Apr. 16, 2010

Geneseo Recognized While Preparing for 40th Anniversary of Earth Day April 22

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Listen to Kristina Hannam, co-chair of Geneseo's Environmental Impact and Sustainability Task Force, discuss sustainability initiatives.

GENESEO, N.Y. -- SUNY Geneseo has received a 2010 Environmental Leadership Award in the Resource Reduction category from the Rochester Business Journal. The newspaper presents the annual award to area organizations that are making great strides to become environmentally sound and helping to make the community a healthier place.

The newspaper cited the college's commitment in the past decade to safeguarding the environment and reducing resource use by a number of institutional 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 Environmental Impact and Sustainability Task Force, established in 2006. The task force comprises faculty, staff and students. Co-chairs are Kristi Hannam, associate professor of biology, and Kirk Spangler, assistant director of facilities services.

The college is marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a number of events on campus April 22-30. Earth Day itself is April 22.

Earth Day will begin with an herb planting in the MacVittie College Union. The college also is planning to serve a special Earth Day dinner in Mary Jemison Dining Hall focused on local and sustainable foods with a presentation by climatologist and geography professor Colleen Garrity.

Following Earth Day, a week of theme days will include activities to focus attention on sustainability, reducing consumption, conserving water resources, promoting sustainable food, encouraging efficient transportation, and giving back to the earth.

Activities will include a screening of the documentary, "No Impact Man" on April 23rd; viewing of other videos related to sustainability; water conservation initiatives; sustainable "LateKnight" weekend activities; and programs to encourage students, staff, faculty and administrators to take public transportation, carpool, bike or walk wherever they need to go.

Students and faculty will host tours of the Geneseo Community Garden April 28 in the southern end of campus. In collaboration with local community efforts, Geneseo has created a sizable garden spot where students not only can learn how to grow fresh organic vegetables and herbs but also share in the harvests of the garden.

On April 30, the Earth Week celebrations will close with an Arbor Day picnic on the College Union patio, and tree planting on the union patio.

Visit http://www.geneseo.edu/sustainability for more information on Geneseo's Earth Day activities and sustainability initiatives.


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