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April 11, 2011 – April 28, 2011

EARTH WEEK 2011 features exciting panels, volunteer opportunities, film screenings, and other events as part of the month long celebration of NYU’'s commitment to sustainability. Read the press release »

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  • Monday, April 11
    · From Fast-Start to Long-Term Finance for Climate Protection
  • Tuesday, April 12
    End of the Line Film Screening
  • Thursday, April 14
    · School of Dentistry Greening Day
    · The Next American Revolution
    · Eco-Friendly Skincare
    · "Can New York City have a Wind Industry?"
  • Friday, April 15
    Queens County Farm Trip
    A Citizen's Guide to Plastic Pollution
    · Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action Film Screening
  • Saturday, April 16
    · Beach Cleanup
  • Sunday, April 17
    · Sustainability Brunch at Palladium
  • Monday, April 18
    · TOXIC: Garbage Island Film Screening
    · Cooling the Planet, Feeding the World

Thanks for attending this year's Earth Day events!

Monday, April 11, 2011

From Fast-Start to Long-Term Finance for Climate Protection: The Need for New Funding Sources

New York University School of Law; Pollack Colloquium Room, 9th Floor,
Furman Hall 245 Sullivan Street

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Developed and developing countries have agreed that $100 billion is needed annually for developing countries to combat and adapt to climate change. This amount cannot simply come from the public revenues of developed countries. Innovative financing, from emissions markets to new levies on financial transactions or on international shipping and aviation, will be required. The panel will include Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing; Professor Richard Stewart, University Professor and Faculty Director, Guarini Center for Environmental and Land Use Law; Nigel Purvis, President, Climate Advisers and Scholar, Brookings Institute; and Robert Orr, Assistant UN Secretary General for Policy Planning, to discuss the economics and politics of these potential new sources.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

End of the Line Film Screening

Kimmel Center Room 803
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Blue Table, a new NYU student-led sustainable fish organization, and Oxfam at NYU are hosting a screening of End of the Line, a new documentary on the destruction of our ocean fisheries. Guests from the Blue Ocean Institute and the Pew Environmental Group will be on hand to answer any and all questions!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

School of Dentistry Greening Day

NYU College of Dentistry: 345 East 24th Street
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Lunch-and-learn with the NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) community! The "Shred It" truck will be on site from 10 AM to 1 PM, and there will be a Bike Share Information and Safety Training Session from 12 PM to 1 PM in seminar room 614S on the 6th floor with help from experts in the Sustainability Office! Come to the training and you'll be registered to use NYU's free Bike Share with locations all across campus.

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century with Grace Lee Boggs & Scott Kurashige

Department of Social & Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

A world dominated by America and driven by cheap oil, easy credit, and conspicuous consumption is unraveling before our eyes. Drawing from seven decades of movement-building experience, Grace Lee Boggs shows how to create the radical social change we need to confront new realities. From her home in Detroit, she reveals how hope and creativity are overcoming despair and decay within the most devastated urban communities. RSVP is required; more information is available here.

Eco-Friendly Skincare: Making Critical Choices for Natural Care

Stern KMEC, 44 West 4th St
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

We already watch what we eat, exercise regularly and stay hydrated, but are we taking care of ourselves by paying attention to what we put on our largest organ--our skin? During Earth Month, the NYU Office of Alumni Relations is bringing in skincare entrepreneurs Rebecca Gordon (Stern '90) and Indie Lee to provide user-friendly recipes for luxurious all-natural beauty products in a fun and fascinating hands-on workshop. Friends and business partners of, Indie and Rebecca will share the inspirational story behind their skincare line and how they are helping others in their quest for optimum health. Cost is $15 per person.

Clean Energy Connections: "Can New York City have a Wind Industry?"

The WNYC Jerome L. Greene Space
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Solar On and NYC ACRE at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU present a live discussion series and an online forum for New York City's blossoming cleantech sector. This series brings together professionals, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, and students to explore hot topics such as the city's wind and solar industries; nature and cleantech; information technology and energy efficiency; and more. Event is $10 with student ID, $25 without.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Queens County Farm Trip

Meet at Kimmel Center Front Lobby 10:15 AM, Return to Kimmel 3:30 PM
10:15 AM – 3:30 PM

CHEFs for Schools at NYU is sponsoring a visit to Queens County Farm for P.S. 124 and NYU students.The farm is an environmentally conscious farm in Floral Park, New York. By attending, you will have the chance to mentor underserved local public school children and learn with them about nutrition and sustainable food production. This trip is in its third year. Last year this project was a great success and can be read about on Lunch will be provided.

A Citizen's Guide to Plastic Pollution

Kimmel Center Room 808
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

What are the political, scientific, and social changes that must happen to deal with global plastic pollution? How do plastics cause new types of environmental and human health problems that challenge traditional approaches of pollution control? This discussion coordinated by the Native American & Indigenous Students Club will arm you as a citizen with a real understanding of how plastic pollutes the body and environment, and how to stay as healthy as possible in a very plastic world.

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action Film Screening

Kimmel Center Shorin Performance Center (Room 802)
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Framed by the ecological and spiritual wisdom of Winona LaDuke, Homeland presents a vision of how people all over the world can turn around the destructive policies of thoughtless resource use and create a new paradigm to live healthier, more fulfilling, and sustainable lives. Discover the efforts of four different Native American groups to fight corporate driven environmental degradation of their land.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beach Cleanup

Meet at Kimmel Center Front Lobby 11:00 AM, Return to Kimmel 5:00 PM
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The NYU Surf Club hosts a beach cleanup on 90th St Beach at Rockaway Beach, Queens. Pick up trash off the beach, and raise environmental awareness of ocean and coastal pollution to the local community and welcome their involvement. Three hours will be spent on the beach, with additional time of the event allotted to travel. Cost will be two subway rides, and a light lunch will be provided. Remember to bring water, layers, and sunscreen!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sustainability Brunch at Palladium

Palladium Dining Hall
11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Brunch at Palladium is always an event, but this week the Gallatin Student Council will help showcase local and organic foods for breakfast! Not only will there be great food but there will be a composting workshop, with student experts there to help answer your composting questions. Come enjoy delicious food that is good for you and the environment! Cost: A normal meal swipe!

Monday, April 18, 2011

TOXIC: Garbage Island Film Screening

Kimmel 406
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Surf Club will be showing VBS's TOXIC: Garbage Island. Come aboard as the VBS crew takes a cruise to the Northern Gyre in the Pacific Ocean, a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up tons of plastic into a giant pool of chemical soup, flecked with bits and whole chunks of refuse that cannot biodegrade.

Cooling the Planet, Feeding the World Panel Discussion with Anna Lappé

Kimmel Center Shorin Performance Center (802)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, respected for her work on sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change. In her latest book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It, Anna deftly explores the links between today's global food system and climate change, and offers ideas and inspiration for making sustainable food choices that can provide a catalyst for transforming the environment. Mia MacDonald will moderate the panel, and panelists include Anna Lappé, Anim Steel of the Real Food Challenge, Melissa Mark-Viverito of the NYC Council, and Angelines Moncha Alba Lamb of Slow Food USA.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day Films

Bobst Library, Avery Fisher Center (2nd Floor) Group Viewing Area
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (through Friday, April 22)

Come celebrate Earth Week by watching short films on the environment, sustainability and the earth at the Avery Fisher Center in Bobst Library. Films include Winged Migration, Microcosmos, and The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey!. Brought to you by the NYU Libraries Sustainability Group and the Avery Fisher Center. More information about the films and where to go here.

Bike Share Information Session and Safety Training

Founders Hall, 4th Floor Lounge
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Come to this safety session to start checking out bikes from the NYU Bike Share. The NYU Bike Share lends bikes to students, faculty, and staff for FREE and makes sure that you get all of your safety questions answered. Find out more and enroll in the program by attending this informational workshop and bike safety training. Note: You must come to a safety training like this one before you can borrow bikes from the Bike Share!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Students Against Hydrofracking Rally

Washington Square Park
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, RAIN OR SHINE

Join a coalition of student leaders and community members from NYU, the New School, Columbia, Hunter College and beyond to rally under the arch in Washington Square Park for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), the dangerous natural gas extraction process that pumps millions of gallons of pressurized water, sand and more than 150 chemicals into the ground. Hosted by Oxfam at NYU, the Students Against Hydrofracking coalition will be joined by the Reverend Billy and the Earthaluja Choir, student speakers and performers, water system and environmental experts, activists and elected representatives to press the state legislature and Governor Cuomo to replace the soon-to-expire temporary moratorium on fracking with a permanent ban.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Frost-Free Food Fest at Hayden Dining Hall

Hayden Dining Room
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM

NYU's Community Agriculture Club sets the table at Hayden to promote sustainable eating and to provide interactive, entertaining, and informative activities?including composting workshop and trivia (with prizes!), break-dancing, a hydrofracking action center, food slide shows, and more. Come to eat in good company and learn more about urban community agriculture and regional agriculture systems!

NYC PREMIERE! Journey of the Universe film screening and Q&A with Executive Producers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Kimmel Center Silver Board Room (914)
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM (2 Sessions)

NYC PREMIERE DOUBLE SCREENING! Dr. Tucker and Dr. Grim are faculty members and coordinators of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. Their gorgeous 50-minute film, narrated by acclaimed evolutionary philosopher and author Dr. Brian Swimme, weaves together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. It unfolds an epic story of immense creativity, connection, and interdependence with a new vision for humanity's role in bringing forth a vibrant Earth Community.

Screening #1: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM, followed by discussion with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim: 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Screening #2: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM, with an introduction by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Friday, April 22

13th Annual Earth Day Street Fair

Washington Place (between Greene Street and Washington Square East)
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We've closed off the street for ya! Come out and celebrate Earth Day in the middle of campus at the Street Fair, where we've brought together local artists, musicians, green organizations and demos, interactive booths, and FOOD! Learn about awesome environmental projects, get involved in NYU Sustainability programs, contemplate your Earth-ly existence, and grab some free dosas from the famous NY Dosa Cart!

Earth Day Banquet

Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion (10th Floor)
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Share your love for delicious food with a conscience! Come enjoy an amazing smorgasbord of FREE sustainable, local foods, with a panel presentation on the multi-faceted issue of food justice at our annual Earth Day Banquet. We are tackling the issue through a panel of extraordinary speakers with a variety of different perspectives, all prepared to share their wealth of knowledge and answer audience questions: Dennis Derryck, president of Corbin Hill Road Farms and Chair of WE ACT; John Ameroso, horticultural specialist for Cornell's NYC Cooperative Extension and Board Member for Just Food, and Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a leader and activist from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and advocate for farmworkers rights. Whether you're a VEGAN or an OMNIVORE, you'll find the perfect dinner—and great food for thought—at this feast! Co-sponsored by the NYU Office of Sustainability and Earth Matters.

NYU Bookstore Gives Back

726 Broadway
Friday – Sunday

The NYU Bookstore will donate $1 of each student's purchase of a reusable bag during Earth Day weekend (Fri Apr 22 – Sun Apr 24) to the Sustainability Fund.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

[CANCELED] Gardening in East River Park

East River Park, East 10th Street and FDR Drive
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Meet at the 10th Street pedestrian bridge in East River Park and join the LES Ecology Center in kicking off the gardening season in East River Park. Please come prepared to cultivate planting beds, apply compost to trees and shrubs, admire the many bulbs we planted last fall and to get your hands dirty. No need to bring tools or gloves, feel free to bring a brown paper lunch. Everyone is welcome! Email if you would like to attend with the club!


Kimmel Center 400 Series and Eisner and Lubin Auditorium
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

We all know that NYU students ooze fashion. So why not do some sustainable spring cleaning, avoid burdening your pocketbook and planet, and share your community's style! Our third annual clothing swap, Swap-a-Palooza is focused on reducing your environmental impact through exchanging gently-used clothes and accessories instead of buying new things. Bring a bag of clothes to swap and leave with something new! The Swap will feature local artists at design stations helping you to re-create old items, as well as some acoustic tunes for a mellow mood.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Growing the Future with with Dr. Vandana Shiva

Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Room 401
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM

With Dr. Vandana Shiva, winner of the Sydney Peace Prize and the Right Livelihood Award. Introduction by Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director of the Indo-­American Arts Council. Lunch will be served. The event is FREE for NYU Students; use discount code genstunyu.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stern Eco Fair

Gould Plaza
11:45 AM – 6:00 PM

The Stern Campus Greening Initiative (SCGI) is hosting its Second Annual Eco-Fair! This event will feature a variety of New York City vendors with local, sustainable products—including local food vendors, so stop by for lunch or a snack!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Cleantech Currents

Varick Street Incubator, 12th Floor
160 Varick Street (between Vandam and Charlton)

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Produced by the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy at NYU-Poly (NYC ACRE) and New York University's Sustainability Task Force, Currents brings together startups and students interested in promoting a sustainable future through entrepreneurship. Over wine and light hors d'oeuvres and in an informal setting, Currents provides students with the opportunity to see first hand the vanguard of cleantech entrepreneurship and meet other students who see opportunity in a clean energy economy. It will also provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to consider contemporary academic thoughts and trends in sustainability, entrepreneurship, and social innovation. Attire is business casual.

BUGS for Dinner

Green House, 40 East 7th St
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Meet naturalist and entomophagist David Gracer. David has been featured in the New York Times and the on the Colbert Report! He is now visiting our very own NYU Green House to speak on the environmental and nutritional benefits of insects as a food choice. Gracer's passionate interest in communicating this subject centers on our collective relationship to nature, and its potential to create a better future for all of humanity. He summarizes the big picture on these issues and shows how entomophagy might well address many of the pressing problems of our day. To create believers of us, David will prepare a sampling of dishes made from exotics bugs!