Marist College 5th Annual Sustainability Day

Stewardship of the Commons

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, Marist College, in support of the sustainability efforts across campus and in the curriculum, will sponsor a day-long series of events including workshops, panel discussions, films, exhibits, lectures, and keynote speakers.  The theme of this year’s program is “Stewardship of the Commons”   

11:00am – Welcome and morning Keynote Speaker, Mr. Paul Gallay, PAR

General welcome by Dr. Dennis J. Murray, President Marist College 

Keynote speaker, Paul Gallay, an attorney, educator and non-profit executive currently serving as President of Riverkeeper.  Riverkeeper is a watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. 

Introduction by Dr. Tom Lynch, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy 

12 noon - 2:00 pm - Vendor Tables & Educational Displays, Student Center third floor
Marist Physical Plant green cleaning products/sustainable projects….Marist Farmers Market…. Valley Café….Lean Path….Composting…. Red Barn and Fresh Point….student clubs featuring “green presentations”….Dr. Feldman’s class student poster boards…..SGA Green/Zip Car/Ride Share….paper copying across campus……Slow Food….."Slow Cloth" weaving on notecard looms (Fashion and Sustainability)……Staples green products…Sustainable Artworks

12:30-1:45pm – workshops (two presentation of 30 minutes each), Performing Arts Room

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Presenters: Geoff Brackett, Executive Vice-President, Marist College and Justin Butwell, Director, Physical Plant, Marist College
Moderated by: Alex Erickson, Class of 2013

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Presenters:  Courtney Lawlor, Class of 15’, SGA Green, SEED
Moderated by: Kathleen LaBarbera, Manager, Client Services, Information Technology

2:00-3:15pm -  Fish populations as an indicator of the environmental health of a body of water, Performing Arts Room, Student Center 

Presenters: Tom Lake, John Cronin,  Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University  and Gerard Viverito, CEC, CHE, Associate Professor, The Culinary Institute of America

Moderated by:  Dr. Thomas Lynch, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Tour of the Hancock Center highlighting the buildings’ sustainable designs and features (limited to 15 participants).  Meet in front of PAR, Student Center. 

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Tour of the Hancock Center highlighting the buildings’ sustainable designs and features (limited to 15 participants).  Meet in front of PAR, Student Center.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Tour of the Hancock Center highlighting the buildings’ sustainable designs and features (limited to 15 participants).  Meet in front of PAR, Student Center.  

3:30-4:45 pm – Presentation by students enrolled in the fall 2010 Environment Science & Policy course ENSC 392, Campus Environmental Sustainability  Emily Baksa, Class of 2014, Jillian Tompkins, Class of 2012,

Performing Arts Room, Student Center

Moderated by: Dr. Isabel Rose, Assistant Professor, Social Work

6:30 pm - Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tim Lance - Nelly Goletti Theatre  

Dr. Tim Lance, President and Chairman of NYSERNet, the New York State Education and Research Network and retired Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics at the University at Albany

Introduction by Dr. Ann Davis, Associate Professor, School of Management

9:00 p.m.

Sustainability Open Mic Night – Performing Arts Room, Student Center sponsored by Student Programming Council (SPC) and Praxis Program.  Marist students are invited to perform their on-stage talents with a twist towards environmental awareness

Films - Nelly Goletti Theatre

12:30-1:45pm The Last Rivermen (1992, 34 minutes) - Directed by Robert Nixon and John Cronin. Narrated by Alec Baldwin. 

Fishermen lived in harmony with the Hudson River for more than 300 years until one toxic chemical changed their lives-perhaps forever. Will the Hudson River fishermen survive the decades of corporate abuse and government neglect or will they be the last rivermen?

Screening will be followed by discussion with John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

2:00-2:45 Coal Country - Dir. Phylis Geller (2009, 40 min)

Coal Country takes us inside modern coal mining, giving us the perspectives of working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We hear the perspectives of miners and coal company officials who are concerned about jobs and the economy, and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people. Are the people fighting against mountaintop removal really protecting the earth, or do they stand in the way of affordable energy for all Americans? What is behind promises of "cheap energy" and "clean coal." Are they achievable, and at what cost? And what are the alternatives for our energy future?

3:00-4:30 pm 

Bloom: The Emergence of Ecological Design (2012). -  Directed by Victor Gadagno. Narrated by Chris Cooper. This is a three-part documentary, each 30 minutes.

Episode 1: Wastewater Treatment (30 min)

Episode 2: Agricultural Transition (30 min)

Episode 3: Stormwater Management (30 min)

A three-part documentary on the health of the 6th largest lake in the United States and the future of the watershed communities of Vermont, NY, and Quebec that surround its waters.  This is a story emblematic of lake basins nation-and worldwide that are in a downward spiral of eutrophication, the fertilization of freshwater systems from a human economy out of balance with its sustaining ecosystem.

Film screening, Gasland with filmmaker Josh Fox

To the Marist College community,

On Wednesday, April 4, 7:00 p.m in the Nelly Goletti Theatre there will be a film screening of Gasland, followed by a question and answer period with Mr. Josh Fox, documentary filmmaker and Academy Award-nominee for the movie Gasland.  This is a gripping, timely, and necessary film about the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history.

In 2008, Fox received a letter from a natural gas company interested in leasing his family’s land that sits atop the Marcellus Shale in Milanville, PA for drilling. Disturbed by the letter, he embarked on an odyssey to glean as much information as possible about natural gas drilling in the US—with movie camera in hand. The result is a powerful film about "fracking", short for hydraulic fracturing which is the propagation of fractures in a rock layer caused by the presence of a pressurized fluid in order to create new channels in the rock which can increase the extraction rates and ultimate recovery of fossil fuels.

Throughout the filming, Fox reached out to scientists, politicians and gas industry executives and ultimately found himself in the halls of Congress as a subcommittee, discussing the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act, “a bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing.”   The film is known for its mix of gripping narrative, heightened imagery and its commitment to socially conscious themes and subjects.

The film was a finalist for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.  Conceived of, directed, narrated, and filmed by Josh Fox, Gasland premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won six major awards: a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, a Big Sky Documentary Film Festival Artistic Vision award, a Thin Line Film Festival Audience Award, a Yale Environmental Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, and a Sarasota Film Festival Special Jury Prize. The film premiered on HBO in June 2010 and received Emmy nominations for cinematography, writing, and exceptional merit for nonfiction filmmaking, and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Direction for Nonfiction Programming. Gasland is dedicated to the non-profit organization Damascus Citizens for Sustainability (DCS).

Fox is the recipient, along with Michael Pollan and Alice Walker, of the 2010 LennonOno Grant for Peace,  created by Yoko Ono to honor her late husband John Lennon’s dedication to peace and commitment to the preservation of human rights. Josh Fox was one of four recipients selected based on their courage and commitment to peace, truth and human rights.

Josh Fox grew up in Milanville, PA and New York City and earned his BA from Columbia University. He currently resides in New York City. 

This event, open to the college community, is sponsored through the collaborative effort of the following college offices and organizations: Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee, Schools of Communications, Liberal Arts, Management, Science, Social and Behavioral Science, Student Government Association Green Committee (SGA Green), Students Encouraging Environmental Decisions (SEED), Young Democrats, Young Republicans, World Film Festival.