Who we are:
WEED 101: Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense ("WEED") is the leading student sustainability organization at Wellesley College, which works to educate and engage our community (staff, students, faculty and administration) around issues of environmental sustainability. WEED promotes sustainable living in partenership with the Office of Sustainability and other green organizations on campus in encouraging both the administration and students to incorporate "green" habits, and works to push for meaningful change in pursuit of environmental sustainability through the use of direct action and education campaigns, on both the local (College and local community) and larger (global and national movements) scale.
How to get involved:
Come to one of our open meetings! We meet in the Lulu Wang Center on the 4th floor every Wednesday at 8pm. Also feel free to send us an email or Facebook message about a conference, presentation or movie screening nearby, or any questions you might have about our group, upcoming events, or how you can get involved or work with us!
President: Hana Bracale (email@example.com)
Vice-President: Alexis Corcoran
Treasurer: Hannah Hubard
Secretary: Riyah Singh
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Mission: To promote and enhance environmentally friendly practices on campus and demand the highest environmental integrity from the entire college community; include all students, faculty, staff, union members, and the administration of the College community in improving Wellesley’s environmental reputation; educate all members of the Wellesley College community about our environmental initiatives and the changes in environmental health and policy in the world as a whole; and support and collaborate with environmental organizations and efforts on and outside Wellesley's campus.
1. To build awareness and educate our campus community on global and local sustainability issues: through awareness campaigns, lectures, conferences and by connecting groups and individuals on campus with national initiatives for change, such as the 2014 Climate March in NYC, letter writing campaigns to politicians, and other relevant activism and political engagement.
2. To actively work towards making Wellesley College, and it's community, a pioneer for sustainable practice. ّWe work to support direct changes which reduce the environmental impact of our community. Recognizing that Universities are very environmentally unsustainable institutions, we work to both implement habitual changes (such as supporting and making easier sustainable practices, such as recycling, using reusable water bottles, using digital or hardcover texts rather than printouts, etc.) and to push for systematic change at Wellesley. Through a combination of awareness campaigns, engagement with student government and administration, and infrastructural management, we work to create and advocate policy changes and decisions which reduce our environmental impact.
3. Creating a community for Sustainably-minded people at Wellesley. We work with numerous groups across campus to consider the trans-disciplinary nature of environmental sustainability, and within our group try to empower students to think critically and find a way to translate the deep empathy many have for the world into a constructive, idealistic and grounded prospective. We aim, through group events, discussions, and projects to empower the students who are interested in Environmental sustainability to face these issues, with the optimism and resolve which only comes from grappling with these incredibly difficult issues and learning from peers.