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Earth Week Begins, Connecting Citizens and Students

The Climate Commitments: Campus and Community Panel Discussion will be held tonight in the Geneva Room at 7:30 p.m. The panel discuss will focus on ways that the City of Geneva and HWS can work together to combat and overcome environmental challenges. Panelists include President Mark Gearan; Geneva Mayor Stu Einstein; Associate Professor of Economics Thomas Drennen; Eric Ameigh from the City of Geneva Department of Planning and Economic Development; and Tony Validzic from the City of Geneva Department of Engineering and Public Works. The discussion kicks off Earth Week as the opening event for the rest of the week’s activities.

Gearan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment in September, 2007. Einstein followed suit by signing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement.

“This is an opportunity to raise questions and get answers,” explains Tim Robbins ’11, an officer of Campus Greens and President of the Committee on Environmental and Political Relations within Hobart Student Government.

“A huge theme of this event is to promote a strong working relationship between the Colleges and the community to help each other achieve the goals set out in both Climate agreements.”

In signing the Presidents Climate Commitment in the fall, the Colleges joined a list of more than 400 colleges and universities leading the way to reduce the threats of climate change. The U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012.

“The event will compare and look at the two commitments,” says Robbins. “Why were they signed and more importantly, what’s actually being done about them. I want people to be inspired. about the actual ideas, strategies and progress we’ve made.”

Admission to the night’s events is free and refreshments will be served.

Earth Week continues with:

Environmental Debate in the Geneva Room at 7 p.m.

A special tree planting at 4:30 p.m. with Wangari Maathai, P’94, P’96, Sc.D.’94, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of The Green Belt Movement, at Demarest Hall (near the Chapel stairs)

The Presidents Forum with Wangari Maathai at the Smith Opera House at 7:30 p.m.(shuttles will run between the FedEx box in Medbery Parking Lot and the Smith starting at 6:45 p.m.)

A screening of the feature film “Biodome” and the short animated film A Story of Stuff on Friday at 7 p.m. in Albright Auditorium

A multi-media dance work that discusses what seems like this nation’s need, or desire, for oil and energy in Winn-Seeley Gym at 8 p.m

Celebrate the Earth! The week will conclude with a campus-wide festival at noon on Smith Green including the annual Solar Cookie Bake-off, live music with student bands, a sustainable lunch, earth friendly tie dye, and fun games.