Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recycled Art Sculpture Contest- Winners!

The Center for Environment & Society is pleased to announce the winners of the Recycled Art / Sculpture Contest:
1st place - "Juliper" (Coca Cola guitar) - Julia Erbe
2nd place - "Shelldon" (green turtle) - Chelsea Vetick
3rd place - "Colosseum" (stadium) Spencer Van Cise, Austin Yocum, Benjamin Longwell
Overall Most Green/OMG - "Leaning Tower of Platinum" - Casey Frische
Incoming SGA president Zach Pandl, professor Ricky Sears and professor Mark Wiest served on the Judges Panel. They awarded cash prizes ($25, $20, $15 for first through third place, respectively) during the campus Earth Day celebration on Friday, April 20th. The OMG winner garnered herbs from Redman Farms.
Student artworks were also on display during the Earth Day Festival & Mutt Strut in Downtown Chestertown on Saturday, April 21st. Chelsea Vetick staffed the CES booth and set up the recycled artworks next to Jacqueline Melvin's "Love is a Library" display. Sarah Giordano and Kathy Thornton created a College composting exhibit. SEA advisor Tara Holste promoted local foods and agriculture at her table.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sandor Katz and the Wonders of Krauting

Chestertown Spy: Sandor Katz and the Wonders of Krauting

Check out this article on the Chestertown Spy about Sandor Katz's demonstration during the Locavore Lit Fest.

CESs Briggs Cunningham in Chestertown Spy

Briggs Cunningham in Chestertown Spy

Briggs Cunningham of Washington College’s Center for the Environment and Society (CES) delivered a report on the Chestertown Government’s energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions for 2011 at this week’s Town Council meeting.

Earth Day Festival & Farmers Market

Earth Day Festival & Farmers Market
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fountain Park & Memorial Row

The annual Mutt Strut & Earth Day Festival is Saturday, April 21st, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in downtown Chestertown.
Festivities begin in Fountain Park with the Farmer's Market, live music, and dog walk registration. The walk itself starts at 10:00 AM and winds through the historic district before ending at the County Courthouse. Near the Episcopal Church and the old cannon, Memorial Row will transform into a pedestrian street fair with funnel cake, fish fry, hamburgers and hot dogs by Rose Green, crafters, eco-exhibitors, recycling displays and collections. Pet tricks and canine competitions that include a high jump, doggie limbo, musical sit, waggiest tail, longest tail, shortest tail, smallest dog, tallest dog, best slobber, look-alike and costume contest will take place on the Courthouse Lawn.
Events are sponsored by the Kent County Humane Society, the Town of Chestertown, and Washington College's Center for Environment & Society. "We join together to promote public parks, green spaces, and healthy land, air and water," says JoAnn Fairchild, who works for the College. "For our pets, our families and our future," she says, it is in the community's best interest to be a good steward of the Earth.

* 8:00 AM - exhibitors and vendors set up on Memorial Row
* 9:00 AM - mutt strut registration in Fountain Park
* 9:00-1:00 PM - music by Bob & Pam Ortiz, Rebecca Pitre & Friends, and other acts
* 10:00 AM - dog walk begins
* 10:30 AM - canine competitions on Courthouse lawn
* 1:00 PM - festival ends on a happy note

Mutt Strut is the spring fund-raiser solely for benefit of the Humane Society's animal shelter. Entry fee for Mutt Strut is $20 per dog. To promenade with a pooch, go to or call 410-778-3648 to register.
The Earth Day Festival is free and open to the public. Earth Day exhibitors and vendors may bring their own tables or reserve them through or 410-778-7295. The cost for an 8-foot table is $15, payable to Washington College CES on the day of the event. Please reserve your table by April 15th. In case of heavy rain, the Farmers Market will prevail but vendors and exhibitors will not set up their booths on Memorial Row.

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference

Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Conference

Graduates of the 2011 Chesapeake Semester successfully presented at the 72nd Annual Conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Baltimore on "Bays, Boundaries, and Borders." In attendance were Ashley Burdette, Zach Hall, Joseph Hemphill, Brendyn Meisinger, Zoe Newell, Kelly Kunsch, Rettie Duke, and Jeffery Sullivan.

Each of the eight presentations was inspired by group final projects completed last fall. At the start of the fall's Chesapeake Semester, students were divided into two groups addressing separate "umbrella" topics. Working within their respective groups they developed focus and individual research tracks supporting their assigned group topic. The first group developed research around the connection between "waterscapes and landscapes." The second group tackled "Edges," exploring the notion that the edge is the farthest point from the center.