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April 14, 2012 – April 28, 2012


EARTH WEEK 2012 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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Thanks for attending this year’s Earth Day events!

Now through May 18th, 2012

“Sustainability at NYU: Did you know?” An Earth Week Exhibition

Kimmel Windows Gallery,
LaGuardia Place and West 3rd Street

Check out this exhibit of 13 large street-level windows composed around different aspects of NYU’s sustainability efforts. Each 3D window display is designed to engage and educate YOU, and get you plugged into all the opportunities to transform NYU into a world leader in sustainable operation and academic life. Free and Accessible 24/7 by the Public.

And for a limited time, you can solve a puzzle to WIN A BRAND-NEW BIKE by finding the hidden NYU Torch logos in three of the windows! Contest details here.

Now through May 31st, 2012

“I Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust: An Earth Day Exhibit”

The Gallery Space at Wagner
Puck Building
295 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor

Featuring the work of Puerto Rican born, NYC-based artist Erick Sánchez, “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” was created for the Gallery Space at Wagner as a visual manifesto—a consciousness-raising display about the urgency for environmental protection and the perils of man-originated ecological disturbances. With this series the artist gives shape to a fragile space threatened by globalization, industrialization, global warming, and other consequences of human behavior and the concomitant natural disasters which extinguish life and nature.

Free and Open to the Public.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Bronx is Blooming

Franz Siegel Park
(158th Street and Walton Avenue)

11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Join the CAS Dean’s Service Honor Corps (DSHC) on our mission to beautify Franz Siegel Park! We will be mulching flower beds, pruning shrubs, and stewarding young trees. Come help make the park cleaner, greener, and more enjoyable for everyone!

If you wish to travel as a group, meet in front of the W 4th St Starbucks at 10:00 am.

Sunday, April 15, 2011

Green the Streets!

Compost for Brooklyn Garden
Newkirk Ave and East 8th St, Brooklyn, 11230

9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Prepare to get your hands dirty as we head to Brooklyn for a day of caring for street trees! Join the Urban Planning Students Association and the Wagner Environmental Policy Alliance to support the fantastic work of Compost for Brooklyn, founded by Wagner student Louise Bruce (’12). We will be building tree guards and improving urban soils with compost and gardening. Snacks provided by the Parkville Farmshare, a new local CSA.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Film Screening: “What’s for Dinner?”

Meyer Building
4 Washington Place, Room 122

6:00 – 8:00 PM

A documentary shedding light on two major questions: can China’s 1.3 billion people eat as much meat and dairy as those in industrialized countries without destroying the planet—or its climate; and do they really want to? “What’s for Dinner?” delves into the stories of Chinese women and men encountering, helping foster, or offering alternatives to large-scale animal agriculture. Film to be followed by a discussion with Mia MacDonald, the film’s Co-Executive Producer and the Executive Director of Brighter Green; and Peter Li, an Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Houston.

Free and Open to the Public.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Mobile-to-Mobile Street Fair

Washington Place, between Washington Square East and Greene St
12:30 – 5:30 PM

Join us for our 14th Annual Earth Day Street Fair! This year’s theme is “Mobile Ecological Innovators” and we’re bringing in a variety of artists and their moving exhibitions. Come see a truck retrofitted with a farm, a trailer that’s become a traveling science lab, bringing education to underprivileged communities, and much more. Enjoy free food prepared by NYU’s newly inaugurated Student Food Co-Op!

Free and Open to the Public.

 

Panel on Global Equity and Animal Agriculture

Silver Building
33 Washington Place, Room 408

6:00 – 8:00 PM

The rapid globalization of the livestock industry, particularly the use of intensive systems of production, ought to be high on policy agendas for climate change, food security, equity, and animal welfare, but so far, the topic has been marginal in most of these arenas. This lack of attention risks forfeiting a crucial opportunity to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and create a more sustainable, equitable, humane, and climate-compatible food system. Countries such as Brazil, China, and India, already most affected by global warming, have an opportunity to lead in a new direction, away from the Western model — with multiple benefits for their people, their environments, and the global climate. The panel seeks to shed light on this topic, and encourage discussion about ways to address it in its multiple dimensions. We’re excited to bring to our panel: Mia MacDonald, Executive Director of Brighter Green and NYU ES Capstone Instructor; Lori Gruen, Chair of Wesleyan University’s Philosophy Department; Chetana Mirle, Director of Farm Animals, Humane Society International; and Peter Li, Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Houston.

Free and Open to the Public.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gallatin Presents: The Big Walk 2

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

In honor of Earth Day, Gallatin School of Individualized Studies is hosting a BIG WALK down the entire length of Fifth Avenue! The walk will start at E 142nd Street and 5th Ave — way up top — at 9:00 a.m. Arrive early for free caffeinated beverages! The closest subway stops are the 145th St station on the 3 train or the 138th St station n the 4 or 5 trains. The walk will end at Washington Square, around 2:30 p.m. with a finish line celebration. Along the trail, participants will stop at checkpoints with special guests and events. Free lunch for registered participants with a suggested donation of $20.

Open to the Public.

The Bronx is Blooming

Franz Siegel Park
(158th Street and Walton Avenue)

11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Join the CAS Dean’s Service Honor Corps (DSHC) on our mission to beautify Franz Siegel Park! We will be mulching flower beds, pruning shrubs, and stewarding young trees. Come help make the park cleaner, greener, and more enjoyable for everyone!

If you wish to travel as a group, meet in front of the W 4th St Starbucks at 10:00 am.

Sunday, April 22, 2011

Be °Cool

720 Greenwich Avenue
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Teaming up with the NYC CoolRoofs Program and NYC Service, we will paint a city rooftop white to help reduce building temperatures, reduce CO2 emissions, and improve air quality! The NYC CoolRoofs initiative enables building owners to cool their roofs by applying a reflective white coating that reduces energy use. The program supports New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. All materials and lunch will be provided.

Free and Open to the Public

 

Punk Rock Clothes Swap

Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin 4th Floor Auditorium
60 Washington Square South

2:00 – 5:00 PM

Celebrate Earth Day by bringing in a bag of your old clothes and swapping for some new treasures! Then join a DIY workshop and learn how to re-accessorize your new finds. Can’t part with your clothes? Then feel free to drop off books, CDs, or anything else you’d like to share. Featuring live performances by four NYU student bands! Everything left over will be donated to Housing Works.

Free and Open to the Public

 

The Yes Fest: A Celebration of Successful Activism and Pranks

Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin 4th Floor Auditorium
60 Washington Square South

5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Yes-Men are hosting a party. A party to celebrate successful positive activism. A party that demonstrates that real social change can happen without resorting to negative imagery or violence. A party that shows what humor (with a sharp suit and tie combination) can really do. There’s no dress code, but formal-wear is encouraged!

Free and Open to the Public

Monday, April 23, 2012

Play and Learn with the Environmental Law Society!

Courtyard of Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South

12:00 – 1:00 PM

The Environmental Law Society is hosting an afternoon of games and refreshments to promote sustainable initiatives on campus, such as composting bins in the cafeterias and refrigerated water bottle refilling stations in the law school buildings. Try your hand at a bean bag toss and learn how to properly sort your everyday trash into recycling and composting bins. Participants will be rewarded with stainless steel water bottles!

Free and Open to the Public

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tree Planting (at the New School)

318 East 15th Street
(between 1st and 2nd avenues)

10:00 – 11:30 AM

The day of inter-school Tree Action begins by joining forces with the New School’s Urban Forestry Club for a tree planting event in conjunction with the NY Restoration Project / MillionTrees NYC! Meet at the New School for coffee and tree-planting... then participate in a guided nature walk / tree identification lesson, en route to NYU’s nearby Green Dorm on 7th Street for a Citizen Tree Care and Tree Adoption Workshop (see below).

 

Citizen Tree Care and Street Tree Adoption Workshop (at NYU)

40 E 7th Street
(in front on sidewalk, between 2nd and 3rd avenues)

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Learn how to show some love to our beautiful, vital but neglected urban forest — and slake that appetite you worked up if you attended the morning New School tree planting / walking tour (see above).

Attendees will learn ‘citizen tree care’ techniques, including a demonstration from staff trained in nurturing our city’s street trees, and the opportunity to adopt a campus tree and give it a boost that says “thank you!” more than a hug could ever do. Participants will dine on a delicious lunch sourced and prepared by NYU’s very own Student Food Cooperative.

RSVP on Facebook. Supplies are provided — just bring your green thumbs! Free and open to the public.

Check out some of our past Earth Week events:-
Earth Week 2011, • Earth Week 2010, • Earth Week 2009

Brought to you by the Earth Week Planning Committee: Special Thanks to Earth Matters! • ASSBAC • Center for Student Activities, Leadership, & Services • NYU Sustainability Task Force • Office of Civic Engagement • NYU Program Board • NYU Recycling • Office of Sustainability • Environmental Studies Program • Kimmel Operations • Food Studies Program • Gallatin School of Individualized Studies • The Yes-Men • Environmental Law Society • Wagner Environmental Policy Alliance • Wagner Cares Committee • NYC Service • NYC CoolRoofs • NYU Animal Studies Initiative • Environmental Studies Club • Urban Planning Students Association • NYU Student Food Co-Op • Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development • Gallery Space at Wagner • NYCares