WELCOME LETTER TO INCOMING 24S
Dear First Year,
While this is certainly a *different* way to start the school year, we are just as excited to have you all starting out as new members of the Dartmouth family. Creating positive change in the world is hard work that requires a strong community of support. Our staff of 6 has been working hard to create ways of building our sustainability community in safe and meaningful ways so we can tackle the sustainability challenges facing us today with creativity, passion, and action. Even though we have the next four years to get to know you all, we want to get started NOW! So whether you are on campus or far away, welcome to the sustainability community at Dartmouth.
For those of you new to the scene, the Dartmouth Sustainability Office works to challenge and empower Dartmouth College and students to solve the human and environmental problems presented by a rapidly changing planet. Those challenges connect to the environment, policy, justice, design, finance, food and more. We do this via hands-on learning, building inclusive community, and transforming campus operations.
The sustainability community is a broad and diverse group of first years, upperclassmen, faculty, staff, alums, and community members. We need you! No matter your identities, experience, or academic interests, YOUR ideas matter to us. Everyone has something to bring. We can’t make the world a better, more sustainable place unless our solutions are informed by everyone who is affected by those human and environmental challenges.
Students are an integral part of this work! In our Office, nearly all of our programs and initiatives were started by students identifying a need or opportunity, pitching an excellent idea, and following up to make it happen! From Dartmouth Bikes and the Sustainability Action Program to the Sustainable Living Center and the Dartmouth Organic Farm, students have been the driving force behind making these programs a reality. As a Dartmouth student, you will have the opportunity to change Dartmouth for the better and to help Dartmouth be a leader in sustainability. In short, Dartmouth will change you, and you will change Dartmouth.
Sound good to you? Great! We can't wait to get started.
From all of us in the Dartmouth Sustainability Office,
Rosi Kerr, Director of Sustainability
Laura Braasch, Program Manager
Marcus Welker, Program Manager
Dalia Rodriguez Caspeta, Program Coordinator
Yolanda Huerta, Sustainability Fellow
Molly McBride, Sustainability Fellow
SUSTAINABILITY ACTION PROGRAM
The Sustainability Action Program (SAP) is focused on first years and is dedicated to enabling YOU to become an effective change agent. In SAP, you will get a chance to meet and interact with other first years, upperclass students and staff working on sustainability projects on campus.
In a series of WORKSHOPS, systems thinking, REMOTE and IN-PERSON GET TOGETHERS, the program will orient you within the Sustainability community at Dartmouth and introduce you to the tenets of sustainability while working with other FIRST YEARS!
Socially Distant Socials w/ Sustainability Trivia
Design Thinking Workshops and Certification Course!
Power Plant Tour
Nathan's Garden Adventure
Trips to the Organic Farm
Volunteering with Local Food Organization
In the fall, we will focus on learning about what has already been done, lessons learned trying to make Dartmouth more sustainable and we will train you to be change makers by equipping you with tools such as design thinking, systems thinking, and behavior change theory. Then during the Winter and Spring YOU (and a team of fellow SAPlings) will design and implement mini-projects that help make Dartmouth even greener (get it? Big Green?). Apply for SAP below!
** No sustainability experience needed, come learn and grow with us**
** If you're a sustainability PRO, come learn how to get stuff done here at Dartmouth, meet people and start changing the world today!**
Applications are due September 18th, 2020 at 5pm. If you have any questions please reach out to us at Sustainable.Dartmouth@dartmouth.edu
We look forward to reading your application!
SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE HOURS (WEEKLY!)
Join us for virtual office hours via zoom! We are here to answer your questions, share ideas, and connect you to the right people and resources. Office hours are a great way to not only ask questions of our knowledgable staff, but also to get to know other students who are working on interesting sustainability initiatives. Our office hours are a hub for collaboration and community-building as well as a resource for knowledge.
Office hours will be held virtually on Zoom every week on THURSDAYS from 12:15-1:15 pm (Eastern).
Meeting ID: 992 5051 8405
JOIN A CLUB
Our student-run Farm Club organizes educational, social, and volunteer opportunities at the O Farm. Farm Club hosts 2-hour volunteer workdays several times a week in the spring, summer, and fall terms. This term, the Farm Club will have a bike fleet available for riding out to the farm as a group together.
The Farm Club is open to any and all who are interested in getting involved. We encourage newcomers to join us for a meeting, volunteer day, or social event! The Organic Farm is a place that seeks to build inclusive community around food, agriculture, and our unique landscape. We seek to affirm and create space for people of all identities in our farm club and at the O Farm.
Farm Club meetings happen on Wednesdays from 3-4 pm over zoom (this year).
Meeting ID: 99520451899
"The Sunrise Movement is a youth climate justice movement that is advocating for a Green New Deal. The Green New Deal is a plan for a decade-long mobilization of the United States to overhaul our national infrastructure and help our ailing planet. It is also a plan to address multiple issues of inequality and injustice in our country today by creating jobs directly related to stopping climate change, the greatest existential threats ever faced by humanity, and implementing social programs to help all Americans, especially the poor and other marginalized peoples.
"No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, these issues affect all of us. If you’re interested and want to help out, you’ll be happy to know that there is a Sunrise Movement hub specifically for Dartmouth!!
"We know that right now people are going through a lot and we want you to know that everyone with Sunrise Dartmouth is also here to support you as we face these challenges. We live in trying times and the only way we are going to get through them is by working together and supporting everyone in our communities."
Please fill out this form to sign up for our first OPEN MEETING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 at 7:00 PM EST.
INTERSECTIONAL ECO-POETICS BOOK CLUB
Interested in good discussion at the intersection of poetry, personhood, feminism, and the environment? All are welcome and encouraged to join our weekly gathering for readings and discussions with works from Toni Morrison, Ada Limón, Zora Neale Hurston, Mary Oliver and many, many more!
WEDNESDAYS at 5PM Eastern on ZOOM
Meeting ID: 8256523160
EXPLORE OUR COMMUNITY
COVID SAFETY DISCLAIMER
Below is a map that is a true community collaboration, featuring places across campus and town that hold meaning for our students. Each place on the map and the blurb that accompanies it was submitted by a member of our student community to reflect the places that have made Hanover feel like home to them.
While we know you are itching to get outside and start exploring, our expectation and that of the College is that you will wait to do any in-person exploring until you are released from your quarantine period. After week 3, if you meet all the COVID standards, you will be allowed to move about campus and the surrounding community and towns. During that time, please remember to be respectful of of our community by wearing masks, maintaining ample social distancing, and gathering in groups smaller than 10 people. If you have questions about these expectations, please refer to the guidelines set by the College. Until week 3, please explore this map virtually and start planning your adventures!
Our community thanks you for following the rules at this time.