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SUSTAINABLE CAROLINA NEWS SUSTAINABLE CAROLINA EVENTS (open to the public unless otherwise noted) Info Session for “Building Performance Shadowing – The Nuts and Bolts of Green Building” – Friday, June 10, 9 A.M., Learning Center Lounge CAMPUS EVENTS Weekly Mindful Meditation Practice – Monday, June 6, 12:15-1:00 P.M., Learning Center Lounge LOCAL EVENTS National Trails Day – Saturday, June 4 Green Drinks – Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:00PM, Kelly’s Deli and Pub Urban Paddle and Picnic on Lake Catherine – Sunday, June 12, 3-7pm Sierra Club 3rd Annual John Bachman Group Picnic – Monday, June 20, 5:30-8:00PM, Saluda Shoals Park Community Film Forum: “I Am” -- Tuesday, June 21, 5:30pm, Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main St GREEN SPACE Recipe of the Week: Vegan Strawberry Pie Green Tip of the Week: Protect your skin! OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING Sustainable Carolina Internship Wilderness Studies Minor through University of Montana Punta Mona Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Internship in Costa Rica NEW COURSE: Inner Mastery for Resilience, Creativity, and Life Balance (UNIV 290F) Volunteer Government Relations Intern Communities Taking Root Contest Bicycle Lane and Roadway Treatments Research Survey SUSTAINABLE CAROLINA EVENTS (open to the public unless otherwise noted) Info Session for “Building Performance Shadowing – The Nuts and Bolts of Green Building” – June 10, 9A.M., Learning Center Lounge Sustainable Carolina along with Campus Housing is pleased to offer a summer opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the Green Building Process. This summer, USC Housing will be commissioning Patterson Hall, Harper/Elliott, and DeSaussure, which are all currently being renovated. The commissioning process, which evaluates the performance of the building and its systems, is approximately a two week process where engineers will run a series of tests that will help document the LEED* certification criteria. A limited number of students will have the opportunity to shadow these engineers as they perform these tests and evaluate the data. This opportunity might be useful for engineering students interested in the testing process, business students interested in performance data, but also anyone interested in gaining an in depth knowledge of how green buildings operate. During the info session, you will hear about how the process works and the type of commitment expected of shadowing participants. If you are interested in participating in this program please email Jason Craig firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up to attend the info session on June 10th. (*LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a third party certification process operated by the US Green Building Council.) CAMPUS EVENTS Weekly Mindful Meditation Practice – June 6, 12:15-1:00 P.M., Learning Center Lounge Lunch-time mindful meditation practice will be held on Mondays from June 6th through August 1st. Everyone is welcome, whether you are new to the idea of mindful meditation or your current practice needs a booster shot and some group support! Contact Laura Rooney, Associate Director for Student Health Services - Campus Wellness (email@example.com) for more information or questions. All you need to bring is you – just as you are! Practice will include a brief introduction to the day’s meditation practice, 30 minutes of practice together and a guided entrance back to our day promptly by 1:00pm. Please arrive and be ready to begin at 12:15. No experience is needed to attend – the art and science of greater awareness and attention to the vivid and exquisite experiences of our life is available to anyone! Tentative Schedule: June 6: Body Scan; June 13: Mindful Movement* & Breath Practice (*Movement can be done in work clothes); June 20: Body Scan; June 27: Mindful Movement & Seated Practice; July 11: Body Scan; July 18: Mindful Movement & Breath Practice; July 25: Mindful Movement & Seated Practice; August 1: Participant’s Choice. LOCAL EVENTS National Trails Day – Saturday, June 4 Volunteers are needed to assist in the maintenance of a trail in Congaree Swamp National Park at 9 A.M. If you are interested in volunteering for this effort, please contact Sierra Club’s Elaine Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org. Green Drinks – Tuesday, June 7, 5:30-7:00PM, Kelly’s Deli and Pub Join Keep the Midlands Beautiful, the Sierra Club John Bachman Group, and Natural Awakenings Magazine for Green Drinks Columbia. It is an opportunity for eco-friendly individuals to network, socialize, and discuss various environmental issues in an informal setting. Come to Kelly’s Deli and Pub, 1001 Washington Street on Tuesday, June 7. Please visit the Keep the Midlands Beautiful website or call (803) 733-1139 for more information. Urban Paddle and Picnic: Gills Creek Watershed Association Fundraiser on Lake Marion – June 12, 3-7pm It's hot in this city! Bring the family out for a Sunday Funday of paddling and picnicking with the Gills Creek Watershed Association. This event will include a chance to paddle in a canoe or kayak through Lake Katharine and a portion of Gills Creek. Come explore the largest lake in Columbia and see the abundance of wildlife that lives in the heart of the city. A box supper and beverage is included. Kayaks or canoes will be available for rent for $10 or you may bring your own. Tickets: $20/adult in advance; $25/day of; $5/kids; $10/boat rental. Where: Lake Katharine Dam off Shady Lane. Shady Lane can be accessed from Kilbourne Drive between Burwell and Downing Street or from Woodlake Drive off of Trenholm Road. Parking is available on Shady Lane and signs will direct you to the event. All proceeds from this event will benefit the annual operations of the Gills Creek Watershed Association. The mission of the Gills Creek Watershed Association is to protect and restore the Gills Creek Watershed by uniting citizens, government, businesses, and organizations. Contact Jessica Artz email@example.com or 803-727-8326 for more information. Sierra Club 3rd Annual John Bachman Group Picnic – Monday, June 20, 5:30-8:00PM, Saluda Shoals Park Mark your calendar! The picnic will be held in the Water Oak Shelter in Saluda Shoals Park, located at 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC. Burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share. This is a zero waste event so please bring your own utensils, drink cups, and plateware. Please feel free to invite friends who are not Sierra Club members that might be interested in joining the club. This is not a formal meeting so members will have the opportunity to interact and socialize. Park admission is included in the renting of the picnic shelter. Simply tell the attendant that you are with the Sierra Club and ask them where the Water Oak Shelter is. We hope to see lots of friends and families for this event. See you there! For more information about Sierra Club events contact: Jeremy Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Community Film Forum: “I Am” -- Tuesday, June 21, 5:30pm, Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better? The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world. Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Shadyac set out on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment. Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers– remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith– including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch – Shadyac appears on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig. An irrepressible “Everyman” who asks tough questions, but offers no easy answers, he takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit. (www.iamthedoc.com) OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING Sustainable Carolina Internship We are looking for undergraduate and graduate interns for Sustainable Carolina for the Fall 2011 semester. (Sustainable Carolina is the new collaboration of the Green Quad, the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, and the Office of Sustainability.) Being an intern is a great way to get involved with all the exciting sustainability campaigns and programs already happening on campus and in the community, as well as an avenue for starting new initiatives! Interns become part of a "green" community and work on project and operations teams, participate in public and staff-only events and programs, and create projects or events of their own design. To see what we've been up to, check out our wiki page at http://www.greenquadcommunity.org and click on "Project List.” These are unpaid internships for which interns receive three hours of course credit (through either POLI 399A or ENVR 399, or POLI 790A or ENVR 790). Internships typically require 10 hours a week for undergraduates and 15 hours a week for graduate students. If you are interested, please reply with brief answers to the three questions below (plus a resume if you are a graduate student). If you have any questions, please contact David Whiteman (777-2093, email@example.com). APPLICATION QUESTIONS (brief answers are fine, and no prior experience is required): 1. What has led to your interest in green/sustainability/environmental issues? What have you done in your personal life to improve the environment or live a more sustainable lifestyle? 2. In what ways are you most interested in contributing to Sustainable Carolina (publicity, marketing, education, office management, etc)? What specific skills can you contribute? What are your specific interests? 3. What projects and/or organizations, if any, have you participated in at USC or in the community related to the environment or social/environmental justice (including any involvement in Green Quad activities)? What other organizations have you participated in? Wilderness Studies Minor through transient enrollment with the University of Montana Study wilderness, conservation, and sustainability through courses in ecology, literature, policy, art, and Native American Studies. Engage with conservation advocated, land managers, tribal leaders, and innovative landowners in the field. Work in the community through internships and service projects that turn knowledge into action. Learn valuable skills in ecological monitoring, plant identification, policy analysis, and backcountry travel. Develop a sense of place and community through study of local issues with a small group of students. Experience some of the wildest country in the lower 48 states. The University of Montana offers the opportunity to earn a Wilderness Studies Minor in just over one semester, in the upcoming Fall 2011 program. USC students are eligible through the National Student Exchange. Rising sophomore, junior, and senior students of any major with a GPA of 3.0 or greater are encouraged to apply. Program space is limited to 25 students. For more information about Wilderness and Civilization courses, fieldwork, internships, faculty, and alumni, please see the website at www.cfc.umt.edu/wc. Punta Mona Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Internship in Costa Rica The Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education offers the Permaculture Design Course and Sustainable Living Internship, set for this July 1-28, 2011. Students will study and put into practice permaculture design techniques as well as experience all aspects of off the grid, sustainable living! Students will be harvesting and communally preparing our meals, doing workshops in medicinal plants, fermented foods, basic nutrition, numerous garden projects as well as field trips to other permaculture farms and the indigenous reservation to learn about sustainable practices from the native people of Costa Rica! The program offers yoga every day and conversational Spanish lessons in the evenings. Tuition is $1400. Contact Sarah Wu, Co- Director, On Site Manager, Herbalist and Educator of Punta Mona Center for Sustainable Living and Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.puntamona.org for more information. New Course: Inner Mastery for Resilience, Creativity, and Life Balance (UNIV 290F) Diane Barnes is offering a new one-credit course in Fall 2011, Thursdays from 2:00-3:15 p.m., that will rewire your brain for optimal functioning in 8 weeks or less. All you do is practice doing nothing or meditating (cultivating present moment awareness) for 10 minutes a day! This Inner Mastery course offers mindbody practices that develop the brain or integrated neural network for resilience, creativity, academic achievement, relationships, mental and physical health as well as enhanced moral decision making. Participants learn to develop a sustainable daily practice rooted in modern science and ancient teachings including neurobiological research, mindfulness meditation, and yogic science. Barnes has studied with the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. UNIV 290F is a one-credit, 10-week course, offering training in practices proven to “rewire” the brain/nervous system and support the individual in creating balance in all areas of life, embodied and relational. The course is part of the Learning Center’s on-going program on “Greening the Mind.” It is not intended to replace medical care. Volunteer Government Relations Intern The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and nature communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Office duties include research on federal/state funding for land protection and federal energy legislation, community outreach, data entry and assistance with political meetings. Additionally, interns will conduct in-depth research on state and federal programs for rural communities in South Carolina as part of a special statewide initiative focused on building healthy, prosperous rural communities and boosting our state’s natural-resource based economy. Intern may also assist in political activities such as setting up legislative appointments and attending legislative hearings on natural-resource agency budgets. Applicant should have an interest in conservation and politics, and familiarity with writing for different purposes and various media. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is a must. Email resume and cover letter to Marjorie Palmer at email@example.com. Communities Taking Root Orchard Contest Neighborhoods across the United States are ripe for renewal, ready to receive a fruit orchard provided by the EDY’S® Fruit Bars brand and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation. Register and vote until May 31st to help bring an orchard to Columbia’s Owens Field Park (http://www.communitiestakeroot.com/). Bicycle Lane and Roadway Treatments Research Survey Jonathan Oliver is a master's student in Transportation Systems at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and is doing his thesis research on bike lanes, sharrows, bicycle priority lanes, bike boxes, and other innovative roadway treatments for bicycles. The goal of his research is to gather how well bicyclists understand these different types of facilities, and how much they would use them if implemented. He has designed a survey for this. In the end he should have valuable information about these different techniques to pass along to government agencies and other decision makers so that they can make better informed decisions about the expansion of bicycle lanes and facilities. All respondents will be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to REI! Here is the link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikes. Feel free to contact Jonathan Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! GREEN SPACE Recipe of the Week: Vegan Strawberry Pie Serving Size: 8 Ingredients: 1 vegan pie crust, baked (recipe below) 1 quart fresh strawberries 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup soy whipping cream Directions for the filling: 1. Cut and remove the top leaves from the strawberries. 2. If the strawberries are large, cut them I half or quarters. 3. Arrange the 1/2 the strawberries in the baked pie shell. 4. Cut the other 1/2 up and put in a sauce pan. 5. Add the sugar and bring to a boil. 6. In a small bowl, mix the cornstarch with the water and add to the cooking strawberry sauce. 7. Stir the sauce often, and when it becomes thick and clear, remove from the heat. 8. Pour the sauce over the strawberries and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours or until firm. 9. When ready to serve, whip the soy cream or use a can of Soyatoo to decorate the edges of the pie. 10. For an easy alternative, if you don’t have so many strawberries, you can also use a cup of strawberry jam, heat it and add the cornstarch as well. Recipe for a lovely flaky pie crust Ingredients: 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder 3-4 Tbs. ice water 1 & 1/2 tbs. white sugar 1/2 cup vegan margarine (or coconut fat) Directions: 1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. 2. Place 1/2 cup of flour mixture in a small bowl, and stir in water until smooth. 3. Cut shortening into remaining flour mixture until it looks like coarse meal. 4. Blend in the flour-water mixture. Wrap dough and chill in refrigerator. 5. When the dough has chilled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. 6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled pie form. 7. Puncture the bottom with a fork in several places to create small air holes for the pie to breathe. 8. Bake in a preheated oven (450F) for 20 minutes or until golden brown. 9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before putting the strawberries and sauce in. From: http://www.vegalicious.org/2008/06/16/fresh-strawberry-pie/ Green Tip of the Week: Protect your skin! We've all been told to wear sunscreen, but it can damage our skin and the environment with chemicals that are useless in terms of skin protection, take ages to break down, and end up bleaching coral reefs. After investigating nearly 1,000 products, the Environmental Working Group put together a special report scoring sunscreens on a scale from zero (no hazard) to 10 (high hazard). Only one (Badger) got no strikes - check out the top three: Badger Sunscreen, SPF 30 Trukid Sunny Days Facestick Mineral Sunscreen UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum, SPF 30+ Purple Prairie Botanicals Sun Stuff, SPF 30 From: http://www.sierraclub.org/tips/summer.aspx#skin About Us Sustainable Carolina is the next stage in the evolution of sustainability education and advocacy at the University of South Carolina, encompassing the efforts of the Green Quad, the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, and the Office of Sustainability. Our mission is “to advance the University of South Carolina's efforts to educate and transform the campus by promoting collaborative relationships among administrators, students, faculty, staff and community members for exploring and implementing the changes required to create a sustainable campus and society.” Most of our events are held in the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, which is a one-story building in the middle of the Green Quad. The Quad is located south of Wheat Street, between Main and Sumter. There is a walkway through the middle of the Quad running between Main and Sumter, and the entrance to the Learning Center is off the walkway among four palmetto trees. Parking is most easily available on the top level of the Sumter Street parking garage (as you drive down the hill on Sumter, from Blossom toward Wheat, take the first driveway on your right). Some parking is also available along Sumter and Main streets. Three university parking lots are nearby, one on Main between Blossom and Wheat and the other two are off Sumter Street, farther down the hill (south) past the overhead bridge. CONTACT: Jason Craig, Assistant Director, 803-777-1994, email@example.com. David Whiteman Faculty Principal, Green Quad University of South Carolina Phone: 803-777-2093 www.GreenQuadCommunity.org You are receiving this because you are subscribed to the GRNQUADF listserv. to unsubscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org and include "SIGNOFF GRNQUADF" in the "subject" area. Thanks for your interest in building a sustainable future.
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