Madison West Green Club

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11/9 Meeting Summary

Brief Announcement: Our group today was exceptionally small. Weekly attendance is becoming a pretty big issue. If we want to accomplish things as a group, people really need to show up and do their part!

1) We watched the following video

2) We determined the bins that we are going to buy for our LMC recycling project and wrote a grant proposal to obtain the money to purchase the bins. You can check our the bins by clicking on this.

  • Bins are 100% recycled and stackable (so they don’t take up too much space in the LMC)
  • Relatively inexpensive for their durability; plus, they will generate income through West Green Club’s partnership with a local recycling organization
  • Our recycling center will have components for cell phone recycling, ink cartridge recycling, battery recycling, plastic bag recycling, pencil/pen recycling, and an undecided last one. Please comment, post an idea on our Facebook group, or send us an email with ideas!

3) Explored the Terracycle Website and looked at what we can do with the items that they collect


On a more reflective note, I just wanted to share some knowledge that I learned today. My biology class is currently studying animal behavior – especially in primates. We had the opportunity of going to the Henry Vilas Zoo today and observed the orangutans and chimpanzees enter their exhibits immediately after the zoo keeper had set up their enrichment. We also had a really interesting question and answer session with the zoo keeper.

While observing the chimpanzees (there were three in the exhibit), two were looking especially depressed and exhibiting “stereotypic behaviors,” such as rocking back & forth and sucking a finger. Stereotypic behaviors generally mean that the animal isn’t doing well psychologically. We asked the zoo keeper about it, and she told us that the chimps had been kept as pets when they were younger. Instead of learning how to be chimps, they learned how to be humans. After being rescued and put in a proper “chimp”environment, they became very unhappy and depressed, because they felt they belonged on the other side of the glass. The zoo keeper told us not to purchase items with baby chimp/orangutan/monkey pictures, because these animal models have  generally had an earlier life as a pet. After they mature and lose their cuteness (around age eight), they are abandoned and mistreated – and often picked up by zoos. After all, these organisms have a life span of around 50 years in captivity. Even though a zoo will care for the animal, it’ll live for another 42 years. In misery.

Sevahn Vorperian