Past Events

Curious about Campus Sustainability?

Day Place/Time Lecture
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Kaplan Hall,
SUNY Orange
Newburgh Campus,
3:00 to 3:30 PM

MARINE' DEBRIS IN OUR WATERWAYS – sponsored by The Hudson

Valley Regional Council

The conference will provide an overview of debris that is polluting our waterways and oceans. Plastics are of particular concern because of their ubiquity, persistence and impacts on the environment and human health. Attendees will learn about the concerns, challenges and solutions to reducing trash entering the Hudson River and our oceans. The event is geared towards water resources and materials management professionals, solid waste and recycling coordinators and local officials involved in managing municipal separate storm sewer systems. Presentations will be made by USEPA and NYSDEC officials, as well as researchers and educators. 

  • Aquatic Trash Pollution: Presenting the scope, and relating local watershed contributions to a global concern, Josh Kogan, PE, Environmental Engineer, Clean Water Division, USEPA Region 2
  • Microplastics: Sources and Impacts, Catie Tobin, Microplastics Researcher, Clean Ocean Action
  • Effects of Tributaries in the Transport of Microplastics in the Hudson Valley Watershed, Ian Krout, Student , Marist College School of Science
  • Riversweep Results, Sarah Womer, Director of Community Engagement and Jen Benson, Riverkeeper
  • Educating to Reduce the Marine Debris Epidemic, Maija Niemisto, Education Director, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
  • Land Use, Materials Management and Keeping Trash Out of Our Waterways


    • Connect the Drops, Litter Reduction Through Source Control and Public Engagement, Madison M. Quinn, Project Coordinator Save the Rain Program, Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection
    • Floatable Control in NYC Watershed, Sara Lupson, Environmental Staff Analyst, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
    • Floatables and the MS-4 Permit, Natalie Browne, Environmental Program Specialist, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Reducing Disposable Bag Pollution, Jordan Christensen, Program Coordinator, Citizens Campaign for the Environment
    • Q + A Panel ALL SPEAKERS 3:00 to 3:30 PM

Lunch included with registration.

Funding provided through the Clean Water Act by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 

To register: CLICK HERE or contact Rich at

Monday 3/14/16 at 7 PM Lecture by Neel M. Maher, PhD: at the Gilman Center for International Education Room 130
"Think Globally, Act Locally" - How NASA's Apollo Program Launched the Environmental Movement.
Wednesday, 3/2 at 7:30
Rowley Center for Science and Engineering Room 010

Dr. Warren Allman

The Human Footprint now on the Galapagos Islands.

What has happened to the Galápagos Islands?

See full description of event here:

Wed 3/16 2-3pm Thurs 3/17 11am-noon

Please join us in the RCSE building at the CTL “Greening” Your Courses- How to Incorporate Sustainability Topics into Your Classroom This session offers strategies for incorporating sustainability topics into your courses. Faculty from diverse disciplines will share methods they use in their courses to address environmental, social, and economic issues and to promote critical thinking. You will have the opportunity to brainstorm and begin to develop ways to do the same in your own courses.
Tuesday 4/12/16 at 7 PM, Middletown Campus, Orange Hall Gallery LECTURE: Regional Invasive Species: Program, Regulations, Species, Actions

Linda Rohleder

Director of Land Stewardship

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

Coordinator, Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management
THURSDAY April 21, 2015 from 10 AM - 2 PM. 2016 EARTH DAY
It's that time of year....... and EARTH DAY will be upon us!

This year we're celebrating Earth Day at the Middletown campus


Day Place/Time Lecture
Thursday, April 9, 2015 to Friday, April 10, 2015 (both all day) UMass Amherst Campus, 1 Campus Center Way Amherst, Mass 01003
A conference brought to you jointly by the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium and the New England Campus Sustainability Forum.
Call for Proposals, Ezra Small, 413 545-0799, sustainability/northeast
Friday, April 17, 2015 Pace University Academy for Environmental Studies, 901 Bedford road, Pleasantville, New York 10570 The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities will hold its 10th Annual Student Summit at Pace University’s Downtown New York City campus. The theme will be focused on campus sustainability. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee, please reply by filling in your availability (and email address in the comments section) for a meeting in mid-January via the Doodle Poll link below.  Meetings can be attended in person or by phone DOODLE POLL: n5niqnwmetc9bwh6  The web site shows the date as 2014 and is not correct. Contact if you have any questions: Donna Kowal Program Coordinator 914-773-3093


Join us for a short PowerPoint presentation, refreshments, conversation, and camaraderie on Thursday, October 6th from 11 to 11:45 am in the Bio Tech room 313 as we explore what our college has done so far, is doing right now and how you can take part in the continued "Greening of SUNY Orange.

Day Place/Time Lecture

2014 Earth Day Celebrations at both Campuses, April 22

Middletown, the event will take place from 10 AM – 2 PM on the Campus Green (rain locations: Fireplace Lounge in the Student Shepard Center). Newburgh’s Earth Day Fair will take place from 10 AM-2 PM in Kaplan Hall, 1st floor.

Come out and enjoy a great variety of Green events at both campuses including student club displays, Ask-a-Master Gardener, rideshare, TerraCycle, and green career information, environmental organizations, speakers, music, and poetry, and a plant sale (Middletown Campus only). In addition, at the Middletown campus, you will be able to meet Kelly from Glebocki Farms, (our CSA farmer) and have an opportunity to sign up for the CSA.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact

Wednesday April 30, 2014 from 9am to 5:30pm with optional tours and evening reception Brown University campus in Providence, RI 10th Annual meeting of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium.
The morning will be devoted to discussing key campus sustainability issues and the afternoon sessions will focus on professional development and setting the future agenda for NECSC.
See for more information on the meeting. Contact if you are interested in presenting and/or facilitating a workshop.
May 7, 2014 Speakers 9:00am 3:45pm, Reception 3:45pm 5:30pm Hudson river Symposium.

SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Climate change, urban sprawl, land use, introduced insects, disease and pathogens have far reaching effects through out the Hudson watershed. During this Symposium, several invited experts will discuss the most recent scientific understandings of the changes in the watershed. For updates go to


Day Place/Time Lecture
January 29, 2014
Wednesday 9:00am 12:30pm
RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies BLDG(CIMS) RM2240
Please join us for our 7TH Annual Campus Sustainability Day to share best practices and discover what other campuses are doing.

This event is sponsored by the Biology club and the Sustainability Office of SUNY Orrange.

Day Place/Time Lecture

September 16 & 17, 2013

Jacobs Executive Development Center. 672 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY Hosted by the University at Buffalo

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Please join us for the 2013 SUNY Sustainability Conference. Website:

Conference Presentations are due on Wednesday, May 15th! Submit your presentation here!Conference registration is available online at

The registration fee is $125 per person and includes the reception Thursday night as well as breakfast and lunch on Friday.


Day Place/Time Lecture
June 6-8, 2013 at Alfred State Conference on Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability at Alfred State Technical education practitioners and scholars to present cases, concepts, or ideas that advance, or have the potential to advance, sustainability through innovative educational practice. see attached "Innovations in Technical Education to Advance Sustainability: Student Leadership,"


Day Place/Time Lecture
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7 PM Gilman Center, Middletown Campus "Conservation and Restoration of a Threatened Species". Dr. Erik Kiviat, executive director and co-founder of Hudsonia, explains his research and finding regarding the Blanding's turtle, a threatened species. FREE
Saturday, April 6, 2013 9am - 12pm SUNY Orange Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture Spring 2013 Garden Workshop Series #2: "Plant Propagation, Making More Plants". Workshop includes a lecture and a hands-on component. PRE-REGISTRATION required by 3/22/13. Please contact for additional information.
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7 PM Gilman Center, Middletown Campus "Nuances in Nature - Native Plants and their Habitats in the Wild". Finger Lakes plantsman Dan Segal shares his knowledge of botany and horticulture to illustrate the advantages of using seed-propagated native plants in the landscape. FREE
Saturday, April 13, 2013 9am - 12pm rain date April 20 SUNY Orange Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture Spring 2013 Garden Workshop Series #3: "Plant Division". Workshop includes a lecture and an out doors hands-on component. PRE-REGISTRATION required by 3/22/13. Please contact for additional information.
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 10 AM - 2 PM

Alumni Green (rain location: Fireplace Lounge, Shepard Center)

Earth Day Celebration, Middletown Campus

This year's event will include informational tables (Ask-a-Master Gardener, 511NYRideshare, Environmental groups, Orange County Water Authority, Green Careers, and more), student clubs, Eco-art displays, nature poetry, music, plant and tree seedling sale, E-Waste Collection, and a clothes drive.

Monday, April 22 from 9am - 1pm. Kaplan Hall 1st floor Newburgh

Newburgh Earth Day Fair, Newburgh Campus

All-day event celebrating the environment with interactive displays, music, art, an e-drive, guest speakers. Participants for this year's event include the "Ask a Master Gardner" booth by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Metropool and Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Speaker Presentation: "Green Jobs, Green Entrepreneurs: Is an Eco-Friendly Job for You?" 10 a.m. - 11 a.m., The Great Room in Kaplan Hall. A Panel Discussion with: Shabazz Jackson (Greenway Environmental Services), Meridith Nierenberg (Outreach Coordinator for NYSERDA) and Jon Hilowitz (Orange County Rural Development Advisory Corporation). Click here for additional information.

Wednesday, April 24, from 3:30 til 5:30 Hudson River Science Society conference at SUNY New Paltz. Topics on the Hudson River estuary and watershed can include: Climate change and sea-level rise, biogeochemistry, ecosystem dynamics, fisheries and wildlife biology, ecosystem change, non-indigenous species, water quality, volunteer monitoring, cooperative monitoring and science programs, anthropology and archaeology.


Day Place/Time Lecture
Feb. 21, 2013 at 7 PM Gilman Center, Middletown Campus

"Reducing your Garden's Carbon Footprint". Brooklyn Botanic Garden Director of Science, Dr. Susan Pell, examines re-purposing old items to use as hard-scaping and growing plants from seed. FREE

Saturday, March 30, 2013 9am - 12pm SUNY Orange Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture Spring 2013 Garden Workshop Series #1: "Basic Landscape Design". Workshop includes a lecture and a hands-on component. PRE-REGISTRATION required by 3/22/13. Please contact for additional information.