Relax with us next week! Take a break from studying to join us on a tree walk led by Dr. Jim Abbot or grab some cake in Evans Dining Hall to celebrate the 3rd birthday of our Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Check out this flyer for more details.
Last spring the Office of Sustainability partnered with Professor Nell Ruby’s sculpture class to create sculptures out of recycled material. One of those students was Belinda Hart who was chosen as the winner of the Hangout in Gulf Shores Public Art Competition!
Visit Belinda’s blog here: http://bkhart.me/
Check out the press release and picture below:
Photo Credit: Victoria Campbell
B.K. Hart: Winner of Hangout Public Art Competition
In fall 2011 The Hangout, in association with the Coastal Arts Center at
Orange Beach (formerly Orange Beach Arts Center), sponsored a public art
competition for visual arts students throughout the Southeast. College and
university students were encouraged to focus on overall artistic quality,
conceptualization and innovative use of materials to create weather-friendly
large scale public art. In February, the $3000 stipend was awarded to
Agnes Scott studio arts major, Belinda Hart, for her proposal entitled “When
I Visit your Home” which uses upcycled milk jugs, soda cans, and other
discarded materials to create three dimensional images of marine life.
Hart is passionate about raising awareness of ‘the threat to ocean life and
creating a lasting connection for the viewer between common items of plastic
and refuse and the need to dispose of them responsibly.’ Her approach is
one of subtle aesthetics rather than ‘in your face activism’ and she has
learned to allow ‘the material to teach her about itself, what it can and
cannot do, and the scope of its possibility’ rather than trying ‘to force
the materials to become completely unrecognizable as trash’.
This sculpture will be her largest to date and has become the focus of one
of her senior classes. Her past work explored these materials on a smaller
scale and the beauty she evokes from a simple plastic water bottle is
striking. She states, “My goal is to draw the viewer in before they realize
they are seeing trash and allow them to have their own personal interaction
with each piece by suggesting possibilities they might relate to from their
Nell Ruby, Chair of the Art Department at Agnes Scott, is Hart’s major
professor and advisor. She describes Hart and the Hangout Competition as
follows, “Sometimes you get a student who only needs a witness and
permission. Belinda is that kind of student. She’s got a good idea, a
disciplined work ethic, and energy a go-go. When students can incorporate
real life projects into their schooling, they get the best of all worlds:
support and recognition that what they are pursuing theoretically actually
pans out into practice.”
The Hangout’s support of the arts crosses the spectrum from schoolchildren
to rock stars. The Hangout Public Art Competition, in its first year,
allows committed and passionate artist the opportunity to step out of the
university arena and onto a grand stage, motivating and energizing her to
expand the articulation of her creative vision. In fact, just as Hart
allows the recyclable material teach her about its scope of possibility,
this competition allows her to examine the scope of her own possibilities.
“We think this is a wonderful opportunity for young artists with initiative.
As an annual competition, we envision this event (as well as the Emerging
Artists Exhibit) becoming highly competitive. We are very fortunate to have
progressive minded businesses such as The Hangout who see the importance of
public/private art initiatives,” says Juli Jordan, Visiting Artists and
Special Exhibits Administrator, Coastal Arts Center.
Last year The Hangout became the presenting sponsor of the third annual
Emerging Artists Exhibit at the Coastal Arts Center at Orange Beach allowing
the arts center to double the total monetary awards available to chosen
artists. To learn more about the Coastal Arts Center and Belinda Hart’s
upcycling work visit <http://www.orangebeachartcenter.com/>
www.orangebeachartcenter.com or call 251.981.2787. To learn more about The
Hangout visit the website at www.thehangoutal.com.
Recycling at Agnes Scott isn’t as complicated at this!
Be sure to check out the new recycling and trash signs going up around campus. These new signs feature pictures and clear descriptions of what should and should not go into the recycling and trash.
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1) What is the Eco House?
This Eco House will provide Agnes Scott College and the surrounding Decatur community with an environmentally friendly residence, and promote an opportunity for educating students, faculty, staff and community members about sustainable living. This house will encompass the objective of sustainable living by incorporating the three E’s of sustainability—environment, economy, and equity—into the residents’ goals for the house.
Ultimately, residents will experience sustainable living in the best ways possible through educational experiences and actions towards conservation. The Eco House can help spread awareness about environmental concerns and educate the rest of the campus about ways to live more efficiently and become more conscious about how their choices affect the world. This house will embody the ideas of sustainability on campus through example.
2) What will the Eco House be used for?
The Eco House will serve as an educational opportunity for students as well as community members by showing the residents’ efforts to reduce their energy and water consumption, to reduce their waste, and to participate in other activities that they may choose, such as gardening.
3) How do I apply to live in the Eco House?
Interested and eligible students must complete an application that lists their interests, goals and past experiences as it relates to sustainable living while agreeing to all additional requirements made by the Theme House application such as providing activities and programs to the campus community. Applicants must also adhere to the lifestyle guidelines for the house and the expectations for residency. Candidates from all areas of study should apply in order to bring a wide variety of disciplines and ideas to the house. Please also submit the following:
· A completed Eco House application page
· Formal resumé
· A 2 page (double spaced) essay stating why the candidate would like to live in the Eco House and how their skills/abilities would contribute positively to the living environment.
· Completed “Eco House Reference Form” from a faculty member, college staff, director of an off campus organization, or supervisor of past employment or volunteer position.
· Interview required with the Residence Life Director and Office of Sustainability. Interview will take place during the week of March 5th.
4) Why would living in the Eco House benefit me? Wouldn’t it be more of a benefit to the college that I participate?
Living in the Eco House will give you an idea of how you can live after your career at Agnes Scott. It will teach you money saving ways to reduce water and energy consumption, which will come in handy when you are the one paying the bills. The Eco House will be more than just saying you are recycling, it will be a change in mindset.
5) Do I have to find a group of students to live with?
No, after all applicants have applied, the Office of Sustainability and Residence Life will interview candidates and the house residents will be then be chosen.
6) What if I do not know how to recycle?
You will learn! The goal of the Eco House is to educate students about the accessibility and benefits from recycling, but it is up to the student to fully commit by learning what can be recycled.
7) Doesn’t compost smell? Why would we compost in such a small house?
Composting is really just recycling organic material. If taken care of properly, it will be no smellier than the trash can that already inhabits your kitchen space. In a confined space, such as the Eco House, it will be easier to maintain.
8) I like taking long showers. Will I have to take shorter showers if I live in the house?
Students living in the Eco House will not be expected to take shorter or “navy showers,” but it will be encouraged or suggested to try. There will be shower timers for reference and education to increase overall awareness.
9) Will we have to attend or volunteer at all the events put on by the Office of Sustainability?
It is not expected of you to attend all events, but there might be a minimum of three events a student must attend and/or volunteer for. The more events attended, the more the student will invest in her understanding of important issues and how to explain to others these issues. It is a learning experience!
10) Do we have to have lights out by a certain time to reduce the amount of electricity we use?
There will be no restriction to when you are allowed to have lights on or off. As with other aspects of the house, residents will be encouraged to change their personal consumption behaviors as well as provide support to each other as they learn about living sustainably. The Eco House will participate in EarthHour, which is one hour in the spring where you turn off all the lights to prove how much energy the world is saving by simply reducing. It will be suggested that you try to limit the amount of excess lights turned on. The goal is to not hinder your ability to work, but make you rethink how much light you need to work.
11) Are we expected to dry our clothes on a line outside?
Line drying is a great option to an electric dryer, but it will not be expected of you to line dry. Access to line drying will be made available inside and outside the Eco House for those who would like to participate.
12) I like driving my car everywhere. Will I be required to take MARTA?
While it is encouraged that students walk, carpool, or take MARTA, it is not expected of the students to give up their cars while at the house. That being said, residents should make the effort to carpool and walk/bike whenever possible. One of the events the Eco House residents will participate in is the promotion of the Zipcar, carpools and local bike routes.
WE HAVE ACHIEVED SILVER!
We completed our submission for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS is a self reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). We are proud to announce we have achieved a silver rating!
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Last week’s All-Hall-O-Ween on the Agnes Scott College’s Building Dashboard (http://buildingdashboard.net/agnesscott) generated some intense competition between the residence halls. The Office of Sustainability hosted the week-long competition to help celebrate Halloween, and to usher in the colder weather and subsequent increased energy use.
Inman hall was the clear winner, maintaining their first-place dominance for the entire week and coming out with an overall 14.6% reduction rate. The competition heated up amongst the other five halls trailing behind Inman. By the end of the competition Rebekah had held 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place at least once throughout the week. First-year hall, Winship, held 2nd place for the entire week before falling to 3rd on the final day of competition. Main hall saw a 5% increase in their total energy consumption.
Overall, the six residence halls saved 1,809 kilowatt hours, which is equivalent to 2,511 lbs of carbon dioxide or $144. The final rankings were: Inman (1st), Rebekah (2nd), Winship (3rd), Hopkins (4th), Walters (5th), Main (6th).
Today is the last day of the All-Hall-O-Ween Energy Competition.
Check out the status here:
Here is an energy saving tip!
Check out the All-Hall-O-Ween energy competition here:
So far Inman is winning, but it looks like Winship is trying to catch up to them.
Keep up the good work!
Check out Agnes Scott’s Building Dashboard to keep track of the competition:
The Three E’s serve as a central principle of sustainability that represents the Environment, the Economy, and Social Equity.
What: Three E’s Panel
Speakers: Dr. Jim Abbot, Dr. Martha Rees, and Hiram Ramirez
When: Thursday, October 26 from 6-8pm
Where: Teasley (Ground floor of Bullock, Science Center)
Why: Sustainability affects many aspects of out society and the public needs to be informed.
We hope to see all of you there!!!
Our friends at the Lifecycle Building Center have extended dates for salvaging materials and they need more volunteers!
The following dates are available for volunteers:
Shifts are from 8:30am-12:30pm & 1-5pm each day. Lunch is provided and so far they’ve had great lunches provided by Delia’s, Willy’s & Community Q BBQ.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of those dates please send an e-mail to Shannon Goodman (Shannon.Goodman@perkinswill.com) confirming you are a U.S. citizen and eligible to work in the United States by providing the following information:
- Full name (including middle name)
- Date of birth
- City/State they were born in
- Email address/cell #
-What day and time you would like to volunteer.
What is TerraCycle?
It is a company that literally takes used packages and hard to recycle materials and turns them into new products!
What can be Terracycled?
What are the benefits of TerraCycling?
Diverts billions of pieces of garbage away from our landfills
Upcycles or recycles waste into new products
Reduces the need for new materials to be extracted from our planet
Gives you a fashionable edge!
For every chip bag, juice pouch, or candy wrapper ASC gets back 2 cents!
Have you ever seen people walking around with fashionable bags, wallets, and other items made of chip bags, juice pouches, and candy wrappers? Well those are some examples of a few products made from TerraCycling. You can be just as fashionable as well!
Sounds great! Now how can I get started?
ASC has many TerraCycle bins around campus that you can easily access at your convenience. There are bins on each dormitory floor, at Mollies Cafe, and the Bullock Science Building(in the Sustainability Office).
For more information visit: http://www.terracycle.net/
At Agnes, we use single stream recycling, which means that all you have to do is put recyclable items into one bin. No sorting required.
Recyclable items include:
· Plastics #1-7
· Paper products including magazines and newspaper
· Aluminum cans
· Plastic bags and wrapping
· Styrofoam #6 only
Where can you recycle items? Any bin with a blue bag is for recycling and they are located across campus.
There are composting bins located throughout campus in the dining halls, residence halls, and at special events. Composting allows to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill.
Compostable items include:
· All foods such as meat, bone, dairy, poultry, fish produce, breads, pastas, tofu, flowers, tea bags, and coffee grounds.
· Any waxed paper products such as the to go cups in Evans, since the wax coating cannot be recycled.
· Used paper pates and napkins
So why does it matter? Recycling and composting reduces the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill and helps Agnes reach its goal of being climate neutral by reducing our carbon footprint.