Getting Involved

Wesleyan hosts a variety of events, runs a Green Office Certification program, and offers other programming, signage, media coverage, and sustainability leadership opportunities.  Through these, Wesleyan strives to expand sustainability knowledge and skills and integrate sustainability into the campus culture and the residential experience, as well as in the Middletown community. Wesleyan has made strides in engaging the campus community through student internships, events, and leadership opportunities. 

What We've Done

  • Campus Events
    1. Develop and pilot a basic Green Office Certification Program to administrative offices 
    2. Since 2013, Wesleyan has held Earth Month during April, with a variety of events led by students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members.  
    3. For several decades, Wesleyan has organized an annual celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The 2016 theme was environmental justice, with speaker Dr. Dorceta Taylor.
  • Student Engagement
    1. Student interns work for the Sustainability Office focusing on environmental sustainability issues and their intersection with equity and inclusion:
      • Sustainability Coordinators manage energy conservation and the Waste Not collection/sale, as well as other sustainability-related engagement programs and events, including program house dinners to educate on energy conservation.
      • Composting Interns manage the residential composting programs and dining hall food waste reduction.
      • An Office Assistant and Summer Office Assistant do strategic planning and marketing for the Office, as well as other Office projects.
      • Eco Facilitators serve as peer advisors who are paired with first-year dormitories and learn learn how to effectively encourage sustainable lifestyles. 2 Eco Facilitators Coordinators manage each EF cohort.
      • A Sustainable Middletown Intern assists the City of Middletown with projects, programming, and application to Sustainable CT.
    2. Student interns in other offices work specifically on issues of equity, inclusion, and/or susta
      • Resource Center internships offer students a variety of ways to address intersectional issues:
        • Social and Political Activism Interns 
        • Gender and Sexuality Interns
        • Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality Interns
        • Socioeconomic Status and Disability Interns
        • Spirituality and Sustainability Interns
        • Peer Advocates for Working Students
        • Office Assistants, Office Managers, and Marketing Assistants
    3. In 2015, the Wesleyan Student Assembly spearheaded constitutional changes to make the WSA more transparent, accessible and inclusive.  The new Student Life Cluster combines the previously separate Sustainability, Finance, and Facilities Committee and Student Affairs Committee.  A Sustainability Committee within Student Life will include liaisons to the Dining Committee, Sustainability Advisory Group for Environmental Stewardship (SAGES), and Major Maintenance Committee.
    4. The Sustainability Office publishes a variety of pamphlets and distributes information to incoming students. New student packing lists have information on sustainable products and the Waste Not tag sale.
    5. Each year during orientation, first-year students engage in multidisciplinary discussions about a central theme and participate in a Common Moment, in which the arts are used to catalyze and embody the understanding of themes such as environmental justice, water, global climate change, or hunger. Squestionability, equity, and inclusion are recurring themes in the First Year Matters common reading. 
    6. Each year, Residential Life student staff participate in a 12-15 hour social justice training program that explores identity, inclusion, and allyship.
    7. There are many sustainability-related student groups focusing on farming, food and food justice, waste reduction, divestment, outdoor adventure, climate change, and sustainable landscaping.  In addition, over 40 student groups are devoted to ethnic, religious, disability, and gender identity.  
    8. Residential Life has several student residences dedicated to students interested in different aspects of sustainability.

     

  • Employee Engagement
    1. Workshops are offered multiple times a year through Success@Wes for employees focusing on a variety of sustainablity topics.
    2. The Green Office Certification Program engages office members in adopting sustainable habits to integrate sustainability into campus work culture.
    3. Since 2014, the Green Team, a group of administrative assistants and other staff members, have focused on improving the sustainability of campus offices by purchasing sustainably, reducing energy consumption, reducing waste, and fostering a culture of sustainability in their departments.
    4. Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance is a volunteer organization that provides fellowship and support to all students, faculty, and staff, paying particular attention to the needs of the people of color in the community.
    5. Womxn@Wesleyan actively engages faculty and staff in education, networking and mentoring processes leading to enhanced awareness, empowerment, and transformation of female-identifying people.
    6. Wesleyan includes a statement of Wesleyan’s priority of sustainability in job postings.

Contact

Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director