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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Spring Clothing Swap

Last Friday, we put on our biannual Clothing Swap, which took place in Pocket Park in the LBC. Among piles of donated clothes and shoes for both men and women, students and other members of the community perused the various items to get new clothes without using new resources from the environment to create them.

Customers could either trade in an item of clothing for a different item or donate 1 dollar for each item. What a steal!

Come to our last Green Club meeting at 7:30 PM this Tuesday to learn more about this semester's clothing swap!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Bike Easy volunteering at Freret St. Fest

 Last Saturday we volunteered with Bike Easy to help them run their free bike valet program at Freret St. Festival. Simone, one of the Green Clubbers who came out, wrote a blog post about the volunteering.

I volunteered today for bike easy bike valet at the Freret St. Festival. This was my first time volunteering for the organization although it was not my first encounter with them. During the Blues & BBQ festival fall 2012 I parked my bike with them because I worked the festival with La Divina. It was a great service for me because I didn't have to worry about my bicycle being taken in the crowded festival. Volunteering was an equally good experience because I felt the appreciation and support from members of the community who prefer to bike but are worried about the high rate of bike theft in New Orleans. The staff were friendly and helpful and volunteering was not stressful at all. Additionally, a band was positioned near our tent so I got to listen to great music and take a break to grab some awesome fish tacos! I would definitely volunteer with this organization again.

Simone Ballard
Tulane Green Club member

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Environmental Classes at Tulane

Tulane course registration time is here. Here's a few classes with the environment in mind. These reviews are written by Suzannah and Erik, both Green Club member. The ratings are out of 4. If you have some more classes you'd like to write a review for, send us an email at TUgreenclub@gmail.

EVST 1010 Intro to Environmental Studies, Meredith Dudley, Rating of 3: This was a solid introductory class that focused mainly on issues in Louisiana, which I thought was useful. We were also given the opportunity to put together a final project with a topic of our choosing. Pretty easy course.
EBIO 2050 Global Change Biology, Michael Blum, Rating of 2: This is a challenging class. The average of the first exam was a D and he blamed the students, not himself.
EENS 1300/1310 Environmental Science and Lab, Jeff Sigler, Rating of 4: Sigler is adorably self-deprecating and knowledgeable. This is a solid overview of all major environmental systems and concerns. An easy class if you do the work.
COMM 3510 Environmental Communication, I think the professor died :/, Rating of 2: This was a very dry course with interesting though basic material. Perhaps now there's a new professor who can liven it up a bit.
PHILL 3340 Humanity's Place in NatureKeith Silverman, Rating of 4: This was one of my favorite classes at Tulane. It isn't so much focused on environmental issues as it is love (???), but Silverman is great. The course is easy provided you try just a bit.
SRVC 4890 Green Seminar, Adam Beebe, Rating of 3: This is connected to the service learning internship course. It had great readings on environmental principles that you won't find in other courses. Very easy and great conversations.
EBIO 2010 Evolution of Health and Human Disease, David Heins, Rating of 3: Fascinating class that could be tricky for enviro students because of the heavy human health information. It's doable and definitely worthwhile. The topics will interest anyone who's into public health.
EENS 2230 OceanographyBrad Rosenheim, Rating of 1: One of the most difficult classes in my academic experience. It was unexpectedly tricky, and requires a lot of studying.
(Editor's note: Oceanography was one of my favorite classes at Tulane. I would rate it a 4 and found Rosenheim to be one of the most passionate profs I've had.  -Nick)
EENS 3720 Infrastructure of Sustainable Urban Environments, Jeff Sigler, Rating of 4: Again, Sigler is great and reasonable. The information is really fascinating and relevant for future career choices.
Theory and Methods of EEB--Dr. Henry: 3/5.
This class is now required for all environmental biology students as well as EEB kids. Its basically a paper-centered class, in which we read 4 published papers by Tulane faculty and analyzed them to learn about the scientific method as it is actually practiced. It has some interesting topics and Dr. Henry is great (though Derryberry taught it this semester); however I was frustrated by the type of work we had to do. Its low on lectures and high on group-work, specifically work that often felt like high school style busy work. In fact, "group work" is the best concise summary of the class.
Marine Biology--Dr. Caruso: 4/5
Environmentally-minded folks might want to take this class because the marine environment is so different from the terrestrial one. A good understanding of the nature of marine environmental issues requires an understanding of the unique features of marine organisms, food chains and habitats. If you like interesting lectures and can handle a lot of memorization, you should do fine. Note: Caruso could easily have called this class "Animals I have Eaten," as you'll see once you meet him.
Processes of Evolution--Drs. Heins and Sherry: 4/5
This class is hard. Like, really hard. But its required for ENVB and EEB, so suck it up and enjoy it, because it is also the most fascinating course I have ever taken here. Though the amount of detail covered is probably excruciating for most people and the tests are really hard, if you are interested in evolution you will get a lot out of it. The main bummer in my opinion is the mandatory recitation, which fills a large chunk of time with busy work. The secret of the class : everything they taught you about evolution in high school is wrong or grossly over-simplified.
Note: I have to agree with Nick that I loved Rosenheim (Brosenheim?) and thought oceanography was fascinating and rewarding.
Note: I went to a lecture by Keith Silverman and realized that he does not believe in the Darwinian Theory of Evolution. This was kind of a bummer. While I'm sure he has many interesting and valid things to say, his arguments against evolution were circular and sort of pissed me off, and I'm not sure I would be able to "open my mind" enough to take a class with hi

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

EVENT on Apr. 18th ~ New Atlantis? Climate Disruption and New Orleans

Tulane Green Club and the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club are teaming up to co-host an event about the affects of climate change on Louisiana on April 18th. The event will be catered by Whole Foods and open to the public. 

The New Atlantis? Climate Disruption and New Orleans
Thursday, April 18
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Tulane Law Clinic Building, Rm. 110

     New data about climate change and subsidence in Southeast Louisiana don't bode well for the future of our city. Can New Orleans survive rising seas, sinking soils, and more intense storms over the course of this century? Join NOAA scientist Tim Osborn, Tulane ecologist Bruce Fleury, and Jordan Macha and Devin Martin from the Sierra Club as we discuss the state of the science and what can be done to prevent New Orleans from becoming the New Atlantis.
Presented by the Tulane Green Club and the New Orleans Group of the Sierra Club