May 8, 2013
My name is Sam Mix, I’m an Environmental Science and Policy major and in the Clark class of ’14. This blog will serve to trace some of my progress in working to create value for the Clark University Hadwen Arboretum. I will be working with Jenny Isler, the Clark Sustainability Coordinator, and many others throughout this project. I have not done something like this (blogging) before and I am horrible at writing (thus, not being an English minor) so bear with me as I write this. The project goal is to make an action, or business, plan for the Hadwen Arboretum, forested area a few blocks off campus that has been left unmaintained.
This project as a lot of unknowns, but I am really excited to get started.
For this post, I will discuss my meeting with Jenny Isler, which happened on May 6, 2013:
Today I met with Jenny Isler in the AC to go over our LEEP project. We have met before multiple times to discuss this matter. This meeting, however, was on the second to last day of school and was the first meeting since I confirm funding though Clark’s LEEP initiative. We broke down my plan into to a few major steps. The first part of what I have to do is pretty clear.
Our general outline so far is as followed:
- Convene meeting of stakeholders
Research is my first step. For this stage, my goal is to outline the story of the Hadwen Arboretum, to make a brief economic statement about the value that the arboretum, and to create a set of practices reflecting policies already put in place by other arboretums.
The other steps: To reach out and bring together a group of stakeholder for the arboretum (CU and community), and to figure out what they want to see changed. By then I should have some ideas on how to make the arboretum more valuable. Once this is complete, I will write a proposal and present it to Clark.
I will also be keeping a diary on how these events unfold for myself, as well as a newsletter for the stakeholders.
Other goals may be accomplished. Others may not happen. I feel like this project is going to be bigger than I what I first anticipated.
The Main Question: How to build value in the Hadwen Arboretum?