The Green Poodle

middlebury's environmental online resource

November 29, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler
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Building the Next Solar Decathlon House!

Helmuts solard

We’re wrapping up a really exciting semester for Middlebury’s Solar Decathlon Team. Since the team was chosen as a finalist for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon last January, over 90 students have participated in the project. This fall students have worked on finalizing the design of our solar powered house including designing mechanical systems and specifying building materials. As the semester comes to a close, we are looking forward to starting construction on our home in January! Any and all students are welcome to come and help out with construction in J-Term and the Spring, please contact middsd@middlebury.edu to get info on the necessary training if you want to participate!

 

The team is also hosting an Atwater Dinner featuring yummy local food and fun conversation about the project on December 3rd. If you want to attend please RSVP to sd13team@gmail.com with your name and ID number. We look forward to seeing you all there!

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 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.

September 20, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler
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Apply to Environmental Council!

The Environmental Council (EC) is looking for new student members for its 2012-2013 session!

This year the EC will focus in the following areas:

Food and dining
What is the feasibility of growing food for Middlebury’s dining halls in greenhouses between November and April? If a broadly defined economic analysis is applied, how can the greenhouse idea be designed to contribute to the goal of basing the College’s dining services on locally grown food?

Carbon neutrality
What is the current status of the effort to be carbon neutral by 2016? What formula should be used to calculate the net carbon impact from the College’s use of biomass as a fuel source? What could be done to offset any carbon emissions that are considered to be non-neutral?

Greening Athletics
Over the past few years, Middlebury’s athletics have implemented various green initiatives. How can we further engage athletes, coaches and spectators to incorporate sustainable practices into their athletic activities, facilities, and beyond?

Grants
The EC has approximately $25,000 available to support student, staff and faculty projects that will advance or leverage the College’s leadership in demonstrating what sustainability thinking, design and action looks like at its best. The EC  uses its grant program to stimulate such projects.

EC members will meet once a month for an hour and half as a full group. Members will also serve on one committee and committees will meet at least once a month and more as needed.

 

E-MAIL AMCNIFF at MIDDLEBURY.EDU WITH YOUR NAME, CLASS, MAJOR, AND A PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING YOUR MOTIVATIONS FOR WANTING TO BE ON THE COUNCIL BY 5PM SEPTEMBER 26TH.

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