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Earth Month 2019 (PLV)

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Earth Month is upon us, and the PLV Campus is celebrating in a big way! Join the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment for a tour of the Nature Center (and its animals!), tree planting, birding, and even a nature photography contest. You won’t want to miss a thing.

Earth Month Photo Contest

Become involved in Earth Month this April by entering the first Nature Photo contest! Take a creative photo depicting an interesting image of a natural element on a Pace campus. Examples include wildlife, plants, insects, landscapes, abstract images, people enjoying nature, etc. To enter, email Angelo Spillo requesting an application form.

Winners will receive a large (approximately 13” x 19”) professional print of their photo on high quality photo paper. The winning photos will also be displayed on the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE) Instagram account.


  • >> All photos must fit the nature theme in some way.
  • >> Photos can be in color or black and white
  • >> Submissions must be sent in JPG format.
  • >> Only one entry per person.
  • >> All photos must be taken on a Pace campus.

All Pace students, staff, and faculty are eligible. The deadline to apply is midnight on Monday, April 22, and two winners will be announced at the Earth Month Reception on Tuesday, April 30. We hope to see you there!

Week 1

Monday, April 1

Earth Negotiations: Can Nations Agree to “Save” the Planet?—A Discussion with Professor Nicholas A. Robinson
2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m. | Dyson College Environmental House, Environmental Classroom
All members of the United Nations are currently locked in tough negotiations about whether or not to recognize “the right to a healthy environment.” Six months of negotiations in Nairobi (Kenya) will reach its apex in May. France’s President rushed to Nairobi last March to support adopting strong environmental rights in international law. Why do Russia, the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia oppose the right to the environment? What difference would it make if the UN adopted a “global pact for the environment?” Find out what you can do to recognize environmental rights.

Friday, April 5

Honors College Visit
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. | Dyson College Environmental House, Environmental Classroom
Honors students are invited to visit the Nature Center and attend a program with Assistant Director and master falconer James Eyring. 

Week 2

Monday, April 8

Evergreen Poems
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Dyson College Environmental House, Environmental Classroom
Author of Songs from an Earlier CenturySome Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew Ira Joe Fisher will share his own poems and those of others.

Thursday, April 11

Fit Walk
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. | Meet at the Dyson College Environmental House, Environmental Classroom
Get outside for some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus! James Eyring will lead a hike through the Fitness Trail. This wooded area at the back of the PLV Campus consists of several hills and is surrounded by many varieties of plants and wildlife. Please wear hiking boots or sneakers, long pants, and layers according to weather/temperature. Sunscreen and drinking water is also suggested. For more information, email Kathi Reczek.

Sunday, April 14

Invasive Tree Removal Project
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. | Meet in front of the Goldstein Fitness Center at 10:45 a.m.
Help preserve Rockefeller State Park by volunteering to cut down Japanese Angelica trees that are invasive to the other trees in the area. The goal is to cut as many as possible along with invasive vines. Everyone should wear long pants (preferably jeans) and boots or sneakers. Dress for the weather and bring extra layers if it’s forecasted to chilly. Don’t forget to RSVP on OrgSync if you’re interested in helping at Rockefeller State Park!

Week 3

Wednesday, April 17

Nature Center Open House
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Dyson College Nature Center
Visit the Dyson College Nature Center! Come and explore our nature trails, view our gardens, watch the activity at our songbird feeding station, visit the animals, and maybe even catch a glimpse of our new baby chicks hatching! Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 18

“Get Dirty” Gardening Workshop
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. | Pleasantville Organic Garden
If you are interested in learning about gardening, come to this workshop in the Pace’s organic vegetable garden. Learn about some of the regenerative garden principles we apply, how we prepare the soil and how things get planted. All experience levels are welcome. Come ready to get dirty and have some fun! Preregister by sending an email to Angelo Spillo.

Week 4

Tuesday, April 23

Tree Planting
Dyson College Nature Center
Help the N.A.T.U.R.E. (Natural Activists Teaching Understanding and Respect for the Environment) club plant a tree on the PLV Campus! More details to come. 

Wednesday, April 24

Meet the Animals
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Dyson College Nature Center
Visit the animals who call the Nature Center home. A guided visit will introduce you to the Nature Center and the places you can go to visit the animals including pigs, goats, sheep, birds of prey, chickens, turkeys, bees, and more!

Thursday, April 25

Bring Your Children to Work Day
11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m. | Dyson College Environmental House, Environmental Classroom
Join Assistant Director and master falconer James Eyring for a close encounter with some of the resident animals at the Nature Center. It’s sure to be wild.

Friday, April 26

Breakfast with the Birds
7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. | Rockefeller State Park Preserve
You’re invited to enjoy breakfast with birds! That’s right: grab coffee and bagels before heading out with a naturalist on the carriage roads of the Rockefeller State Park 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 three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please register for Breakfast with the Birds by emailing Angelo Spillo.

Sunday, April 28

Campus Clean Up
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Meet at the Alumni Hall Classroom
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) as they clean up around the residence halls and help keep our campus beautiful! Volunteer hours are also available. Lunch will be provided!

Week 5

Monday, April 29

Photography in the Park
1:20 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Meet in the Environmental Classroom
Join students from the class “Nature Exposed” to take photos at Rockefeller State Park. They’ll be taking a bus to the park just down the road where they will spend their time engaged in nature photography. Bring your camera and any equipment you have! Register for Photography in the Park by emailing Angelo Spillo.

Tuesday, April 30

Earth Month Reception and GreenPace Awards
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Environmental Center Classroom (PLV Campus)
2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Zannino Conference Room, One Pace Plaza (NYC Campus)

Join Pace students, faculty, and staff for refreshments as we reflect on the events and initiatives of the past month. The GreenPace Award recipients are as follows: 

  • >> Richard Shadick, Director, Counseling Center
  • >> Carly Sheinberg ’19 
  • >> Pace Law Environmental Program
  • >> Pace Sustainability Initiative 

Wednesday, May 1

Student Photo Show
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Mortola Library
Students from the “Nature Exposed” class will be showing their photographic work exploring the theme: 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.

Saturday, May 4

Spring Hike
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Take a guided hike of Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Be sure to eat a good breakfast, bring water, and wear comfortable shoes. This event is sponsored by Residence Life!