99 Alexander, affectionately known as the Pink House, is a Victorian style home adjacent to the Forbes Main Inn. Forbes College uses this space to support a living and learning community. A group of 10 students interested in more deeply exploring Forbes’ signature theme of sustainability and the environment apply as a group for residency. 99 Alexander affords residents the opportunity to capitalize on the building’s kitchen and lounge, proximity to the Forbes garden, and facilities within Forbes College to promote the use of Princeton's campus as a living laboratory. This program fosters student leadership as well as the integration of academic interests with residential college life.
Pink House Plans for the 2016-17 academic year
The Pink House (also known as Princeton Social Sustainability) is a group of 10 juniors who will be living in 99 Alexander for the 2016-17 school year. The goal of the house is to create a community focused on sustainable living and activism. We will focus on outreach both to the University and the local community at large, with a special emphasis on finding ways to make sustainable practices accessible to everyone. The residential members of the Pink House are: Aida Garrido, Alex Aparicio, Emily Pauls, Emma Latham, Erin McCabe, Fiona Bell, Gavin Hall, Lukas Novak, Rob Whitaker and Sophia Alvarez. See their FB page Pink House: Princeton Social Sustainability for more info.
Events for College Students:
Dinners: We’ll invite groups of underclassmen from Forbes to come to the Pink House and cook a sustainable meal with us. The meal will be “sustainable” in that it will contain low carbon impact foods -- locally sourced, in season, vegetarian, etc.. In preparing and enjoying the meals together we will teach the students about sustainable eating, have general discussions about sustainability on campus, and inform them about current Pink House projects and future events.
Sustainability Documentary Nights: We will host screenings of documentaries related to sustainability. Weather permitting, these screenings will be outside, using the Forbes College inflatable screen and projector.
Nature/Flower Pressing/Foraging Walks: We will go on walks to the nearby woods and trails to both appreciate nature and teach other students the fundamentals of foraging in the Central Jersey area.
Learn How to Ferment & Can Foods: We will offer lessons on fermenting and canning foods to those interested. Possible foods include kombucha, ginger beer, and sauerkraut.
Vegetarian Cooking Competition: We are planning on hosting a cooking competition open to all of Forbes where all the ingredients must be vegetarian. Winner will get a large supply of house-made canned + fermented goods!
Rain Barrels: We are in the process of constructing a rainwater catchment system on 99 Alexander that will provide the Forbes Garden with an alternate source of water.
Dumpster Diving: We will attempt to learn the ins and outs of dumpster diving. Using this information, we will communicate to interested students the possibilities for “urban foraging."
Toiletry Making: We’ll learn how to make different products like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner using inexpensive, sustainable natural ingredients. If all goes well, we will have a Toiletry Making 101 class for the public/Princeton students.
Sustainable Eating on a Budget: Members of the Pink House, specifically the independent ones, will strive to create diets of healthy, sustainable foods on a budget. In doing this, we will be able to explain how healthy and sustainably sourced foods can be accessible to everyone at an affordable price. We will share this information on our website, or, if there is sufficient interest from the student body, offer a talk of some sort. Ultimately, the goal would be to present a sustainable and affordable alternative to the often exclusionary Princeton upperclass dining system.
Sustainable Laundry: Weather permitting, we will set up a clothes-line behind the Pink House to replace the use of a dryer.
Events for Kids
We will invite local elementary school students to tour the Pink House and our projects and attempt to show them how sustainability can be fun at any age.