activism

Check out these selfies of ETF members!

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’s meeting (03/09) will be a service event!

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.

 

Great meeting, check out pics of the Greenhouse planting!

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 (afoakwa1@umbc.edu) 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 (limari1@umbc.edu) 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 (jasmin4@umbc.edu) 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 (humonh1@umbc.edu) 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.

First Meeting Tomorrow (02/09)!

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.

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Join ETF at the RecycleMania 2015 Kick-Off Fair!

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.

UMBC’s Goals

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.

Click here to read more…

There will be

FOOD!
bike blender, popcorn, cotton candy and more!
FUN!
games, groups, photo booth, and more!
MUSIC!
pep band and drum circle!
GIVEAWAYS!
temporary tattoos, water bottles, t-shirts and more!

ETF MEETING TOMORROW (10/13) at NOON IN COMMONS 318!

Hey ETF,

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.

Check out these beautiful pics of Team Air on their 9/27 Watershed Cleanup and 9/28 English ivy Removal service trips!

See you soon 🙂

 

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Global Water Brigades August 2015 Service Trip

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!

If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, fill out their quick membership form, check out their informational PowerPoint and email Bianca with any questions at mcorpuz1@umbc.edu!

Help Environment Maryland petition at UMBC on 9/17

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 afoakwa1@umbc.edu 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.

Hello World!

EForce Unite!

UMBC’s Environmental Task Force was founded by five students interested in environmental protection and activism. If you’re looking for a club that actively gives their service to local environmental organizations such as Parks & People, the Baltimore Aquarium or the Maryland Science Center, then you’ve found it!

Starting September 6th, join us every other Friday, during free hour in the Math and Psych building, room 102. Be prepared for an academic year full of service projects and environmental activism!

Will you be the difference this year?