I've been working with the Crum Woods Stewardship Committee and Grounds crew to give the Crum a stronger standing within our community.
Why it's important to me:
The Crum has been a huge part of my life and education at Swarthmore.
How to get involved:
Get yourself into the woods. Ask your professors to take advantage of the space, and utilize it to explore and have fun! Advocate for more institutional support. You can reach out to me for ideas on how.
Pronounced Gee Ayyyyyy.
Definition: The Green Mafia. The Garbage Assessors. Tree Huggers Inc. Presenters of Cinematic Magic (eg. Before the Flood). Itsy bitsy greenie greenie yellow polka-dot bagreenies. GArdians of the GAlaxy. Composting and hosting awesome study-breaks are only a few of the things we do.
Hazlett Henderson, Nikhil Chopra, and Liam Fitzstevens
Waste Bin Standardization
This semester, we've been working with the waste PSRFs Adina and Vanessa on their standardized bin project and we've been following through with standardized stickers for small trash bins across campus. Liam has been working on bin counts for each building and cleaning up the data that Vanessa and Adina already collected; Hazlett has been working with Adina on the trash2treasure revamp "WorthMore" the free store; and Nikhil has been in contact with facilities and office administrators about buying and applying "Incinerator Waste" stickers.
By the end of the semester, we hope to have:
- Assisted Vanessa, Adina and other stakeholders in choosing an adequate standardized bin system.
- Laid a workable framework for WorthMore, providing for its official opening fall 2017
- Applied "Incinerator waste" stickers to office trash bins and communicated effectively with the campus about the rationale behind the stickers.
EnvironMentors connects sustainability leaders at Swarthmore College with students in community school districts. Swarthmore students serve as mentors to high school and middle school students, who work with the faculty at their schools on an environmental project related to energy and climate change. The goal: have the school certified as an "Eco-School," an initiative started by the National Wildlife Refuge that rewards schools on their student-led environmental projects. Swarthmore students help these eco-teams brainstorm, gain access to resources, set goals, and organize their project in partnership with the nonprofit organization GreenAllies.
Eriko Shrestha & Ben Schmidt
Solo Cup Terracycle
About 1,000 Solo cups are discarded on campus every week! As Solo cups are plastic #6, the recycler that Swarthmore uses does not accept them, so we set up receptacles solos for Solo cups at Pub Nite and other on-campus parties to divert as many as we can from the Chester incinerator. After draining and sorting through these, we send batches of hundreds of Solo cups to TerraCycle, a company which provides free waste collection programs for hard-to-recycle-materials.
In the future, we hope to help the campus move away from unsustainable Solo cups entirely!
Natalie LaScala & Rebecca Zhou
Swat Species Showcase
Swat Species Showcase creates bimonthly pamphlets with information about species that can be found around campus or in the Crum woods and includes prizes for participants who submit a picture they take of the featured species!
Michelle McEwen & Emily Kibby
You're reading it right now. This is our GA project. Surprise!
Mountain Justice - Recap
Before Spring Break, Mountain Justice worked hard to get out the vote for a student referendum on fossil fuel divestment, in which 80.5% of voters agreed that the College should divest, with 55% voter turnout. Only hours after the referendum results were announced, President Smith and Board Chair Spock sent an email to the campus in which they refused to engage with the student body on this important issue on which they had spoken. In response, Mountain Justice staged a sit-in in Chief Investment Officer Mark Amstutz' office on Friday and held an emergency rally and lie-in outside of the Scheurer Room, where the Board was beginning to meet for the evening, later that afternoon.
- Abby Saul
Worthmore - Ongoing/ Upcoming Events
WorthMore, the student free store replacing Trash2Treasure, is collecting written reflections on Swarthmore students' relationship with "stuff" on poster boards in the coffee bars and in boxes located in Shane Lounge, McCabe, Essie's, and Sharples. Some responses will be incorporated into a "stuff" zine in April that aims to jolt prospective and current students into reconsidering what they bring to campus and what they buy once they're here. These collection sites will be open until the middle of March. We look forward to reading about you and your stuff!
Winter clothing drive the week after spring break: WorthMore the free store is hosting a winter clothing drive the week following spring break. Are you graduating and moving somewhere warm? Donate your winter coat! Maybe your boots didn't fit well this winter and you know you'll need something new. Donate your boots! We are also looking for gloves, mittens, and hats. All collected items will stock WorthMore in the fall and provide protection from the cold to next year's coat-less students.
Good Food Garden - Announcements
- Spring Garden Hours: Saturdays from 3-5 and Sundays from 1-3.
- Group Cooking Sessions: Sundays 2-3 during garden hours.
Also, we are receiving a new shed for our garden!
Years of Living Dangerously, Episode 6: Priceless. Tuesday, March 21st. 7:15-9pm. Sci 199.
An Inconvenient Truth. Time, date, and location TBA.
Sponsored by the Green Advisors Program
If you have any comments or suggestions, or would like your group to be featured in the next publication of Ecosphere, please contact Emily Kibby (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Michelle McEwen (email@example.com). Thanks for reading!
Even Obi-Wan is confused.