Tuesday, February 26, 2008


The power of water. 1993. 54 min. Presentation of man’s relationship to fresh water and an examination of the controversy over whose needs determine water use in the United States with examples of wetland, river, and non-renewable water-supplies given to show how water becomes power.

Thursday 12:30pm in the Media Services Classroom (lower level of Bender Library)...bring your lunch!

Lobby to Stop Mountain Top Removal

Can you save a date to help save our mountains from mountaintop removal coal mining?

April 5th- April 9th, 2008 is our 3rd Annual Mountaintop Removal Week in Washington (http://www.ilovemountains.org/action/wiw2008) -- the chance for people like you from all across the country to meet your representatives and ask them to stop the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining.

Last year's week in Washington was a tremendous success -- not to mention a lot of fun. More than 100 people from 19 states came to Washington, holding more than 100 meetings with Congressional offices and 20 face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress.

The result? People like you helped us gain 16 new co-sponsors for the Clean Water Protection Act (CWPA, http://ilovemountains.org/resources#mtrcwpa) --which would sharply curtail mountaintop removal coal mining -- in just three days in Washington.

And because the Week in Washington helped build Congressional momentum foraction on mountaintop removal coal mining, the CWPA now has a historic 126co-sponsors (http://ilovemountains.org/action/write_your_rep/).

This year's week in Washington is more important than ever. With the coal industry set to spend more than $35 million this year(http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/17/AR2008011702837.html)to greenwash the public and Congress, your representatives need to hear from you that the time for action on mountaintop removal coal mining is now.

To learn more about this year's Week in Washington, or to indicate if you're interested in attending, click here: http://www.ilovemountains.org/action/wiw2008

attend a GREEN JOBS conference!


On March 13-14, a conference unlike any other will take place in Pittsburgh, PA. The event will launch a nationwide dialogue about moving our country rapidly toward leadership in promoting the benefits of a new green economy. Good Jobs, Green Jobs: A National Green Jobs Conference will bring together advocates representing local, state and federal policy makers; labor; business; the environment and public health; economic and workforce development specialists; investors; scientists and technology experts and YOUTH!

Highlighted speakers include:
Edward G. Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania
Margie Alt, Environment America
Phil Angelides, Apollo Alliance
Joy Clarke-Holmes, Johnson Controls
Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers
Gerry Hudson, Service Employees International Union
Van Jones, Green for All
Katrina Landis, BP Alternative Energy
Ed Mazria, Architecture 2030
John Podesta, Center for American Progress
Carl Pope, Sierra Club
Lois Quam, Piper Jaffray
Lou Schorsch, Arcelor-Mittal
Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO
Dr. Beverly Wright, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

The Sierra Student Coalition will be organizing youth social events in the evening as well as a youth "meet-up" during the conference.

The Sierra Student Coalition has scholarships available for this conference. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please fill out the attached form and email it to maura@ssc.org. Scholarships are need-based and will be given on a rolling basis.

If you will need housing in Pittsburgh for the conference, please indicate that on your scholarship application or let me or Maura know. The SSC is trying to secure free housing for everyone who needs it, but we need a head count by next week.

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Goodwood. 1998. 45 min. Examines whether we can halt deforestation while still sustaining communities that depend on the forest for their livelihood. Film looks at four forestry-based places where communities are discovering - sometimes with help from surprising places - that it can be done.

Green on the Screen videos will be shown every Thursday @ 12:30pm throughout the Spring Semester in the Media Services Classroom on the lower level of the AU Library.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

No War, No Warming

No War, No Warming (www.nowarnowarming.org) is planning
round two of what must be a sustained, growing, developing campaign to end the Iraq war and save our deeply wounded ecosystem. Working with a broader range of organizations, we'll be taking action again on March 19th, again in Washington, D.C., as well as in other parts of the country. This time the major D.C. actions will be at locations like the American Petroelum Institute and the Department of Energy.

Sign up for more information on their website and organize a group of AU students/community members to participate!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

soo....what do YOU think?

have you gone to see a Green on the Screen this semester? have you been to an eco-friend (or anti-environmental) event recently? do you read enviro-blogs daily? whatever the case may be, i'm sure you have some thoughts and opinions on the matter. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contribute to this blog! email me at marie.stratton@gmail.com and i'll happily post your musings, questions, or even quotes/ figures from an article you found interesting.
let's get some discussion going on here people!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Baked Alaska. 2003. 26 min. A documentary about how rising temperatures and the battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) are impacting life in Alaska. "Temperatures in Alaska are rising ten times faster than in the rest of the world. President Bush is ignoring the warning signs. He pulled out of Kyoto and now wants to open a wildlife refuge for oil drilling. Native Alaskans are divided: The Inupiat Eskimos want the jobs and the money, but the Gwitchin Indians fear it will destroy their reindeer. Alaska is rich from oil. But each barrel sent south comes back as damage to the delicate balance of Arctic life."

Green on the Screen videos will be shown every Thursday @ 12:30pm throughout the Spring Semester in the Media Services Classroom on the lower level of the AU Library. The screenings are open to all and attendees are welcome to bring lunch. Most of the videos scheduled run 60 minutes or less.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Upcoming Events for Founder's Day!

Come eat birthday cake with Eco-Sense in the Tavern on Tuesday at 8pm. There will also be prizes, games, a magician (yess!), and the oh-so-scary mascot Clawed the Eagle.

On Wednesday at 2:15pm, stop by McDowell Formal lounge for an open forum on AU's Sustainability with both Eco-Sense and Facilities Management. You can ask anything you want to know about what the university and it's students are doing to practice sustainability and make the campus carbon neutral!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Green on the Screen!

Crapshoot. 2003. 52 min. A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. Where does it all go? What does it do to us? Filmed in several countries, this documentary questions whether the sewer is actually compounding our waste problems. Scientists warn of links between sewage practices and potential health risks, while activists, engineers and concerned citizens challenge our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?

Green on the Screen videos will be shown every Thursday @ 12:30pm throughout the Spring Semester in the Media Services Classroom on the lower level of the AU Library. The screenings are open to all and attendees are welcome to bring lunch. Most of the videos scheduled run 60 minutes or less.

Monday, February 4, 2008


While we love everyone in Eco-Sense, it wouldn't hurt to have a few (or twenty) more!
Now's your chance to build on the momentum of Focus the Nation by engaging all those folks who participated to get involved with your group and campaign. Join in with other students to learn some best practices around recruitment; get people involved early in the semester so that they'll stay involved all semester!

What: Recruitment Phone Training.
Who: You and other leaders from your group and around the country!

: Tuesday, Feb. 5th @ 9pm Eastern
Wed., Feb 6th @ 9pm Eastern

: SSC Conference Line (details available when you register)
How: REGISTER NOW: http://www.ssc.org/trainings/phonetrainings.php