Food & Sustainability Week!

February 22, 2009

The folks at SCL are aware that one of the most crucial ways to live more sustainably is by looking at our diet and the effect this has on the environment. This is something we have noted in previous posts. This week there are several food and sustainability events that SCL is sponsoring, in coordination with the Sustainability Month (Kill-a-Watt) going on in the dorms. It would be great if we could have an awesome turn out. Also, for the food panel and movie it would be nice to have treats. Hope to see you all there!

Food & Sustainability Events
Meatless Monday (Encourage students to not eat meat, eating more sustainably by eating lower on the food chain)
Tuesday: “Our Daily Bread”, Chapel Undercroft, 7:30PM, trailer
Wednesday: “Animals & Rights”, Philosophy Symposium Lecture, Dan Hooley, 4PM, Heimenga Hall 336
Thursday: Panel on Food and Sustainability, 7:30PM, Basement of Beets-Veenstra, featuring students and professors (Dave Dornbos, Adam Wolpa)

Calvin Sustainability Guide

February 10, 2009

sustainabilityCalvin College’s Office of Community Engagement has recently published a sustainability guide which can be found online. The guide is a great resource and offers excellent tips for how you can reduce your energy consumption and live more sustainably. The website links to our blog, and so we at SCL would like to welcome any visitors that have ventured here from that page.¬†

Many of us at SCL have learned about how our diet is connected to issues of sustainability. The connection between the consumption of meat and the effect this has on our planet and global warming is something we have discussed in a previous post. According to the UN, the production of meat contributes more to global warming than all of transportation combined! Given this reality, one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is by reducing or eliminating the meat in your diet. Right now there is nothing on the guide about connections between the consumption of meat and the environment. The website encourages feedback, so how about us SCL’ers let them know a way they can help Calvin people live more sustainably?¬†Improving sustainability at Calvin is something that we at SCL definitely stand behind and its great to see Calvin concerned with these issues.