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The HWS Update

Focus on a sustainable future

In his most recent State of the Union address, our President proclaimed that we are a nation addicted to oil. Like many addictions, this one has led our society to many destructive and unsustainable behaviors. During this time of increasing concern over sustainability, HWS Day has been expanded to a four-day event to aptly coincide with Earth Week. HWS Day/Earth Week will include a variety of environmentally themed events that are free and open to the public, including a keynote address, a keynote panel discussion, a puppet show and several musical performances.

“In a time when public discourse of issues concerning energy and climate change heightens, it is important to be informed in contrasting arguments,” said Clare Morgan ’06, a Campus Greens member on the HWS Day planning committee. “The wind farm and environmental ethics debates being planned for HWS Day will help inform members of the community about the different opinions that are out there.”

Joshua Farley, assistant research professor from the University of Vermont, will give the keynote address, “Beyond Sacrifice: The Ecological Economics of a Post Peak Oil World,” on Tuesday, April 18, at 7 pm in Albright Auditorium. The keynote panel discussion, “Blades of Controversy,” will feature several panelists and students discussing the controversy over wind farms on Thursday, April 20 at 7pm in Albright Auditorium. The panelists include: Tom Tanton (energy analyst, California), Paul Kenyon (wind expert, Vermont), Daniel Mackay (New York State Preservation League), Tom Hagner (Ecogen, LLC., New York) and Tom Drennen (economist and HWS professor, New York).

A unique highlight of this year’s HWS celebration is the Arm-of-the-Sea Puppet Theater’s performance of “City that Drinks the Mountain Sky.” This multimedia production consists of three puppeteers and one musician telling the epic story of New York City’s water supply. The family-friendly show will be held on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:30 pm in Bristol Gym.

A Saturday afternoon concert on Stern Lawn in honor of Earth Week and HWS Day has also been planned. The event will begin at noon, when students will offer a State of the Earth Address. Several student musicians will perform from 1 until 4 p.m., when Sim Redmond Band will take the stage for two sets.

Other events include:

• A solar cookie bake-off will take place on Stern Lawn sometime during the week. Click here for more information or pick up an application at SL&L.

• During No Drive Day on Tuesday, April 18, community members will be encouraged to use alternate transportation in order to minimize pollutants.

• Steven Lee and Rodman King of the philosophy department will debate “Can the Environment Be Harmed?” at 4:45 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

• The Finger Lakes Institute, located at 601 S. Main Street in Geneva, will host an open house and water quality discussion on Wednesday, April 19, at 5 p.m.

• ORAP will host a Triathalon on Saturday, April 22, beginning at noon. Contact Karen Thorp ( for more information.

• Thel will host an environmentally themed poetry reading at Writer’s House (129 St. Clair Street) at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

• Friday Flix will present “Syriana” on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Albright Auditorium.

• An Environmental IQ Test and Foot Print Quiz will be available in Scandling Center during meal times Tuesday through Friday.

• An HWS Day Arts Exhibit, featuring photos, written pieces and recycled art and sculpture, will be on display in the library atrium. Submissions can be dropped off at SL&L (on the second floor of Scandling) until April 15.

All of these events have been generously sponsored by The Provost’s Office, The Campus Greens, Hobart Student Government, William Smith Congress, and Residential Education.

For more information about any of the events or their rain plans, visit the HWS Day Web site or e-mail student organizer Gil Carr (