Shared Grounds Episode 3 - Ceci Silberstein '19 and Joseph Stein '21 on the Committee for Environmental Responsibility
With Shared Grounds, CPGC student associates are looking forward to bridging the informational gap that can exist within the Haverford community when it comes to engaging in social justice projects on campus.
In the final Shared Grounds episode of the Spring 2019 semester, Soha Saghir '21 and Theodora Rodine '19 interview Ceci Silberstein ’19 and Joseph Stein ’21 about their work with Haverford’s Committee for Environmental Responsibility (CER). This semester, Ceci and Joseph were a part of the Plenary Subcommittee, which successfully passed a resolution at plenary to limit Haverford’s carbon emissions. The full text of the resolution can be found here.
At Haverford, the student body creates legislation every semester at plenary. Resolutions are proposed legislation which is voted into effect by the student body and approved by the President. The resolution which CER introduced this semester changed Haverford’s policy on our carbon footprint. It committed the college to becoming carbon neutral by 2035, when the previous goal had been 2060. CER’s resolution was passed at plenary, and accepted with amendments by President Benston.
In this interview, Ceci and Joseph discuss the process of creating of the resolution. Their target for producing zero carbon emissions by 2035 was influenced by administration and staff, as well as external documents such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on the effects of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (referred to as the IPCC report). Tune in to learn more about carbon mitigation, the Committee for Environmental Responsibility, and the resolution-writing and plenary process at Haverford.
- Theodora Rodine '19