Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sustainability LEEDs to Inevitable, Pt. 2

Just had this forwarded to me. I've redacted the names for their privacy.

From: [REDACTED]
Date: 2009/10/22
Subject: Sit-in at presidents office
To: [REDACTED]


Hey [REDACTED],

So, something really cool is going down today to protest Dartmouth's
inaction on climate/sustainability issues.

We will be sitting-in at the President's office and giving him a document
outlining our concerns.

We'll meet in front of Parkhurst at 3:40 TODAY.

Please invite your friends or teams or whatever. We should represent all
groups on campus and we should make that place overflow!

3:40, Parkhurst. You'll be at robo anyways, so misewell stop by!

[redacted]


Below is whole list of 350 (Climate awareness events)...

TODAY (Thursday), 3:40pm in front of Parkhurst
Talk with President Kim. We will give President Kim the attached letter,
which will be signed by the chairs of numerous environmental organizations
on campus.

TONIGHT (Thursday), 6:00 - 8:00pm, International Climate Awareness Event
Free food! (GUSANOS!)
Live music! (Cfunk lite + DMC's co-chair, Billy Corbett. Also featuring
members of Clusterfunk including DMC's very own Marc Shapiro and Tim Bolger)
Keynote speakers!
Free raffle for prizes like Ipod shuffles!

Saturday, 3:20pm- ~5pm, International Climate Action Day, 350
1) Capture the flag/CO2 game (BLITZ MATT DAHLHAUSEN FOR MORE INFO),
2) 350 demonstration/photo (BLITZ TIM BOLGER FOR MORE INFO),
3) table and provide information/graphics about Dartmouths energy
consumption
and carbon footprint. (PEOPLE FROM ENVS80 AND OTHERS, BLITZ TIM BOLGER IF
YOU
CAN HELP OUT/NEED TO BUY MATERIALS.)

I'm a little surprised at their concern about Dartmouth's "inaction" on climate issues. I mean, we slipped from an A- to a B+ in the green report card, but I'd hardly call that inaction. The McLaughlin and McClane-Fahey clusters received gold LEED ratings. Kemeny and the Haldeman Center garnered silver ratings and even the Floren varsity house was built to LEED specifications (it received a silver ranking as well). Even if they haven't worked out as well as people had hoped, that's still quite a bit of money spent over five buildings. Short of letting our powers combine, I'm not sure what more they want the College to do.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, this comes from RoBo (Robinson Hall) and the DMC (Dartmouth Mountaineering Club).

Caring about the environment is admirable, but not when it crosses the line to political correctness ala Mr. Gore or just plain im-mature silliness.

Such a thing the DOC (Outing Club) seems to have become. Not surprising to anyone who has witnessed the H-Cru that welcomes and begins the indoctrination of new first-years (freshmen). A long way from John Sloan Dickey's vision of introducing young people to the rugged individualism of the outdoors... something he valued right along with a perspective for service on a global scale.

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