GREEN RATTLER NEWS BRIEF - SEPTEMBER 28, 2015
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PLEASE NOTE CORRECTION BELOW: Student Farm Share distribution is every Wednesday from 11-12pm (not every day).
SPOTLIGHT: FAMU Farm Share Provides Healthy Food to Hungry Students

FAMU’s Student Health Services (SHS) is working hard to make sure no student has a hungry belly. All semester, every Wednesday from 11 am to noon, students can pick up a free bag containing fresh vegetables and fruits, as well as bread, yogurt, and milk, thanks to the Farm Share program. After 12pm anyone can pick up until everything is gone.

Each week, FAMU staff travel to nearby Quincy, Florida, to a regional farmers' market to pick up 1,500 - 2,500 pounds of food, which varies from week to week. On campus, a group of about 15-20 faculty and student volunteers make it happen. “This is a labor-intensive program, but it greatly benefits our students,” says Tanya Tatum, Director of Student Health Services. SHS also provides oatmeal at the coffee bar in the clinic waiting room during breakfast for any student who would like it.
 
If you would like to get involved with the Farm Share program, stop by the Office of Student Health Services (located in the Foote Hilyer Administration Building) and pick up a volunteer form at the front desk. For more information, please contact Ms. Tanya Tatum at 850-599-3777 or tanya.tatum@famu.edu.
ON CAMPUS
Green Coalition Plans Campus Clean Up
The Green Coalition is planning a campus litter clean-up Saturday, October 10th from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The goal of the event is to beautify the campus in preparation for homecoming. Display your Rattler pride by not littering. Help change the way your peers think about litter by getting out and actively doing something about it!  All students, organizations and community members are welcome to participate. Volunteers can earn 5 community service hours. Register here.
 
Innovative Sustainable Business Tool Available for Administrative Units
The Sustainability Institute is offering free access and training for the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS 1.2). GRITS is designed to help institutions better manage and analyze project-level energy efficiency, resource conservation, financial and carbon emission data. If your department is interested in learning more about this innovative business tool, contact the SI to learn more.

Fall Crop Field Day
FAMU’s Research Extension Center at Quincy is hosting a fall crop field day, Saturday, October 24 from 8 am to 5 pm. The day’s events include farm tours, workshops, and crop demonstrations geared to sharing information of interest to farmers. The event is free and includes lunch. Registration is on-site at 4259 Bainbridge Highway, Quincy, FL, 32359. For more information, call 850-599-3546.

Sustainability Course Inventory
The SI is working with departments to make sure students in nearly every discipline at FAMU have an opportunity to learn about the concepts and principles of sustainability. Several departments offer courses focused on sustainability while others expose students to the systems thinking approach of balancing social, economic and ecological priorities within their respective disciplines. A full sustainability course inventory is coming soon at http://sustainability.famu.edu/academic/teaching. Courses are self identified by faculty and reviewed by the Sustainability Institute for inclusion in the inventory. Faculty are invited to suggest a course for inclusion by submitting this form.

 
BEYOND CAMPUS
Travel to Paris for Free!

In December, hundreds of world leaders are gathering in Paris to discuss taking action to address Climate Change at COP21. Do you want to be part of the action on the ground?  Conergy, a global solar company, is looking for up to six students who want to attend COP21 in Paris this December (7th-12th) as Solar Ambassadors. Conergy will pay for 100% of the Solar Ambassors' expenses. Solar Ambassadors will focus their activities on solar-related journalism and activism to be posted on Conergy's blog. Apply here before Oct 1!

Grower's Market Every Wednesday, Rain or Shine! Noon to Dusk
Fresh Local organically grown veggies, and fruits, delicious local honey, cheeses, berries, lettuces, garlic, peas at beautiful Lake Ella (229 Lake Ella Drive). You'll also find wonderful falafel, delicious gourmet breads, gluten free brownies and cookies, fresh herbs, grass-fed meats, hot pepper sauces, preserves, mustard, local granola, pesto, pickled carrots, plants for planting, right flowers, hand-made soaps, loofahs, and more.  Now accepting SNAP EBT. Brought to you by the FAMU State Wide Small Farms Program. Contact jennifer.taylor@famu.edu for more info.

Internships at ReThink Energy Florida.
The following unpaid internship positions are open to students: Volunteer Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, Development Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Policy Coordinator, and Executive Assistant. Check it out here: http://rethinkenergyflorida.org/index.php/the-community/55
 
EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge.
A competition for undergraduate and graduate students to design a proposed green infrastructure project for a location on their campuses. Registration ends September 30. More information: www.epa.gov/campusrainworks
 
H&M Conscious Foundation Announces Global Change Award
The Global Change Award is looking for bold ideas that can shape the future of how fashion is designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled. It takes on one of the fashion industry's biggest challenges - to create fashion for a growing population, while reducing its environmental impact.
Five winners will share a grant of €1 million, and get access to a tailor-made innovation accelerator. Learn more here.

Climate Change Policy and Public Health MOOC
Massive Open Online Course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison to explore impact of human activities on climate change and public health and benefits of mitigation. This online course is free and runs from Nov. 9-Dec. 7. Sign up at: https://moocs.wisc.edu/mooc/climate-change-policy-and-public-health/
 
DOE Scholars Program
The DOE Scholars Program introduces student or recent college graduates to the US Department of Energy’s mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will have a competitive edge for familiarizing yourself with DOE function while showcasing your education, talent, and skills. Applications are open to a wide variety of majors and disciplines, and are due Dec. 15, so act fast! To apply or find out more info, visit: http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars.
EAT WHAT YOU BUY 
Most Americans buy more food than they eat. Food is the single largest and least-recovered waste stream in the United States. Each year, Americans throw away about one-fourth of all food purchases - at a retail value of $124 billion! Be careful to not overbuy and get creative with what’s in your refrigerator in order to save money and reduce waste. At the campus cafeteria, don't take more than you can eat and you will get a smile from the Metz staff who are wearing buttons promoting the “clean plate club”—meaning you take what you need and leave a clean plate. Eat well and be healthy!
Campus Clean Up Day - Saturday 10/10/15 @ 11:30am
Join the Green Coalition student group and other volunteers. Sign up at greencoalitionfamu@gmail.com.
 
Homecoming GameDay Recycling Challenge - Saturday, 10/17/15 @ 3pm 
Show your rattler pride as FAMU beats Delaware State and help to recycle to the max in a nationwide recycling competition.

Pathways to Professions in Ag - Thursday 10/22/15 Lawson Center
Not your mama's degree! Discover the world of career opportunities that open up to you with an agriculture degree.
Third Annual Science Saturday Festival - Saturday, 10/3/15
This ReThink Energy Florida sponsored event at Lake Ella hosts booths from various university, non-profit and government groups sharing about wildlife, astronomy, and more.
 
Frenchtown Heritage Fest - Saturday, 10/3/15
Celebrate the historic Tallahassee neighborhood’s culture, commerce, and community. Festival will take place at 400 Block of West Georgia Street. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/tallyfrenchtownmarket
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