Feb. 05, 2010

Documentary Filmmaker to Address Geneseo's ‘Live Green' Event Feb. 10

Update:  Inclement weather in New York City has made it impossible for documentary filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya to get into Rochester for Live Green Day. Read more.

GENESEO, N.Y. - Fulbright scholar and documentary filmmaker Shalini Kantayya will bring her message of eco-activism to the State University of New York at Geneseo during the college's third annual Live Green Day Feb. 10.

Kantayya, a food and policy fellow at the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy, says the mission of her production company is to create a culture of human rights and a sustainable planet through wildly imaginative media. She will explain how to convey ideas and messages through alternative media to reach large groups of people during an address at 3 p.m. in Room 114 of the MacVittie Union. At 7 p.m. in the MacVittie Union Ballroom, she will discuss her award-winning documentary "a DROP of LIFE," a futuristic sci-fi film about the mounting global water crisis. All Live Green Day events are free and open to the public.

"This day-long event is designed to inform and educate the campus community on creating a sustainable future through conservation and green initiatives and then applying them to student life and the surrounding community," said Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training at Geneseo. "This has been a successful educational event the past two years and this year's program is just as strong. We are particularly pleased to have Kantayya's participation."

At least 17 exhibitors will be displaying green initiatives and products from 12:30 - 3 p.m. in the MacVittie Ballroom. Among exhibitors will be representatives from the Geneseo Community Garden and the plant manager from the General Motors fuel cell car facility in Honeoye Falls. He is bringing a fuel cell vehicle to the expo to discuss the technology.

As part of Live Green Day, many members of the Geneseo campus are participating in a public pledge to "live greener and incorporate this idea into our curriculum, activities and events Feb. 10 in support of Live Green." Even though the pledge was centered on the day of the event, the organizers of the event encourage those taking the pledge and all members of the campus community to live green every day.

Sponsors of the event include the Geneseo Student Association, Campus Auxiliary Services, Residence Life, the Center for Community, Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), Activities Commission, University Police, Geneseo Environmental Organization, the Office of the President, Environmental Impact and Sustainability Task Force, College Union & Activities, and the Livingston County Chamber of Commerce.


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