This organization came out of the general observation that very few people at Dartmouth knew the ins and outs of recycling, composting, energy conservation, and local environmental issues in a place where many of us spend four years of our lives. This knowledge was held in the Dartmouth Recycles! office and the Environmental Studies Division, buried in numerous Environmental Studies 50 reports, and tucked away in the nooks and crannies of Dartmouth. Some basic information about the recycling was posted on Dartmouths web page, but for the most part, it was hard to understand how Dartmouth deals with waste.
During the dark days of the '98 winter several ESD members undertook a pilgrimage to Hinman cabin to divine an answer to the question "How can one raise the environmental consciousness of Dartmouth students?"
They came bearing the painful observation that very few people at Dartmouth understood the ways of recycling, composting, energy conservation, and local environmental issues in a place renown for its high levels of learning and academic awareness.