REthink Spring Semester Kickoff

Hey REthinkers and interested students!

We are having our Spring kickoff meeting next Wednesday (Feb. 17th) in L155 of the Education Building at 7 PM. Come to find out more about what we do to improve sustainability on campus and meet some awesome people while you’re at it!

Stuff Swap

Thank you to EVERYONE who came out for our Spring Stuff Swap last night! It was a great gathering of many different students coming together to reduce waste on campus. Anything that wasn’t taken was donated. The pictures are attached at below:

Spring Stuff Swap

Welcome back REthinkers! Start your spring semester off right by coming to REthink’s Stuff Swap. This is a great way to eliminate waste and exchange goods.

One item is required to enter and any leftover items will be donated. This is a perfect opportunity to get rid of those holiday gifts that you aren’t using!

Examples of what you could bring: clothing, books, trinkets, cookware, working small electronics, etc.

The swap will take place in the Education Building, room L155.

Here is the link to the Facebook event.

See you there!

Weekly Update

Thanks to everybody who attended our meeting last night. So good to see everyone after a wonderful Thanksgiving break. Here are our updates for this week.

Breakfast Burrito and Climate Rally End of Semester:

December 12th at 12pm will be our last social for 2015! We are planning on having a breakfast burrito pot luck brunch and then walking to the capitol around 3pm for the climate rally! Stay tuned for more information and to sign up to bring a food item.

REthink Post Holiday Item Swap:

Did you get unnecessary articles from the holiday season or didn’t get what you were quite looking for? REthink has a solution! The Post Holiday Swap will be a free event where everyone is welcome to trade goods with NO money involved. Trade that scarf you never wore for a T-shirt you adore. Got fooled with that white elephant gift that is just silly? Well no more! The emphasis of the event will be on articles that can be used on a daily/ weekly basis, but you can be creative as well! Homemade goods strongly recommended :)

 

Bottle Free Badgers with State Representative Andy Jorgensen:

Come support your fellow Bottle Free Badgers and talk about the future of a bottle free campus! The event will be from 6-7pm in Memorial Union. Event details here.

 

Winter/ Spring Student Organization Fair:

The spring semester student org fair will be happening again this year. Keep up with checking your email over winter break (we know it’s break, but bear with us) so you can get our sign up to attend! We will really need volunteers for this!

 

In other news:

Green Fund:

We are shedding little tears from our environmentalist eyes because as of current, the green fund, a fund provided to help launch and support sustainable projects through ASM, has been reduced to $0.00 for the 2016-2017 university budget. However, due to many constraints put in place for the use of segregated fees, ASM is working to create funds through a different avenue to fund such projects. Read more about this news here.

Sustainability Council Seeks Chair and Vice Chair:

The Sustainability Council is looking for a new leader for the next year (2016-17). Are you interested in holding a council together that every sustainability org on campus is involved in? A friendly, organized, and leadership driven individual is sought to fulfill this position for the upcoming year. Please email us back if you would like more information on the position.

 

We hope to see you all this Saturday for our final social of this semester. Even if you can only take a study break for a short about of time to come by and say hello, please come!

 

Have a wonderfully green week!

 

REthink Updates

Thanks to all the REthinkers who came to our last meeting! We had a great time doing our own little trash audit and learning about what can and cannot be recycled/ composted!

Hope everyone had a great Halloween weekend, here are some volunteer opportunities for you guys!

Mugs on the Mall: Wednesday November 4th from 8:30-11am. (set up starts at 8am).

Free coffee. Wait, free coffee? Yes, free coffee! Wednesday morning all the campus walkers in search of their morning caffeine can get free coffee AND practice being environmentally sustainable without even realizing it. All they have to do is bring in one of the many coffee mugs/cups/thermoses that they probably already have and refill it with some delicious, hot coffee! Simple, free, and environmentally sustainable…enough said. We will be having our booth at engineering mall! We’re thinking we will catch most of the morning risers around 8:30 so the time is planned to be to setup around 8AM. Sign up here.

Tales of Planet Earth (November 6-8, 2015) 📼

This FREE film festival’s theme this year is Belief. Our beliefs are what we know to be true. What we know to be true guides our choices. Yet our beliefs about the environment have complex origins that complicate our responses to environmental crises. Environmental beliefs are shaped by experiences: at home, at work, at play. But they are also shaped by ideas – learned from religion and spiritual faith, from science, and even from popular culture like films. Tales 2015 will explore all these influences by which we arrive at our environmental beliefs and the ways our beliefs spur and sustain environmental action across the globe. 

Fundraising:  Dough-Nation Night (November 11th) 🍕 
Have you ever thought that the world would be a better place if pizza made the world go ’round instead of money?  Well here is your chance to get the best of both worlds!  Ian’s Pizza on Frances Street has agreed to let REthink host a Dough-Nation night onWednesday, November 11th. Basically, Ian’s gives us a portion of their profit depending on the amount of people we can bring into their restaurant that night with a REthink flyer.  31+ flyers and we get 15% “slice” of those yummy pizza profits!  The only rule is that we can’t hand out flyers directly in front of the restaurant.  So start telling you friends and family stay tuned for sign-ups for handing out flyers because fundraising is the only way we can keep REthink fee free.

Also there is a great opportunity to sign up for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)-

It’s a sustainability oriented class and discussion group, and you all should check it out! 

That’s all for this week! Don’t forget our meeting this week will be cancelled in favor of everyone coming to Mugs on the Mall Wednesday morning! Hope you see you all there!

REthink Updates

A big thanks to anyone who came out to our meeting last night! We had a great turnout!

Make sure you guys sign up for Cool Choices! Madison is participating in a sustainability competition with 50 other cities across the U.S. Help Madison win $5 million towards green energy. Cool choices is an online card game to help reduce your personal carbon footprint by doing daily things. Sign up here with the password Madison2015 to make an account. Then put your email in our google doc so we can find you and add you to the REthink Team! The card game will continue for only 5 more weeks so take a quick minute to sign up and form a team!

Wisconsin Science Festival, October 22-25, 2015.

Mark your calendar for the 2015 Wisconsin Science FestivalOct. 22-25 at the Discovery Building and at locations across the campus and state. This year’s festival will feature influential speakers from across the sciences. Many speakers are Nelson Environmental experts. There are 5 minute break out sessions, panel discussions, and full lectures.

Farm Mob October 25th, 2015.

Spend your Sunday enjoying the fall weather and relieving midterm stress by petting the farm animals… all while helping a local farmer. This is definitely a rewarding opportunity on each end. The time usually runs around 11-4, but adjustments can be made if people need to be back earlier so don’t let that keep you from coming! Exact time and location is TBA. Check it out: farmwisconsin.weebly.com

Mugs on Mall (November 4th):

Free coffee. Wait, free coffee? Yes, free coffee! Wednesday morning all the campus walkers in search of their morning caffeine can get free coffee AND practice being environmentally sustainable without even realizing it. All they have to do is bring in one of the many coffee mugs/cups/thermoses that they probably already have and refill it with some delicious, hot coffee! Simple, free, and environmentally sustainable…enough said. We were thinking of a busier location, but also in a location that isn’t already surrounded by coffee shops. For that reason the location is TBD. We’re thinking we will catch most of the morning risers around 8:30 so the time is planned to be to setup around 8AM

Tales of Planet Earth (November 6-8, 2015)
This FREE film festival’s theme this year is Belief. Our beliefs are what we know to be true. What we know to be true guides our choices. Yet our beliefs about the environment have complex origins that complicate our responses to environmental crises. Environmental beliefs are shaped by experiences: at home, at work, at play. But they are also shaped by ideas – learned from religion and spiritual faith, from science, and even from popular culture like films. Tales 2015 will explore all these influences by which we arrive at our environmental beliefs and the ways our beliefs spur and sustain environmental action across the globe.  Most movies are followed by an optional Q&A with the makers or an expert.  Check out the showtimes, campus locations,and trailers here: http://www.nelson.wisc.edu/tales/WIFilm.html

Fundraising:  Dough-Nation Night (November 11th)

 
Have you ever thought that the world would be a better place if pizza made the world go ’round instead of money?  Well here is your chance to get the best of both worlds!  Ian’s Pizza on Frances Street has agreed to let REthink host a Dough-Nation night on Wednesday, November 11th. Basically, Ian’s gives us a portion of their profit depending on the amount of people we can bring into their restaurant that night with a REthink flyer.  31+ flyers and we get 15% “slice” of those yummy pizza profits!  The only rule is that we can’t hand out flyers directly in front of the restaurant.  So start telling you friends and family stay tuned for sign-ups for handing out flyers because fundraising is the only way we can keep REthink fee free.
Have a wonderful weekend. We hope to see you at the Farm Mob! Our next meeting is next Wednesday at 7pm in Education L155! See you all there. Stay Green!