It’s that time of year! A big thanks to Tala Goergen and SK Bulander for logo design, and to all the members of the Sustainability Task Force for their work planning Green Week this year.
SUNDAY, 4.18: Group hike @ Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Meet the van behind Smith Hall at 1pm and wear sturdy shoes! Expected return to campus around 7pm. (The drive is two hours each way.) RSVP by emailing email@example.com or DM @owuenvs on Instagram.
MONDAY, 4.19: Calling drive with Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Join CCL in the HWCC Atrium during the lunch hour to call your elected representative and ask them to support H.R. 763. Plus, enjoy free cookies!
WEDNESDAY, 4.21: Treehouse project: Native plants. Time TBA. PLUS, join us at 8pm to decorate the Jay with chalk for Earth Day!
THURSDAY, 4.22: Local produce appreciation with Stratford Ecological Center. Stop by Stratford’s table on the Jay from 11:30-1 for free local veggies and recipe cards.
FRIDAY, 4.23: No scheduled event. But if you feel like watching an environmental documentary, check out Elliot Page’s There’s Something In the Water, available on Netflix. Then tweet your thoughts @owuenvs.
SATURDAY, 4.24: SDGs Launch Program, Part 1! Register today for a free workshop/training in the UN Sustainable Development Goals, brought to the Ohio 5 colleges by the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship. If you complete the program on the 24th and on May 1st, you will receive a certificate. 3-6pm, online.
Want to get outdoors? Join the new group from the ENVS Department!
The group, tentatively called “OWU Outdoors” (although suggestions for more exciting names are welcome) exists to help Ohio Wesleyan students, regardless of major, spend time outdoors. We all know more time outside is good for us, but it can be hard to get there, especially when living on a college campus, without a car or in an area unfamiliar to us.
The group took its first trip last weekend, on March 14th, at Highbanks Metro Park. Highbanks is just twenty five minutes or so from campus and has over seven miles of hiking trails. Plus, you might see a bald eagle pair at the overlook!
Students who’d like to join the group can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It is free to participate and more outdoor activities will be coming in the near future!
At our first Sustainability Task Force (STF) Meeting for the Fall of 2020, we heard from Jess Wilber of the Citizens Climate Lobby. Jess provided us with some “homework” to do in the next month, nicely summarized on the graphic included in this post. Click on the image for a PDF file of the document.
If you missed the meeting, it was recorded and you can watch it here.
Efforts include joining the OWU and national CCL group, registering to vote, getting involved in calling campaigns (they work!), getting involved in letter-writing campaigns (they work too), and registering for climate-related events.
OWU’s student chapter is already hard at work on these efforts. The student chapter of CCL meets every 1st and third Sunday at 4-4:30ish for an hour or so, and has additional events planned for the Fall semester. Please contact us if you want to attend these Zoom meetings.
For our next STF meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 13 (6:30-7:30 pm, Zoom) Jess will rejoin us to see how we are doing, and we can talk about and plan more efforts for the 2020-21 academic year.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
See you at the next STF Meeting!