REBOOT Encourages Community Involvement

Have you seen these mysterious R’s floating around campus? It’s week three of REBOOT, a 10-week long community scavenger hunt that challenges members of the Mizzou community to get out and explore the spaces around them. Teams participate in weekly missions involving sustainability and rack up points to win prizes in the process. However, the biggest challenge is to have fun!

Each week, teams receive a transmission from Ava, a researcher from the future who wants to change the future’s past. Spooky right? In week one, teams learned more about the power to reuse by going on missions to places like the MU surplus property and Craft Studio. REBOOTers discovered more about the recycling process throughout week by taking on a whole new set of challenges. This week’s theme is re-engage, aiming to connect teams with social justice issues in the community. It isn’t too late to sign up, so grab some friends and make a team here!

Check out teams that participated in the recycle audit on Lowry Mall last week!

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Mizzou’s 2012 Dashboard Competition Kicks Off

Monday night marks the kickoff of this year’s Mizzou Dashboard Competition. To celebrate, Mizzou’s Residence Halls Association is hosting a s’mores roasting party in the courtyard of the Dogwood, Hawthorn, and Galena Residence Halls. There will be s’mores, some energy saving trivia games, and even hot cocoa, for those that bring their own mug or thermos (RHA is ditching styrofoam for this event in an effort to encourage people to utilize reusable containers).

The 2012 Mizzou Dashboard Competition will be between Jones, Lathrop Laws, Hawthorn, Dogwood, Galena, College Avenue, Hatch, and Schurz Residence Halls located here, on the Mizzou campus. The competition lasts from February 27th to March 19th. The goal is to see which residence hall can reduce their energy consumption the most during the three week time span.

Energy usage is monitored using the Dashboard system which can be viewed here. For the three weeks prior to the competition, the system has recorded the average energy usage in each of the competing residence halls to set a baseline from which the energy usage reduction is measured.

The residence hall that manages to reduce their energy usage the most will win a pizza party, hosted by Mizzou’s Residence Halls Association. For more information and updates throughout the competition check out Mizzou Dashboard’s facebook page. Feel free to direct any questions you might have about the competition to the facebook page or to RHA Sustainability Coordinator, James Jordan at jpj4kd (at) mail.missouri.edu

The doughnut of justice: A new way to think about growth

Donuts are delicious and inclusive. This article frames the basis of why Sustain Mizzou does all its projects. We need to stay within a safe and just space for humanity. Check it out! The video lasts about as long as eating one donut.

Grist

Of all the subjects that haunt the climate conversation, none is so vexed as growth.

The details are complex, but the dilemma is simple: Growth seems to improve humanity’s quality of life and drive ecological overshoot at the same time.

On one hand, economic growth leads to poverty reduction, better health, technological innovation, and (local) environmental improvement. On the other hand, it has pushed us into the red zone on climate and a number of other global ecological indicators. Humanity’s lot steadily improves while biophysical systems are pushed closer to the edge. It’s a sticky wicket. Pro-growth and anti-growth types often seem involved in entirely separate conversations, passing like ships in the night. How can we reconcile their perspectives?

Last week, researcher Kate Raworth of Oxfam International proposed a new framework for understanding how human development and ecological boundaries fit together. Happily, it’s a doughnut. Here’s what it…

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Tiger Transit Movement gains traction

Columbia’s transit problems came to a head in November with a lot of alarm and controversy, but now it seems to be leveling out. University administration hired a consultant from Solstice Transportation Group, who says he will present us with a plan for fixing the system before the end of the semester. And on the home front, the student-led Tiger Transit Movement members are doing what they can to improve the city bus routes in a way that helps students:

Here’s their mission:

Below is a letter published on TTM’s brochure. To get involved, or for more information, email tigertransitmovement@gmail.com or visit the TTM Facebook page.

Dear student or community member:

Much has been said about Columbia Transit and its recent growing pains. While the city hoped more citizens would use buses as their main form of transportation, this is currently not the case. Of bus users, the college student is the main patron.

Student-oriented apartment complexes offer free buses to campus. MU contracts with the city to shuttle students to and from commuter parking lots. The city offers a free downtown/university bus with service every twenty minutes. Without question, the main users of the transit system are students. However, the city has now exhausted its resources to continue the current service and we are in jeopardy of losing the ground which has been gained by the earth friendly initiative of public transit.

That is where we, the Tiger Transit Movement, come into the discussion. We have founded this movement to be a voice for students as concerns arise. Our mission focuses on asking students what kind of transit system they want, educating students about great student-centric transit systems in the U.S. and advocating for students in the communitywide conversation about transit.

The Tiger Transit Movement applauds the efforts already made to analyze and improve the transit system. We are working with the Columbia City Manager’s office to explore how other college transit systems operate. We recently participated in a productive and open discussion with MU’s transit consultant from Solstice Transportation Group and we are eager to assist with their survey and see their report.

Ultimately, the Tiger Transit Movement is a part of the ongoing transit conversation. We are working towards a solution that will ideally come in the form of a modern, efficient and sustainable transit system that serves students and community members well.

Sincerely,
The Tiger Transit Movement

True / False Film Highlights President’s Battle to Keep Maldives Above Water.

Guest post by Britt Hultgren, a member of the True/False Film Festival’s “get the word out” dream team.

The documentaries are nearly upon us!  For it’s ninth consecutive year, the True/False Film Fest returns to Columbia. From March 1-4, 2012, T/F will rock this town with entertaining and enlightening documentary films, great music, fun parties, and fantastic people from all around the world.

Come one, come all–but don’t expect droll; these documentaries are the bees knees, my friends.

What Should I See?

There is a hugely excellent list of films to see, though one film that may be of particular interest to readers of Footprint Magazine is The Island President.

For most of us, “getting your feet wet” is pithy turn of phrase. But for recently deposed President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, it’s no quip–it’s literally sink or swim for his island chain. The reality of a changing global climate has threatened the existence of his nation, and he is bound and determined to do what he can to prevent that from happening.

The film’s description from the T/F website:

The Maldives, a tropical paradise for tourists in the Indian Ocean, faces a big problem. Global warming has led to rising ocean levels, leaving the hundreds of tiny islands that make up the country at risk of disappearing. President Mohamed Nasheed is on a mission to stop this from happening. With extraordinary access, filmmaker Jon Shenk documents the challenges of Nasheed’s first year in office, which also include the struggles to build democratic government after years of brutal military rule. A former political prisoner himself, the charismatic Nasheed knows how to get attention, holding a cabinet meeting underwater for the press. Yet he is no show pony, as his game changing, impassioned speech at the Copenhagen Climate Summit makes clear. As he puts it, “It won’t be any good to have a democracy if we don’t have a country.” Beautiful cinematography and a haunting soundtrack by Radiohead deepen this urgent real-life drama.

(While at COP15 in Copenhagen, I recall hearing President Nasheed speak a couple of times throughout the conference. He was driven, eloquent, and cogent–the guy seemed to be the real deal. I am very excited to see this film and see how well they captured his back story and continuing struggle against climate change.)

When and Where?

True / False showtimes and locations for The Island President:

  • Friday, Mar 2 / 7:00PM / Forrest Theater
  • Saturday, Mar 3 / 10:30AM / Jesse
  • Sunday, Mar 4 / 12:30PM / Missouri Theatre

How can I see the film?

You can see the film by way of getting a pass or a ticket. Basically, a pass will give you a better opportunity to participate in a whole lot more than a single film (eg multiple films, parties, special events), but if you’d like to just see the movie, you can get an individual ticket starting 1 March at 12pm.

Complete pass and ticket information are found here, on the True/False Website.

Questions?

Send a line to info@truefalse.org

Get the word out to get the people in to witness the reality climate change, and one man’s struggle to ameliorate the situation.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Britt

Editor’s Note: I’d like to point out that Radiohead is providing the soundtrack for this film. Yay! -Tina

Making Planters

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Remember to water on a consistent basis and enjoy the wonderful plants that will grow.

Helpful Websites

LaLiberte, Kathy. Growing Vegetables in Pots and Planters  http://www.gardeners.com/Growing-Vegetables-Pots-Planters/5491,default,pg.html 

Arizona Cooperative Extension. Vegetable Garden: Container Garden in the Arizona Master Gardener Manual.  http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/mg/vegetable/container.html 

Apartment Therapy. How To: Make Can Planters.  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-can-planters-75636 

Calling all Valentines: Senza offers gluten-free treats

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Two steps inside Mary Manulik’s home you spot the cellos of various sizes spread across the living room floor. Music stands are positioned all about the room, and sheet music is strewn atop the piano. Two more steps and you’re inside the kitchen where heart-shaped sugar cookies and cheery pies adorn the counters.

Manulik, owner of Senza Foods, is a woman with a vast array of talents. After retiring from Boone County Bank last February, Manulik took on additional cello students and now spends even more time teaching private lessons in her home. She also began baking gluten-free products on a grander scale for her home-based bakery.

“I always thought once I retired I would open a bakery. But then I thought, ‘I don’t need to wait, I can open one right now,’” Manulik said.

Her company’s name, Senza, is derived from the Italian word for “without,” but as Manulik will tell you, that does not mean her products are without taste, they’re just made without gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Since Manulik began baking for Senza, she sells her goods at the Columbia Farmers Market each Saturday, in addition to taking orders from customers throughout the week. Now that her dream of opening a bakery is a reality, Manulik wakes up at 5 a.m. most days to start measuring and mixing.

Last weekend’s menu included two cherry pies (one made without dairy), four Dutch apple pies, carrot cake muffins, coconut macaroons, sugar cookies, linzer cookies (chocolate with a raspberry filling), chocolate cookies with white chocolate icing, and Rugalach cookies (crescent-shaped with a raspberry filling).

The choice to bake without gluten was an easy one for Manulik, though it was not a matter of diet. Her husband, Joe Quetsch, was diagnosed twenty years ago with Celiac disease, a disorder that damages the lining of the small intestine when gluten enters the digestive system. From then on, Manulik and her children spent hours in the kitchen baking treats for Quetsch, testing and sampling recipes for traditional treats made without gluten.

It did not take long for the family to realize there wasn’t any reason to make separate dinners and desserts for Quetsch, since gluten-free foods were just as satisfying and easy to make as their traditional counterparts, Manulik said.

Additionally, in most grocery stores gluten-free, tasty desserts are hard to come by Manulik said.

“When you’re at the store and start reading labels and you find all these words that you can’t pronounce, who knows if that’s gluten-free,” Manulik said.

With these ideas in mind, Manulik developed Senza so that other people with gluten intolerance in Columbia and in surrounding communities could enjoy dessert, too.

To ensure that her products do not come into contact with gluten, Manulik takes extreme measures to maintain the safety of her ingredients.

She utilizes separate sets of measuring spoons and cups specifically for gluten-free baking. Her cabinets are divided in half — one side for gluten, the other for gluten-free. When her daughter, who is studying culinary arts in New York, comes home and cooks with gluten, Manulik makes her mix dry ingredients on a work surface in the garage since flour can stay in the air for hours.

“Cooking gluten-free takes a lot of awareness and diligence, and maybe a little bit of paranoia,” Manulik said.

These preventative measures have become routine for Manulik, and she moves around her kitchen with ease. Without thinking, she dips her hand into a drawer for a third set of measuring spoons, removes a canister of gluten-free brown rice flour kept on a set of shelves with other gluten-free ingredients, and washes a cookie sheet used exclusively for gluten-free baking.

While Manulik is primarily a gluten-free baker, she can accommodate other allergens in the making of her products as well, such as dairy-free or egg-free.

Many customers have come to associate Senza with responsible, if a bit paranoid, baking for people with food allergies.

A man living in St. Louis called Manulik last week to inquire whether she could prepare gluten and soy-free chocolate-covered strawberries for his girlfriend on Valentines Day.

Although Senza does not advertise chocolate-covered strawberries on its website, Manulik said yes and made a mental note on her lengthy to-do list to go to the grocery store to price berries and buy gluten-free chocolate.

“I’m busy, but I get up early and get to do things that I love all day long,” Manulik said.

For more information about Senza, or to place an order visit http://www.senzafoods.com/.

Update: Bradford compost system fully functional

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Numbers from last semester estimate that a total of 6,000 pounds of basic materials (food scraps and horse bedding and manure) were used to produce 4,000 pounds of compost at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research and Extension Center.

Beginning Nov. 18, 2011, Bradford began its first cycle in its new composting system. Using food scraps from six of MU’s dining halls, bedding and horse manure, the center’s system creates compost over a month-long period.

Each day, undergraduate students in the Biological Engineering program deliver food scraps to Bradford in the form of 610-pound loads. These food scraps are then mixed for about a week in a machine called a reel mixer.

From there, this mixture is moved to one of four bays where horse manure and bedding materials are added and allowed to decompose for another four weeks. At the end of the process, the mixture has decomposed into a few hundred pounds of compost rich in nutrients and ready to be used to grow vegetables.

Photos by Meghan Eldridge and Tim Reinbott.

This is an update to an article published by Footprint in September. https://footprintmag.wordpress.com/2011/09/28/dining-services-strives-to-offset-environmental-impact/

What the heck is Reboot Mizzou?

Yeah, we still don’t know. Following a blast campaign that’s frustratingly secretive, there’s more talk about Reboot Mizzou on campus outside of the sustainability community. From the official Mizzou Facebook page:

The scavenger hunt-style game known as Reboot Mizzou will kick off with free pizza and a question-and-answer session from 3 to 5 p.m.., Sunday, Feb. 12, at The Shack in the MU Student Center.

Over the course of 10 weeks (Feb. 13 – April 22), REBOOT players compete in a scavenger hunt in both the virtual and physical worlds of the Mizzou landscape. Participants form teams. Each team receives a weekly main mission and multiple supplementary missions to earn points. Anyone at Mizzou or in Columbia can play. – April 22), REBOOT players compete in a scavenger hunt in both the virtual and physical worlds of the Mizzou landscape. Participants form teams. Each team receives a weekly main mission and multiple supplementary missions to earn points. Anyone at Mizzou or in Columbia can play.

We, as a nation, love our spuds. Let’s pause and appreciate that.

Everyone loves spuds, so really, National “Potato Lovers” Day (yeah, it’s a thing) is for everyone.  Today I will teach everyone (yes, everyone, even you) how to make delicious potatoes. It’s super easy.

Get you some o’ this:

Get you some carrots, apples, garlic and SPUDS.*

Chop ’em up. Rolllll it allllllll around in some butter or olive oil (a couple tablespoons should do the trick), toss it in some herbs (like thyme or rosemary) and spices (salt, pepper, cumin?) and put it in a glass dish in the oven at 450°F for about half an hour.  You might want to add in the apples later, but I didn’t.

And voila:

EVEN MORE DELICIOUS carrots, apples, garlic and SPUDS.

*These potatoes are carola potatoes. They were the best potatoes I’ve ever eaten in my life. Enjoy!