Work Continues on the Feasibility of Socially Responsible Investing
In June 2012, environmentalist Bill McKibben, a Sewanee honorary degree recipient, sent student activists into a flurry with the publication of an Op-Ed in Rollingstone in which he called students to adopt a new strategy to combat climate change: divestment. To the current generation of activists, this term was unfamiliar, however, to the previous generation of activists this term was familiar as the strategy adopted to use economic means to end apartheid in South Africa. Students across the country were invigorated by this rhetoric and by the symbolism inherent in using a business strategy to combat the behaviors of business.
Students, help make a difference!
The new school year is already underway with orientation events quickly approaching. The freshmen are already on campus, moving into their dorms, and learning the layout of Sewanee. Tonight, the freshmen will be introduced to the various Environmental clubs in which Sewanee students can get involved in. Nine clubs will be represented, but there is huge potential for students to form their own clubs and organizations without an already existing framework. The organizations represented tonight range from a residential themed house to an organization focused on environmental and spiritual exploration.
We’re always looking for ways to get the student body more involved in The Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. Not only does this involvement help Sewanee as an institution, but also helps further students’ experience, knowledge, and own individual success. As part of the Strategic Plan, we are pleased to announce that a new fellowship program will be implemented this academic year for juniors and seniors as part of increasing domain education.
Bountiful Growth and Harvests: An Update on the Farm
The University Farm has experienced exceptional growth over the summer and visitors to McClurg dining hall will enjoy the bountiful harvests from the garden and livestock offerings.
Sewanee Receives Silver Sustainability Rating
After months of long meetings, countless conversations, and seemingly insurmountable metrics, the grading is finally complete: Sewanee’s Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability announces that the university has achieved the certification of AASHE STARS Silver, joining a small group of liberal arts colleges that have attained that rating.
Summer Interns Do Energy Conservation
This summer, the duPont Energy Conservation interns and the PowerSave Campus interns have hit the ground running and will be working primarily on three projects: the T8, 25-Watt Lighting Optimization Project, the Low-Flow Faucet Optimization Project, and the Green Office Certification Program.