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A Month for Mother Nature (PLV)

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April is here, which means Earth Month is in full swing on the Westchester Campus—complete with nature walks, animal encounters, films and discussions, and more—to show our appreciation for Mother Nature.

The Westchester Campus is going green all April long in celebration of Earth Month. From film screenings to bird watching, there’s something for every Setter looking to connect with Mother Nature this month.

Film: Comfort Zone
Monday, April 4 | 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Environmental Center Classroom
What kind of problem is climate change—a scientific problem, an engineering problem? A psychological problem? How do we even begin to think about it? Comfort Zone shows us what climate change means in our own backyards, in a country that is a heavy producer of greenhouse gasses. It is the consciousness-changing story of three ordinary Americans confronting what climate change means for us—scientifically, economically and personally—as the problem challenges our very sense of who we are. Honest, revealing, and often funny, the film gets us thinking and debating. A discussion will follow the film.

Water Bottle Giveaway
Monday, April 4 | 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m. | Kessel Well, Kessel Student Center
Students from ENV 140 will be distributing BPA-free water bottles on a first come, first served basis to their fellow student while teaching them why reusable water bottles are so imperative for our environment.

We Animals: The Photography of Jo-Anne MacArthur
Tuesday, April 5 | 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center
Martin Rowe, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Lantern Books, will speak and share a slide presentation about Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur and her exploration of the many ways that animals are exposed to us in zoos, aquaria, and other arenas, and in the photographs she takes. In this talk, Rowe offers us a personal interpretation of the lives captured through McArthur’s lens, a lens that sometimes reflects our own preconceptions as it also reveals the animals’ own experience.

A Journalist’s Anthropocene Journey
Wednesday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center
Andrew Revkin, Pace's Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding and a veteran environmental journalist and author, retraces his unique 30-year journey charting the dawn of this era known increasingly as the Anthropocene, ­the proposed geological epoch in which Earth’s operating systems are increasingly being shaped by humans. He will describe the pitfalls and opportunities facing societies as humanity's growth spurt crests in the next few decades.

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
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 two hives.

NYC Student Day Visit
Friday, April 22 | 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Students from Pace NYC 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 spend time with the visiting students.

Campus Clean-Up
Friday, April 22 | 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | various locations
NRHH and the Center for Community Action and Research are sponsoring a campus clean-up day. Help us make Pace a more beautiful community space!

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 e-mail to Angelo Spillo.

Student Nature Photo Show Reception
Tuesday, April 26 | 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Mortola Library first floor
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 library for public viewing. Join us for an opening reception with refreshments.

Tree Planting
Tuesday, April 26 | 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | outside of Lienhard Hall (close to the entrance facing the football field)
During Earth Month, nursing students, faculty, and staff will take part in a tree planting ceremony in honor of Lienhard’s 50th anniversary.

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.

And if all this Mother Nature celebration’s got you itching to take a hike, head down to the New York City Campus, where weekly environmental film screenings and discussions will be held each Thursday in April. Click here for more information.