Earth Month Calendar

All April

Take on the Everyday Activism Challenge 

For the month of April, students, staff, and faculty members will be pledging to commit to one personal action – either a daily habit or weekly action – to lessen their contributions to climate change or to have a positive environmental impact – and they’ll be sharing their journey along the way on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the official CCAR blog. Sign up to take the challenge

Week 1

Tuesday, April 4

Offshore Wind: Powering Our Future
9:15AM-10:15AM, Environmental Classroom

Sierra Club volunteer Sarah Smiley will present Sierra Club’s campaign to achieve a large-scale offshore wind power program in New York.  Learn why offshore wind is key to transitioning our state from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and how New York has the potential to be a national leader in the industry.  An activist with Sierra Club’s NY Beyond Coal campaign, Sarah will talk about the importance of grassroots mobilization to affect policies that will fight climate change and create a cleaner, more resilient energy system.  

Wednesday, April 5

Environmental Protection Under President Trump and Congress: Perspectives for Students - CANCELED. TO BE RESCHEDULED.

Join Pace University’s Professor for the Environment, Nicholas A. Robinson for a presentation about the implications of the new administration’s policies with regard to environmental issues. Professor Robinson, a professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law, has developed environmental law since 1969, when he was named to the Legal Advisory Committee of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

Inhabit | Environmental Film Series
12:15PM-2:15PM, Miller M11

Inhabit explores the many environmental issues facing us today and examines solutions that are being applied using the ecological design process called 'Permaculture'. Permaculture is a design lens that uses the principles found in ecosystems to help shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED. For more information, contact Sam Miller at smiller3@pace.edu.

Thursday, April 6

Birds of Prey
9:30AM-10:30AM, Nature Center Pavilion

Join James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Dyson College Nature Center for an unforgettable event with hawks, owls and falcons.  Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Nature Center’s work with birds of prey.  Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight!  Cancellation is possible if rain or inclement weather is predicted.  For more information contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or 773-3169.  

Sustainability: Are We the Problem or the Solution?
10:00AM-11:45AM,
 Miller M36

For this “open classroom” event, Professor Charlene Hoegler, PhD invites you to attend her class for a discussion about sustainability, asking the question are we part of the problem or part of the solution?
Saturday, April 8

Setters Service Day
12:00PM-3:30pm, Meet at the Environmental Pavilion

This is the first annual Setter’s Service Day: Earth Day Edition. Pace students, staff and faculty will spend the day volunteering for on- and off-campus environmental projects. This will include several on-campus projects like a campus cleanup and invasive vine removal and off-campus projects like tree planting at Rockefeller State Park, clearing invasive species at Otter Creek, and conservation work at Teatown Lake Reservation. Sign up for a project at bit.ly/paceearth. Transportation is provided for off-campus sites. Rain date is Saturday, April 15. 

Week 2

Monday, April 10

"Bee Aware"
1:30PM-3:15pm, Environmental Classroom

Did you know approximately one third of all the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination? Learn more about these amazing creatures and some the environmental issues that have decimated honeybee populations. The program will begin with the award winning documentary “Silence of the Bees” explaining some of the reasons bees are in trouble followed by demonstrations by beekeeper DJ from Bedford Bee Honeybee Service, and our own James Eyring. Joining DJ and James will be thousands of Pace honeybees from our apiary.

Wednesday, April 12

Fit Walk
11:30AM-12:30PM, Meet at Environmental Classroom

Get outside for some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus! James Eyring will lead us on a hike through the Fitness Trail.  This is the wooded area at the back of the Pleasantville campus, which consists of several hills and is surrounded by many varieties of plants and wildlife.  Appropriate clothing would be hiking boots or sneakers, long pants and layers according to weather/temperature. Sunscreen and drinking water is also suggested. For more information contact Kathi Reczek at kreczek@pace.edu. 

Thursday, April 13

NATURE Club Tree Planting
Time TBA, Nature Center Pavilion

Join Members of the Environmental Club for their annual tree planting ceremony.  

Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge
8:00AM-5:00PM, Schimmel Theater, New York City Campus

This one-day conference will include prominent keynote speakers and panels covering water resilience at the local scale, national issues and politics, and global water challenges and solutions. For more information, visit www.pace.edu/water.

Week 3

Monday, April 17

Evergreen Poetry
1:30PM-2:30PM, Environmental Classroom 

Poet Ira Joe Fisher author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew --- will share his own poems and those of others as Pace turns green with hope as part of our 12th “Earth Month” celebration. 

Tuesday, April 18
Talk: What Bacteria Can Teach Us about a More Sustainable and Just World
9:30AM-10:25am, Environmental Classroom 

Drawing from her book, Dangerous Digestion, Professor Melanie DuPuis, PhD, will talk about the ways in which fear of bacteria – germs – have affected our ideas about social change.  A world in which we treat bacteria as allies can lead humans to better ways to ally with each other as well. 

Wednesday, April 19
Sustainable Development Goals: How to Achieve and Sustain Momentum towards their Achievement in All Countries?
1:30PM-2:30PM, Willcox Lecture Hall

Dr. David O'Connor, the Permanent Observer of IUCN to the United Nations, will be giving a talk titled, Sustainable Development Goals: How to Achieve and Sustain Momentum towards their Achievement in All Countries? Dr. O'Connor also works as 'Sustainable Economist' at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a leading think tank based in Washington, D.C. He is involved in supporting implementation of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by world leaders in September 2015.  The discussion is open to everyone and refreshments will be served at the end of the program.  

Nature Center Open House
11:00AM-3:00PM, Dyson Nature Center

Visit the Dyson College Nature Center! This amazing on campus nature center is an oasis of nature and animals. Come and explore our nature trails, view our gardens, watch the activity at our songbird feeding station, visit the animals and come watch our new baby chicks hatch! Activities will be scheduled from 11:00am-3:00pm and will include tours and animal presentations. Refreshments made with honey from our bees will be available!

Thursday, April 20

The Human Scale | Environmental Film Series
3:30PM-5:30PM, W514, One Pace Plaza

50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Today we face peak oil, climate change, loneliness and severe health issues due to our way of life. But why? The Danish architect and professor Jan Gehl has documented how modern cities repel human interaction, and argues that we can build cities in a way, which takes human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. PIZZA WILL BE SERVED. For more information, contact Sam Miller at smiller3@pace.edu.

Friday, April 21
Pesticides: The Implications of a Quick Fix - CANCELED. TO BE RESCHEDULED.
8:45AM-10:30AM, Kessel Multipurpose Room 
 
This Conservation Café sponsored program will present through a panel of experts current information about the impacts of pesticide use as it applies to our water quality and ecosystems. There will also be a discussion about the implications for public lands and what is being done to educate homeowners about the dangers of pesticide use.  Join us for this free program open to the public.  

Pace NYC Student Visit Day
11:00AM-3:00PM, Nature Center

Students from Pace NY will spend part of the day getting to experience the Nature Center on the Pleasantville campus.  Activities planned will include a tour of the Center, animal presentations, nature walks and interactive programs. NATURE, the Pleasantville environmental club, staff and faculty will also be on hand to meet and greet students during a prepared lunch.  RSVP to Ashley Kuenneke, akuenneke@pace.edu.

Week 4

Monday, April 24

Nature Photography at the Park
1:20PM-3:20PM, Environmental Classroom

Join students from a class titled Nature Exposed to take photos at Rockefeller State Park.  From 1:20-2:00 there will be a brief presentation in the classroom highlighting basic techniques of nature photography.  At 2:00 we will board a bus and head a few miles down the road to Rockefeller State Park where we will spend our time engaged in nature photography.  Bring your camera and any equipment you may have!  We will be back on campus by 3:20. Please register by emailing aspillo@pace.edu. 

Tuesday, April 25

Protecting the Red Rock Wilderness
10:00AM-11:00PM, Dyson 105

Join Travis Hammill for a slide presentation on protecting the iconic Red Rock Wildernesses of southern Utah. Mr. Hammill works for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and travels to parts of the country engaging with people to protect these public lands for recreation and preservation. The landscape of southern Utah is home to precious and endangered wildlife, stunning vistas, and the awe-inspiring remains of prehistoric cultures. Unfortunately many of these treasures remain unprotected, open to oil and gas leasing, tar sands production, and damage from off-road vehicles. The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has been working with organizations across the country, to protect these lands for the past 30 years.  

Wednesday, April 26

Nature Exposed Photo Show
2:30PM-3:30PM, Mortola Library

Students from a class titled Nature Exposed will be showing their photographic work exploring “Man’s Intrusion into Nature”.  Selected photos will be mounted and hung in the Mortola Library for public viewing. Join us for an opening reception with refreshments. 

Golden Key Flower Planting with Lambda Sigma
3:30PM, Gottesman Room Patio (outside), Kessel Student Center

In honor of Earth Month, Golden Key International Honor Society and Lambda Sigma Honor Society will be using their green thumbs by planting flowers around the official Golden Key and Lambda Sigma Tree right outside of Kessel Student Center. Co-sponsored with Lambda Sigma Honor Society. For more information, contact Chris Walther at cwalther@pace.edu  

Falconry Demonstration
6:30PM-7:30PM, Nature Center Pavilion

Join James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Dyson College Nature Center for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Nature Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! Cancellation is possible if rain or inclement weather is predicted. For more information contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or 773-3169.  
Thursday, April 27

Take Our Children to Work Day
11:00AM-11:45AM, Nature Center Museum

Bring your child to join Assistant Director James Eyring for a close encounter with some of the resident animals at the Nature Center. James will provide an up close view of some of our reptiles, birds and mammals.   

Earth Month Reception and GreenPace Awards
4:00PM-5:00PM, Environmental Center Classroom

Celebrate with all those who made Earth Month a success. The winners of the GreenPace Awards will be honored.  

Friday, April 28

Breakfast with the Birds
7:00AM-9:00AM, Rockefeller State Park Preserve

Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come enjoy Breakfast with the Birds. We'll have coffee and bagels at 7:00AM before heading out with a naturalist on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding.  Some binoculars will be available to borrow. The Preserve is located only about 3 miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to aspillo@pace.edu.
 

Law School Programs

Wednesday, April 19

Annual Lloyd K. Garrison Lecture on Environmental Law presented by Ann Carlson (UCLA)
5:00PM, Pace Law campus

Thursday, April 20

ABA SEER-Pace Environmental Law Review Colloquium: Foundations & Principles for a New Era of Environmental Law
Pace Law campus

Friday, April 21

IRENA: The Global Voice on Renewables presented by Yera Ortiz de Urbina, Senior Liaison Officer, IRENA Office of the Permanent Observer to the United Nations
12:45PM, Ottinger 202, Pace Law campus

Third Annual Earth Day Jam
3:00PM, Pace Law campus

People's Climate March - Pace Contingent
Washington, DC., Information on buses TBA