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Sewanee–The University of the South

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Position (in student organization): Student Government President, Sewanee GreenHouse Director
Date survey submitted: 8/8/2009

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
1) Please describe the student-run campus environmental/sustainability organization in which you have a leadership role.
Name of organization: The GreenHouse
Number of active members: 12 resident members; 100 students, faculty & community members who regularly participate in events
Website:  usgh.blogspot.com
Date of last meeting:  In person: May 2009; via email: August 2009.
Frequency of meetings:  weekly
Key issues addressed and programs implemented since August 2008:

-          Building off the success of the student EcoHouse over the past five years, several students desired to take sustainable living to the next level. Thus, the GreenHouse was a collaboration  between students and the administration in 2008 to establish a new student residence where students would attempt to integrate environmentally sustainable living with community engagement.  The University acquired a house on campus over the summer of 2008 and remodeled it in time for students to move in by August.

-          Hosted a series of educational, hands-on workshops on sustainable living ranging from solar installations to breadmaking.

-          Establishes a space which attempts to welcome all students, faculty and community members. It is a place where everyone from the university president to the children of maintenance personnel can feel comfortable coming over for tea or for dinner. By simply having such a space, it provides the opportunity for discussion of sustainability. We work closely with the freshmen Living & Learning Communities to provide programming.

-          Physical Plant Services tests new green cleaning products in the house

-          Several members of the house have worked with the dining hall to enable the consumption of produce from small local farmers. This project is still ongoing. The GreenHouse provides composting services for the dining hall.

-          In an attempt to provide experiential education with regards to sustainable living, the GreenHouse maintains two gardens and a chicken flock. Both are entirely student run with advice from both local farmers and professors. The gardens and chickens are used by both elementary teachers and university professors for field trips for their classes.

-          Hosts a open-microphone Coffeehouse each semester which is open to students, local community members, and professors. In the past, 100+ people attend for a relaxed evening full of music, poetry and conversation. Similarly, a haunted house was hosted last fall with large numbers of people attending. These events help to challenge a perception of sustainability as something reserved for “hippies”.

-          Serves as a meeting place for campus environmental groups.

-          Hosts CFL lightbulb exchanges.

-          Organizes stream cleanups of polluted streams around campus

-          Organizes “Farm Tours” where students can tour nearby farms and learn about sustainable agricultural practices.




SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS
2) Does your group organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or with other colleges?
[  ]  No
[ x]  Yes. Please list details for each competition.

The GreenHouse does not, but a different group on campus, the Environmental Residents (ERs), host an annual Eco-competition / Awareness month. The  Environmental Residents are students who live in the dorms and are responsible for organizing environmental programming and recycling programs in their dorm & on campus. Here is the website of the 2006 EcoCup: http://www.sewanee.edu/ers/EcoCup/  It’s quite the big event on campus. I regret that I cannot find a more recent website.

SUSTAINABILITY IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT
3) Does your student government include a specific position or committee dedicated to campus sustainability issues?
[  ]  No
[ x]  Yes. Please describe:

A committee has existed in various forms over the past years to encourage the leaders of environmental groups on campus to collaborate, although it has never been an official organ of the student government. As student body president & in collaboration with the sustainability coordinator, I hope to facilitate this group mainstreaming itself into an official student government entity.

OTHER ACTIVITIES
4) Please describe any additional campus sustainability activities or projects that you or your group has initiated at your school:  


5) Please list and briefly describe any other student-run organizations related to campus sustainability at your school, and provide URLs if available (e.g., student groups; student government committees; student-run food co-ops, gardens/farms, bike co-ops) and provide contact information of the student leaders, if possible:  

An approximately 50-person freshmen Living and Learning community focusing on sustainability is quite active; these freshmen organized a spring break service trip to the communities affected by mountain top removal in Appalachia. They also traveled to Powershift in Washington DC last spring.

The Environmental Residents (previously mentioned). Student contact: Scott Hardage, hardads@gmail.com

SERP/Wastenot: provides educational opportunities

Several environmental studies classes have research sections in which students focus on local sustainability.

Questions 6 is for informational purposes only; your response will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.
6) Please list any regional or national networks with which your group is affiliated (e.g., Energy Action Coalition/Campus Climate Challenge, Sierra Student Coalition, a state PIRG, a state student sustainability coalition):  

We are not affiliated, but there are two environmental interns at Sewanee each year who work with the Associated Colleges of the South. ( http://www.colleges.org/enviro/ )

 

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