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LSC Green Report: FRESH Updates

By Rowland Pollard
On March 1, 2012


Greetings from the Sustainability club here at Lyndon! I am Rowland and I'll be keeping you informed on the happenings of the club each week.  Just a reminder we're always looking for new members and you don't have to be a sustainability major, it's open to anyone.  We meet every Tuesday at 5 p.m. for a general meeting. This semester has been flying by and there's still a lot we've got planned for the rest of the spring.

 Every other week we show a different film related to environmental science and then the following week we have a guest speaker to discuss topics from that film.  Next week on Tuesday FRESH will be aired at 6 p.m. in the Rita Bole community room.

 "FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system.  Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity.  Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet," reads text on

Some of you may already know this but we have a greenhouse located on the McGoff property that was built last year and we had a successful harvest that we were able to sell to Aramark .  We're going to start planning for this summer's greenhouse and school garden.  Join us as we begin designing the layout of the garden, selecting which plants to grow, and making improvements to the greenhouse. We'll also focus on these topics:

• Rain collector for the greenhouse.

• Ventilation to keep the greenhouse cool during the summer.

• Composting to improve soil quality and different techniques to compost effectively.

Our other plans and events for the semester are:

Moss art- Creating unique designs with moss on walls around campus.  Suggestions are welcome for design and location, the moss just needs to be on a north facing wall.  If you want to know which way north is just look towards Burke, that's north enough for the moss to grow.

NEK Energy Expo at LSC- 3/24- Over 45 energy related exhibits will be there displaying information about many renewable energy sources, green building techniques, hybrid vehicles and a myriad of other demonstrations and seminars.  I'll be providing more information regarding this event closer to the date.

Come celebrate Earth Day on 4/20!  We will be holding a trash audit to see how much we throw away that could be recycled. The solar bus will be here and demonstrations on renewable energy, greener living and live music will be held.

Tune in next week for more updates from the club and further insight into our campus wide sustainability initiatives.  Feel free to contact us for any tips on living sustainably and eco-minded on campus and off.

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