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Sustainable NSCC Students: Green Sleeves

This is a guide for students at NSCC interested in making the campus more sustainable and in pursuing an environmental career.

Events

Share Your Creativity and Enter the Endangered Species Day College Student Art Contest

Art submissions are due March, 31, 2018

Learn more and enter!

The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) and National Wildlife Federation (NWF) are pleased to announce our 2018 Saving Endangered Species College Student Art Contest, which is open to current college students, ages 17 to 30. The contest is an integral part of the 13th annual Endangered Species Day on May 18, 2018.

To be eligible, students’ artwork must depict a land or ocean-dwelling species or a plant/flower that has been placed on the threatened/endangered species list or is considered a recovered species or a candidate species (proposed to receive protection).

Endangered Species Day is coming up on May 18, 2018! Find out if others on your campus are taking action for Endangered Species Day. You could use your art contest entry on fliers or online to encourage students to take action or host a showing of your endangered species art and share more information about endangered species and why it’s important to ensure their protection. Learn more about Endangered Species Day and action opportunities for students.

Endangered Species Day is a time to recognize the endangered species on your campus, in your community, and across the U.S. and take action to protect their habitat.

Enter the Endangered Species Day College Student Art Contest Today!

Spring 2018 Green Sleeves Meeting:

S109 at 12:30 pm Wednesday, April 4 (Pizza Provided)

We will be making posters for Spring Fling which is on Thursday, April 12 from 10am to 1 pm.

invite groups to attend like the Cumberland River Compact and the Tennessee Department of the Environment and Conservation. If there are groups you would like me to invite, bring their contact info.

  • Some good environmental movies in the campus library:
  • Deepwater Horizon (we also have the book)
  • An inconvenient Truth

  • Global Warming: the signs and the science

  • Chill Out: campus solutions to global warming

  • Carbon Nation: a climate change solutions movie

  • Six Degrees could change the world.

  • The Journey to Planet Earth (television series)

  • Planet Earth II  (2017) trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8aFcHFu8QM

    We'll watch an episode. Let me know if you have a preference

    Islands, Jungle, Mountains, Cities, Deserts, Grasslands

    (2) Due to high water in Richland Creek because of the rain, the Weed Wrangle (Feb 24) and 250k Tree Planting (Mar 3) have been postponed until March 10. Please go to this website to sign up for that date: 

    http://richlandcreek.org/event/richlandcreekrestoration/ 

    (3) River Talk at the Cumberland River Compact Downtown on the impact of Invasive Plants on Riparian Areas (the banks of a river) Thursday, March 1 at 12 noon. RSVP at website below.

    https://crc.kindful.com/register/river-talks-march-1-2018​ 

    (4) Sign up for a Richland Creek Greenway Run/Walk on Saturday, April 1. Early Bird Pricing through February 28.

    https://greenwaysfornashville.org/events/richland-creek-run/

  • We will have just one pizza since some of you may be at the Presidential candidate lunch first.

    A Valentines Day plan that is “green” is to NOT buy cards that will end up in the trash, but instead pass out NSCC bookmarks that are .red and white. (From previous projects.).  We can pass them out towards the end of the meeting to students in the S-building. And just say, “Happy Valentines Day from Green Sleeves.” If they want to know more about the club, I will give you a few of my business cards to hand out so they can contact me.

  • Check out the Ideathon coming up at Princeton University: https://pei-ideathon.squarespace.com/
  • Maybe Green Sleeves students could do something like this at our Spring Fling/Earth Day event.

Members: Jasmine Elliott – President of Club--  jellio31@my.nscc.edu

Dr. Rabb—Faculty Advisor-- jessica.rabb@nscc.edu

Abeer Alqahmi--  abeeramohamed16@gmail.com

Talisa Adams--  talisa.adams@yahoo.com

Brittany Halvorsen— bnhalvorsen@gmail.com

Yoselin Cruz— cruzyoselin@outlook.com

Sally Robertson – Environmental Librarian—sally.robertson@nscc.edu

Paris Wright--  parisjadewright@icloud.com

Kaycie Ericson— kayericson23@gmail.com

Sarah Abu-Qudaira--  sarajusg2012@gmail.com

Tuyishimire Jeanete--  tuyishimirejeanete@gmail.com

Subcommittees:

  • Communication – Jasmine, Jeanete, Abeer, Talisa, Paris, Sarah, Yoselin, Kaycie
  • Spring Fling (invite groups, and our own table, give away saplings, seeds etc., resuse table) —Jasmine, Sarah, Brittany
  • Campus Environment (Like Recycling): Paris, Yoselin, Brittany, Sarah
  • Guest Speakers (for our meetings, for whole school): Jasmine, Sarah, Britany

Important Dates

  • Spring Fling, Thursday, April 12

Important Link

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Bonn, Germany this November. Citizens Climate Lobby and Put a Price on It are working together to compile a digital book of student testimonials to show at the conference, and to members of Congress to show young people support for carbon pricing! Please go into this google presentation, and share a photo of yourself, as well as a sentence or two of why you support carbon pricing as a solution to climate change. Provide your age, hometown, school, major, and notable activities you are involved in. Also include your email and phone number in the notes in case we need to get in touch with you. You don't have to be a current student, but you must be under 30 to participate.  Please submit your testimonial by October 30. Thank you for sharing your concern for the climate!

To learn more about carbon pricing, go to https://theclimatesolution.com/

To find a CCL chapter near you, go to https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/chapters/

  • Some other ideas are:

    • We are planning to focus on the efforts of this organization: Rivive  https://rivivenashville.org/who-we-are/ The Nashville Waterways Consortium is the combined effort of five influential conservation groups to inspire communities, policymakers and civic leaders to act on ensuring clean water and healthy streams for current and future generations of Nashvillians.
    • We may pass out packets of bird seed with the date of a bird watching on the Greenway behind campus
    • We may also pass out maps of the Greenway and a guide of birds to look for when near waterways in Middle Tennessee
    • We may have a contest to name the tributary of Richland Creek that runs along the north side of our campus
    • We will invite organizations that are part of Rivive and also Greenways for Nashville
  • We will discuss recycling options and promoting these at NSCC, environmental community services opportunities, and Fall Fest preparation (Thu, Oct 26). 

  • Jasmine Elliott is the club president.

Maybe Green Sleeves and the library could co-sponsor something like this at Fall Fest time.

A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection, and Action Around Climate Change

Saturday, April 1, 2017 4-7 p.m.

ClimateChange

The UMass Amherst Libraries host an interactive sustainability event, “A Climate for Change: Research, Reflection and Action Around Climate Change,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 4 – 7 p.m. on the Lower Level of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. The Library will remain open to the public during the event.

 

Operation Bed Roll

This is an effort to collect plastic bags, which cannot be recycled on campus, and turn them into sleeping mats for the homeless.  The campaign was initiated by Elon Law students in the Environmental and Animal Law Society (EALS). Operation Bed Roll is a collaboration between The City of Greensboro’s Field Operations and Police departments (Elon and the City of Greensboro use the same recycling facility).  More details about Operation Bed Roll.

How you can contribute

  1.  Donate your plastic bags to the bins on campus at: Belk Library (1st floor stairwell), Eco-Rep Moseley office, Colonnades (Kivette lobby), Global Commons (neighborhood office), Daniel Commons. It takes 500-700 bags for one bed roll.
  2. Destress when you stop by Belk Library anytime Wednesday, December 7 to help cut, ‘plarn’ or crochet the bags.
  3. Engage friends and orgs. Collect bags from them and invite them to the destress event Dec. 7.

The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at ~$22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB. 

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me (Meghann.Jarchow@usd.edu).  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by 16 December 2016.

For more information, please contact me.

Meghann Jarchow

Assistant Professor

Sustainability Program Coordinator

Department of Biology

University of South Dakota

Churchill-Haines Labs 171E

(605)677-3115 (office)

(605)659-1889 (cell)

http://www.jarchowlab.org/

How to Get a Job in Sustainability: 
Purpose-Driven Careers in Business, NGOs, and Government  
 
Webinar: Thursday, November 30th, 7 PM EST
  
Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline mission-driven career strategies in sustainable business, non-profits and goverment for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates, and for professionals looking to make a move. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what the current political climate means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, cover grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later); and take questions from the audience. 


Please register here for log-in details and more information. 
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Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability
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