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Welcome to Earth Month

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With nature walks, film screenings, academic conferences, and more, Pace is digging into the pressing environmental issues during Earth Month.

As per tradition, Pace is hosting a number of events for April’s Earth Month. From research presentations to beekeeping education, Pace’s Earth Month seeks to honor our great planet and tackle some important environmental and sustainability issues.

The Earth Month schedule is as follows:

ALL OF APRIL

Everyday Activism Challenge
A long journey cannot be completed without millions of small steps. That's why for the month of April, students, staff, and faculty will be pledging to commit one personal action to lessen their contributions to climate change, or create a positive environmental impact. Join the cause, and sign up today.


WEEK 1

Offshore Wind: Powering Our Future
Tuesday, April 4 | 9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. | Environmental Classroom
With more than two million members and supporters, the Sierra Club is one of the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organizations. To kick off Earth Month, speaker Sarah Smiley will discuss the Sierra Club's campaign to achieve a large-scale offshore wind power program in New York. Learn why offshore wind is key to transitioning New York from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and how New York can potentially be a national leader in this growing industry.

Environmental Protection Under the Trump Administration: Perspectives for Students
Wednesday, April 5 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Join Pace’s Professor for the Environment Nicholas A. Robinson—who began developing environmental law the same year a guy named Neil Armstrong took a stroll on the moon—for a comprehensive presentation about how the new administration might impact local and global environmental issues.

Inhabit: Environmental Film Series
Wednesday, April 5 | 12:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. | Miller M11
Inhabit tackles pertinent environmental issues and looks at solutions being applied using the ecological design process called permaculture, the idea of developing agricultural ecosystems that are sustainable and self-sufficient, and thus help shift human impact from negative to positive.

Falconry Demonstration
Thursday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
The phrase “for the birds” usually means something forgettable. But this event, starring hawks, owls, and falcons, promises to be anything but that. Join Assistant Director of the Environmental Center James Eyring to learn about these birds, and the natural role predators and prey serve to create a healthy, natural community. Weather permitting, this event will feature some of these species zooming past in free flight! For more information, contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu.

Sustainability: Are We the Problem or the Solution?
Thursday, April 6 | 10:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | Miller M36
Historically, humans don’t have the greatest track record when it comes to preserving the natural environment. But with increased environmental and sustainability awareness, we can all help turn the ship around. Join Professer Charlene Hoegler for this unique open classroom event, which will center around a discussion about sustainability, asking the question: are we part of the problem, or part of the solution?

Setter’s Service Day
Saturday, April 8 | 12:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Environmental Pavilion
Join your fellow students, faculty, and staff for the first annual Setter’s Service Day: Earth Day Edition! Participants will have the opportunity to make a difference throughout the day by volunteering for on- and off-campus environmental projects including tree planting at Rockefeller State Park, conservation work at Teatown Lake reservation, and much more. Sign up for a project at bit.ly/paceearth. Rain date is Saturday, April 15.


WEEK 2

"Bee Aware"
Monday, April 10 | 1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Honeybees are more essential than many think—believe it or not, honeybee pollination is in some part involved in approximately one third of the food all Americans eat. Come in from the spring outdoor breeze to learn some fun facts about bees, as well as some of the pressing environmental issues that threaten their livelihood. The event will begin with the award-winning documentary Silence of the Bees, followed by a demonstration from professional beekeeper and Pace’s James Eyring. Joining the duo will be thousands of Pace honeybees from our apiary, in an event that truly promises to be the bees knees.

Fit Walk
Wednesday, April 12 | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
When you look at the nature surrounding campus, Pleasantville certainly lives up to his name. James Eyring will lead students, faculty, and staff on a hike through the fitness trail—the wooded back area of campus featuring several hills, and many varieties of plants and wildlife. Be sure to bring hiking boots, water, and dress appropriately! For more information, contact Kathi Reczek at kreczek@pace.edu.

Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge
Thursday, April 13 | 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Schimmel Center (NYC Campus)
Be in the H2-know and attend this one-day conference, which 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 our full post.

NATURE Club Tree Planting
Thursday, April 13 | Time TBA | Nature Center Pavilion
Don’t you see? The world could always use a few more trees! Join members of the NATURE Club, for their annual tree planting ceremony.


WEEK 3

Evergreen Poetry
Monday, April 17 | 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of several poetry collections, will share his poems and those of others as Pace turns green. Seasons come and go, but poetry is evergreen—especially with an Earth Month focus.

Talk: What Bacteria Can Teach Us About a More Sustainable and Just World
Tuesday, April 18 |9:30 a.m.–10:25 a.m. | Environmental Classroom
Germs sometimes make us squirm, but that shouldn’t always be the case. Drawing from her book, Dangerous Digestion, Professor Melanie DuPuis, PhD, will talk about the ways in which fear of bacteria have affected our ideas about social change.

Sustainable Development Goals: How to Achieve and Sustain Momentum Toward their Achievement in All Countries
Wednesday, April 19 | 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Willcox Lecture Hall
David O'Connor PhD, the permanent observer of IUCN to the United Nations, will be giving a talk centering around sustainable development goals. O'Connor also works as the Sustainable Economist at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a leading think tank based in Washington, DC. After the talk, you will be able to sustain your appetite with refreshments that will be served following the program.

The Human Scale: Environmental Film Series
Thursday, April 20 | 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | W514, One Pace Plaza (NYC)
Cities are packed with people, but do they make us lonely? 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. The film screening will allow you to interact with Gehl’s ideas as to how to move cities forward, as well as with the free pizza that will be served. For more information, contact Sam Miller at smiller3@pace.edu.

Pesticides: The Implications of a Quick Fix
Friday, April 21 | 8:45 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Location TBD
Quick fixes—good for now, but sometimes a disaster later. This Conservation Café sponsored program will present through a panel of experts current information about a particularly dangerous quick fix—the impact 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.

Pace NYC Student Visit Day
Friday, April 21 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Nature Center
Students from the NYC Campus will have a unique chance to spend the day experiencing the Nature Center on the Pleasantville Campus. Activities will include a tour of the Center, nature walks, animal presentations, and interactive programs. Know a student who might be interested? Have them RSVP to Ashley Kuenneke at akuenneke@pace.edu.


WEEK 4

Nature Photography at the Park
Monday, April 24 | 1:20 p.m.–3:20 p.m. | Environmental Classroom
Join the Nature Exposed class at Rockefeller State park and get some snapshots of quiet, beautiful landscape. The session will begin with a brief presentation highlighting basic techniques of nature photography, and then it’s time to board the bus and head out into the wilderness. Please register by e-mailing aspillo@pace.edu.

Protecting the Red Rock Wilderness
Tuesday, April 25 | 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m. | Dyson 105
Travis Hamill works for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and travels to parts of the country engaging with people on the importance of protecting the iconic Red Rock Wilderness of Southern Utah—which is home to significant endangered wildlife, stunning vistas, and preserved remains of prehistoric cultures. Given the nature of the land and its lack of legal protection, it remains exposed to human interference and intervention. Learn more about the SUWA’s initiative, and the importance of similar local environmental advocacy organizations.

Nature Exposed Photo Show
Wednesday, April 26 | 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Mortola Library
Students from a class titled Nature Exposed will be showing their photographic work exploring humans’ intrusion into nature. Selected photos will be displayed in the Mortola Library for public viewing. Join the show for an exciting opening reception, complete with refreshments.

Golden Key Flower Planting with Lambda Sigma
Wednesday, April 26 | 3:30 p.m. | Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room Patio
The Golden Key International Honour Society and the Lambda Sigma Honor Society will unite by planting flowers around the official Golden Key and Lambda Sigma tree right outside of Kessel. Join in on the fun and gear up for some gardening!

Falconry Demonstration
Wednesday, April 26 | 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
In case you missed the first free flight of Elvis (think more "the king has flown the coop" and less "the king has left the building"), you have another shot at seeing these birds of prey doing what they do best. Join Assistant Director of the Environmental Center James Eyring to learn about these birds, and the natural role predators and prey serve to create a healthy, natural community. Weather permitting, this event will feature some of these species zooming past in free flight! For more information, contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu.

Earth Month Reception and GreenPace Awards
Thursday, April 27 | 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Butcher Suite
Celebrate with all those who made Earth Month a success. The winners of the GreenPace Awards will be honored.

Breakfast with the Birds
Friday, April 28 | 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Rockefeller State Park Preserve
On the morning of April 28, the birds will be chirping—literally. Pace is teaming up with Rockefeller State Park Preserve to invite you to Breakfast with the Birds. The morning will begin with coffee and bagels, followed by an expedition on the Preserve’s carriage roads to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Some binoculars will be available for prime bird watching, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own pairs! Those interested can pre-register by sending an e-mail to Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu.

For updates and more information, visit the Earth Month calendar on the Dyson website.