STUDENTS ORGANIZING EARTH WEEK EVENTS

4/18/2008

College’s Biology Club Inviting Speakers and Businesses for Sustainability Lectures and Presentations

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The student Biology Club at SUNY Orange is organizing a series of sustainability lectures, discussions and demonstrations next week in support of Earth Day.

The students have established a schedule of events that will run from Monday, April 21 through Thursday, April 24, with a mix of daytime and evening activities.

The week opens with a lecture by Sandra Schultz, of the Department of Environmental Conservation, entitled “The Other River That Can,” featuring information about the Delaware River. Schultz will speak from 11 a.m. to Noon in Room 311 of the Bio-Tech Building.

To commemorate Earth Day on Tuesday, eight businesses and organizations will display and discuss a wide array of “green” products and services from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge of the Shepard Student Center. Representatives from the DEC (environmental conservation), Solarias Inc. (solar electric systems), Orange & Rockland Untilities Inc. (energy efficiency), Taylor Biomass Energy LLC (demolition debris and waste wood recycling), GenPak (compostable and biodegradable food service products), Total Green LLC (geothermal design), Cornell University Cooperative Extension (land use, water resources and watershed management) and Prism Solar Technologies Inc. (solar energy) will be on hand.

Also on Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to Noon in Rom 201 of the Bio-Tech Building, biodynamic farmer Linda Borghi will lecture on “eating local” through the use of a Eat Local Virtual Food Stand. To conclude Earth Day, the students have organized a panel discussion to address what can be done locally to address climate change and the transition to a sustainable future. Orange Environment president Dr. Michael Edelstein will be joined by Dan Miner, Dr. William J. Makofske and David Church from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 221 of the Library.

Wild Hive Farm will demonstrate a sustainable mill and bakery on the College’s Alumni Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Thursday’s events will showcase the efforts of SUNY Orange student clubs and organizations, who will be selling sustainable products as fundraisers and also demonstrating their collective efforts toward recycling and other “green” initiatives. The biology, business, rad-tech and engineering clubs will be set up along the stone walkway just outside the entrance to the Gilman Center for International Education.

For more information, contact Nancy Arias, Student Earth Week coordinator and Biology Club president, at NBA@sunyorange.edu or visit http://www.sunyorange.edu/biology for the event schedule.

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