One of the things we love about Brown is how insanely eco-friendly it is. It takes me a solid three minutes to figure out which receptacle to use to dispose of my empty Chobani container at the Blue Room. I love how condescending we are to people who use plastic water bottles. I love that our lackadaisical reluctancy to do laundry results in less water waste. But answer this question for me—if our school is capable of assigning EcoReps to every dorm and putting solar-powered garbage disposals all around campus, why does it find it so difficult to print an eco-friendly book of ingredient info at the Ratty?
If you haven’t noticed, the Ratty puts out two thick two-inch binders full of “ingredient info.” This binder is like the bible of any first-year’s campus-centered diet. It lists every dish the Ratty makes—every soup, every unidentifiable meat, every hipster concoction/veggie stew with some variation of tofu you could find on the Roots and Shoots line. It offers portion sizes, ingredients, and even the foods’ nutritional information. Considering the Ratty does a pretty good job of
giving the same foods new, creative names switching up the options every day, you can only image how many foods are listed here. So, Ratty, if you’re going to put out a bible-sized book every week, then WHY CAN’T YOU PRINT IT DOUBLE-SIDED? Continue Reading
You may know that kid from the first row of Principles of Econ, or from the Canvas page for Social Psychology. Having trouble spotting him? Look for a glint in his eyes when he talks about Environmental Studies or Neuroscience. That [Survey Course] Kids are everywhere.
Survey courses have the potential to induce this fervor and enthusiasm in any and all students, especially when we’re feeling uninspired — trolling for a passion. And as indecisive American college students, we’re always ready to hop on the bandwagon of the next big thing. Trust me. I read the Social Psychology textbook cover to cover last year and proceeded to tout it as my second concentration. I now actively insert terms like “cognitive dissonance” into my everyday conversations. It’s infectious.
Here are some course offerings that tend to ignite such enthusiasm. Keep them in mind as you take a look at what you’ve just pre-registered for. Any of the mentioned courses could be just what you (underclassmen) are looking for in a new direction:
Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century (ENVS0110): First you’ll start recycling. Then you’ll purchase a bike on Craigslist. And before you know it, you’ll be making your own granola every week. This introduction to Environmental Studies offers a perfectly relevant platform for an invigorating academic obsession. With discussion section in Brown’s quaint University Environmental Laboratory — where one finds him/herself surrounded by a kitchen and an organic garden while discussing sustainability on the reg — it’s hard not to feel the cool factor of this area of interest. Everyone who passes through this building seems to have the passion that you seek. It’s tempting. Continue Reading
Tomorrow, SCRAP will hold a compost bucket giveaway on the Main Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SCRAP is a member of emPOWER, Brown’s umbrella association of environmental student groups. In 2009, several undergraduates started SCRAP to encourage the University and its students to adopt good composting practices.
The group plans to give away around 60 buckets to students this afternoon. To save the buckets from fates as secondary trashcans (a possibility that may keep members of SCRAP up late at night), representatives from the group will be available to discuss the benefits and challenges of composting. Willing participants will also have the option of playing a pretend teach-me-how-to-compost game to prepare for the real thing.
Jason Hu is a member of EmPower.
Brunonia went to Washington this past weekend, as students from the Rhode Island Student Climate Coalition (RISCC) participated in protests at the White House against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
The pipeline is set to bring tar sands from Canada down to Texas, Hannah LeBourgeois ’15 said, and opponents have criticized it as a setback in environmental sustainability as well as independence from fossil fuels. Go here to learn more about the proposed pipeline.
RISCC—which includes schools throughout Rhode Island, and whose Brown chapter is a member of EmPower—had collected student signatures on a large canvas which it carried at Washington.
Images courtesy Lolly Lim ’12 and Jacqueline Ho ’14.
A table is set up outside of Sayles in protest of the Keystone XL pipeline, urging students to sign a letter to persuade President Obama to make the right decision and discontinue the plans for the pipeline. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a planned pipeline extending from Canada to Texas, carrying tar sands to be refined and exported for oil. Tar sands are a super unconventional oil source that require shit tons of energy and water to extract. Not only would the pipeline cross and cause risk to a major aquifer, but it also carries the risk of leading to a major oil spill and increased gas prices for Americans. If Obama approves it, he’ll be letting down the environmentalist population in a huge way and risking their support in the 2012 election.
Stop by the table to hear more about it! If you don’t have the time but really care, visit tarsandsaction.org for more info and call the White House @ 202-456-1111 to speak your mind!