Nearly 400 students, faculty, and administrators attended NYUCD's third annual Greening Awareness Day in October. The event, held on the Alfano Commons, was designed to motivate students, faculty, and staff to think about their impact on the environment and begin to change behavior and mindset toward more socially responsible, environmentally sustainable actions. Motivators included T-shirts emblazoned with the NYUCD Greening Awareness Day logo; a raffle for a Norco 21-speed hybrid bicycle won by Dr. Anabella C. Oquendo Parilli, a Clinical Instructor in Cariology & Comprehensive Care; door prizes created from sustainable materials; information on environmentally friendly products; and locally grown food.
"This event is organized annually by our all-volunteer Greening Committee, whose members are motivated exclusively by a commitment to and a passion for greening the environment," said Dr. Michael P. O'Connor, Vice Dean for Finance & Administration and Founder and Chair of the Greening Committee. Vice Dean O'Connor noted that the committee's accomplishments over the past year include a "Shred-it" program that has recycled enough paper to save 86 trees, and an energy conservation initiative that has saved enough electricity to take 7,000 New York City homes off the power grid for a year.
Ms. Annette Cutugno, Co-chair of the Greening Committee's communications subcommittee, added that "it is exciting to see how much enthusiasm and education about greening has grown-and continues to grow-in just three years. I predict that we will see many more students, faculty, and staff becoming active members of the Greening Committee in 2011."