12 December 2010

Last House Meeting of the Semester

Missing: Poppy, Xilo, Anya, Tomas, Berkeley, Nellen, Elizabeth


  • close it up for the winter, break up soil, cover it up w/ cardboard
  • Wednesday or Thursday
  • help Liam!


  • clear out perishables
  • clean out drawers, make it a 2 person chore
  • shopping for less food

  • $20 this week

  • Another sustainable house: make a petition over break, get signatures and give them to Housing

21 November 2010

House Meeting 11/21/10

Missing: Poppy, Anya, Nora, Elizabeth


  • go shopping Monday
  • try for 10:00 Sunday meeting
  • 10 mins of dishes/ kitchen cleaning worked well
  • Jeamme, Dahlia, Xilo staying here
  • make sure kitchen’s clean before leaving
  • last week we went over, Shannon won’t pay for a couple weeks
  • Xcel document of who pays?
  • lock doors while on break

14 November 2010

House Meeting 11/14/10

Missing: Jeamme, Dahlia, Shannon

$25 this week


  • save till Friday instead of Thursday

Food shopping:

  • Fairway, rice cakes from A& P
  • heartier bread


· Nellen can volunteer, we need to hear from woman in charge

· last week to get vegetables


  • kitchen was nasty
  • don’t fill sink with dishes? space to do them

Staying for T-giving:

Jeamme and Xilo

Fire safety crap:

Hide your stuff!

07 November 2010

Meeting Notes Nov 7 2010

Missing: Beryl, Nora

1. Money and Food:
this week $25, ran low on food this week; essential things; fairway; less treats, more essentials;
staples: bread, milk, egg, cheese, rice cake, peanut butter, butter, tomatoes, jam, flour, onions, garlic, coffee, (tea), nuts and dried berries, veggies (csa), yogurt
liam- apple butter
2. Tea: Darjeeling or duke of earl, kava?
3. Shopping Vans:
a. Berk- Tuesday after 1:30
Wed between 330-7
b. Anya Wed before 1
c. dahlia wed before 12:30, 3:30-7
d. operations talk to mo about van
4. shopping this week:
a. Anya and Shannon with Hazel’s car: $5 for gas
b. CSA:
i. Volunteer: next Monday, Nellen’s going next Monday 3-6, Xilo and Berk may be able to go;
ii. Food: Berk is going with Lenna
5. Dishes: Dahlia noticed dishes built up but not as bad; Shannon says Xilo is rock star; Xilo- kitchen now, not dishes
6. Cleaning: Tomas looking for pots and saw in cabinet there’s some residue, bacteria substance; add cupboard chore
7. Common Room Quiet Hours: not observed this week
8. Table: got a table for living room; Berk and Xilo got table
9. Slonim Green and Future Events: Submitted budget for $300 event in living room, perhaps slo living room, maybe next semester, not here; excited about their event, maybe we can give a few hands and support it; last week of nov and first week of dec;
10. Winter Event: hot chai and snacks; perhaps don-prof dinner, wine, second semester; Tea and Jam event, potluck, low key, cider; December maybe
11. Science barge: next semester ; Taylor Roof: Tuesday between 1:30 and 3:30 perhaps

24 October 2010

House Meeting 10/24/10

Missing: Elizabeth

Event Clean-up:

  • give AVI back their stuff
  • don’t leave stuff caked on!
  • big scary bean pot….


  • rides?
  • need more staples/ bulk stuff:



  • CSA- volunteering, Shannon for details (Berkeley is going)
  • Stop-N-Shop DOES have local/organic.
  • $20 noon tomorrow
  • Dahlia, Nora going on Wednesday-ish

Slonim People:

  • “Wild Man” Steve Brill
  • Invite people from the Slonim FH to tell them how we do things for dinner?
  • possibly next Sunday at 7 pm, potluck with an e-mail invite or Facebook

Post- Event Discussion:

  • make more of a clean-up plan next time around, have hourly sign-up system for cleaning
  • went really well!!!
  • distribute work more evenly next time so that cooking coordinator doesn’t have to do so much (maybe they don’t cook next time?)
  • coordinate people’s schedules better, make sure people can work together at the same time
  • next time not have an event after Study Days
  • over 100 people!
  • earlier on in the year because it was cold
  • set time earlier in the day so that people can be outside
  • Spring event?
  • co-sponsorship with PETA barbecue- we can get more funding that way
  • ID-taking system rocked! and make them do their dishes while they’re at it.


  • bushes overgown, prune them?
  • ECO meeting tomorrow in Black Squirrel
  • Nellen- schedule for this week

Warren Green Community Dinner

It was a night of folk music, party dresses, and more beans than we could ever handle.

20 October 2010

House Meeting 10/20/10

House Meeting 10/20/10

Absent: Nellen, Liam

Shopping/ Money:

  • for Friday first, then for house at the same time if there’s time
  • week’s delay for van licenses… grrr.
  • money by tonight in jar- $20
  • money for event: full funding! Dahlia fronting money.


  • people- sign up for work duty!
  • everything but clean-up taken, we’ll all chip in
  • other Mead Way houses okay with us using their kitchens, we use our own stuff
  • numbers of people to contact to get into houses
  • use pots/pans from AVI?
  • tables from AVI or College Events
  • give your ID and get a bowl
  • Knife demonstration by Jeamme!

Clean-up for Guests:

  • common room cleaned for guy tomorrow

10 October 2010

House Meeting 10/10/10

Missing: Liam


-Menu: roasted root vegetables, pumpkin, squash, etc. + bean stew, rice, salads, fruit crisp

apple pie?

-use other ovens on Mead Way

-need people to sign up for cooking, $400 budget

-decorations: wax leaves

-bands (Liam’s, or others), Anya in charge of getting in touch with musicians


-still in progress, we did wine instead


-dishes did not get done on the weekend….

-Do ‘em, people!

-dishwasher demo!

-super-auto dishwasher setting is unnecessary, auto will do it

-wash knives immediately, try to reuse utensils

-put away clean dishes the next day?


-put dates on take-out food, if it’s over two weeks throw it away

-put labels on food containers

Mug Hoarding:

Stop doing it, people!

October Study Days:

Who’s going to be here? Make list of people to calculate food costs etc.

-dropped from 13 to 8, and Shannon’s sister

-buy more this week so that there’s food left over for when people come back next week

-people staying put in $25-30

Van Drivers’ Licenses:

-those who aren’t terrified of driving should get them

-CSA pick-up on Monday: Xilo/Nellen?

Sustainability SLC:

-Friday B week

-Salvage Drive, more locations

-they’re trying to get a Sustainability Coordinator, going through process of getting one

-AVI on agenda to commit to local ingredients, recycle, compost, treat workers well

-student position to make sure AVI is fulfilling their contract

-Eli’s composting: Warren is supposed to be the only compost facility

-ZipCar for students

-Energy audit on campus: only managed to completely audit Warren Green

-Yonkers community for energy- film students interested in petitioning Yonkers local government

-have Slonim Faculty House over for dinner

-climate pledge not being fulfilled, trying to make it be


-take cat here?


-cold rooms all the time, but don’t use until it really is cold

-get a spaceheater for Dahlia, rug to insulate the floor, window coverings


-create spaces to talk about how we got interested in the environment

-we live here, but we don’t really talk about it

-liason with Eco-Club (Black Squirrel every other Monday), joint-sponsorship


-those who are leaving for Oct. study days take out stuff if there's anything of theirs in the boxes, those staying can throw them out


-Berkeley, maybe Nellen

*-change shopping day to Sunday!*

-figure out the rest after October Study Days

04 October 2010

Pumpkin Soup!!!

The coziest autumn rainy-night soup. Ever.

Made by our wonderful Nora and Elizabeth!


1 tablespoon unsalted butter
½ tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon powdered ginger
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Nutmeg, to taste

dried thyme

chili flakes
3 cups water (or less)
¾ cup milk mixed with yogurt
3 cups pureed cooked pumpkin

onions and garlic


1. SauteƩ onions and garlic in olive oil until transparent.

2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir with a wooden spoon until thick and light golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add sugar, salt, ginger, pepper, and nutmeg; stir to incorporate.

3. Add water and cream; bring to a boil over high heat, whisking constantly. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until smooth.

4. Heat until warmed through, adjust seasonings, and serve.

*Also, it's super-delicious served with sweet cornbread.

03 October 2010

Meeting Notes Oct. 3rd

Anya gets her van-driving license this week!


- Facilitator = responsible for making sure that the chore schedule is filled

- Everyone does 2 hrs of either cooking or dishwashing in addition to other chores you sign up for (to avoid the problem of some chores being left blank)


- Two people to volunteer as part of being a 3:00 – 6:50 on Monday (Nellen for the following Monday, and someone else)

- Berkeley pick up this Monday


- Pay Berkeley for Gas for last week

- Buy coffee from TJs

- 20 dollars - $150 for groceries

o Soy milk

o Yogurt

o Bread

o Cheese

o Running list on the fridge

o Surface cleaner?

Utilize Bates


- Write on the fridge: Dish, how much you need, and list of what ingredients are, and price

- Figure out what we’re making

- Roasted veggies? Pasta? Beans?

Budget Meeting Monday

- Talk about ordering tea


- Pull money for it separately

- All loose leaf

- Look at the website Elizabeth e-mailed with us


- Let it produce until it doesn’t, and then plant a cover crop (too late for cold frame)

- Cover crop – winter rye

- Ask about combination to the shed (Elizabeth)


- Everyone who wants in slip $5 under Berkeley’s door

SLC Democrats at the black squirrel Tuesday at 6

26 September 2010


Title: Educating for Sustainability: Lecture by Rosina Bierbaum on "The Changing Climate for Development"


Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Calendar: (saved in multiple calendars)
Contact: Regina Drew

Location: Gould Welcome Center, 50 West 4th St., First Floor
Open to public?: Yes
Admission price: Free
Phone: 212-998-2424

Complete Description:
Join us for a lecture by Rosina Bierbaum, Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, on Tuesday, September 28 from 6:00-7:30 PM on the topic of "The Changing Climate for Development".

The event is free and open to the public.

Today's enormous development challenges are complicated by the reality of climate change - the two are inextricably linked and together demand immediate attention. Climate change threatens all countries, but particularly developing ones. Estimates are that developing countries would bear some 75-80% of the costs of anticipated damage caused by the changing climate. Developing countries simply cannot afford to ignore climate change, nor can they focus on adaptation alone. But developed countries must make financing and technologies available. Action to reduce vulnerability and lay the groundwork for a transition to low-carbon growth paths is imperative for both developed and developing countries. This talk will explore how to better help people cope with new or worsened risks. Land and water management must be adapted to better protect a threatened natural environment, while at the same time meeting the need to feed an expanding and more prosperous population. Energy systems must be transformed to meet increasing demand while drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The World Development Report 2010 is an urgent call for action: a climate-smart world is within reach if we act now, act together, and act differently.

The Educating for Sustainability lecture series is cosponsored by the NYU Sustainability Task Force and the Environmental Studies Program.


Warren Meeting 9/26/10

Absent: Xilo, Dahlia, Tomas

-$25 this week

Common room: keep it clean, decorate!


-rinse out things to put in bin, no need to wash items

-don’t let it become a mountain

-make a list of things that are recyclable

Dishes lateness- don’t do them too late at night, close down kitchen on the earlier side

-cook between 6-7:30, eat dinner earlier


-sterilize containers as chore, dry very thoroughly

-1/2 people do washing on monday, 2 do putting bulk items in them on Tuesday

Party announcements:

-Moon Festival: announce events beforehand, let people cooking know

-muffin dish for guest food money


-take bucket out, dump it out, turn compost w/ pitchfork until it’s covered with dirt

-rinse bucket with hose

Sustainability meetings:

9:30 Friday mornings every other week

Beer: save your beer bottles!

-project to make beer, ask Berkeley or Shannon

Chores: no more crossing your name out!

-bring schedules to meetings to coordinate

-meeting time w/ Doodle

Body Electric/ Community Events:

-used to be Downstage, now it’s Body Electric

-launch party Thursday Oct. 14th, Warren can make food for it? help to cook, budget proposal for Senate. co-sponsorship w/ Warren + PETA + Body Electric

-budget submitted for 22nd for Warren Green Community dinner

-van driver’s licenses!

CSA: talk about how it works, etc., have a relationship with them, go to farms?

Sahmura having first event, next door ice cream party!!!


*hold off on bulk flour

22 September 2010

Stone Barns Harvest Festival

Hey everyone,
October 2nd (Next week!) is the annual Harvest Festival at Stone Barns. You could go as a participant or as a volunteer!

Check it out here!



20 September 2010

House Meeting 3, September 19, 2010

Absent - Nora, Beryl
  • Stop slamming doors
  • Turn off lights

1. Bake Sale
- To raise money for jars and general house equipment
- Approval required by Student Life
- Senate funding preferred
2. Harvest Jam (co-ordinators: Dahlia & Xilo)
- Tentative date: October 8
- Include pie walk
- Cook for 100
- Menu: Chilli soup; other veggies; mashed potatoes
- Budget: $400-$450
3. Faculty Dinner
- Professors and Dons
- Mid-November

1. Bulk food containers
- Elizabeth has written up a budget proposal (yet to be submitted)
2. Grocery Shopping
- $20 this week
- CSA shares reduced to 4
- $180 = Perishable Food
- $35 = Bulk sugar, flour, salt
- Guest money = Fruit, onions, garlic
- No longer need farmers market, since we have a CSA

1. House positions
- Treasurer  responsibilities are too time consuming for one person
- Split work up to reduce stress
2. Grocery Shopping
- Community Partnerships car can be used once all community placements are determined (need approved van driver)
- Break up into 2 shopping trips (Trader Joe’s + Whole Foods; CSA, Bronx)
3. Garden
- Mondays 9am-1pm
- Send email to College Events.
- Liam has made budget proposal for cold frame materials
4. Cleaning
- Please squeeze out sponges and leave on the side of the sink, not IN it
- More recycling slots
5. General facilities
- Work order form for dishwasher and door (Poppy)
* Be careful of taking on too many responsibilities *

Follow up:
1. Facebook Page (Anya)
2. Sustainability Committee
3. Themed party (Campus sustainability, local foods, organic food etc)
4. Facilitator for next meeting: Dahlia (Please email her the agenda)
5. Common Room decoration!
6. House Calendar

12 September 2010

House Meeting Notes 09/12/10

House Meeting Notes 09/12

(everyone here but Xilo and Nellen)

House Mission Statement:

-change, better itself

-spread message of living sustainably to rest of campus

-community, spread the word! cooperative living

-start a revolution of entire sustainable, corporation-free campus

-common thread of thought, so bring that thought to rest of campus from ground up, getting people to understand

-sharing + hospitality (allowing greater community to enjoy our community)

-good routine of sustainability, but need to be innovative

-community outreach

-house band!

-music in the house, respect for one another


-harvest party (outreach), house band as entertainment---date to be set before Study Days?

Brainstorm: funding for farmer’s market veggies, promote Stonebarn’s produce- get free stuff for helping them--- Potentially some day in early October; Jam session! make flyers etc. to invite other people to play, acoustic only

Air Conditioning: NO NEED

Attendance at Sustainability Mtgs.:

representative from house, time TBD 2x a month

Go Jeamme and Anya!

House Cookbook/ Blog:

Elizabeth set up blog, emails to post recipes, add notes etc.

Facebook page?


House Goods/ Wish List:

dish towels

toaster oven (Berkeley- E-bay?)

ice trays

dish rack w/ water catch tray

tea kettle

mortar + pestle (?)

bulk flour

(Fund to cover these items- donations + extra funds from previous week)


Shannon got one, woot!

Community partnerships to see about getting cars, maybe apply for ZipCar?

need car on Mondays for CSA and shopping

can drivers’ licenses for those who can drive

Treasurer stuff:

bulk shampoo, dish soap in dishwasher (still broken)


canisters for bulk things, try to get funding from Senate or buy it ourselves

($100 for canisters, possibly be reimbursed)

bulk hand soap for everybody, bulk tea and flour

$20 each this week by tonight or noon tomorrow

coffee share, Xilo’s grandma

Bread Baking:

10 loaves in one day, freezing some

bulk whole-wheat flour

no more freezing bread? (experiment)

New Chore System:

all chores on new list

Farmer’s Market maybe not necessary because of CSA

dish explosion- BAD!!!


find replacement for your job, text whole house to ask for help

Garden Update:

Mondays in-garden, Liam buying supplies tomorrow

seeds, seed trays for germinating inside, prices on greenhouse plastic for cold frames (Ebay) Senate funding but we need stuff right away

New meeting leader:


Notes taken by Beryl

07 September 2010


Here is a list of positions that will help our Co-Op become a well-oiled machine. Once we achieve this, we can spend more time creating events to include people on campus in our sustainable/green efforts, general community, and whatever we want our house goals to be! Notice how many of these positions require working with another position.

RW- Rotates Weekly

SL- Semester Long


Meeting Facilitator: Every meeting has a facilitator who makes an agenda of what needs to be discussed at the meeting. The facilitator will go around the room and check in with every position before or after the agenda. At the end of the meeting, someone volunteers to be the facilitator for next week’s meeting. It is also your job to kindly check in on people and make sure that they are doing their chores during the week, that way the meeting can go smoothly. RW

Event Planner: In charge of planning Warren events that reach out to the college community. In charge of bringing budgets to SAS; Mondays at 5:45 in Science building? It’s not something you have to do every week, but when the time comes, You are the GO-TO. Best for people who have busy schedules. SL

Treasurer: In charge of budgeting and collecting money for food. Must keep a record of receipts to give to the secretary for archiving. Also if there are concerns for communal purchases other than food (ie toaster, laundry detergent for kitchen laundry, communal shampoo, etc), the Treasurer should see these purchases through. SL

Secretary: Takes notes at House meetings and keeps records of money-related co-op things. Also takes attendance at meetings. SL

Food Planner: Heads up food-shopping list, communicates with CSA/ Milk-man/ ordering bulk items. Everyone should consult the food-planner if a meal they are cooking requires special ingredients. SL

Garden Manager: In charge of delegating garden jobs and maintaining the garden. In charge of figuring out workdays so that anyone can help in the garden if they choose. Must choose a consistent time when you know people can join you in the garden. SL

Chore System:

Cooking meals, sharing food, and living in a house together requires upkeep. Here is a system in which we can keep each other accountable for our duties. The chores are separated by how often they must be done and each chore is allotted a number of Hours. 3 Hours is the Minimum Amount of Chore Work Required each Week.

Sunday : House meeting around 7pm, unless communicated otherwise…


Kitchen Laundry- ( wash and dry the kitchen dish towels) 1

Recycling ( take recycling to the street)- 1


Fridge: 1 (throwing out anything that smells, past its due date, wiping down each shelf, making sure its organized, needs to be done before the food-shoppers come back with food)

Food shopping- 2


Compost- 1

Common Room Clean-up- ( tidy up the common room, make sure it isn’t cluttered or dirty) 1


Recycling 1


Compost- 1


Farmer’s Market

Cooking Dinner: 1

Doing Dishes/Cleaning up after Dinner: 1

Here are things we aren’t sure about!

-Should we combine food-shopping and farmers market on the same day?

-Should we make sweeping and emptying the dish rack a chore?? Or can we all learn to do these things after doing dishes and cleaning up after dinner??

- Should bread-making be considered a chore?

Meeting Two, 6 September 2010

Dearest Warren,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and patience during tonights meeting!

Here are notes as reminders for next weeks meeting as well as general

announcements/ concerns:

-Liam's band will be performing Friday night in the Blue Room!

-Decision-making: Thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs-middle…

-No smoking in bathrooms, okay in personal rooms.

-Alcohol is okay in common room, just don't leave your bottles/glasses.

- email Elizabeth for bulk shampoo requests!

- Elizabeth will have a sheet of paper on her door, bring her money by 3pm.

- Mondays are Garden days! Lets put it in the daily email and invite the campus!

The following people are fulfilling these positions this semester!

Xilo and Dahlia- Event Planners

Berkeley and Shannon- Food Planners

Elizabeth- Treasurer

Liam- Garden Manager

Beryl- Secretary


For next week's meeting, which Poppy is leading:

- creative House mission statement

-Air conditioning

-attendance at Campus Sustainability Meetings

-House cookbook/blog

- CSA in the Bronx

-Jet-dri Packets for dishwasher

-Anya and Liam are figuring out bread baking days

-Nellen will bring some dry erase board and start the new chore system!

Love you all very much

Good luck this week

Rock on,

Nellen <3

Go to container store before whole foods…

Elizabeth will e-mail us about money…

CSA in the Bronx…

Sustainability Meetings

Air Conditioning for next meeting

Need jet-dri packets for dishwasher

Bulk Shampoo/ Laundry Detergent

e-mail Elizabeth…

Dahlia donates laundry detergent…

Dr Broners…

Sheet of paper outside Elizabeth’s door by 3pm…

Here is a sort of break down:
-Produce and perishables: $200
-Reimbursing Shannon for seeds and cleaning supplies: $20
-Reimbursing Berkeley for gas: $10
-Containers (hopefully $10 each!): $50
-Bulk: $300
Total: -$580
+$120 leftover
= 460 / 13 = $35 + a bit extra for farmers market stuff....?! and taxes...? total of $40.

Now, I think that with the bulk food and getting the CSA stuff, we can keep weekly food down to $20-$25.

Be creative! I suggest http://www.yummly.com/recipes/#q= or epicurious or one of the many cookbooks.

On the squash--the delicatas may be ripe (the little ones with green
stripes and ridges), but I was hoping they'd get a little bigger.
Maybe not, though, so maybe we should go for 'em. Don't take the
butternuts yet. They're still greenish.