Thanksgiving is Thursday and we want to take this opportunity to tell all those REthinkers past and current that we appreciate all the work that you do! Between volunteering at the sporting events and getting different parts of campus on track with their recycling habits we really do make a huge difference! We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Turkey Day!
Events to remember when we return:
Just Coffee Fundraiser: Please take Thanksgiving to ask family and friends if they would like to order any coffee. We have a great partnership with Just Coffee and this is one of our many successful events! Email the REthink account, firstname.lastname@example.org for an order form and to place your order!
Remember our fundraiser!
Friday December 6th: Energy Hub Conference. This event full of speakers and a free lunch for students is from 8:30am to 5pm (you do not have to come the whole day!) on the 2nd floor of Gordon Commons. Please sign up if you plan on attending.
Trash Audit at Elementary School: This event is not set in stone yet, but we are thinking Friday the 8th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to perform a trash audit during the students’ lunch time. Please let us know if you are interested and could make this planned time.
Colin Thompkins Berg An Inconvenient Truth Talk: Colin has been trained on information about global warming and will be speaking on the current issues of global warming since the movie came out over 10 years ago and a lot has happened. It is December 3rd at 7:00 pm in room 180 of Science Hall. We would love for a big REthink showing so please invite your friends!
Green Thoughts: ASM Sustainability has money that could go towards an individual’s idea to improve sustainability here at UW Madison. We know REthink has lots of ideas so brainstorm and come back from break with ideas so we can put them into action. Onethat we could get involved in isRachel Fell’s no more receipt campaign- eliminating unnecessary waste from printed receipts.
Happy Thanksgiving! Stay Green, Eat Turkey!
We’ve got lots of opportunities for people to take a break from studying and volunteer. So let’s jump right into it:
- Athletics: We’ve got Camp Randall AND the Kohl’s Center to take care of now. This year we’re also doing the recycling at the women’s games as well! Pick any game you’d like to sign up for. Bring your friends, you get a $10 food voucher and it counts toward your honored member status.
We love to see the leaves changing with the season.
- Fundraiser for Rainforest: Come to the High Noon Saloon (18+ venue) at 8:00pm on Thursday November 14th. The price to get in is $8 an the money goes towards conservation in the tropical rainforest in Ecuador. There’s also an exotic plant give away. This is also a REthink social event!
- Sustainability Fair: On November 14th in room 159 from 5 to 9pm. We will be hearing from keynote speaker Sabrina Bradshaw from the Office of Sustainability.
- Slow Foods: We need volunteers for Slow Foods Cafe on Wednesday November 13th from 11-2. Great food and an awesome chance to get volunteer hours.
- Social Event!: On Friday November 15th we’ll be heading to the Madison Recycling Facility. Meet in the parking lot behind Science Hall at 2:45. This should be a great trip!
Remember to keep up the great work in school and on your environmental work. We love to hear about those nuggets of greenness, see you at the next meeting!
Our Fall 2013 Mugs on the Mall was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered and promoted the event! We have plans for Spring 2014 Mugs on the Mall to be bigger and better than ever with a possible reusable coffee mug sale…stay tuned!
Halloween is fast approaching and we have a number of events coming up for REthinkers to get involved in!
Halloween in Madison is the best place to be!
First, Slow Foods is having a whole week of activities starting with a larger than usual Slow Foods dinner on October 21st at the Crossing (1127 University Ave). It’s $5 and then its all you can eat, really good food!, and a discussion panel. Tuesday the 22nd they’re showing a documentary about local food movements at Union South at 7:00pm. Wednesday October 23rd Slow Foods is having their weekly lunch at the Crossing. They’re looking for volunteers- who usually get free food. October 24th Slow Foods is petitioning to try to get Real Foods in the UW dining halls. Stop by Gordon Commons, Great Lakes Market, and Bascom Hill to sign the petition between 12 and 7pm. Finally on Friday October 25th, they’ll be celebrating the end of the harvest season at F.H. Student Farm at the Eagle Heights Community Gardens.
IMPORTANT: Instead of a regular meeting we will be going to an event about fracking in Wisconsin. This event is being hosted by Clean Wisconsin at the Fluno Center on the 8th floor in the Skyview Room from 5-7:00. There’ll be free food and a great speaker! We’ll meet afterward in the lobby to debrief and talk about next week. Please RSVP via “attending” on the Facebook event. Please contact Brady at email@example.com if you have any questions.
It’s that time of year again everyone- our semester Bake Sale! It will be Thursday the 31st- thats right HALLOWEEN from 10pm-2am. We will need people to bake and work at the table. Please sign up on our doodle poll, also if you dont plan on volunteering please sign the doodle by listing what you plan to bring.
Although the last few weeks have been long, stressful and full of exams REthink is about to make everyone’s week. Want to go to a football game for free? Sign up here to volunteer at Saturday’s Badger game against the Northwestern Wildcats. This game is extra special because this game’s recycling numbers are part of a nation wide college gameday recycling competition. Help the Badgers win both competitions!
Wednesday October 16th from 7:30 in the morning until 11:30 in the morning REthink will be giving away free coffee! You must have a reusable mug otherwise you can go elsewhere for the morning cup of joe. Be the first to get your coffee by volunteering at this event.
Beginning to look and smell like fall around campus!
That next week we’ll all be busy on Wednesday the 23rd. At the Fluno Center (On University across from Wandos and the Taco Shop) there will be a talk about fracking in Wisconsin and what that means for the health of the environment and Wisconsinites. There will be great appetizers and insightful information on this increasingly important topic. Please RSVP on the Facebook event. Also on this day we’re having our “Not Luck”. Please bring a dish to share with the group and your own plate and silverware- we’re reducing our waste :-).
BOO! Halloween is the following Thursday and REthink is celebrating by having a haunted bake sale! Please think ahead and bake something easy to hand out i.e. put it in bags or divided to be put onto plates. This event will take place on State Street (between Urban Outfitters and Potbelly) from 10pm until 2am or until we run out of treats. We’ll also need volunteers for this event, doodle to come. Please come ready to enjoy one of our organizations favorite event dressed as a recycled item, get creative!
That’s it for October, where is the semester going. Hope everyone has a fun and safe homecoming weekend, Go Badgers!
Let’s start with a Nugget of Greenness from our meeting: “Wrap your gifts in fabric or old newspaper instead of buying wrapping paper,” you’re saving trees! We know that midterms can be stressful, but by taking a break with REthink you can help your campus and get away from the books.
In other news, this summer REthink signed a petition with the group “Texas Environment” in an attempt to put pressure on the battery company Reyovac. This petition is trying to get them to implement a battery recycling program. Texas Environment wants REthink to stage a protest to help make the community aware of Reyovac’s lack of sustainable practices. We have yet to respond to the Texas Environment representative. Input? Thoughts? We are going to ask for more information before a decision is made. Good luck on your tests and projects everyone!
We had our first official meeting on Wednesday and we were lucky enough to be joined by Coordinator for Madison’s Garbage and Recycling, George Dreckmann! He stopped by to see how we were doing, stayed for the meeting and shared a Nugget of Greenness with us! Thank you George!
George is working to plan a trip to the recycling center with us later this semester!
This week’s opportunities:
- Badger Bioneers at Regional Sustainability Conference: On Tuesday November 5th you can side up to be a group facilitator for participants. Great resume builder! Sessions include: “Driving Sustainability Innovation with Design Thinking”, “Communicating to Inspire Change and Sustainability”, “Aligning Stakeholders’ Values to Your Vision”
- Society for Ecological Restoration’s 5th Annual Conference: The conference will be held Sunday October 6th 10am-5pm and admission is FREE for volunteers, a $175 value. Sign up by emailing, firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday night
- Green Core Fellowship: This opportunity is open to graduates and graduating seniors. It is a paid fellowship to learn how to do grassroots community organizing. For this great opportunity fill out an application by October 11th
- Farm Mob at Scotch Hill Farms: Sunday the 29th, we’ll be leaving from the service building (Charter and University) at 11 AM and we’ll be back by 4. Please sign up so we know how many people to accommodate for transportation. Remember Farm Mobs get you to Honored Member status!
- Social and Educational Event: Elise is driving to Milwaukee this weekend for the grand opening of the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum this Saturday the 28th. She is leaving at 9:30 and has room for 6.
Stay tuned for news about a trip to Devils Lake, Mugs on the Mall and our semester Bake Sale! Study hard and stay green REthinkers!
We are so excited for this semester! It was awesome to see so many new faces, and returning faces, at our kickoff meeting Wednesday September 18th. One take away from our meeting last week: If you are interested in implementing a new campaign we can help make it happen!
Co-Chairs Eric and Andrea REfill before the Student Org Fair that was during the first week. Way to go guys!
In case you missed the meeting and are wondering about REthink, here are some key parts about us:
- No DUES!
- Commit as much or as little as your schedule allows, we are just happy to have you!
- Regular members
- 5 meetings
- 5 volunteer hours
- Honored Members (check out our Honored Member page on this website)
- 8 meetings
- 8 volunteer hours
- Volunteer at least one time at either Farm mobbing/Athletics clean up (Camp Randall or Kohl Center)
We’ll always have volunteer opportunities listed in each meeting’s minutes as well as here online. Anyone can sign up, even people who have never been to a meeting! Volunteering is a great way to network, get involved, and take a break from the library and homework-yuck! Here are the current volunteer opportunities:
- Camp Randall Recycling Program: The next home game is October 12th against Big Ten neighbor Northwestern. Look for a link in the next couple weeks to sign up to volunteer at this event.
- Homecoming: Last year was the first time REthink had a float in the Homecoming Parade. If you’d love to be in the parade this year, we’re looking for ideas for a float or sign or whatever people come up with this year. Be creative!
- Farm Mobbing: Want to help out local farmers? Sign up for one of our Farm Mobbing events.
- Bottle Free Badgers: Our continuing campaign to get rid of single use water bottles on campus needs your help! Sign our petition if you haven’t already and invite your family and friends to sign it as well. We’re trying to get 1/4 of campus to support our cause.
Check your email or back here at our website for the meeting location for Wednesday the 25th. We’re hoping to return to our home in Science Hall. Have a great week everyone!