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The Price of Sugar: How Much is Too Much

The International House hosted a screening of the film “The Price of Sugar” and followed it with a discussion panel. Panelists included faculty and staff from several departments. Leah Green, Professor of Environmental Studies and English and Laura Henry-Stone, Post-Doctoral Fellow of Environmental Studies were among those discussing how the United State’s sugar protectionism factors into the living conditions of the Haitian sugar cane cutters and the idea that the free trade of sugar could be a possible solution. The mission of the International House is to promote international learning by facilitating interaction and communication between students and members of the W&L community.

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Mackenzie Brown Inducted Into Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society founded at W&L in 1914, held its annual inductions as part of the convocation ceremony.  ODK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship.

Mackenzie Elise Brown of Kingwood, W.Va, ’09, Environmental Studies major, along with twenty-six other students, both law and undergraduate, as well as two local community members were inducted at the convocation on Monday, Jan 19, at 11:45 a.m. in Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University.

Campus Sustainability Week at W&L Kicks Off with Concert

Campus Sustainability Week at Washington and Lee University, Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, is an educational and awareness event to bring sustainability to the forefront of the consciousness of W&L students, faculty and staff and the Lexington/Rockbridge community. All events are open to the public.

Earth Day 2008

On April 22, 2008 Washington and Lee celebrated Earth Day along with the Virginia Native Plant Society, the Program in Environmental Studies, the Student Environmental Action League, and the Outing Club, highlighting native plants, the W&L back campus garden and treading lightly on nature.

Fifty pumpkin, zucchini, summer squash and cucumber seeds were planted at the back campus garden table during the Earth Day. Members of the classes of ’08, ’09, ’10, and ’11, as well as, faculty and staff from Teacher Education, Public Safety, Religious Life, Greek Life, English Dept, Anthropology Dept, the Business Office, Environmental Studies, the Law School, Portuguese Dept, Journalism Dept, the Sheperd Poverty Program, Religion Dept, University Computing and WLUR participated.

The plants have spent two weeks in the University greenhouse and are now ready to plant in the back campus garden. Dr. Bill Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Biology, is coordinating the planting which will take place the week of May 12-16.

The Conference on the Ecological Dimensions of Biofuels

On March 10th, 2008, this conference explored the ecological dimensions of biofuels production and identified management strategies and research opportunities to ensure their sustainability. 350 attendees heard invited presentations by leading scientists on:

  • sustainable development and use of biofuels;
  • social, biogeographic, land use, and biodiversity considerations; and,
  • ecological dimensions of alternatives for crop selection and production, harvest and transport of product to refinery, and refining of liquid fuels and other co-products.

The conference concluded with an evening social featuring additional poster presentations and opportunities for attendees to network with presenters and others working in this important field.

Washington and Lee University students and faculty who attended include Dr. James Kahn, Dr. Bill Hamilton, Clarice Bayer, Christina Ballisteri, Maria Albuja, Louise Brooks, Abel Delgado, Michael Thompson, and Yan Yan.

Powershift 2007

On November 2, 2007, thousands of young adults converged on Washington, D.C. for Power Shift 2007, the first national youth summit to address the climate crisis. Youth of all backgrounds used their experience from local and state level climate change movements to create a fresh, positive, and inspiring vision of the future, one focused on their potential to overcome the challenges of the 21st century, build a clean energy economy, achieve energy independence, create millions of green jobs, increase global equity, and revitalize the American economy. The conference took place over three days, followed by a ‘lobby day’ where almost 3000 young adults went to Congress and lobbied their representatives to support their goals.