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Celebrating Earth Day All Month Long

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Are you interested in being a little greener? The Pace Community is invited to celebrate Earth Month every day in April, here at Pace!

Pace has always been a leader in environmental studies, so why not take advantage of learning and participating with some of the best? There will be at least 30 programs this month to excite and inspire you and your classmates to have a little more appreciation of what’s around us.

So, how did Earth day grow from one day to one month? Eleven years ago, Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center, started Earth Month as a way for the Pace Community to extend Earth Day and learn to fully appreciate the environment. He says, “It’s very rewarding because now it has evolved into an interdisciplinary event that involves all components of Pace, including faculty, staff, and students from all of our schools and departments.”

All events are open to the Pace Community. So, what are a few of the events that you should definitely attend?

Student Photo Exhibit   
Tuesday, April 1 at 9:45 a.m.
Throughout April, the creative work of Pace undergraduate students inspired by food and the environment will be on display in Kessel Dining Room A. The exhibit is part of a partnership with Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ FoodYou Campaign and the spring 2014 INT198G photography class taught by professors Angelo Spillo and June Kim.    

Climate Change
Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 a.m.    
Join University Professor for the Environment Nicholas A. Robinson for a discussion about the next steps we can take to reduce the impacts of climate change. Classes and all are welcome to attend. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at

Beautifying Our Community       
Sunday, April 6 at 12:45 p.m.
Briarcliff residents will be planting flowers in front of Hillside House and cleaning up the garden in front of the doors. We will also have the residents paint rocks and make a rock garden. This event hosted by Hillside House Resident Adviser Samantha Bassford.

Do Your Part!          
Tuesday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Students, faculty, and staff in Briarcliff are invited to the Dow Hall lobby and courtyard to participate in flower planting and garbage can painting stations (don’t worry—the paint is environmentally safe). Relieve some midterm stress, plant some pretty flowers, and beautify Briarcliff. This event is sponsored by Tamika Lumsden and Aziza James.        

Bottled Water!?     
Tuesday, April 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Head over the Kessel Student Center to watch a taste testing panel evaluate bottled water samples. Will your favorite brand come out on top? Also included will be a presentation on “What Makes Water Safe to Drink?”        

Do Your Part
Tuesday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Residents can stop by the Dow lobby and back lawn to participate in a few different stations. Residents will have the opportunity to plant flowers and various other plants. Residents will also be able to participate in another station where they can paint some garbage cans with environmentally safe paint which will then be placed around the building for the remaining of the semester for recycling bottles. While at this station residents will also be able to learn about the power they have to really help make a difference in landfill pile up and ocean garbage dumping.

Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Trees have spirit, according to many Indigenous traditions. Join us for an evening of cedar flute music, film, and discussion about the amazing power of trees, hosted by Evan Pritchard, author of numerous books, such as Native New Yorkers and Bird Medicine, and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture. The one-hour documentary The Teachings of the Tree People will be followed by a fascinating presentation by Pritchard that interweaves Western ecology of trees with traditional tree wisdom. Learn about trees in a way that you have never heard before!  

Green Poetry
Thursday, April 10 at 12:15 p.m.
Pace celebrates our good, green earth with good, green poems…grown from seeds to remembered flowerings. 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 by others. For more information contact

E-Waste Day
Saturday, April 12 at 9:45 a.m.     
Electronic waste is full of toxic elements. Dispose of your E-waste in a safe way by dropping it off to be recycled. Open to the public, acceptable items include computers, monitors, printers, laptops, TVs, cell phones, stereo equipment, microwaves, air conditioners, large household appliances, and more. Unacceptable items include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, items containing bio-hazards, hazardous waste, liquids, fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors, or radioactive materials. For more information, call (847) 354-5324.

Clothing Drive         
Wednesday, April 16 at 11:45 a.m.     
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to drop off their old duds in Kessel as students collect used clothing to be reused in the spirit of Earth Month, promoting the three Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Pot Party
Wednesday, April 16 at 9:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Students will have to BYOB, bring your own bottle (empty) so they can use it as a planter. There will be paint for students to make their bottle decorative and soil/seeds so they can plant.

Martin Hall Clean-Up
Friday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m.     
Pleasantville’s Martin Hall residents will participate in a clean-up sponsored by Hall Council which will focus on beautifying the outdoor space of our community to prepare for the last few weeks of school and warm weather! Hall Council will provide bags, gloves, and refreshments for all who attend. We will focus on the area in between Martin Hall and North Hall, the parking lot behind the building, and the lawn area in front of Martin Hall. 

How Many Years?
Monday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Did you know it can take a plastic bottle at least 450 years to completely degrade? Some bottles can even take 1000 years, and 90% of bottles aren’t even recycled. Join ENV 140 students for an interactive demonstration showing how long trash stays around as litter or in many landfills. Prizes will be given away for those who can answer quiz questions.

Signs of Spring Nature Walk
Tuesday, April 22 at 12:45 p.m.    
Join Assistant Director of the Environmental Center James Eyring for a fascinating guided Earth Day walk around Pace Pleasantville to view some of the harbingers of spring! Learn about some of nature's gifts that we sometimes take for granted. For more information, contact James Eyring at or (845) 773-3169.

New Dorm Plant-Off
Tuesday, April 22 at 9:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Residents will plant seeds in soil and solo cups and line the New Dorm Lobby with plants.

Falconry Demonstration   
Wednesday, April 23 at 5:45 p.m.       
Elvis. Delta. Oscar. Ophelia. These are just a few of the feathered friends you’ll make when you join Assistant Director of the Environmental Center James Eyring for an unforgettable evening with the hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! For more information contact James Eyring at or (845) 773-3169.

Hudson River School Presentation      
Thursday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.  
The former Hudson River School first found its origins among 19th century American painters who popularized the rugged scenery along the Hudson River. Their interpretations of wilderness had a powerful religious theme and brought nature to the hearts and minds of many. Come and see the beauty and splendor of the early American wilderness as painted by these artists to be a lasting icon of American identity. Professor Mark Cassata will give a presentation that discusses the essence of their vision, and the changes in American values which eventually eclipsed the Hudson River School. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at or (845) 773-3530.

Breakfast with the Birds   
Friday, April 25 at 7:00 a.m.          
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come join Breakfast with the Birds. We will start out at 7:00 a.m. with coffee and bagels before heading out on the carriage roads of the preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. So bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The preserve is located only about 3 miles from Pace and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to

Flower Planting      
Monday, April 28 at 12:05 p.m.  
In honor of Earth Month, the Golden Key International Honor Society will be “using their green thumbs” by planting flowers around the official Golden Key and Lambda Sigma Tree right outside of the Kessel Student Center. For more info contact Christopher Walther (914) 773-3961 or

Fit Walk
Tuesday, April 29 at 11:15 a.m. 
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty in Pleasantville! James Eyring will lead us on a hike through the fitness trail, the wooded area at the back of Pace Pleasantville, 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. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. For more information contact Kathi Reczek at

Wednesday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m.
An end of Earth Month celebration. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at or (845) 773-3530.

Make sure to download the full calendar here.