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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Recap of the Past Few Weeks


Though it has been a while since our last blog post, that doesn't mean we haven't been doing some awesome activities and events these past weeks!

No Impact Week was a week filled with Green Club activities, including baking vegan cookies and a big BOSS party. Below are a few pictures with highlights from the week.

The RecycleMania competition officially ended Februrary 23. Patterson, JL, and Willow tied for the residence hall competition. Congratulations residents of those halls!

We partnered with Divest Tulane and to host a student panel called "Building a Bold Student Resistance". We had some awesome speakers including: Cherri Foytlin, Prexby Nisbitt, Naomi Klein and Alli Welton.

This past Saturday we went wetland planting with the Lake Ponchatrain Basin Foundation. It was pretty awesome!

Last week was our annual energy debate, which we hosted with the Political Science Dept and the Energy Institute. We had Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen’s Energy program, and Eric Smith from Tulane’s Energy Institute come to debate the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing.

Stay tuned for some more information about Green Club and what events are to come!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tulane Green Club Present's

February 10-15th

The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse. It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It's not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern "conveniences" you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money. Join us in a week of challenging ourselves to limit our impacts and a week of awesome events!

Monday the 10th- No Impact Man screening at 7:30 (awesome movie about an awesome guy)

Tuesday the 11th- BOSS glass cutting and screen printing 7:30 ( ya thats right we get to play with fire and glass at the same time)

Wednesday 12th- NOLA Gardening (who doesn't like fresh veggies)

Thursday 13th- bake off with Tulane's Healthy Veggie Group 7:30 (vegetarian and vegan lifestyles are awesome enough said)

Friday the 14th- Picnic at the "Tree of Life" from 2-4 pm (love that tree)

Also, check out the Facebook event to keep up to date on where all of these events are taking place!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Welcome Back!

As we close our second week into spring semester, Green Club is excited to move forward with tons of exciting events in the coming weeks! Last Tuesday, we started off the semester with an open planning meeting where we got tons of awesome feedback on what people are looking forward to and opportunities for growth. On Thursday, we travelled to A Studio in the Woods, an artists' residency facility within an endangered forest preserve. We learned about Sebastian Muellauer and his experiences working on Open Buoy, an open source vessel that he hopes to use in a variety of applications to further research efforts in Southern Louisiana. We also met some cool people from around the area and had delicious food.

This past Tuesday, we had a meeting where we discussed upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. A representative from 350 Louisiana came in to tell us about how to get involved with her organization as well. Our green theme of the week is to reduce packaging, which is especially easy with the new reusable container system at Bruff-to-Go. Make sure to check out the containers and the machines if you haven't been yet!

Get excited for the rest of the semester but especially the next few days! On Friday, check out our table at the activities expo in the LBC. On Saturday, join us for a Potluck, which we will be hosting with Hope Gardens. On Sunday, be sure to stop by the Green Wave Market at the Hillel from 12-2pm for delicious food, sustainable products, and good vibes.

Make sure to mark your calendars next month for Recyclemania and a debate later in the semester!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Clothing Swap Recap!

This week we have two posts from some fellow Green Clubbers to hear their takes on the clothing swap a few weeks ago! If you are interested in writing a blogpost, let us know at the next meeting!

With Black Friday on the horizon, it’s easy to get caught up in the consumerism of the season. Sales on everything you knew or didn’t know you wanted or needed, from half-price electronics to life-size teddy bears. As fun as gifting, flying home, and making tons of food can be, we often forget that all these goodies take a hefty toll not just on our bank accounts but on the environment, too. So when I heard about Green Club’s clothing swap I was eager to participate, as it’s a great way to get more things but with less of an impact.

 Students from all over campus brought clothes to Pocket Park last Friday, and a half a dozen or so volunteers – myself included – took up the task of turning a mountain of motley bags into a presentable display. Within an hour, the articles of clothing were sorted by type, and students peaked in before opening to see what was in store. The swap was organized as a one-for-one, meaning that for a clothing item or a dollar you could take one item – anything from a sequined crop-top to a blazer – in exchange. By the official start of the event the place was buzzing with students (and even staff!) ransacking the piles for hidden gems.

Everyone who came walked away with an exciting find, showing that one man’s trash really can be another man’s treasure. But what’s the best part? All of the leftover clothing was donated to those in need in New Orleans, and all of our “new” clothes were simply up-cycled and, true to our cause, 100% green.

Green Clubber
Roxanne Heston

            I had never been to a clothing swap before and I was anxious to go to the Green Club’s one because it seemed like a cool idea. I didn’t realize that I had conjured any expectations of it until they were immediately proven wrong when I arrived to Pocket Park Friday afternoon – the setting of the swap. I was expecting a table – yes, just one – with a giant pile of clothes all jumbled and tossed around. I imagined a few members of the green club monitoring this table with a few other members of the green club sifting through the hodgepodge of clothing in effort to find something they could wear for a situation such as Halloween or Mardi Gras. So after school on Friday I scrutinize my clothes that I brought with me to Tulane and grab four t-shirts to bring to the swap. Upon arrival I was stunned by the size and effectiveness of the swap. There was a table at the entrance where you could bring your own clothes to earn credits. Each piece of clothing was one credit and shoes were two. Then there were various tables and racks with sorted out clothing, pre-organized for swappers, including, tank tops, t-shirts, casual and fancy shirts, dresses, rompers, shorts, pants, ect. Some of these were even divided by gender – for example men’s pants and woman’s pants. I was really impressed; also at the amount of people that were present. There were constantly people at each table finding stuff they liked and asking their friends for their advice. I found a cute winter dress, a pink tank top, and two pairs of shorts – one of which was Brandy Melville! Once I was ready I made my way to the check out table to mark off my credits and to show off the gems I found.

            I imagine it would be very difficult to leave that clothing swap disappointed. Mostly because of how happy I left the swap myself but also from seeing how excited people were, running up to their friends and showing them something they found. Now, a few weeks subsequent, I can’t even count the amount of people that have come up to me asking me when the next clothing swap is. Either they went to it, were just as blown away as I was, and can’t wait for the next one or they heard from a friend how awesome it was, are heartbroken they missed out, and want to make sure they make it to the next one. Either way, all those people and myself are waiting and excited for the next one.

Green Clubber
Catherine Urso

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Powershift 2013 Recap

This weekend we sent 17 green clubbers to Powershift, a nation environmental convergence in Pittsburgh, where they attended workshops, listened to speakers, and met other students from around the nation. Speakers ranged from 12-year old activist and songwriter Takaiya Blaney to entrepreneur and environmentalist Tom Steyer. With an overwhelming choice of topics and discussions each day we split up and headed towards the issues that interested each one of us the most. We heard stories from Coal Country, learned economic alternatives to capitalism, talked about permaculture, and strategized about divestment.

One of the coolest things we learned this weekend was about the intersectionality of the environmental movement. Whether you’re more interested in issues of race, class, sexuality, or overall social justice, it all relates to climate change. All of these issues interact on multiple levels and it was fascinating to hear how students and leaders are working across the nation to create clever, multi-dimensional solutions to the existing problems.

National leaders and innovators such as Michael Brune of the Sierra Club and Bill McKibben of called upon us, the youth, to take action and make our voices heard. Over 6,000 students came together this weekend and stood in solidarity, vowing to take a stance against climate change and even if you couldn’t make it, the power is still in your hands. Get involved, join us! We’re always open to suggestions and now that we’re back on campus we’re excited and itching to take action. If we learned one thing from this weekend it’s that this is OUR movement and we’re ready to fight.

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Second Line for Sustainability Recap

Don't know if you heard, but this weekend we had what could be the biggest Green Club event ever!

We teamed up with 350 NOLA on Saturday to host our Third Annual Second Line for Sustainability- coinciding with's national day of action against Keystone XL Pipeline. Not only did we succeed in getting the fact that tar sands threaten New Orleans out to tons of French Quarter bystanders, we had over 200 people participating in our action!

We rocked out with Lagniappe Brass Band in true New Orleans fashion, putting our own unique stamp on the incredible action going on all over the country. Who knew rallying could be so much fun? Our journey ended at St. Mark's United Methodist Church where speakers addressed the crowd- Bishop Shelton Fabre, Scott Eustis of the Gulf Restoration Network, Cherri Foytlin a Gulf Coast activist, and Anne Rolfes of the LA Bucket Brigade all gave us a different spin on why standing up against tar sands is standing up for our city!

Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make this event such a success- and keep the momentum going! We have two other awesome sides of environmentalism to check out this week- a NOAA fisheries hearing on Tuesday and marsh grass planting on Saturday, we hope to see all your smiling faces soon!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Good Start

Hey Guys!

We are excited to report on all of the exciting activities that have taken place in the last few weeks. We began the year with our first meeting with over 100 attendees! We discussed the history of Green Club, our role here on campus and introduced the following action groups: BOSS (Back to Old School Sustainability), Composting, Ninja Task Force, Recycled Paper, Take Back the Tap, Reusable Containers. Make sure to contact us if you are interested in joining one of these groups!

We also had a pretty awesome table at the activities expo, where we distributed buttons and clementines, along with collecting information of people looking to be a part of Green Club.

This past Saturday, Green Club headed over to TREE (Teaching Responsible Earth Education), which is a camp for local youth to learn more about the environment. Though the camp was not in session during our visit, we helped clear trails, general cleaning and even arts & crafts!

The program is super cool, as we even got to experience TREE as a camper when they described their nutrient cycle and food systems exercises.

 This Tuesday, we had a screening of the documentary Dirty Energy, directed by Bryan Hopkins. We had 45 people show up and were lucky to welcome the director himself to share some insight on the making of the film and Raleigh Hoke, the communications director of Gulf Restoration Network, to provide some context to film, which centered around the aftermath of the BP oil spill in 2010.

We hope to see everyone at our next meeting Tuesday, Sept 17 in Boggs 104 at 7:30 PM. If you cannot wait until then, we will have a hike this Saturday in Black Creek, Mississippi. We will also be attending 350 NOLA's first meeting at the Bayou Beer Garden on Sunday, Sept 15. Shoot us an email for more details!