New York University will participate in the 47th annual Earth Day festivities with a month-long celebration and tribute with eco-friendly events including a biking trip, an Earth Day Street Fair, lectures, green projects, Earth Matters Fair Food Fest, with panel discussion, and the film premier of Premier of Josh Fox’s “How to Let Go of the World”, co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. Most events are free and open to the public. Some events require a RSVP.

Annual NYU Earth Day Street Fair
Annual NYU Earth Day Street Fair

Film Premier, Lectures, Fair Food Fest, and an Earth Day Street Fair Top the Activities

New York University will participate in the 47th annual Earth Day festivities with a month-long celebration and tribute with eco-friendly events including a biking trip, an Earth Day Street Fair, lectures, green projects, Earth Matters Fair Food Fest, with panel discussion, and the film premier of Premier of Josh Fox’s “How to Let Go of the World”, co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. Most events are free and open to the public. Some events require a RSVP.

Media Inquiries Only:  For information on events, or for story queries, please contact Christopher James at 212.998.6876 or


Monday, April 4, 2016

Film:  “Catching the Sun” Screening with Director & Jigar Shah
5:00pm - 8:00pm @ Cinema Village
Join Tandon’s NYC ACRE for a screening of the documentary “Catching the Sun,” which explores the global race towards a clean energy future. Join the film’s director, Shalini Kantayya, and Jigar Shah, Founder of General Capital and first CEO of SunEdison for a Q&A session and reception following the film.

Talk:  Natural Gas Fired Generation in the U.S.: Looking at the Road Ahead
6:30pm - 8:30pm, Lipton Hall, D’ Agostino Hall, 108 W. 3rd St.
Join the Guarini Center at NYU School of Law for a discussion to examine legal, regulatory and market factors impacting the industry and the role of natural gas in the clean energy economy. Panelists include Scott Beicke, Catherine Callaway, Robert Mancini, Thad Miller, and Michael Shenberg.

The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, will hold a discussion on, “Natural Gas Fired Generation in the US: Looking at the Road Ahead.” Panelists will examine legal, regulatory and market factors impacting the industry and the role of natural gas in the clean energy economy. RSVP here


  • Scott Beicke, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Catherine Callaway, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Dynegy Inc.
  • Robert Mancini (’84), Managing Director & Co-Head of CPP-II, The Carlyle Group
  • Thad Miller, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Calpine Corp.
  • Michael Shenberg (’85), Partner, White and Case LLP

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Talk: Seeing Seafood as Animals
6:00pm - 8:00pm, 5 Washington Pl., Room 101
NYU Animal Studies Initiative brings together a panel of experts to address how seeing seafood as animals would address how humans think about fish farming and the overexploitation of marine species. Panelists include Victoria Braithwaite, Becca Franks, Peter Godfrey-Smith, and Lori Marino, moderated by Jennifer Jacquet.

The fishing industry is the largest hunting operation on the planet, and has led to the serial overexploitation of marine species. In recent decades, the market for seafood has also been supplemented through fish farming, which has led to the rapid domestication of aquatic species. What would it be like to see seafood as animals and would seeing things in this way affect how we think about these industries?

Please join NYU Animal Studies Initiative, Department of Environmental Studies, and the Environmental Humanities in welcoming a panel of experts who will address these and more questions on current fishing practices. RSVP Required


  • Victoria Braithwaite, Professor of Fisheries and Biology, Penn State University
  • Becca Franks, Killiam Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univeristy of British Columbia
  • Peter Godfrey-Smith, Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center
  • Lori Marino, Executive Director, The Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy

Monday, April 11,2016

Talk: Leading the Green Revolution: Danish Perspectives on Building Energy Efficient Cities
6:30pm - 8:00pm, Vanderbilt Hall, 3rd Floor
The Guarini Center at NYU School of Law welcomes Peter Bach, chief adviser at the Danish Energy Agency, Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building for a conversation on Danish energy efficiency policies, challenges in pursuing these goals, and strategies used to achieve such impressive results.

A global leader in energy efficiency, Denmark has roughly halved energy consumption in its buildings over the last 40 years. Denmark’s experience may offer considerable insights for other countries and cities seeking to reduce their carbon footprints. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Talk: Endangered Species and Wildlife Trafficking:
4:15pm - 5:30 pm, Furman Hall, Room 212
Join the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Environmental Law Society for a discussion with Jonathan Lovvorn on wildlife trafficking and endangered species. In addition to serving as the Chief Counsel for Animal Protection Litigation at the Humane Society of the United States, he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU, and has lectured and written widely on the topic of animal law.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

NYU Environmental Roundtable:
6:00pm - 7:30pm, 10 Astor Pl., Room 7B
A monthly meeting that brings together student organizations to discuss the current status of environmentalism on campus. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Panel: Climate Adaptation Planning in the Developing World
5:30pm - 7:30pm, The Puck Building, 7th Floor

Join Alliance for Climate Change and Environment to hear a panel of experts discuss the rising concerns over climate change and its impact on cities in the developing world. The topic of the discussion is shaped to match specializations across the Wagner community and is intended to promote the need for innovative yet urgent integration of comprehensive policy framework and urban planning solutions in developing countries, on both local and regional levels.

Demo:  iAnimal Virtual Reality
2:00pm - 5:00pm, Kimmel Center, Staircase
Animal Welfare Collective will be providing students with the opportunity to experience the lives of farm animals from their perspective. Visit the Kimmel Stairs to try out Animal Equality's Virtual Reality Headsets, and see the world from a different set of eyes.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Wagner Cares Day of Service: Spring City Wide Stewardship Day
9:00am - 1:00pm, Inwood Hill Park, Meeting at Payson St.
As part of Wagner Cares Day of Service, ACE is joining the Stewardship Team at NYC Parks for an urban forest project. Volunteers will be removing invasive species such as knotweed, mugwort, and porcelain berry which threaten the otherwise healthy forest. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Space is limited and registration is required for this event.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Demo:  Earth Day Shower
11:00am - 2:00pm, Kimmel Center, Staircase
Join Animal Welfare Collective for a unique learning experience focused around environmentalism and sustainable water use. Stop by the Kimmel Stairs to learn more about the environmental benefits of a plant-based lifestyle at this creative demonstration.

Fair Food Fest
6:30-9:00pm, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center
A festival of food-related organizations providing free food and educational experiences, and a panel discussion surrounding urban agriculture, food politics, and the future of sustainability in food from leaders in their fields.

Bobst Sustainability Film Screening: "Cowspiracy"
4:00pm, Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center

Go Green Week Challenge
Monday marks the beginning of the Go Green Week Challenge. The Animal Welfare Collective & EarthMatters in conjunction with NYU Shanghai and NYU Abu Dhabi, invites you to join NYU students globally in taking the Pledge to follow a plant-based (vegetarian or vegan) diet for Earth Week, and earn points towards earth-friendly prizes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bobst Sustainability Film Screening: "Racing Extinction"
4:00pm, Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bobst Sustainability Film Screening: "Divest!"
4:00pm, Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center
Featuring a guest speaker from NYU Divest

Panel: What Do We Know, What Can We Know, What Should We Know?
April 20, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Bobst Library, 3rd Floor
In celebration of twenty year of food studies, a panel will examine subjects such as the food-industry sponsored Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, opposed by consumer groups and currently stalled in the Senate; and Vermont’s GMO labeling law, likely to go into effect this summer.

Panelists include Julian Armstrong, Marion Nestle, Gustavo Setrini, Hillary Sterling, and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, moderated by Clark Wolf.

RSVP Suggested

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sustainability Task Force Meeting
April 21, 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Kimmel Center
The Office of Sustainability’s bi-annual Sustainability Task Force meeting will bring together students, faculty and staff from across campus to discuss sustainability at NYU. RSVP TO

Lecture: How Environmental Health Impacts Patient Health
4:00pm, 345 E 24th Street, Room 3W. 
In a lecture presented by NYU Dentistry's Greening Committee, Dr. George Thurston will discuss air pollution and the health cobenefits of climate mitigation action. 
For more information contact Katie Baron at

Bobst Sustainability Film Screening: "Gasland"
4:00pm, Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center

Mentoring Night: Sustainability Careers
5:30pm-8pm, Wasserman Center for Career Development, 133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor
The Wasserman Center for Career Development is hosting an event for undergraduate and graduate students interested in advancing sustainability across industries, non-profit organizations, and government. Hear a panel of professionals discuss how they promote sustainability across different industries, non-profit organizations, and government.
RSVP required through CareerNet.

  • Students will have the opportunity to:
    • Participate in roundtable discussions
    • Network with experts in the field
    • Explore opportunities in sustainability
    • Receive valuable career advice and guidance

FIELDS REPRESENTED INCLUDE: Government • International Relations • Social Entrepreneurship • Urban Afairs • Law • Economic Development • Communications • Financial Services

Book Event: When God Isn’t Green
6:00pm, NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway
Jay Wexler, who is a professor at Boston University School of Law, will be discussing and reading from his new book When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practices and Environmentalism Collide, just published by Beacon Press in Boston. When God Isn't Green is a nonfiction book about the previously under-appreciated fact that very often, religious practices happen to harm the environment. In the book, Wexler describes his travels around the world - from Singapore to Guatemala, from India to the northernmost point in Alaska, and much more - to investigate this phenomenon and figure out how societies can best balance religious freedom with environmental protection. For more information view the NYU Bookstore events calendar.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Car Free Day
Car Free Day 2016 is a one-day initiative spearheaded by New York City Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez, in partnership with nonprofits, community organizations, businesses, advocacy groups, and universities, to raise awareness about the public health and street safety impact single passenger car use has on NYC. On Friday, April 22, 2016, “Earth Day,” the city-wide event, will establish “car free zones” across Manhattan and include a variety of outdoor programming, educational panels, and activities. See the Car Free Day Facebook page for more information. New York City’s street closure around Washington Square Park and elsewhere presents a unique opportunity to enjoy open and safe streets, so feel free to come out and see what the City looks like without cars and enjoy the street fair! The City’s first ever Car Free Day encourages all individuals who commute by single occupancy car to choose an alternate mode of transportation for the day—travel by bus, subway, carpool, bicycle, or walk—it’s up to you.

Bobst Sustainability Film Screening: "Wisdom to Survive"
11:00am, Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center

Earth Day Street Fair
12:00pm - 5:00pm, LaGuardia Pl. b/w Washington Sq. South & 3rd St.
Join the green community of NYU and NYC for a street fair on the 47th anniversary of Earth Day with giveaways, information tables, delicious free food, and most importantly a celebration of the planet we live on!

Bobst Sustainability Film Screening: "Bikes vs. Cars"
4:00pm, Bobst Library, 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center

Film: Screening of "An Inconvenient Truth"
7:00pm, Kimmel Center, 7th Floor Lounge

Join the Service Film Series for a free screening of "An Inconvenient Truth." Learn about the unavoidable repercussions of global warming and climate change from this informative and momentous documentary. Pizza will be provided.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Talk: Dr. Miguel Carter on Land and Agriculture in Brazil
5:30pm - 7:00pm, 411 Lafayette St,. Fifth floor
Join the NYU Food Studies Program and Dr. Miguel Carter for a discussion of land conflicts and agrarian politics in Brazil. The talk will be focused around Dr. Carter's new book, Challenging Social Inequality: The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Agrarian Reform in Brazil, in which an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars and development workers explores the causes, consequences, and contemporary reactions to Brazil's sharply unequal agrarian structure.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Talk: COP21: A Potential for Future Success
6:30-8pm, Kimmel Center, Room 909
Join Jennifer Jacquet, professor of Environmental Studies, as she speaks on her experience and research at the twenty-first Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In particular, she will focus on the Conference's ability to forge potential pathways for climate change solutions, as well as its limitations in assuring global cooperation and effective action. She will discuss the ways that the Paris agreement adds to the UNFCCC agreement of 1992, why things must be different this time around, and the challenges in assuring the agreement's success, which ultimately rests not only on nations, but on civil society and corporations.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Premier: Josh Fox’s “How to Let Go of the World”
7:00pm - 10:00pm, IFC Center
Join NYU EarthMatters for an exclusive screening of the new climate change documentary film from Josh Fox, director of “Gasland,” followed by a Q&A session with the director himself. This screening is limited to NYU affiliates only. RSVP Required

Friday, April 29, 2016

“I’m Not a Scientist”: The Role and Responsiblity of Archivists Towards Climate Change
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Kimmel Center, Room 912
Join us in examining the intersection of archives and climate change. The growth in public concern over climate change has demonstrated a need for archival repositories to respond to groups accessing and creating materials related to this issue as well as ensuring our collections are protected from the impacts of climate change. RSVP required.


  • Dianne Anderson, Director of NYU’s Office of Sustainability
  • Danielle Cordovez, Librarian and Archivist, Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound
  • Rebecca Morgan, Special Collections Archivist, American Museum of Natural History
  • Gregory Raml, Special Collections Librarian, American Museum of Natural History

NYU’s Celebration of Earth Week is sponsored in part by the Earth Week Planning Committee, as well as the NYU Office of Sustainability, Earth Matters!, the Environmental Studies Department, NYU Program Board, NYU Food Studies, and the Environmental Studies Club.

About the NYU Office of Sustainability--NYU launched its sustainability efforts in 2006 with the creation of Sustainability Task Force formed by faculty, students, staff and administration to galvanize NYU community to plan and take action towards sustainability in the way we live, operate, educate and innovate. The Office of Sustainability implements infrastructure projects, communication and engagement campaigns, and innovative programs to empower, inspire and guide the NYU community to achieve our goals for sustainable practices and culture.

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