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Earth Week Abundant with Activities

Campus Greens, the eco-friendly club that strives to promote environmental awareness and action on campus, is presenting the Colleges community with a fun-filled week of events to commemorate Earth Week.  Campus Greens will host a variety of activities around the theme “What is Your Carbon Footprint?” Organizers hope the week’s events will inspire the campus community to consider their impact on the environment and world.  

Earth Week spans from April 19 to the 22, and the Colleges will kick things off with a presentation on Monday from this year’s keynote speaker, Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of Environmental Studies Thomas Drennen.

Drennen, also a senior economist at Sandia National Laboratories, recently released for public access an educational computer model that illustrates the tradeoffs associated with various alternatives to gasoline. A member of the HWS faculty since 1995, Drennen earned a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in resource economics from Cornell University. In 2006, he received the Hobart and William Smith Excellence in Teaching Award. His talk will be held in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, at 7:30 p.m.

The events that follow include Green Jeopardy with Rodman King, instructor of philosophy on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.  Then, on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room, “Carbon Neutral by 2025: HWS’s Climate Action Plan” will be presented by Sustainability Coordinator James Landi.  On Thursday, Campus Greens will host Green Games for Earth Day in the Scandling Campus Center during lunch hours.  On Saturday, coinciding with HWS Sustainable Saturdays, the Finger Lakes Institute will sponsor a roadside clean-up at Honeoye Lake. 

As a capstone event to the week, Campus Greens will co-sponsor with Americans for an Informed Democracy (AID) a sustainable picnic on the Quad (rain location The Barn) at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.  The picnic, and all other Earth Week activities, will be free and open to the HWS community.  The food will be provided by local farms, restaurants and organizations, such as Red Jacket and Normal Bread.  Beyond food, the event will host the band Revision, and various other HWS student performers, co-sponsored by HWS Live.  Other fun activities that are planned include a do-it-yourself tie-dye station, where students can bring their own clothes, pillow cases and sheets to be dyed, Roots and Shoots games, Canitecture, a solar-cookie bake-off and an event raffle.  The sustainable picnic is sure to have something for everyone and will be a great finale to an enjoyable, action packed Earth Week 2010!