We will also be holding elections on April 27th in Commons 328. More information about this great opportunity to be a leader on our campus will be given at the meeting. But heads up, to run for an officer position you must be have been an active ETF member in either one of the fall or spring semesters.
Today we succesfully placed recycling labels on bins throughout Academic buildings on campus. These buildings include the Albin O. Kuhn Library atrium, Meyerhoff Chemistry Building, Biological Sciences Building, Mathematics/Psychology Building, Sherman Hall, Sondheim Hall, Administration, ITE, Engineering, Fine Arts Building and the PAHB. Check out our selfies below!
We’ll definitely be doing this again in the upcoming months. Also, get ready for BoxMania this Thursday on Erickson Field. ETF members will be there all day to help with the Fort construction, if interested in volunteering please email Sheena.
BoxMania is part of UMBC’s RecycleMania- an effort to promote increased recycling and decreased waste on campus!
Who: UMBC’s facilities, sustainability and eco-ambassadors are partnering with student groups, departments, and more to build BoxMania, a RecycleMania promotion effort!
What: Recycled cardboard boxes will be used to construct a unique UMBC Box Fort
Why: To raise awareness on the amount of cardboard waste generated, to generate excitement, collaboration and creativity around the issues of waste and recycling, and to generate involvement in the RecycleMania Competition
When: The BoxMania Fort Party will take place on Thursday, March 12th. Volunteers will build the fort on March 12th between 9am and 5pm.
Where: Erickson Field, UMBC
Tomorrow we’ll be meeting briefly at NOON in Commons 328 to gather and receive instructions before breaking out into teams to update the sticker labels on the recycling and waste bins around campus! We are doing this to help promote sustainability on our campus. The first team to make it back to the room after getting to the buildings assigned to them will receive a special prize!
Please be on time, we’ll be leaving the room at 12:15p.
It was nice seeing you all at our first meeting, those who were present and signed up for a Team, you should be hearing from your Team leader fairly soon, if you haven’t already! Our next general body meeting is March 9th at NOON in Commons 328. If you would like to host a table with us on at noon March 2nd just email your Team leader and let he/she know you’re interested – a final email regarding that will be going out in a few weeks!
For those who missed our first meeting this Monday, this semester we have four teams completing different service projects. Read below to find out some introductory information on the teams, and know that you can certainly sign up for more than one team:
Team Air, led by Sheena (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be collaborating with Team Water and Eco-Ambassadors for the remainder of February and the first weeks of March due to the winter weather. Then starting in late march, they will be volunteering with Patapsco Heritage Greenway completing tree plantings and stream cleanups.
Team Water, led by Arielle (email@example.com) will be adopting a stream on campus and maintaining its quality, as well as visiting the Baltimore Aquarium and participating in conservation events.
Team Earth, led by Jasmine (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be meeting monthly; as well as working together to maintain our food plot within the UMBC Garden as need be.
Team Fire, led by Humon (email@example.com) will be working together to plan, collaborate and assist in service projects and events.
ETF is always looking for ambitious students who feel that they can take on a leadership position. If you want a more hands-on role in the organization then join Team Fire, email Humon if interested.
We have a lot of fun service projects planned for the Spring. Join us tomorrow at NOON in Commons 328 for brownies, cupcakes and tea as we get pumped for the semester! Meetings are on the second Monday of every month, so don’t miss this first one. We will be sharing information about the organization, as well as how YOU can get involved.
Meet with us on Commons Mainstreet from 11:30am-1pm this Thursday (02/05).
What is RecycleMania?
RecycleMania is a competition between universities- to achieve the highest recycling rates and waste rates over 8 weeks. For more information about the competition visit recyclemaniacs.org.
In 2014 UMBC was ranked in the top 100 of 273 participating universities and we want to continue towards the top of the heap. To accomplish this Sustainability Coordinators on campus are raising awareness, improving signage and labeling, and hosting events and competitions. We are seeking partnerships with all aspects of campus including faculty, staff, clubs, residence halls, frats, and other student orgs will be participating over the course of the competition to promote sustainability on campus.
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Monday’s meeting will be our last one of this semester until we resume classes next Spring. This meeting will be filled with a lot of activity so come on time! In celebration of the hard work and commitment you’ve shown this Fall, we’ll be having a potluck. We will be initiating the filming of a short-video for Recycle For Real at this meeting. The video will show us supporting the legislation for a 100% refundable deposit on beverage containers, and will be uploaded on YouTube before the end of this year. The plan is to send the video, along with a typed letter to our Governor as well as the rest of the Maryland General Assembly.
Bring your friends and your food, hope to see you there!
We have our second meeting tomorrow! Feel free to bring your friends and your lunch as we discuss with Recycle For Real‘s Field Coordinator, Emily Brandon, on ways to increase recycling and reuse in Maryland!
Be prepared to join in on the conversation, as well as to receive updates on Teams Air, Earth, Water and (new) Fire.
See you soon 🙂
Global Water Brigades at UMBC are planning a service trip to Ghana in August 2015. Volunteers will be working in a few rural communities building infrastructures to collect and filter rain water to use during dry seasons. These communities need access to clean water; as a volunteer you will be meeting with community members, children and families to empower them by educating them on the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene!
Help Environment Maryland collect signatures for EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal next Wed (09/17) at 1pm. If you’re available and interested, email Sheena at firstname.lastname@example.org before NOON this Sunday! Feel free to invite your friends too!
Environment Maryland is a citizen based environmental advocacy group working towards global warming solutions. EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal wants to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30% by 2030. Until October 16th, Environment Maryland will be working on gathering as many public comments as they can in support of this.