Lecture: “What We Waste”, the annual Earth Week Street Fair, and “Global Go Green Week” Top the Activities

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New York University will participate in the 48th annual Earth Day festivities with a month-long celebration and tribute with eco-friendly events including an educational lecture, “What We Waste,” Earth Day Street Fair, and the annual “Global Go Green Week” APRIL 24-30 featuring NYU’s global campuses-- Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Florence, Berlin, and Sydney-- hosting events to celebrate Earth Month all over the world. NYU’s Earth Month Celebration is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability. Most events are free and open to the public. Some events require a RSVP--please check the listing.


April 3

Urban Ecology Screening, “One Table Two Elephants”: An Environmental Film Essay

Deutsches Haus | 42 Washington Mews
Created by: Jacob von Heland and Henrik Ernstson

This film essay is about bushmen bobys, a flower kingdom and the ghost of a princess. Entering the city through its plants and wetlands, the many-layered, painful and liberating history of the city emerges as biologists, hip hoppers, and wetland activists search for ways to craft symbols of unity and cohesion. The film is directed towards a wider audience, from the general public to students and scholars. For teaching, it brings texture and understanding to understand a city like Cape Town, but also provides ample possibilities to translate what is happening “there” to conversations about your own city and surroundings.

April 6

Educating for Sustainability Presents WHAT WE WASTE: An Evening with Robin Nagle & Dr. Cassandra Thiel

Kimmel Center, Room 914

The Office of Sustainability’s semi-annual speaker series event will feature Robin Nagle, author of the book PICKING UP and professor of anthropology and environmental studies at New York University; and Dr. Cassandra Thiel, Assistant Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service with a joint appointment at the NYU Langone School of Medicine in the Department of Population Health.
Free | Open to the public

April 10

Tomorrow & Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

Paulson Auditorium, 40 W. 4th Street

Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a UN Messenger of Peace. She is best known for her landmark study with the the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Today, Dr. Goodall travels nearly 300 days a year speaking about the threats facing endangered species and growing the Jane Goodall Institute which, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, has become a global community conservation organization. Book signing to follow immediately. Seating is limited, RSVP required.
Free | Open to the public

April 18

Fair Food Fest

Grand Hall, Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life

Join Real Food Challenge, the Community Agriculture Club, Oxfam@NYU and more for this annual event focused on food justice. This year’s keynote speaker will be Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank and expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues. Food Tank is a non-profit organization focused on building a global community for food system change. Learn more: foodtank.com. FREE real food will be served.
Valid entry with an NYU ID | CLOSED to public


Poster-making & Discussion
Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life, Grand Hall | 238 Thompson St.

Whether you're marching in DC or NYC, at the March for Science or the People's Climate March, join us to make signs and talk about why we're marching.
There will be FREE SUPPLIES and FREE FOOD.

April 21

Modern Meat: The Science and Culture of Meat Substitutes

NYU Cantor Film Center, Theater 101

A half-day event about the science and business of meat substitutes and their social dimensions. The Science and Culture of Meat Substitutes will be hosted by NYU Animal Studies Initiative and the Experimental Cuisine Collective. The Collective was launched in 2007 by NYU's Kent Kirshenbaum (Chemistry) and Amy Bentley (Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health). Panelists include: Kent Kirshenbaum - Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Chemistry at NYU Department of Chemistry; Isha Datar - CEO of New Harvest; Alan Levinovitz - Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at JMU; "Magic, Metaphysics, and Frankenmeat: Understanding the Foundations of Dietary Taboos"; Ben Wurgaft - Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT "Promise and Progress: On Cellular Agriculture, Moral Promises, and Technological Progress".
RSVP required.
Free | Open to the public

April 22 – EARTH DAY!

March for Science

Washington D.C.
Join members of the NYU environmental community for a March for Science in Washington DC. (Details to come)

April 24

NYU EarthMatter’s Earth Day Street Fair

Schwartz Plaza

The annual Earth Day Street Fair with tables featuring exhibits and activities by student groups and community organizations.

April 25

Environmental Humanities: Vegan Living: Fashion, Food, and Fitness

Theater 200, Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St.

Join us for a conversation about various aspects of what it means to live as a vegan. Panelists will discuss their own experiences adopting veganism into their everyday lifestyle and professional work. Panelists include: David Carter, Former NFL player & animal rights activist; Chloe Coscarelli, vegan chef & cookbook author; Joshua Katcher, Instructor of Fashion, Parsons The New School, Founder & Creative Director of Brave GentleMan, and Founder & Editor of The Discerning Brute; Dominick Thompson, Healthcare Executive, Multi-Sport athlete, animal rights activist and Founder & Creative Director of Crazies & WeirdosRSVP required.

Free | Open to the public

APRIL 26, 27 & 28

Spring Gardening

NYU Landscaping will host planting events around campus. More information to come.

April 24-30

Global Go Green Week!

NYU Shanghai, NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Florence, NYU Berlin & NYU Sydney
This Earth Month, NYU’s global campuses will be hosting events all over the world!

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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