Student Spotlight

Alex Scalfani ’18 & Madison Sabol ‘18 - Sustainability Solutions Café - May 3

Sustainability Solutions Café with Alex Scalfani ’18 and Madison Sabol ‘18
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
B03 Moore

Our Civic Responsibility: Reflecting on the People’s Climate March

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen? How are Dartmouth students acting upon this role? In these tumultuous political times, it is more important than ever to be informed and active in representing environmental and social justice interests. In this talk, Madison and Alex will reflect on their experience at the People’s Climate March in DC on April 29 in respect to their background as environmental studies majors. In the words of Terry Tempest Williams, “Action is the antidote to despair.” Choosing to grow into our civic responsibilities may take us out of our comfort zone, but is essential for our personal journeys as agents of change.

Sponsored by the Porter Family Fund for Sustainability in the Curriculum.

Video Projects

Selected “Ecopsychology” Final Video Projects:

Upper Valley Land Trust, Norwich Farms (Winter 2016)

Upper Valley Land Trust, Alswell Farm (Winter 2014)

VINS, Forest Exhibit, Bark Beetles (Winter 2016)

Four Winds Nature Institute, Nature Program (Winter 2016)

Selected “COVER Stories” Final Video Projects

Simon Dennis Story (Spring 2015)

John Heath and Mary Sutton-Smith Story (Spring 2016)

Beverly Daigle Story (Spring 2014)

Divest Dartmouth Receives MLK Social Justice Award

Accepting the student group award for Divest Dartmouth is Francesca Gundrum ’17, an ENVS major who said she first got involved in environmental issues while traveling the world working for research groups protecting whales, rhinos and turtles. “So my window on social justice started with animal rights,” she said. She joined Divest Dartmouth, she said, because it seeks to have a global impact.

On Jan. 26, at Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall, this year’s five awardees were recognized for their work in education, legal services, and climate change activism. They also participated in a lively panel discussion called “Conversations with Change Makers.”

This year’s winners:

Shawn O’Leary, director of the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement at the Geisel School of Medicine, received the Holly Fell Sateia Award.

Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of education in the state of Vermont, received the Award for Ongoing Commitment.

Leonard Greenhalgh, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business and faculty director for minority programs, received the Lifetime Achievement award.

ENVS majors present at the Bionutrient Food Assoc. Conference

Visiting Assistant Professor Selena Ahmed,  Alexandra Sclafani '18 and Calin Mason '18 are presenting a workshop titled "Flavor and Nutrition at the Marketplace" at the Bionutrient Food Association Conference this week.  The workshop is a culmination of research Professor Ahmed and the two students did stemming from "ENVS 25: Ecological Agriculture" this past summer.

Gusti Terkildsen '19 on Standing Rock and ENVS/NAS 18

At the beginning of fall term, Augusta Terkildsen ’19, who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, faced a decision. Should she return to Hanover for her sophomore year at Dartmouth? Or should she join members of her tribe, the Oglala Sioux, who, with others, are trying to block the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline, which opponents consider a serious threat to the region’s drinking water?

Terkildsen '19 enrolled in ENVS/NAS 18: Native Peoples in a Changing Global Environment, a course taught by Assistant Professor Nicholas Reo that allowed her to research environmental issues, including the Standing Rock controversy.

Read the entire article here.

Students Campaign for Federal Food Policy Reform

Oliver Edelson ’18 is anxiously awaiting the outcome of Tuesday’s election. He says one of the most important things the next U.S. president can do is fix the nation’s “broken” food system.

That’s also the mission of a new national organization called Plate of the Union, which is calling for the reform of food and farm policies at the federal level. Taking its campaign to college campuses, Plate of the Union held a competitive grant competition, and Dartmouth’s Growing Change, a student organization, was one of four finalists nationwide. Led by Edelson, the group won $2,500 to fund a series of campus events exploring ways to make healthy, locally grown food more affordable and accessible while improving the lives of farm workers and mitigating climate change.

Read the entire article here.

Plate of the Union: Campus Discussion - October 20, 2016

Plate of the Union: Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 20
4:30 PM
L01 Carson

Join the student-led Plate of the Union Campus Challenge team for a discussion about solutions for our broken food system and what actions all of us, as both consumers and citizens, can take to achieve this vision. Guest panelists include: Laurie Ristino, Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at VLS; Ben Falk, Ecological Designer at Whole Systems Design; and Chuck Wooster '89, Farmer at Sunrise Farm.

Free and open to the public.

ENVS 15 Class Project Exhibit at Rauner

This exhibit is a learning collaboration between the Rauner Special Collections Library and ENVS 15: Environmental Issues of the Earth's Cold Regions” an environmental studies course taught by Ross Virginia examining climate change in the polar regions through the lens of history, exploration and science. Fifty-one Dartmouth students shared their research to produce this exhibit exploring Shackleton and the Antarctica of his time.

Read the entire article here or better yet, check out the exhibit at Rauner!