy consumption, generate renewable power and save money.

April 25, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saint Clements Castle
1931 Portland-Cobalt Rd
Portland, CT


Wesleyan’s SAGES (Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship) has compiled a calendar of events sponsored by a variety of student, University, and community groups happening this Earth Day Week.

Monday, April 19

Wednesday, April 21

Thursday, April 22

Friday, April 23

Saturday, April 24

Sunday, April 25


  • TAP THAT! Campus water fountain awareness
    Look for signs and information about campus water fountains and facts about bottled water presented by the TAP THAT! Bottled Water Awareness week, an Earth Day Week program of the Environmental Organizers Network (EON).

For events happening after Earth Day Week (including several WesFRESH events, a screening of Food Inc., and an Earth Day 5K) visit http://wesgreenscene.blogspot.com

For more information about sustainability at Wesleyan, visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/

It is our pleasure to invite you to this year’s Earth Day Celebration: “Keeping Our Feet to the Fire: Joining Art and Science to Engage Environmental Issues.”

The event will feature a world premier screening of Paul Horton’s film: “Connections Within a Fragile World.”

There will also be a panel discussion asking the question: are art and science as natural allies in communicating environmental issues to the public.  This will be moderated by Jeremy Isard ’11, with panelists:

  • Godfrey Bourne, University Missouri St. Louis
  • Marda Kirn, EcoArts Connections, Colorado
  • Cassie Meador, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Washington, D.C.
  • Barry Chernoff, Wesleyan University

As always, we will award the Schumann Prize for Distinguished Environmental Stewardship to a member of the Class of 2010

An open reception will follow the event.

So, please join us for Earth Day Celebration 2010.

Thursday, 22 April, 8:00 p.m.
CFA Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

Free and open to the public.

Wesleyan University can now recycle all types of plastic containers.  In the past we were only able to recycle containers marked with a 1 or 2.  Now all containers 1 – 7 can be recycled at Wesleyan University.  Containers such as yogurt, shampoo, Styrofoam and plastic cups can all be recycled.  Please place all of these items in our Glass/Metal/Plastic containers conveniently located around campus.  Those who live in wood frame homes, please load up your blue bins!

Please visit our website http://www.wesleyan.edu/recycling/ for more information.

Thank you for helping to maintain our planet!


The Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES)


Social Justice Leadership ConferenceNext Saturday, February 20th, SALD and the WSA will be hosting Wesleyan’s second annual Social Justice Leadership Conference (SJLC). All members of the Wesleyan community, and other guests, are invited to attend.

Dr. Jason Irizarry will be returning to Wesleyan as SJLC’s keynote speaker. This time around he will be bringing some of his students.

Conference sessions include:

  • Radical Accessibility: Ableism and Social Justice Organizing
  • Planning Social Actions: The Down and Dirty Nitty Gritty Details of Social Movements
  • Local Agriculture and Food Politics at Long Lane Farm
  • Permaculture Fundamentals
  • Navigating the 7C’s of Deep-End Leadership
  • Student-Labor Solidarity: What Works, What Doesn’t
  • The SRI Model – An Introduction to Sustainable Investing
  • LGBTQ Issues: Creating Solidarity in Your Social Justice Work
  • Justice for Khojali
  • The Art of Social Justice
  • Perspectives in Environmental Racism, and Climate Justice

For more information, and to pre-register, visit the SJLC website at www.wesleyan.edu/sjlc.

Applications are now available for the Environmental Studies Mellon Research Internship. You can obtain an application from our website (www.wesleyan.edu/environmentalstudies/).

Internships are for a duration of 9 and a half weeks and carry a stipend of $3,900. The summer internship will run from May 26 – July 30, 2010, while the Fall internship would run the term of the semester.

Applications are due in the Environmental Studies Program Office (Exley Science Center, Room 331) on or before 26 February 2010. Internships are for either Summer or Fall 2010. You must have 2 letters of recommendation submitted by that same date. One letter should be from your faculty mentor, the second from another member of the Wesleyan faculty. Awards will be announced by 5 March 2010.

The student application seeks two short letters of recommendation.  In addition to recommending the student, the faculty mentor must briefly (1-2 paragraphs) explain the project, its importance and relevance to her/his research program.  Letters of recommendation may either be sent to Ms. Marinelli through campus mail or by email (pdf preferred) to vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

The applications, including statements by faculty, will be judged by the oversight and awards committee.

For further information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at 685-3733.

  • Want to make Wes greener?
  • Want some extra cash?
  • Want to help solve the University’s budget crisis?
  • Want to have your voice heard by the administration?

Then submit to the Wesleyan Energy Conservation Showdown––the ECS-Prize. If you’ve ever had an idea to make Wesleyan more sustainable, but didn’t know how to be heard by the Administration or Physical Plant, this is your chance to affect real environmental change––and get paid to do it.

Prizes are $600 for the winning group entry, and $200 for two more runners-up groups. These entries, and any other “honorable mentions” will be collected into a document and sent directly to President Roth’s desk.

We are asking for submissions of at least 3 pages on how to conserve resources and money at Wesleyan. Students are encouraged to work in teams of 2 to 3 members to divide work, but you can work individually or in larger groups if you want.

Entries will be judged on how much natural resources the idea saves, and how much money the University will save because of that conservation. “Resources” can be utilities such as heat, water, and electricity but can include other things as well––for example, if the University is spending money on an environmentally harmful product, and students can find a cheaper, environmentally-friendly alternative, then that idea would be considered successful.

The rules are online at the WSA’s website: wsa.wesleyan.edu/committees/finance-and-facilities-committee/ecs-prize. All questions can be directed to bfirke@wesleyan.edu, or wesecsprize@gmail.com. Information about Wesleyan’s utilities will be posted soon, so any research will be a little easier.

The deadline is March 1st, 2010.

Earlier this year, Josh Levine ’12 was selected as a representative of the Sierra Student Coalition International to attend the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Josh (on the right, wearing a dark jacket) helps present a video debriefing from the first day of the conference.

Operation Wallacea will present on Thursday, November 5, at 4:00 p.m. in Usdan 108 to all members of the community interested in pursuing biological, social and cultural field research opportunities this summer in the tropics.

Dr. James Saunders, our Senior Marine Scientist in Honduras, will give an initial presentation on November 5th to provide an overview of our programs; the following week Dr. Caine Delacy, Senior Marine Scientist in Mozambique, will give an in-depth presentation of site-specific research opportunities. Following that discussion, there will be a third meeting to discuss how expeditions may be financed through eligible grants and scholarships as well as fundraising opportunities.

Dr. James Saunders and Dr. Caine Delacy, our speakers, look forward to meeting potential academics who might want to pursue tropical research and scientific field work opportunities in the biological and social sciences at our marine and forest expedition sites this summer in South Africa and Mozambique, Madagascar, Peru, Honduras, Cuba, Egypt and Indonesia.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the program at (973) 920-0487 or at usa@opwall.com or check out the website at www.opwall.com.

Speaker Contact Info

Dr. James Saunders
Senior Marine Scientist, Honduras
(732) 557-1371

Dr. Caine Delacy
Senior Marine Scientist, Mozambique
(973) 570-7738

Dr. Tim Coles
Operation Wallacea Director

November 7, 2009
Exley Science Center, Room 150

  • 9:00 a.m.
    Global Environmental Change and Freshwater Resources: Hope for the Best or Change to Prepare for the Worst?

    Patrick L. Osborne, PhD
    Executive Director
    Harris World Ecology Center, University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • 10:15 a.m.
    Water in a Changing Climate – The Role of the National Forests in the Water Infrastructure

    Frank H. McCormick, PhD
    Program Manager
    Air, Water and Aquatic Environments
    Rocky Mountain Research Station

Both events are sponsored by the Robert Schumann Lectures Series in the Environmental Studies Program. For more information, please contact Valerie Marinelli, vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

Four weeks before the nations meet in Copenhagen to try to avert global catastrophe, Mr. Blakemore will identify many often surprising psychological factors at play as people in all walks of life deal with the latest “hard news” on climate.

He’ll explore new definitions of sanity that may pertain, and give examples displaying different “psychologies”, as well as manmade global warming’s place in the long history of narcissistic insults to humanity itself.

Two new time-line graphs of rapid and dangerous climate change will give fresh global context to the psychological challenges and experiences he has observed in the five years since he began focusing on global warming for ABC News.

Computer modelers trying to project the speed and severity of global warming’s advance often say that “the biggest unknown” in their equations is not data about ice or atmosphere, carbon or clouds, but “what the humans will do.” This talk probes that field and many states of mind already engaged.

Tuesday, November 3 in the Chapel at 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Wasch Center, Department of Psychology, and the Robert Schumann Lecture Series in the Environmental Studies Program.  Follow-up discussion on Wed., Nov. 4 at 4:15 p.m. in the Wasch Center.

You are cordially invited to attend the Environmental Studies Program Luncheon on Friday, September 11, 2009 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. in Usdan Center Rm 110. Pizza and Salad will be served.

  • Meet the Director, Professor Barry Chernoff
  • Learn about the certificate program, the new linked major and the College of Environment
  • Speak with students that are involved in the program
  • Meet fellow students that wish to pursue the field

Please RSVP for the luncheon, by September 10th, to Valerie Marinelli,
Administrative Assistant, Environmental Studies Program
at (860) 685-3733 or via email – vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu

chillisTwenty Connecticut vendors will be offering a variety of local goods for sale including farmstead cheese, greens, beef, eggs, jams, pastries, soaps, honey, pesto, milk, baked goods, yarn, spices, bread, and more.  Bon Appetit will be serving lunches made with local ingredients from our vendors.

The Wesleyan Farmer’s Market takes place on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  More information can be found at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/wfm.

In honor of Earth Day, the Wesleyan community and friends are invited to an open house in Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library (1st floor East, behind the glass door next to the stairs). On view will be the first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (London, 1859), modern artists’ books that address issues of global warming, books made of recycled materials, archival materials that document the changing Wesleyan landscape, and more. You’ll even get a chance to see some creative ways to repurpose, recycle, and reuse vestiges of the old card catalog.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see Earth, the largest, heaviest book in the collection, and perhaps the last comprehensive atlas that will ever be printed. For more about Earth, see http://www.millenniumhouse.com.au/title-earth.html Also on view will be a hand-colored copy of the 1575 edition of the first comprehensive atlas, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, by Abraham Ortelius.

Wednesday April 22, 2009 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Feet to the Fire has commissioned four faculty members to create new works about climate change, and two of them premiere tomorrow, Friday, April 17.

The first is a noontime concert, Glacier by Alvin Lucier, professor of music, in Crowell Concert Hall.  The second is a solo entitled, Liquid Shakti, by Hari Krishnan, artist-in-residence in the department of dance, and is included in the Spring Faculty Dance Concert at the CFA Theater, tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm.  More information is below and at the Feet to the Fire website.

We do hope you will be able to attend.

  • Alvin Lucier: Glacier
    Friday, April 17, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. (no latecomers)
    Crowell Concert Hall
    Free Admission

    During the course of a half hour performance of Glacier, a cellist slowly sweeps downward, tracking a graph of the mean mass balance of 30 glaciers over a 24-year period, from 1980 to 2004. Glacier was written by Alvin Lucier, music professor, for Lucy Strother ’11.

  • Spring Faculty Dance Concert:
    Goddess, Siren, Monster, and Liquid Shakti

    Friday & Saturday, April 17 & 18, 8:00 p.m., CFA Theater
    Tickets: $8 faculty/staff, $6 students

    Patricia Beaman and Hari Krishnan, two Artists-in-Residence at Wesleyan University, have long shared a mutual fascination with the similarities between their respective forms, Baroque dance and Bharata Natyam. In both, the compositional principles are found in antique texts, the narratives of the dances are rooted in mythology, and the formulaic structures are inextricably linked to music. In Goddess, Siren, Monster, and Liquid Shakti, they have collaborated on a suite of solo dances featuring iconic female figures from Greco-Roman and Hindu mythology. Juxtaposing the traditional forms and mythological subject matter of Baroque dance (Beaman) and Bharata Natyam (Krishnan) with modern movement and contemporary issues, they propel the classic stories of Venus, Armide, Scylla, and Ganga into the present.

    Costumes by Leslie Weinberg and lighting by John Carr, both of Wesleyan University, in addition to an international collaborative team from the US and Canada. Liquid Shakti has been commissioned by Wesleyan University’s Feet to the Fire.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at 860-685-3355 or purchase online anytime at http://www.wesleyan.edu/CFA

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