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THIS WEEK IN SUSTAINABILITY: October 23rd - 29th, 2023

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

It's a big week out at the farm–we're hosting Rowen White and holding Harfest! Read on for the details.

 

ALL WEEK LONG

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR HARFEST!
  • We need all hands on deck to make our celebration of all things fall, fun, and farmy a reality! Sign up for a shift here. We will provide rides out to the farm (whether a van or the general bus shuttle).

 

MONDAY, October 23rd

SEED AND STORY SWAP WITH ROWEN WHITE
12 - 1:30PM | Dartmouth Organic Farm
  • Please join us at the Dartmouth Organic Farm for lunch and conversation with Rowen White–be sure to dress warmly!

  • 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 | 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.


 

TUESDAY, October 24th

FARM CLUB WORKDAY
8:00 - 9:45AM | O-Farm (meet behind Robo)
  • Come join Evan, Izzy, and Laurel 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!!

  • Details and sign-up coming soon on Trailhead.


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 25th

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 26th

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 Nico and Hannah! 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 27th

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 28th

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!


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!

  • And don't forget–you can sign up to volunteer for Harfest here!


AMORY LOVINS: RADICAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY, INTEGRATIVE DESIGN, & APPLIED HOPE
Saturday | 4:15 - 5:15PM | Cook Auditorium, Murdough
  • Integrative design looks at a project as a system rather than a collection of parts. Whereas in a traditional building project, for example, separate teams might work in isolation to tackle different aspects of a building (walls, heating and cooling, etc.), the integrative design framework requires multidisciplinary teams to collaborate from the start to identify connections between the parts in order to achieve massive — “radical” — gains in efficiency.

  • In this talk co-sponsored by the Irving Institute and Dartmouth Sustainability, Amory Lovins, physicist and cofounder and chair emeritus of RMI, will complement a discussion of integrative design with his vision of “applied hope,” offering twin strategies for avoiding the worst impacts of climate change and sustaining our individual and collective motivation to act.

 

SUNDAY, October 29th

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!

 

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.

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!


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.


CLIMATE JUSTICE RALLY
Friday | 4:30pm | The Green
  • Join the Dartmouth and Upper Valley community in a climate justice rally calling on Dartmouth College to step up as a climate leader. We will have speeches, music, action-oriented booths (like letter writing to the Dartmouth administration), and more!

  • There will also be an Art Build on October 25th Wednesday, 4pm, to make posters for the rally. Join us at Collis Common Ground!

  • Have accessibility needs? Please reach out to Kate Yeo (kathlene.j.yeo.25@dartmouth.edu).


WELL-BEING MINI RETREAT
Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28 | Moosilauke Ravine Lodge
  • Join the Student Wellness Center, People of Color Outdoors (POCO) Club + the Diversity, Inclusion, Justice, & Equity (DIJE) Division of the Dartmouth Outing Club for a 1-night retreat at Moosilauke Lodge.

  • This transformative, experiential learning opportunity is designed to build community and a sense of belonging with fellow students through a wellbeing centered approach. Along with nature-based experiences, we’ll be using body-mind practices like yoga, meditation, breath-work, journaling and mindful communication to explore how our resilience and wellbeing is intrinsically connected to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community at Dartmouth and in our shared world.

  • RSVP here!

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