Meeting notes (9/3) + preview (9/10)

September 6, 2009 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

Thurs, Sept 3 meeting. 5-6 of us (me, Julie, Mariah, Erin, Claire, Josh) gathered around a table in the Chem lounge last Thursday. I offered a more structured Green Science Project than last year’s group — 10-15 minute weekly presentations, the rest social/discussion time — and asked for suggestions as to topics we might discuss. I loosely characterized suggested topics as either Eco-Cool Stuff or Eco-Disasters. Here’s what popped out:

Cool stuff

  • composting toilets
  • water desalination
  • microbes in landfills
  • bioswales
  • Beijing Olympics


  • geo-engineering
  • clear cutting
  • melting glaciers
  • Superfund sites
  • landfills

Not bad! I’m sure more ideas will emerge as we go along, but we’ll definitely try to tackle a lot of these. Which brings me to the next issue: boosting participation. Everyone agreed that it would be nice to have more people in the group. Here are some of the steps that we are going to take:

  • Mariah – advertising the group (also searching the IMC for relevant DVDs)
  • Claire – signator
  • Erin – provide a presence for us at the Friday fair (that was two days ago)
  • Julie – continue to email our stuff to the Env Chem class

I have received some emails from other students who couldn’t make the Thursday lunch meeting and so I’ll try to find another meeting time that could accommodate more people. Stay tuned.

Next meeting: Thurs (Sept 10), noon, Chem 402. Topic: How I’m Killing the Planet (by spewing out huge quantities of greenhouse gases). This might be a good lead-in to geo-engineering in the following week(s).


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