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THIS WEEK IN SUSTAINABILITY: October 16th - 22nd, 2023

Here's what's happening this week in Sustainability!

Senior Vice President Josh Keniston and Director of Sustainability Rosi Kerr presented on Dartmouth's decarbonization strategy for the Irving Institute's 2023 Energy Week.

 

MONDAY, October 16th

RUCKUS FEED
5:30 - 6:30PM (cooking at 4) | Sustainable Living Center
  • Join us for this year’s first Ruckus (aka Susty) feed, aka a warm meal and new friends!! We’ll be serving vegan/GF chili and just ask that you bring your own bowl/spoon.

  • If you would like to help cook at 4, join GroupMe here!


 

TUESDAY, October 17th

FARM CLUB WORKDAY
8:00 - 9:45AM | O-Farm (meet behind Robo)
  • Come join Izzy '24 and Hannah '26 for a fun morning at the O Farm!! We'll be leaving from behind Robo at 8 am and will be back before 10As. All you need are comfortable clothes and a water bottle, no prior experience necessary! We can't wait to farm with you!!

  • Link to sign-up on Trailhead.


FRUITS OF LABOR SCREENING
7PM, Tuesday, Oct. 17 | Loew Auditorium
  • A Mexican American teenager dreams of graduating high school, when increased ICE raids in her community threaten to separate her family and force her to become the breadwinner. She works long days in the strawberry fields and the night shift at a food processing factory. Set in an agricultural town on the central coast of California, Fruits of Labor is a lyrical meditation on adolescence, nature and ancestral forces, and coming into one's power as a working young woman of color in the wealthiest nation in the world.


FREE MARKET THRIFT STORE OPEN HOURS
7 - 9PM | North Mass Basement
  • Our racks are fully stocked, including winter clothing! Come swing by to get shirts, jackets, warm layers, jeans, shoes, and more–all for free!

 

WEDNESDAY, October 18th

SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE HOURS
12 - 1:30PM | Robinson 106
  • Join us for delicious homemade sweets and riveting susty conversation!

  • All are welcome, whether you've been involved in the past or are looking to get started with Sustainability now!


HARFEST PLANNING MEETING
12:45-1:15 | Robinson Hall
  • Harfest, the O-Farm's fall event, is coming up on October 28th, and you can help plan it! We'll be discussing activities, volunteers, refreshments, etc.

  • All class years and farm involvement levels welcome – join the planning Groupme here!


POP-UP BIKES SHOP (PUBS)
3:30 - 4:30PM | Bikes Shop @ Fahey-McLane
  • Come get your set of wheels in shape with our Bikes Team! Whether it's a rusty chain or squeaky brakes, get rolling with help from our team of student mechanics!


 

THURSDAY, October 19th

O-FARM WORK DAY
8 - 10AM | O-Farm (meet behind Robo)
  • Come get your hands dirty (or borrow gardening gloves) at the O-farm on Thursday morning with Lauren and Ethan! There's no better way to start your day than at the farm. Come enjoy the best of New Hampshire fall with new friends, many vegetables, and beautiful views of the Connecticut River. No prior farming experience required--we'll teach you everything you need to know!

  • Details and sign-up coming soon on Trailhead.

 

FRIDAY, October 20th

FREE MARKET THRIFT STORE VOLUNTEER HOURS 7 - 9PM | North Mass Basement
  • Excited by our new thrift store and want to help sustain our efforts? Shocked by the amount of waste on campus and want a tangible way to curb it? Join us for a volunteer work session at the Free Market!

  • Help fold and sort clothing, organize the thrift store space, and more – sign up to volunteer here!

 

SATURDAY, October 21st

FREE MARKET THRIFT STORE OPEN HOURS
12PM - 3PM | North Mass Basement
  • Come swing by our on-campus thrift store, the Free Market, this weekend! All clothing is reclaimed from Dartmouth's waste streams. Instead of buying new clothing, get second-hand for free!

 

SUNDAY, October 22nd

FREE MARKET THRIFT STORE OPEN HOURS
12PM - 3PM | North Mass Basement
  • See above–same thrift store, with perhaps some new finds! 👀

  • We've got lots of new winter clothing to keep you warm for the cool temps on the horizon!

 

FOOD DAY

SEED AND STORY SWAP WITH ROWEN WHITE
12 - 1:30PM, Monday, Oct. 23 | Dartmouth Organic Farm
  • Please join us at the Dartmouth Organic Farm for lunch and conversation with Rowen White.

  • We’ll gather together to enjoy food from Moon and Stars Arepas, featuring masa made with heirloom corn, while we celebrate the generosity and potency of seeds.

  • Optionally, if you save seeds yourself, please feel free to bring some to swap and tell stories about! This event is open to the public–all are welcome to join in our discussion of Indigenous food sovereignty.

  • Dartmouth students may sign up for a ride leaving from behind Robinson at 11:45AM and returning to campus at 1:45PM via Trailhead.



ROWEN WHITE FOOD DAY KEYNOTE
4PM, Monday, Oct. 23 | Steele 006
  • Rowen White is a Seed Keeper/farmer and author from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne and a passionate activist for indigenous seed and food sovereignty. She is the Educational Director and lead mentor of Sierra Seeds, an innovative Indigenous seed bank and land-based educational organization located in Nevada City, CA. Rowen is the Founder of the Indigenous Seedkeepers Network, which is committed to restoring the Indigenous Seed Commons, and currently serves as a Cooperative Seed Hub Coordinator.



HARFEST
12-3PM, Saturday, Oct. 28 | Dartmouth Organic Farm
  • Join us for fall farm fun at the O-Farm, featuring delicious foods from our very own fields and the farms of other local producers, pumpkin painting, live music, games, and more!


 

CLIMATE WINS

So much of our media is mired in gloom and doom–and don't get us wrong, there's a lot to be wary of when it comes to our fight for a just, livable future in the face of intensifying injustices and climate change. But, there's also SO much good work being done, too, that rarely gets highlighted. We've added this "climate wins" section to our weekly newsletter to counterbalance the bad news and reinvigorate our community in this good and hard work by celebrating wins.

  • Japan pledges $1 billion for UN climate change fund, which largely helps vulnerable countries cope with the impacts of climate change.

  • The Environmental Defense Fund and Texas A&M University have collaboratively produced the U.S. Climate Vulnerability Index, the most comprehensive screening tool to date showing where resources for climate adaptation and mitigation are most urgently needed. This will ensure that climate resilience funds are channeled to the communities that can use them the most, and where they'll have the largest impact.

If you've got a climate win you're excited about, big or small, email us at sustainable.dartmouth@dartmouth.edu, and we'll include it in next week's newsletter! According to the IPCC, every action that prevents further degrees of global warming, no matter what scale, is meaningful.

 

OTHER EVENTS

Below, find events from other campus organizations related to sustainability, climate, and social justice!


The Net Zero Transition: What It Will Take, Cost, and Bring
Tuesday | 5 - 6PM | Cook Auditorium
  • Join us for the first talk in a new series, Conversations on the Path to Net Zero. In our first session on Tuesday, October 17 from 5-6 pm in Cook Auditorium, Mekala Krishnan, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, will discuss the massive undertaking represented by the global transition to net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • What is the scale of the physical and economic transformation involved? What role have recent geopolitical and environmental events played in shaping the world’s approach to reaching this goal? And given the impressive magnitude of investments required to reach net-zero, how can the financing needs be met?


Sparks: Career Talk with Nick Britton ’21, EFI
Thursday | 6 - 7PM | Online
  • Join the Irving Institute for the first session of our newly revived Sparks series, which invites energy and climate professionals to share about their career journeys and answer questions from students seeking to forge their own pathway toward climate and energy careers.

  • Nick Britton ’21, research associate with Energy Futures Initiative will join. Nick is a research associate at the EFI Foundation, where he provides research and analysis on clean energy technologies, climate and sustainability issues, and their relationship to public policy and society. He currently manages a project team analyzing community engagement best practices related to clean energy projects and federal programs.


SUNRISE DARTMOUTH MEETING
Thursday | 8PM | Robo 106
  • Passionate about climate justice? Join Sunrise Dartmouth to learn how to get involved in the fight for environmental and social justice here on campus and nationally. Learn more about Sunrise Dartmouth here.


FARM TO FILM FEST, JUNCTION ARTS & MEDIA
October 21 | 9AM - 10PM | Downtown White River Junction
  • Farm to Film Fest 2023 is a collaboration between JAM – Junction Arts & Media, Vital Communities, and King Arther Baking Company, made possible in part through support from Vermont Humanities and media sponsor Vermont Public that aims to build awareness of the importance of agriculture as a climate solution and of the harms the current exploitive, racist, and unsustainable food system creates. Our mission is to promote Upper Valley farms that are taking direct climate action and to share hopeful solutions for climate crisis.

  • Learn more here!

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