American Studies

Student Sustainability Groups

Name

Description

Contact Information

Bread Salvage Students pick up unsold bread products from Freihofer’s Bread Company and deliver them to two schools in Middletown each week

James Hall '15

wesfoodsalvage [at] gmail dot com

Climate Ambassadors Climate Ambassadors aims to engage the Wesleyan community in activism, education, and discussion around climate justice. Ally Ruchman '16 and Katy Hardt '15
Composting Committeee

Wesleyan's Composting Committee is a group for students interested in learning about and expanding Wesleyan's current policies and practices regarding food waste sustainability. The Composting Committee will be planning campus-wide events to educate students and promote composting.

DeNeile Cooper '15 and Rina Kremer '15
wesleyancompost [at] gmail dot com
Food Rescue Student volunteers pick up food that is normally wasted from Pi Cafe, Summerfields, and Usdan to be deliver to Eddy Shelter. There are 12 pick-ups per week and students are assigned one shift per week; total commitment is about 30 minutes.

Catherine Marquez '16

wesfoodrescue [at] gmail dot com

Global Zero and ICAN

Global Zero and ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) promote awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons, introduce a humanitarian view to the discussion of nuclear weapons, and encourage dialogue on the usage of nuclear energy.

Kaito Abe '15

Local Co-op Local Co-op provides an affordable option for students to purchase local and sustainable food.  At the start of each semester, students can choose to get shares of produce, meat, bread, eggs, dairy, preserved foods, and tofu/seitan. Participating students pick up shares weekly and help once each semester with organization and distribution. 

wesleyanlocalcoop [at] gmail dot com

Long Lane Farm Long Lane Organic Farm is a cooperatively run small farm that uses ecological farming practices to produce food for the Wesleyan University Campus as well as the broader Middletown community. In addition to serving an important nutritional role in the local area, Long Lane is committed to providing the community with opportunities for festive gatherings and open exchanges, farm and food education, and hopes to contribute collaboratively to thought and practice at the nexus of culture and agriculture in general. farming [at] lyris.wesleyan.edu
Middletown Urban Gardens Middletown Urban Gardens is a coalition of students working with the North End Action Team (a local non-profit) to establish new community gardens and promote healthy eating in low-income areas Middletown. MUG leads the design process and provides the necessary materials for new gardens, but empowers Middletown residents to be the primary stewards and users of the land.

Janika Oza '15

middletownurbangardens [at] gmail dot com

Sustainability Interns

The Wesleyan Sustainability Office offers internships for students passionate about promoting sustainability on campus.  Sustainability Interns manage Waste Not!, Do It in the Dark, and sustainability education programs.

Molly Steinfeld '15 and Michael Ortiz '17
wesustainability [at] gmail dot com
Urban(e) Urban(e) is dedicated to bringing ethical, economical fashion to the Wesleyan community. Through "upcycling," thrifting, and redesign, Urban(e) hopes to expand the idea of fashion within the community and spread knowledge of fair trade practices in the fashion industry. Derrick Holman '16
WesBikes WesBikes is Wesleyan's bike rental program led and run by students, to promote sustainable transportation on campus and around Middletown. Working on a system of semester-long rental periods, it caters to students for whom owning a bicycle on campus is infeasible for geographical or financial reasons. WesBikes also offers students the opportunity to try out owning a bike on campus.

Currently on hiatus

wesbikes [at] gmail dot com

WesCFPA WesCFPA (Wesleyan Connecticut Forest & Park Association) maintains trails across Connecticut (members are specifically responsible for a handicap-accessible trail nearby) and promotes environmental conservation. The group manages events, which include film screenings, expositions and lectures, and collaborates with other groups on campus. WesCFPA reaches out to the community through hikes with the mentors from NEAT (North End Action Team, an outreach organization) and elementary students. Working closely with the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, WesCFPA volunteers create strong and lasting community partnerships through hands-on experiences.

wescfpa [at] gmail dot com

WesCycle
WesCycle is responsible for the set-up and management of 3 bike generators that offer a sustainable power alternative for events.

Katie McLoughlin '15

Wes, Divest! In solidarity with hundreds of universities nationwide, Wes, Divest calls on Wesleyan University to get divest of its investments in fossil fuel companies. Angus McLean '16
WesFRESH WesFRESH is dedicated to raising food consciousness by examining the environmental, political, social, and ethical impacts of what we eat. WesFRESH organizes events on campus to promote awareness of issues of food policy, justice, sovereignty, and security. WesFRESH works to unite student groups such as Long Lane Farm, Wesleyan Farmers' Market, and EON to create a community of food lovers and activists. WesFRESH also works with Bon Appetit and the Real Food Challenge to ensure the availability of local and sustainably produced food to all Wesleyan students.  
Wesleyan Beekeepers A club on Wesleyan's campus devoted to spreading awareness and learning the art of beekeeping
Wesleyan Bike Co-op The Wesleyan Bike Co-op offers students an opportunity to learn about bike mechanics and to practice sustainability by reusing and recycling old bikes.  wesleyanbikecoop [at] gmail dot com
Wesleyan Outing Club The Wesleyan Outing Club offers a wide range of trips most weekends such as biking, hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing, and longer trips over breaks. Past trips
have included winter camping in the White Mountains, biking and a Polar Bear Plunge at nearby Miller’s Pond, a sunrise hike up Mt. Higby, and hiking through New England forests near and far. The Outing Club rents out a supply of outdoor gear to students, including sleeping bags, tents, stoves, canoes, kayaks, and cross country skis.
Wes to Wes

Wes to Wes is a student group that serves to raise money for Financial Aid. Beginning in fall 2013, Wes-To-Wes will raise funds through the sales of Wes to Wes merchandise and reallocated funds saved from the energy budget through campus energy-conserving initiatives. Wes to Wes hopes to work with other student groups to educate the campus on energy conversation and to motivate students to change their behavior for a good cause.

Ellen Paik '16
WILD Wes WILD Wes (Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan) aims to develop an alternative to the water-, chemical fertilizer-, and pesticide-intensive conventional lawn cover that dominates university campuses and much of the United States. The group strives towards landscapes that reflect a commitment to economic, social, and ecological sustainability. This commitment is embodied primarily in the practice of permaculture: a design philosophy and system that looks the structures and relationships found in nature as models for creating diverse, stable, productive systems. WILD Wes' landscape design systems use no non-renewable fuels, integrate a variety of native plant species and environments, and work to be virtually self-sustaining.

Rina Kremer '15

wildwesleyan [at] gmail dot com