The 40th annivesary of Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22, but conservation efforts at Geneseo continue all year.
For its cumulative efforts, Geneseo has received a 2010 Environmental Leadership Award in the Resource Reduction category from the Rochester Business Journal. The annual award recognizes area organizations that are making great strides to become environmentally sound and helping to make the community a healthier place.
Geneseo was singled out for its commitment in the past decade to safeguarding the environment and reducing resource by initiatives, including an upgrade to the campus power plant to improve efficiency, repairs to the campus steam distribution system to save water, and student-generated projects to reduce electricity consumption.
The paper also recognized the activities organized by the college's sustainability task force, which comprises faculty, staff and students. Co-chairs are Kristi Hannam, associate professor of biology, and Kirk Spangler, assistant director of facilities services.Members examine how Geneseo can reduce its carbon footprint and conserve resources.
In celebration of Earth Day this year, the college is hosting events April 22 through 30.
On Earth Day, there is an herb planting in the College Union, followed by a dinner in Jemison Dining Hall that features local and sustainable foods. Climatologist and geography Assistant Professor Colleen Garrity will make a presentation.
Other events focus attention on sustainability, reducing consumption, conserving water resources, promoting sustainable food, encouraging efficient transportation, and giving back to the earth.
Activities include a screening of the documentary "No Impact Man" on April 23; viewing of other videos related to sustainability; water conservation initiatives; sustainable "LateKnight" weekend activities; and programs to encourage people to take public transportation, carpool, bike or walk.
Students and faculty will host tours of the Geneseo Community Garden April 28 in the Roemer Arboretum. Earth Week celebrations close April 30 with an Arbor Day picnic and tree planting on the College Union patio.
Visit online for more information on Geneseo's Earth Day activities and sustainability initiatives.
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They excel in the classroom and as leaders on campus in the community. Four graduating students are being lauded for their achievements as recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence:
• Isobel Connors, an anthropology major from Synder, N.Y.
A total of 228 students from State University of New York campuses were recognized with the award, which recognizes students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement. The average grade point average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to join in programs for Best of GREAT Day — Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement and Talent Day — this Friday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Selected students will display a collection of the most stimulating and
More than 3 million people were affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the most populated area of Haiti. What did we know about earthquakes in the area beforehand?
Dr. Paul Mann, senior research scientist at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss what was known about the fault and what efforts were made by scientists to inform government officials and the public of seismic hazards prior to the event, in this year's American Rock Salt Lecture on Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m in Newton 202.
Mann will also discuss the scientific "rapid response" to better understand the quake and possible future events that might affect the greater Port-au-Prince area.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Geological Sciences and American Rock Salt.
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April 21, 2010
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