“Environmental Justice for People and Planet”

Marist College

Speakers, cooking demos, films highlight Sustainability Program at Marist

Sierra Club President Aaron Mair will deliver the keynote address as Marist celebrates its 10th annual Sustainability Program from October 10 – 24. This year's theme is "Environmental Justice for People and Planet."

Students, faculty, and visiting speakers will explore issues related to the environment and diversity here in the Hudson River Valley, across the U.S., and around the world. Events include lectures, panel presentations, educational displays, and a film screening.

Program highlights:


"Here's to Flint," film screening and discussion

Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Murray Student Center, Room 3101

The program will culminate on Mon., Oct. 24 with a full day of events in the Murray Student Center, including "The Hudson We Share," a conversation with Andy Peck, freshwater conservation project manager at the Nature Conservancy, student research presentations, interactive displays, and opportunities to get involved in the Poughkeepsie community.

Aaron Mair, Sierra Club President, will deliver the keynote lecture on environmental justice

Monday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., Fusco Recital Hall  

Aaron Mair is the president of the Sierra Club's board of directors. An epidemiological-spatial analyst with the New York State Department of Health, Mair's experience includes more than three decades of environmental activism and over 25 years as a Sierra Club volunteer leader, where he has worked diligently for environmental justice.

Dumpster Dive, What's In Our Waste?  

Wednesday, October 12, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., outside Murray Student Center

How much are our students recycling? Students, assisted by Dr. Ray Kepner, Associate Professor, School of Science, will assess the components of waste from garbage collected from residence areas across campus in order to measure our recycling efforts.  

"Garbage to Gourmet," cooking demonstration with Marist Dining Executive Chef Anthony Legname,

Tuesday, October 18th,, 5 p.m., Murray Student Center, Cabaret

"Religion and the Environment," a panel presentation with Marist Scholar-in-Residence and Trustee Bro. Sean Sammon '70, FMS and Dr. Rich Feldman, associate professor of environmental science 

Thursday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m., Murray Student Center, Room 3101


For a full schedule and more details about the program’s events, presented by the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee, please click here.

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