The Green Poodle

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October 24, 2012
by Jordan Collins
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Divest For Our Future student panel

Thursday night – 10/25 at 8:30 pm, in Axinn 229 – a new student group called Divest For Our Future is hosting a panel on Middlebury’s endowment and  divesting from fossil fuels.  This group and members of  SRI will be discussing this growing national (led by Bill McKibben!) movement to empower students and schools and use investments to combat climate change. Come talk or listen to discussion about this issue of growing interest!

October 23, 2012
by Gillian Lui
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Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 24th is the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day! Help Middlebury celebrate this nation-wide event by enjoying delicious food sourced from local Vermont farms during candlelit dinner at both Proctor and Ross.

Menu items will include butternut squash soup with squash, apples, and maple syrup from McKinley and Cook Farms in Waltham, VT; whole wheat dinner roles made with ingredients from Gleason Grains in Bridport VT; corn pudding made with ingredients from Nitty Gritty Corn Meal in Charlotte, VT; local pulled pork with homemade BBQ sauce from Vermont Heritage Grazers in Bridport, VT; roasted root vegetables from Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro, VT; and ice cream from Wilcox, VT.

October 22, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler
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Do The Math Events

It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.

This November, Bill McKibben and 350.org are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

(caption and image from 350.org)

For more information as well as the times and locations of future events, go to math.350.org.

October 22, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler
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Reel Rock Film Tour

The Reel Rock Film Tour features short films made by some of the world’s best adventure filmmakers about the world’s best climbers. The trailer (http://reelrocktour.com/) speaks for itself but it features everything from mountaineering to sport climbing to free soloing. Tickets are $10 if you pre-register or $12 at the door.  MMC will provide transportation!  Van will leave leave from Adirondack Circle at 5:30 and get back around 9:30. Email Zach to sign up (zperzan@middlebury.edu).

October 22, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler
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Friday day-hike to Abbey Pond w/ MMC

Join us for a stroll up to Abbey Pond–it’s supposed to be 68 degrees and we’re goin’ swimmin!!! A moderate hike up a slope to a well deserved dip in an alpine pond is all you could ever want after a long week! We’ll have some yummy snacks for the top and be back well in time for dinner.  Did I mention it would be warm?  MMC Calendar pics anyone?  Email jpeisch@middlebury.edu to sign up!

October 19, 2012
by Avery McNiff
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Farm Service Day at Evening Song Farm

JOIN IN ON A FARM SERVICE DAY!

WHERE: Evening Song Farm south of Rutland. The owners lost the entire farm last year due to Irene and are still working to rebuild their infrastructure on a new location. As winter approaches, there is a lot of work to be done and extra hands are needed. During this particular weekend, the farm needs help spreading mulch over a quarter acre of garlic and harvesting winter root crops.
Read more about the farm here: http://www.eveningsongcsa.com/

WHEN: Saturday, October 27th. We’ll meet at ADK circle at noon, arrive at the farm by 1pm and work until we’re worn out (not past sun set).

WHO: Anyone and everyone. Invite your friends!

Please email Avery at amcniff@middlebury.edu if you are interested in helping out by Wednesday, October 24th so we can arrange transportation.

Hope to see you there.

October 8, 2012
by Avery McNiff
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Apply for an Environmental Council Grant!

Have an idea for a project related to sustainability?
Apply for an Environmental Council Grant!

Receive $25-$2,500 in funding to support initiatives on or off campus.
Grants available to faculty, staff, and students.
To apply and for more info: go/ec
Applications due Monday, October 29th
Contact Avery McNiff (amcniff@middlebury.edu) with questions.

 

October 8, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler
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MMC embroiders flannel!

Bring a flannel with $$$ in a bag to the MMC meeting this week 6pm LaForce 121 to give to Caroline to get embroidered.  Prices are as follows: Board members: 15$. Guides: 20$. Other: 25$.  If you can’t make the meeting, there will be a drop box (only prior to the meeting, not afterwards) in the lobby of Brooker House for flannels and money.  Note: the embroidery is WHITE, so we suggest a dark flannel for maximum sweetness.

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