One of the primary missions of the ESD is to increase general awareness of particular environmental issues both among its constituents and other interested members of the Dartmouth community. Ecostews are informal dinner-discussions, held in the lounge of the Hinman dorm in the River, on Monday at 6:00 pm. Guest speakers include professors, faculity and local community leaders with knowledge about environmental issues of concern. The talks, while quite informal, are highly educational and thought-provoking. Ecostew gatherings generally evolve into interesting conversation about one of a variety of environmental topics that might be discussed by the particular speaker. ESD members prepare the dinners, which may range from homemade pizza, to cous-cous, to fajitas, but always stay within the bounds of "yummy."
GUEST SPEAKERS FROM ECOSTEWS PAST:
SPEAKERS FROM THIS TERM THUS FAR:
LIKELY SPEAKERS FOR ECOSTEWS OF THE FUTURE:
- Bill Hochstin; former head of Dartmouth Recycles
- Dana Meadows; columnist, author and professor
- Sami Izzo with the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste District in Norwich, a waste and recycling conissuer
- Jeanne Travers; Community Coordinator of the Upper Valley Land Trust
- Kate Read; Dartmouth graduate and former head of Hanover Co-op Education Department
- State Senator Ben Ptashnik of Norwich; founder of local environmental organization, Earthright, and history with VPIRG, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and other similar organizations
- Bob Walker; helped form Earthright, currently working on a campaign against the destructive copper mines in Strafford, Vermont.
- Susan Spencer; Dartmouth graduate and writer of environmental issues, also on public radio.
ESD recognizes that professors and other professional adults are not the only ones with good ideas and valuable information to share! That is why ESD holds pot-luck style Student Presentations. Many ESD members and other students have written excellent papers on environmental issues or conducted relevant research. Not only do the presentations take advantage of the resource of students already-completed and much toiled-over work, but they give students the opportunity to practice the valuable skill of public speaking. Effective communication is not only important in the professional arena, but in continuing and successful environmental activism.
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