DoGooder and Upstate NY liberal arts undergrad, Nora Grenfell, explores environmental initiatives in education. This week, she discusses how schools are embracing outdoor orientation programs.
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of college? For most current students and alumni, it’s probably cramming in the library until the early hours of the morning, or cheering at a sports game, or even the façade of your first dorm. What about scaling the tallest peak in the Adirondack mountain range, or tending livestock at a farm in Vermont? According to a recent article in the Boston Globe , these types of experiences are becoming more and more common in higher education.
We can’t wait until the leaves change and NYC looks like this.
Peek into TheDoGooder.com offices: School Outreach Coordinator, Caitlin Mulkeen, celebrating her birthday in the office with a yummy Crumbs red velvet cupcake. Happy Birthday Caitlin!!
The Rev. James Cooper went first, walking with a long, white ribbon of remembrance into the rain and tying it to the wrought iron fence outside St. Paul’s Chapel. Ten years ago nearly every inch of that fence was covered with Teddy bears, banners, framed pictures and cards. Now it would sport only ribbons, with handwritten messages of sadness and hope.
“It gives people an outward way of expressing what’s inside, to physically write something and tie it there,” said Cooper, the rector of Trinity Wall Street whose own message was both a prayer of remembrance for the dead and a thanksgiving for the volunteers, many of whom dedicated themselves for months to the comfort of recovery workers inside the chapel.
“I think we can remember the evil, and the horror comes to mind, but that’s actually the aberration of the human spirit,” Cooper said. “The human spirit is about those who tied ribbons of love and remembrance and came and served and worked. That’s the essence of humanity.”
The church ordered 30,000 of the white ribbons, imprinted with the words “Remember to Love.”
State of TheDoGooder: CEO Marc Ozburn announces TheDoGooder.com’s “Be The Change” Challenge. All registered schools have the opportunity to win $2,500!!!
Quote of the Day: We can’t get caught up in the finger pointing game … As long as we are one nation under God then we have to find one solution because we do have one destiny.
Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker
On Tuesday, Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe urged Japan’s new prime minister to cease plans to restart nuclear power plants and instead abandon nuclear energy.
“The new prime minister seems to think that nuclear power plants are necessary for Japan’s economy, and how to resume their operation is one of his key political agendas,” Oe said. “We must make a big decision to abolish all nuclear plants.”
Quote of the Day: This is what I tell young women who ask me for career advice. People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. “You’re up for a promotion. If they go for a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara.” Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.
Obama pulls back proposed smog standards
President Obama overruled the Environmental Protection Agency Friday morning by pulling back proposed new national smog standards. The abrupt action stops the EPA’s efforts to compel states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution in the coming years or face federal penalties. Obama’s move represented a win for the business community, which had lobbied to postpone new restrictions on ground-level ozone-known as smog-until 2013 in light of the current economic crisis.