Kingsborough Community College is hosting its fifth annual Eco-Festival on April 27-30, 2010. The theme for this year is "Sustainable NYC".
New York is one of the largest cities in an increasingly urban world. By 2030, New York will add a million more residents. Since the launching of PlaNYC 2030, New York is poised to become a leader among sustainable cities. But it faces daunting challenges. Can New York become sustainable? What can we as New Yorkers and global citizens do to meet urban sustainability goals?
Eco-Festival is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and members of the New York community to gather together and engage in dialogue centered on our environmental problems and the challenges we face globally in the twenty-first century. Kingsborough Eco-Festival was the winner of the 2008 CUNY Sustainability Award for outstanding environmental education and advocacy.
Eco-Festival 2010 will be constituted of students and faculty from many disciplines, community leaders, environmental activists, writers, and artists. It will feature keynote speakers, films, lectures, workshops, faculty panels, a day of the arts, and outdoor activities.
The festival is free and open to the public. Eco-Festival is under the umbrella of the Kingsborough Coordinated Undergraduate Education (CUE) Initiative and is co-sponsored by the Student World Assembly. Partial funding for Eco-Festival 2010 has been provided by Con Edison and The New York Times.
Highlights of the Eco-Festival 2010 program include:
- Anna Lappe, Small Planet Institute, author of Diet for a Hot Planet.
- Makale Faber Cullen of Slow Food and City Lore.
- William Solecki, Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.
- Elizabeth Yeampierre, Director, UPROSE.
- Holly Kallman, Sustainability Coordinator for CCNY.
- Peter C. Washburn, Policy Advisor, Environmental Protection Bureau, New York State Attorney General's Office.
- David Westman, Con Edison, Manager, Climate Change and Resource Conservation.
- Lisa DiPinto, Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Marine Debris Program.
- Lavender Lake, a film about the Gowanus Canal with producer/director Allison Prete.
- King Corn with film producer Ian Cheney.
New Environmental Books on Display !
Stop by the new books display shelf opposite the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the Robert J. Kibbee Library to view new books covering key environmental topics. Here you will find recent titles that examine climate change, global warming, green business, and many more topics.
An afternoon of poetry, music, and fashion.
Green Trade Fair:
Eighteen NYC businesses, non-profit organizations, and four-year colleges with environmental initiatives will exhibit at Eco-Festival's first Green Trade Fair. The goal of the Trade Fair is to educate the audience about the types of environmental careers that are present across a range of industries. Several companies will have student-internship opportunities available.
Camp PEERT, a model campsite.
Christening of "Green Boat" on April 30, 2010. Developed by the Maritime Technology Program with a grant from NOAA, it will be the first boat fueled by recycled cooking oil on its inaugural trip to clean up floating trash in Sheepshead Bay.
R2C: Responsibility to Care is Kingsborough's environmental stewardship training program for students who seek to reduce the college's environmental footprint and promote a campus culture that values the environment and acts to protect it. Through a variety of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental working groups involving students, faculty and staff alike, the R2C program will undertake a broad range of environmentally-focused initiatives.
For more information contact Janine Palludan (718) 368-5252
or email Janine.email@example.com
KCC Goes Green contest:
Deadline April 5. $500 first prize.
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Sustainable CUNY Shorts Video Contest:
Deadline April 21. $500 first prize.
All CUNY students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to submit a video entry that is no more than 2 minutes in length to the Sustainable CUNY Shorts YouTube Group or link from the Sustainable CUNY Web page.
Kingsborough Celebrates Earth Day events April 22:
"Outdoor Recreation for Everyone: Making Recreation Programs and Facilities Accessible."
Presenter:Dr. Gail R. Levine, CTRS, Assoc. Prof., PERRT Program.
Using slides and poster display of recreation facilities and activities from Copenhagen, Denmark, Iceland, Warm Springs, Ga., and New York City, learn how some basic modifications can open up the world of outdoor recreation for individuals with special needs.
"Our National Parks: A Priceless Heritage."
Presenter: Professor Michele A. Bracco,CTRS, PERRT Program.
Take an armchair tour of some of the most beautiful National Parks in the U.S. and learn about opportunities to enjoy them as well as career opportunities with the National Park Service.
On Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 (Earth Day!) the Student World Assembly at KCC and the R2C: Responsibility to Care program are hosting the 7th biannual Campus Cleanup in conjunction with this year's Eco-Festival. The Cleanup, co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the Honors Club, the College Discovery Club, the Business Council and the Student Activities Coordinating Board (SAC), is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to come together to help keep the campus beautiful and sustainable. The Cleanup is taking place from 12-3 pm all around campus. Participants are welcome to come anytime during those hours and can pick up trash bags, gloves and their Campus Cleanup t-shirts from the red kiosk in the breezeway. Anyone who takes part in the Cleanup will receive a Campus Cleanup t-shirt, a certificate of appreciation, and are invited to an early dinner after the end of the event. For questions or to bring your classes, please contact Janine Palludan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 718-368-5252.