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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!