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Wooster College Learns to
“Refuse” Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
 
The first strategy of waste management, according to Edward Humes, “is not to manufacture and consume the crippling wasteful products in the first place.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash” presented to Wooster college on the economics issues related to waste management, the government subsidies that impact waste and the constant pressure to accept disposable products. Read more here.
 
Guilford College Panel Charts
North Carolina’s Course To Renewable Energy
 
The panel focused on the benefits of renewable energy, the urgency of climate change and potential techniques which could be utilized to promote the initiative. To begin, the speakers emphasized the importance of focusing on a just transition to renewable energy in North Carolina which is critical as only 25% of North Carolina’s electricity is currently derived from renewable sources.
 
San Diego State’s New engineering building exceeds campus sustainability goals
 
San Diego State’s Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex was certified as a LEED Gold building with 69 points, exceeding the university’s overarching goals for new structures to be LEED Silver. The structure includes daylight sensors for lighting, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, building materials with low off-gassing emissions, low water-using plants and energy-efficient components.
 
University of Michigan President
Announces New Carbon Neutrality Goal
 
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel told a gathering of U of M leaders that he is committed to moving the University toward a net zero carbon footprint during his presidency. "Human-influenced global climate change is the defining scientific and social problem of our age,"  Schlissel said. "And a significant component of this growing crisis is due to the burning of fossil fuels to generate energy." According to Schlissel, the U of M is on its way to meeting or exceeding an earlier, more modest goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent over a 2006 baseline by the year 2025.  
 
UNC Asheville Divest Presents at
Global Climate Action Summit
 
Students representing UNCA Divest, a student organization dedicated to divesting the university from fossil fuels, presented at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The summit hosted an array of climate change and environmental related events, including the The Divest/Invest State of the Movement press conference. UNCA Divest hopes to bring their model to the national and  worldwide levels, spreading their strategy to other university divestment campaigns.
 
UNC Charlotte Partners With Clean Air Carolina
 
A team of Clean Air Carolina volunteers joined forces with UNC Charlotte to improve campus air quality by creating new regulations designed to change how UNC Charlotte handles construction pollution. UNC Charlotte has updated its regulations on construction vehicle regulations as building continues around campus. This coordination is intended to set a new precedent for how the administration handles improving air and environmental quality.
 
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Salisbury Trainings on Strategic Work
 
Maggie Cummings, the RCC Maryland Organizer, spoke to two Senior Seminar classes at Salisbury University this past week. Maggie facilitated a training on the Midwest Academy Strategy Chart, a foundation for strategic work, to encourage and empower students in both leadership and community organizing. Students remarked this workshop “can help students who want to make a change” and “this is a tactic we can use to make our work seem less daunting, thus letting us move ahead faster”. Interested in learning more about our work on campuses? Head over to the RCC Campus Network page here.
 
Meredith College Hosts RCC President
 
Dr. Robert Musil was able to spend two days at Meredith College at the invitation of the Department of Biological Sciences and the Environmental Sustainability with support from the Kenan Foundation. During his visit, Dr. Musil called on the women of Meredith to take up the banners of their predecessors: “You have a male-dominated and reactionary General Assembly and legislation that is harming the environment, causing climate change, and affecting poor people and people of color throughout North Carolina...We need you to engage, to educate, to organize, to vote, and even run for office, around the great issues of our time.”
 
 
RCC Leads NC Environmental Justice Summit Workshop
 
Elijah Brunson, the RCC’s Environmental Education Associate, hosted a workshop focused on a just transition at this years North Carolina Environmental Justice Summit. The workshop employed the theatre of the oppressed approach to help people form and define their stories on how and why they fight for a more environmentally just future. Elijah is in his third year as a member of the North Carolina Climate Justice Summit Leadership Team.  Learn more about the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network. 

RESOURCES

POLITICO Playbook Election Challenge

Politico has assembled the best from expert polling, campaign, and interactive teams to determine 25 House, Senate, and gubernatorial races across the country that could determine which party is victorious in November. “Put your punditry skills to the test” and try your hand at picking the winning candidates in Politico’s Playbook Election Challenge.

 

People of Color in Environmental & Climate Justice Website

Pocinecj.org features an Environmental & Climate Justice Professionals Database, Graphic Notetakers Database, and Anti-Oppression, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Professionals Database to help connect people of color engaging on environmental and climate justice. Learn more here.
 
Nov. 2 Duke: DELPF Symposium: Sustainable Urban Development

The Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum's annual symposium will focus on Sustainable Urban Development, from the individual building scale to macro-scale discussions of how to make our cities more resilient to the threat of climate change. The discussion will focus on the roles Durham and Duke can play in shaping how the Triangle grows and develops over the coming years. Speakers will include the planners, NC state legislators, scientists, and lawyers central to these processes.
 
Nov.4 Warren Wilson: Power of Place Lecture Series
 
The Power of Place is a series of events celebrating Warren Wilson College’s history with a focus on what it means to be located physically, ecologically, and culturally within the overlapping communities and territories that make up Warren Wilson.

The first lecturer in the series, Majora Carter, is a leading urban revitalization strategist and Peabody Award winning broadcaster who will speak to the students about social entrepreneurship.
 
Nov. 4-9 Duke Energy Week
 
The Kickoff will feature an afternoon of free food, emissions-free vehicles, and a keynote address from Proterra's founder Dale Hill. Events throughout the week will include the Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition Finals  and the Duke University Energy Conference.
 
Nov. 7 Wooster Wassewege Film Screening A part of The Ocean After Nature exhibit, Wooster College will host a film screening of Wasserwege and a discussion with its creator. The Ocean After Nature exhibition examines how the seascape is shaped in an era when human beings have become the driving force in the development of the planet.The exhibition explores new ways of representing the ocean as a means to identify and critique such interrelated and chaotic systems of power as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, physical and psychological displacement, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems.
 
Nov. 8 UNC Chapel Hill: The Environment Symposium
 
The symposium will be held during University Research Week and feature Theo Dingemans, professor of applied physical sciences, and the Creativity Hub project, “Sustainable Access to Safe Water.” Steve Walsh, Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of Geography and director of the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies. Rachel Willis, professor of American studies, whose research focuses on global freight transportation planning for climate change in port cities.
 
Nov. 9 University of Michigan hosts Sustainability and Development Conference and "Deluge" Opening Reception & Artist Conversation
 
In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference on Sustainability and Development seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the Sustainable Development Goals and assess progress towards them.
 
South African photographer Gideon Mendel will discuss his work and current installation, "Deluge," with U-M Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak, followed by a reception.Deluge is a culmination of Mendel’s ten years of work on the Drowning World project and depicts a variety of individual stories from thirteen different countries.
 
Nov 13 UC Berkeley: Environmental Justice W/ Van Jones

Across America, low-income and minority communities are being hit hardest by the economic and health impacts of climate change. Van Jones—news commentator, author, and founder of Dream Corps — will speak on how we can seek environmental justice for the country’s most vulnerable communities.
 
Nov. 15 New College of Florida: Ocean Acidification/Warming and Adaptation to a Dynamic Environment

Dr. Andrew Stamper, Science Operations Manager/Clinical Veterinarian, Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment, at Walt Disney World Resorts plans to show that through carbon reduction and other techniques such as coral reef rehabilitation, people, businesses, nonprofits and governments are finding ways to minimize carbon production and help ecosystems adapt to climate change/ocean acidification.
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