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Meeting Notes: October 12

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Meeting Notes: September 21

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Q&A with “CAPTAIN PLANET” Exec. Producers!

Join “Captain Planet” Co-Creator Barbara Pyle and Exec. Producer Nick Boxer for a fan Q&A session where YOU ask the questions!!

This Saturday at 3PM Eastern on Reddit AMA – Go Planet!

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Kent State Planeteers Gearing Up for New Semester!

Hey everyone!

Classes are back in session and now that everyone’s back in town it’s time to start planning Planeteer events for the Fall.

The goal of the group is to create local programs and activities to encourage the personal responsibility of everyone to create a cleaner, healthier and sustainable world.
Last Spring, the group worked with Oceana to host a “Stop the Drill” campaign promoting offshore wind energy and plan to work with Oceana again this fall.

We’re looking for new students (and even interested community members) to build our group of planetary stewards.

Visit our, About Us, page to learn more and have a look through our meeting notes. You can also join us on Facebook for a chat;

Akron Planeteers Group

Kent State Planeteers Page

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An interesting little article on “NewspaperWood” — Great idea!


For over a year now we’ve been writing about newspaper bags along with the people and organizations who work with them.  We’ve also written about how newspapers are used in other forms of recycling.   I have recently come upon an additional “closed loop” use for this ubiquitous material.

Dutch designer Mieke Meijer in collaboration with design label Vij5 has created a product called NewspaperWood.  The material has the potential to put a portion of newspaper discarded daily into an up-cycle system bringing paper closer to the wood from which it’s made.

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Paws in the Park: Dog Walk to benefit the Portage APL

Portage Animal Protective League 

Saturday June 23
Streetsboro City Park
9:45 – Check in at Pavilion
10:00 am – Walk begins

Bring your family and dog to Streetsboro’s 6th annual Paws in the Park!

This is a dog walk to benefit the Portage Animal Protective League (PAPL). You and your dog will be asked to donate a minimum of $10.00. All proceeds will go directly to the PAPL. We will meet at the pavilion in City Park. The walk will be approximately 1 mile. All dogs must be on leashes at all times. Each dog will receive a gift courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus. Certificates will be given for fastest tail wag, loudest bark, softest fur, longest tail, shortest legs and most behaved.

See PAPL on Facebook!

330-626-3802 or 330-296-4022

Sign up in advance by stopping in or calling the Parks and Recreation office.

$10.00 Donation

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Volunteer Opportunities in the Kent, Ohio area

The Autism Society of Ohio, Greater Akron

is proud to sponsor and host the Lose the Training Wheels Program. This is a 5-day camp that teaches individuals (8 years and up) with disabilities to ride a 2 wheel conventional bicycle without training wheels. In order to make this program a success, we are seeking 80 volunteers to serve as spotters for our 40 campers.

When: July 30th – Aug 3rd

Where: Copley High School Auxiliary Gym

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age with their own transportation, able to attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training Session on Sunday, July 29th at 4pm at Copley High School and be willing to get some exercise for a great cause! Great opportunity to volunteer as a group, team or family as well!

For more information, please send an email to lttwakron@gmail.com or click here to DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM.

Movers & Groovers 2012

are seeking volunteers to help freshman move in on August 23rd. Perks of being a Mover & Groover include: a free t-shirt, if you live on campus you will be able to move in on August 22nd (free of charge, and you will have an opportunity to advertise your organization to first year students! Feel free to register online at: kic.kent.edu/moversgroovers. For more information email Andy Sokolich, ksumoversandgroovers@gmail.com.

Campus Kitchen at Kent State University

will meet tomorrow (Wednesday, June 20) at 12:30pm in the Beall Hall Kitchen (2nd floor). Help cook meals for guests at Kent Social Services and Center of Hope! Can’t make it on Wednesdays? Contact Jessica Kalar at jkalar@kent.edu or Lisa Hofer@kent.edu for information on other volunteer and learning opportunities associated with the kitchen. Join the Campus Kitchen and the Nutrition Outreach Program on Saturdays at the Haymaker Farmers Market – Franklin St. in Kent. We are cooking and educating.

Seeking Leaders for Freshman Day of Service!!

We are looking for folks to serve as leaders for several groups of new Kent State students during a day of community service on August 25th! You’ll have the opportunity to meet new students, serve our community, enjoy a free lunch, and learn more about KSU and activities that will assist new Kent Staters transition into their new home-away-from-home.

For more information contact please contact Ann Gosky with any questions at agosky@kent.edu. Sign up to be a Freshman Day of Service leader today!

Interested in becoming a Student Service Leader?

Student Service Leaders are committed to working with others to provide meaningful service opportunities while gaining leadership and professional development. The expectations and application are attached. Please email Liz Bosworth, eboswort@kent.edu, or Nichelle Shuck, nshuck@kent.edu.

The Annual Volunteer Fair

will take place on Thursday, September 13th 2012 from 11:00am until 2:00pm in the KSU Student Center. Student Organizations (with a service component) and Community Partners will have the opportunity to have a table during the even– keep an eye out for more details regarding the registration process.

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Update from Oceana (We made it to 2nd place in the country!)

Job well-done Planeteers! But, never fear there’s plenty more work to be done next semester.

Find out more about the petition and sign the online petition to Stop the Drill!

The email I received…

I wanted to reach out to say hello and thank you again for your help with our spring photo petition drive. Your event was one of the most successful in the country. Our records indicate that you collected 141 photo petitions, with 137 coming out fully usable for us. That’s really fantastic! Only Lafayette in Pennsylvania produced more than Kent State did (Lafayette gathered 166). Coming in second in the country (out of several dozen schools) is pretty awesome: you should guys should be proud of a job very well done.

Attached is a sample of how they will look when we turn them in to your senators and the Obama administration. I only included one page from your event (your event is 15 pages: too long to email!). We’re going to divide them all up by state before turning over to the Senate, and of course they will be combined with the thousands of other photos we have received from across the country.

It is extremely likely that we’ll still be working on this photo petition drive in the fall, so we would be very interested in coordinating with you again in the coming months.

Thanks again for your incredible help.

Here’s what the pages will look like in the presentation to Congress….

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Check out The Soulsby Farm’s article on Building a Worm Farm!

Two Barn Farm

Step by Step Instructions on how to build your very own Worm Composting Bin. This is a 5 minute project. I completed it in 3 minutes with a cold beer in one hand. You can buy worms locally or from several sources online. I purchased 2lbs of Red Wigglers online for $29.99.

Here’s all you need:
2 Rubbermaid  tubs (or cheap knock-off like these) or some old 5 gal buckets.
2 blocks (in this case a couple 2×4 pieces)
Shredded Paper (I find that worms like bill  collection letters the best)
Kitchen Scraps (no meat or dairy products just veggies)
Crushed egg shells (provide calcium)
Cheerios and coffee grounds (with filter)
Worms (Red Wigglers or Eisenia foetida, are the best compost worms)
Drill (2 bits 1/8″ and 1/4″)

Step 1: Drill 1/8″ holes in the top (for oxygen) and 1/4″ holes in the bottom for worm juices. In…

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