We started off the meeting with snacks and conversation with some wonderful people. We had delicious apple/pear crisp made by the wonderful Emilie Knight.
~State legislature just passed the most important environmental bill in 2 decades
-Wednesday at 1pm there is going to be a press conference in Hartford
-Your finals aren't as important as 20 years of progress!
-If you are interested in going, email Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here are some of EON's accomplishments this year:
~Has created an outline for this summer to prepare for next semester
~Apply in the fall to be on the Green Fund committee next year!
~The Green Scene was born
~It is now in a beautiful blog format
Students for a Just and Sustainable Future
~Now has groups at Yale and Conn College!
~Working toward a state-wide coalition, making CT a leader!
~Hope to establish sleep outs on a regular basis in the fall
~Went to DC
~Slept out for a week on Foss
~Mountain Justice Spring Break
~April Fools Day skit
~Did a lot!
~Marched in Hartford
~Got money for all the EON projects
~Meggie is going to be the Student Organizing Center Intern and hopes to work with EON a lot next year!
~Still working on water bottle campaign
~Bottled water will be out of Weshop in the fall, and instead we will have AquaHealth
~Sustainability interns are on board
~They have a beautiful display of water bottles in Usdan
~They are trying to make a water fountain map
~They did a blind taste test and favored tap water!
~They have a lot of "tap that" stickers to put around campus
~Red meat-free Tuesdays
~Made signs for returning silverware
~Did a lot of work out on the farm
~It needs help! There is a lot of weeding to be done!
-If you're interested in helping during senior week, contact Melody Oliphant or Charlotte Heyrman
~Starting to put things in the green house
Committee for Investor Responsibility
~We hope to work with them next year now that one of our members is on the committee
~Successful markets every two weeks
~Helped to establish connection between Urban Oaks and Bon Appetit
~Organized a couple of field trips with kids from local schools to the markets
~Feast on Foss
~Panel was really great: 3 guys from CT involved in food production and sustainability efforts and Michael Strumpf
-Moderated by Courtney Folove
~Had a cooking demo by a chef that helped to start a coalition to incorporate sustainable practices into large scale food industry
~Freegan vegan- dumpster diver/foreager came to speak and led a foraging expedition
~Raised $300 for CT Coalition for Environmental Justice
-They need website help if anyone is interested
~Possibility of a Triathalon during senior week to Millers Pond
~If you're interested in continuing it next year, email Emilie (email@example.com)
~Faltered due to lack of man power and help from the university
~Proposed that a student be hired to run compost for the X-Prize
-Was not accepted, maybe it can be put into action through the Green Fund
Emilie's brother came and spoke about his work
~Human Rights Watch
~Trying to get labor laws passed for children in agriculture
~You should send a letter to Congresswoman Deloro to support the Care Act
~Marjorie Dodson and Melody Oliphant are our new coordinators!
-Marj wants to keep the dialogue between groups going and increase communication on campus
-Melody's goals are 1) Get better at recycling, 2) Help get composting going, 3) get rid of bottled water, 4) Convince Bon Appetit to end contracts with factory farms & get more local food sources 5) reach out with local schools to get excited about food politics: local food options, bringing them to Long Lane, etc.
~Bingxin Wu is our new treasurer
~Amendment to the constitution: You no longer have to go through the treasurer for funds, just go on your own
~Sophie Duncan is our new secretary, and Melody Oliphant will be her webmaster assistant
~Josh Levine is our new social coordinator!
Lastly we said goodbye to our wonderful seniors. Thank you for all of your hard work! It's been a great year EON, and I'm really going to miss you guys next year.