This year, Project Handprint is focusing on agriculture. Check out what Wellesley professors, staff and students are up to right here on campus!
Regeneration Student Farm strives to farm organically, advocates food justice, and raises consciousness of sustainable agriculture in our communities.
Slow Food Wellesley is a student organization that works under the tenets of the International Slow Food Movement by promoting good, clean and fair food. These themes motivate them to learn about, communicate and explore the complex food issues of our day.
Sustainability Cooperative (SCoop) residents focus on ways to reduce their environmental footprint in effective and practical ways: they cook their own meals from sustainably grown food, and strive to reduce energy and water usage. Additionally, SCoop plans outreach programs to cultivate a culture of environmentalism on Wellesley’s campus, and serves as a community space for programs with a similar focus.
El Table is a student-run cooperative café located in the basement of Founders that serves sandwiches, salads, soups, and snacks. El Table seeks to give its customers natural and organic choices where possible, from companies with sustainable business practice.
Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense (WEED) is an organization that works to address campus-wide environmental issues in order to lessen Wellesley’s impact on the environment. WEED argues for the adoption and implementation of and environmental policy that would require Wellesley to commit to demanding the highest environmental integrity from the entire college community; to educate all members of the Wellesley College community about our environmental initiatives and changes in environmental policy in the world; and to be involved in activism to bring about changes in policy.
Campus Projects and Activities
The Edible Ecosystem Teaching Garden is a designed plant community that mimics the properties of a natural ecosystem but produces food and other products useful to humans with a minimum of maintenance.
Professor Dan Brabander is Associate Professor of Geosciences at Wellesley, where his research focuses on environmental geochemistry, health, and the quantification of toxic metal exposure pathways in the built environment, and consequences for urban agriculture. Dan has partnered with The Food Project to research lead contamination in compost used in urban gardens, and has presented and published research in collaboration with his Wellesley students. Listen to Dan discuss his research in a recent NPR interview.
The Wellesley Engineering Laboratory (We-Lab) encourages all students at Wellesley College to explore engineering. Just as an effective engineer requires outstanding communication skills, a liberal arts major can be far more influential in her discipline if she understands the technical aspects of worldwide challenges such as energy, hunger, and medicine. We-Lab gives all students at the college the opportunity to develop engineering habits of mind and to understand the role technology has to play in improving our world. We-Lab emphasizes the role of technology as a humanitarian endeavor, addressing needs of under-served populations internationally and locally. We-Lab was founded by Wellesley’s first engineering faculty member, and fellow handprinter Amy Banzaert!