April 14, 2014
April 7, 2014
On March 27, Latin American and Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, and Fine Arts UDRs hosted a documentary screening of Waste Land. Students came together from all disciplines to watch the film while eating South American food.
The film is about Vik Muniz, a famous Brazilian artist who currently lives in the United States. Muniz traveled to the world’s largest landfill near Rio de Janeiro to speak with catadores, or people who pick up recyclable material from the landfill for work.
Muniz took photographs of the catadores, then worked with the catadores to make artwork in the shape of the portraits with recyclable materials. After selling photographs of the artwork, all of the money went to the catadores. With the money, they bought equipment and a truck and built a learning center and a library so that people could learn about recycling.
The movie focused on the lives of the catadores and how they were moved by the experiences of creating art from recyclable materials then seeing their portraits become famous.
The screening was followed by a discussion about the lives of the catadores, recycling, and artwork. Overall, it was a meaningful film that brought students of many different disciplines together.
Accepted Students Day, the main recruitment day for the upcoming Class of 2018, was held this past Sunday, April 6th. By the time the Academic Fair opened, students flocked to the Environmental Studies booth that the UDRs, Esther Mann and Adam Krebs, stood at. There was a line of eager students and parents in front of the booth for the two hours that the fair was held. The parents’ most common question was, “Tell me about the major” while the students asked, “Can I double major?” Most people were most interested in the experiential learning opportunities, the ratio of science and social science courses, and internships, yet they also asked about faculty, research opportunities, specific focuses in the major, study abroad opportunities, clubs and ways to get evolved, and future job options. Overall, the students were all extremely excited to start learning Environmental Studies at Brandeis this upcoming fall.
April 4, 2014
Students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program, taught by Professor Laura Goldin as a part of the Justice Brandeis Semester program, went out to the field to study Volatile Organic Compound Levels (VOCs) in nail salons. They found that many out of the 15 salons they visited had higher than acceptable levels, and gave advice on measures that could be used to lower these levels. You can read more about the study here.
March 17, 2014
The University of Vermont’s Summer University is offering a unique, hands-on experience at our Catamount Educational Farm, where students can earn between 3-13 credits in the course of 12 weeks. At the core of the Catamount Farm Summer Experience is a 4 credit Sustainable Farm Practicum where students will learn principles and practices of sustainable, diversified vegetable production through a combination of lectures, hands-on fieldwork at UVM’s Catamount Farm, and visits to local vegetable farms. In conjunction with the Sustainable Farm Practicum students have the opportunity to take up to 3 additional courses. Further details including registration information can found by visiting the following site:http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/
March 14, 2014
February 6, 2014
Pledge to stop buying bottled water and get a free water bottle in the SCC! Keep an eye out for more events like this around campus, sponsored by tapBrandeis!
December 16, 2013
Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is a Master of Science graduate degree through Colorado State University (CSU). CLTL integrates interdisciplinary university education with real-world action. Students learn natural sciences, social sciences, management, and leadership skills both in and out of the classroom. They spend two semesters at CSU, then seven months at a field site in either Belize, Kenya, Peru, and Mexico. The studies include intensive, cohort-based experiences of 20-25 students, allowing for personalized learning.
If you are interested in applying, you can find the CSU Graduate School Application Form online here. The application requires a $50 application fee, GRE scores, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a resume or CV, and an essay.
Click here for more information!
December 13, 2013
Dear friends of the BSF,We are excited to announce the following projects have been awarded funding by the Brandeis Sustainability Fund for the 2013-2014 academic year. Congratulations, student project leaders!
And thank you to the BSF Board members for their participation in this year’s project selection process, as well as other staff, faculty and students students who helped shepherd the projects through the application process.
BSF Co-Chair Flora Wang will be working with the Project Leaders to implement their projects this upcoming semester with support from many of you. Details on each project will be posted soon on the BSF website: go.brandeis.edu/bsf. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to me and Flora (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to student project leaders.Quick, Bike For Shelter!Project Leader: Nicholas MedinaAwarded Amount: $25,000To continue to encourage bicycle use as an alternative and healthy form of transportation, this will fund 3 new bike shelters with racks and 2 bicycle self-repair stations. Proposed locations are the Charles River Quad and the Foster Mods. DeisBikes will promote both the use of the shelters and the “fixit” stands, and develop workshops for bicycle maintenance using the “fixit” stations.Subsidize MBTA PassesProject Leader: Ameline LimorinAwarded Amount: $10,000This pilot project will provide 200 fifty-dollar ($50) MBTA passes to undergraduates as an incentive to use public transportation to travel to and from campus instead of using cars. The goal is to collect information on how to increase public transit use by students and figure out how to scale up the project.TapBrandeis 2.0Project Leaders: Sara Taylor, Jeremy Goodman, Emma Balmuth-LorisAwarded Amount: $10,000Building on the project from last year to encourage use of reusable bottles and discourage single-use plastic bottles, 4 more bottle filling stations will be installed on campus thanks to this BSF project. Locations to be finalized. Students were also granted funding to purchase reusable water bottles for the entire incoming class of 2014.Dual-Flush ToiletsProject Leader: Anna Bessendorf, Nate ShafferAwarded Amount: $16,500100 toilets in five first year residence hall buildings will be retrofitted with Dual-Flush kits that should reduce water use by 30%. Project leaders hope to get first year students comfortable with this new technology from the very start of their time at the University. The Student Union Sustainability Committee will help to complement the project with educational initiatives to ensure proper use.Little Green LibrariesProject Leader: Jaime KaiserAwarded Amount: $425.35Students will install two Little “Green” Libraries – free book exchanges constructed out of re-purposed materials – to promote the value of recycled, reused, and refurbished products. Locations to be determined.
December 5, 2013
This Wednesday, the Environmental Internship Symposium will happen in Heller G1 at 6:30pm! For more information, please view the flyer below.