Hobart and William Smith Colleges are currently taking part in Earth Week, hosting a variety of events leading up to Earth Day this Sunday, April 22.
Earth Week kicked off Monday, April 16, with a talk by Sandy Wiggins, “Solving the Sustainability Equation.” In his talk, Wiggins discussed what sustainability means, what the economics of sustainability are, and how individuals can make a difference through principles that provide a path to a sustainable solution.
On Tuesday, at 7 p.m., students tested their environmental knowledge with “Green Jeopardy” in the Sanford Room. Teams comprised of two students and one professor were tested on their familiarity with environmental issues, politics, green pop trivia, and more. The winning team consisted of Assistant Professor of Geoscience Nicholas Metz, Augusta Williams ’14 and Kellsey Walls ’13.
An environmentally themed movie will be shown in the Sill House living room on Wednesday evening. The Sill House is located at 710 South Main Street and snacks will be provided.
New York has been the most recent state in the media spotlight for addressing the issue of whether or not to allow hydrofracking, or “fracking” to take place. However, many people still do not know what the practice is or what its effects are on the local environment, economy and society. There will be an informative panel discussion about hydrofracking on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., in Stern 103. The discussion will include a variety of viewpoints on the subject with focus on the positives and negatives of the practice.
On Friday, Campus Greens will host a water-tasting event in the Scandling Campus Center. Think you can tell the difference between filtered water, tap water and bottled water? Find out between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The weekend kicks off with an Earth Week benefit concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Smith Opera House, where several local bands will perform in support of Geneva’s Zero Waste Coalition. The goal of the concert is to raise awareness about local waste issues. Tickets will cost $18 at the door, $15 if purchased ahead of time at the Smith Opera House box office.
The culmination of Earth Week and celebration of Earth Day will be the Local Fare Fair. Vendors from local restaurants, farms and businesses will provide information about local organic products; some will offer samples and products for purchase that were produced in Geneva. The fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.