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Earth Month 2016

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April showers bring May flowers…or so we hear. To find out what else April has to offer the Pace Community, check out our numerous events celebrating Earth Month.

Pace has always been a leader in environmental studies, so why not take advantage of learning and participating with some of the best? There are 20+ events this month to excite and inspire the Pace Community to have a little more appreciation of what’s around us.

So, how did Earth day grow from one day to one month? Thirteen 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. Here’s what we have in store for Earth Month 2016:

Westchester Campus

Film: Years of Living Dangerously
Wednesday, April 6 | 12:10 p.m.–1:10 p.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
ENV 140 students will be hosting one part of the groundbreaking documentary film series Years of Living Dangerously, which provides first-hand reports on those affected by, and seeking solutions to, climate change. Pace faculty and students are welcome to borrow the complete program on DVD. Pizza and drinks will be provided, followed by a student-led discussion.

Environmental Rights: How to Save Forests for Eight Centuries
Monday, April 11 | 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Multipurpose Room, Kessel Student Center
Join University Professor for the Environment Nicholas A. Robinson for a discussion about environmental rights, based on Magna Carta, which was granted 800 years ago last year. Professor Robinson will tell the story of the “Forest Charter” of 1217, which grew out of Magna Carta, and is still responsible for saving some 150 large forests in England today. Professor Robinson has developed environmental law since 1969, when he was named to the Legal Advisory Committee of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality.

Animals and Culture in Art
Wednesday, April 13 | 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center
Courage of Conscience Award recipient Jane O’Hara, recording artist Joy Askew, and KIND author Gretchen Primack will represent Compassion Arts with a program of art, songs, and poetry. Animals, the environment, the human-animal bond, and the duality of our relationship with animals in society are explored in this compelling presentation of visual art, music, and poetry that reflects on the interconnection of animals, humans, nature, and culture.

Evergreen Poems
Thursday, April 14 | 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
Earth Day became "official" in 1970.  But, in truth, Earth Day has been celebrated by poets from ancient China to Elizabethan and 19th Century England to modern America. Celebrated in the lyrics and narratives of Li-Po and Shakespeare; Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson; Frost and Millay. Poetry has been "evergreen" long before the world talked of "being green." 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 11th Earth Month celebration.

Student Summit: Our Collective Campus: Acting on our Social and Environmental Responsibility
Friday, April 15 | 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Willcox Multipurpose Room, Willcox Hall
Students from around the region, of all disciplines, are invited to the 11th Annual Student Summit of the Environmental Consortium of Colleges and Universities (founded and headquartered at Pace University). Join us to investigate what it takes to be an advocate and how academic institutions can form more meaningful community partnerships. Keynote will be delivered by Peggy M. Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, followed by workshops to dive deeper into the themes of the day with practical skills, tools, and ideas. Click here to RSVP.

Act Locally: Living a Greener Lifestyle
Monday, April 18 | 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
Join Professor Angelo Spillo’s class for a presentation on actions individuals can take to reduce their carbon footprint and live a “greener” lifestyle.  A demonstration of a solar cooker will be included.

Nature Center Open House
Tuesday, April 19 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Come meet (or just take a peek at) the animal residents of the Dyson College Nature Center including our many birds of prey (falcons, owls, and hawks), sheep, chickens, Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs, honeybees, border collies, snakes, chinchillas, and more! 

Golden Key Flower Planting
Tuesday, April 19 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Patio, 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.

N.A.T.U.R.E. Tree Planting Ceremony and Celebration of Local Food
Tuesday, April 19 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
N.A.T.U.R.E. will plant two native fruit and nut trees in commemoration of Earth Month. This event will stress the importance of trees and environmental sustainability and stewardship. In planting food trees, we hope to connect our campus to its food, encouraging healthy eating locally. Reading of poetry and environmental discussion will be included.

Birds of Prey Falconry Demonstration
Wednesday, April 20 | 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. | Nature Center Pavilion
Join James Eyring, assistant director of the Environmental Center, for an unforgettable evening with 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! Cancellation is possible if rain or inclement weather is predicted. For more information contact James Eyring at (914) 773-3169. 

Honey Bee Program
Thursday, April 21 |1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. | Environmental Center Classroom

NYC Student Day Visit
Friday, April 22 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Are Cows Climate Killers?
Monday, April 25 | 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
Join Melanie DuPuis, PhD, chair of Pace’s Environmental Studies and Science Department and author of her recent book, Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice. Professor DuPuis will examine the significant role cows have in climate change. But what, exactly, is that role? Professor DuPuis will show sections of the film Cowspiracy and lead a discussion on various ways to look at cows, meat, and milk in our personal choices as sustainable consumers.

Breakfast with the Birds
Tuesday, April 26 | 7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come enjoy Breakfast with the Birds. We will start out at 7:00 a.m.–7:30 a.m. with coffee and bagels 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. So 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 three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to Angelo Spillo.

Student Nature Photo Show Reception
Tuesday, April 26 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Tree Planting
Tuesday, April 26 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Elm Hall
During Earth Month, nursing students, faculty, and staff will take part in a tree planting ceremony in honor of Lienhard’s 50th anniversary in front of Elm Hall.

Fit Walk
Wednesday, April 27 | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
Get outside and get 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 Westchester 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.

Bring Your Child to Work Day
Thursday, April 28 | 2:00 p.m. | Nature Center Museum
Parents and children join us for a fun-filled learning experience as we meet some of our resident wildlife. This event will take place in the Environmental Center Classroom.

Earth Month Reception
Thursday, April 28 | 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center
A casual reception will be held for all those involved with Earth Month and recognition of the 2016 GreenPace Awards will be honored. There will be food and refreshments offered.

NYC Campus

This Changes Everything (2012) Director, Harry Lynch
Thursday, April 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Room W512, One Pace Plaza
Inspired by Naomi Klein’s book, the film presents environmental struggles over energy across the globe. Judith Pajo, professor of anthropology, and Ashley Kuenneke, program coordinator for the Center of Community Action and Research, will lead the discussion.

The Last Rivermen (1991) Director, Robert Nixon
Thursday, April 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Room W512, One Pace Plaza
Contamination of the Hudson River due to government and corporate neglect impacts a family’s 300-year fishing tradition. Written and co-produced by John Cronin. Followed by:

¡Viva la Tortuga! (2013) Directors, Pace University students
This documents the coalition Grupo Tortuguero, who protect endangered sea turtles in Mexico’s Magdalena Bay. John Cronin, senior fellow for environmental affairs at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, will lead the discussion.

Can we get to Carbon Zero? with Wil Burns
Thursday, April 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Room W512, One Pace Plaza
Wil Burns, co-executive director of the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment at American University, will lead the discussion using film clips and other examples.

Waste Land (2010) Director, Lucy Walker
Thursday, April 28 | 6:30 p.m. | Room W512, One Pace Plaza
At the world’s largest garbage dump, artist Vik Muniz creates collaborative portraits with a group of self-described pickers of recyclable materials, revealing their dignity and despair, and the power of art to change lives. Followed by:

The Yes Men (2003) Directors, Olman, Smith, Price
Selected clips of anti-globalization activists and culture hackers intervene at a conference and deliver a poignant keynote speech apologizing for corporate environmental crimes. Eve Laramee, director of the Dyson College Center for the Arts, Society, and Ecology; and Melanie DuPuis, chair of Environmental Studies and Science, will lead the discussion.

These screenings are sponsored by the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE), Dyson College Center for the Arts, Society, and Ecology (CASE), Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies (PAAES), Environmental Studies and Science Department (ESS), the Art Department, and the Anthropology Department. For more information, click here.