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===Inspired by the Middlebury Conference===
'''Building Activism on Campus:'''
We should inspire an excited, loud, & responsive climate of activism at Williams. We need to strengthen and expand the groups that are working on climate change and incorporate new groups into our movement by reaching out to them.
1. [[Thursday Night Group]] and [[Greensense]] should be strengthened by
continuing to reach out to knowledgeable people from diverse backgrounds. We need to engage people with things they want to do and use their talents in the best possible way. Professors can have a huge influence on students in various classes to encourage them to get involved. Thursday Night Group can ask its members to reach out to professors in every department. The best way to build a group identity is to engage people in projects, especially ones that have visible results making them feel more like a team. We can include people who don't come to meetings if we bring them projects that are simple but have observable results, thereby "opening the door" to slightly more in depth projects. More importantly, we should not focus on recruiting as many members as possible to these two groups but rather on finding those students who have a passion & desire to get involved. New brains & old brains alike!
2. Hold periodic brainstorming sessions to include group members ideas and input into the group's direction.
3. [[CEAC]] should use its unique status as a student/faculty/staff committee to focus on setting policy for
the college by listening to input from people throughout the college. CEAC shouldn't focus on projects as much because there are so many other student groups that are motivated and capable of doing projects. It would function much better as a policy setting body rather than a 'doing' body.
4.Incorporate other groups into our activism. We can set up dinner discussions with groups to talk about climate change as it relates to their issues. We need to let them engage the issue on their own terms.
Just like at high schools, we should remember to maintain steady contacts with members in these other groups to keep them motivated, updated, & on track.
5.Encourage students to apply for and serve on important committees like [[CPR]], [[CEP]], [[CC]], [[CSHR]], etc. Emphasize the important work that can and should be done.
6.High school students are also prime targets to impart knowledge about global warming on.
After all, they themselves will be in college in a year or two & can be active there in addition to at their local high schools. The "Do it in the Dark" idea between high schools in the Berkshire area was a really great idea & would show these students firsthand how they can make a difference. Nothing like self-gratification!
7.We should reach out not only to high school students but to the surrounding community at large. An important idea that came up at the Middlebury conference was the idea of service as a means of engagement.
1.Use our opportunities when students are in the outdoors to bring up facts about climate change to inspire interest and investment.
This could consist a sheet of information that would be read off by leaders to their groups and hopefully inspire some sort of discussion. The sheet would consist of some observable present and future effects of climate change in the Berkshires as well as some prompts of discussion questions. Would be a great addition to the WOOLF and other first-days programs since that is the time that students are most receptive to new ideas and policies. Also, the night before we set off hiking on our WOOLF groups we had a concert in Goodrich. We could ask Scott Lewis for 20 minutes or so before the concert to discuss global warming & other environmental issues & mention Greensense and Thursday Night Group.
2.Create a student position to help events become more sustainable. This person could operate through the co-sponsorship fund and other party throwing groups to provide the extra hands necessary for green events. We could use funds
(LUCE grant?) to give money to groups to buy party supplies from more sustainable sources, fund parties if they comply with certain recycling standards, such as recycling signage for cups, bottles, cans, etc.
The cluster system is designed to have a position such as Eco- Reps which could educate dorms about recycling and other issues . Many freshman dorms seem to have gotten quite lax already about recycling & not placing the proper articles in the proper bins. Perhaps not so much as educate, but rather we need to remind these freshman & other students around campus to recycle.
4.The Flick Me Off campaign. Have a pledge to turn off appliances. Post the list of pledgers in a very visible place online and on campus.
5.Adopt-a-Senator. Make a clothes-line to hang up
at TNG holding letters that we've written to congressmen. This can be an ongoing project to make our actions very visible to ourselves and encourage more people to participate. We can focus on issues, such as the upcoming senate vote on the HR 7 (repealing subsidies to large oil companes) as well as campus based , such as emailing Morty.
6.Continue the CFL exhange project, coordinating through Greensense and Thursday Night Group. Set a goal date for each house to eliminate their incandescent bulbs, and involve the cluster system and Eco-Reps.
2.Green Fund (name should denote climate action): Create a fund as part of the endowment to invest in on-campus sustainability improvements, including infrastructure and academic changes. Examples include green building features, retrofitting buildings, transportation (purchasing hybrid security vehicles), funding curriculum development, etc. This fund could be created from a portion of the endowment, as a new fund for alumni to contribute to, as a class of 2008 gift. This part requires research into other school's programs, (Harvard, Middlebury, UNC).
3.Green Building Policy with real power. Green building certification on all new buildings with a requirement for energy
points within the certification. Williams should limit its own building policies in some way. It could either set a maximum or average energy use per square foot , or cap the square footage of campus to prevent expansive (yet green) building projects. We should have a policy of retrofitting buildings to make them more efficient than before. Questions for Steve and Stephanie: How can we get more involved in the building planning process? Is it too late for Stetson/Sawyer? How can we influence the new athletic facilities? What power do we have? How do we find out at the very beginning of the process for a new building? Would it help to use outside sources of loans for efficient buildings (services such as ESCO?) What is the best forum to discuss these issues?
4.Curriculum Development: There are several ways to integrate climate change into the curriculum in a way that utilizes various discipline's unique perspectives on the issue and its solutions. Talk to Dave Dethier about using the LUCE grant for what it is intended for – curriculum development. Consider global warming in future professor's backgrounds. Upcoming hiring in environmental studies, humanities, economics, etc. Even if professors aren't focused on climate change they should still be asked 'how would you incorporate this into your class' during the interview process. Use Focus the Nation as a program for professors to add climate change to their existing classes and use our knowledge to give professors a resource for making it relevant to their subjects. (look for resources at UNC and other schools)
5.Involve the [[COOL committee]] in our planning for college action. They are a motivated group of community members who are doing lots of work on their own projects.