The Get-Back-to-Basics Challenge

Check out how one Pace professor is encouraging students to go without common luxuries to discover how their everyday actions affect the world around them.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

“Most of the reasons we use certain luxuries is because we want to fit into our culture, not because they are necessary to our survival,” says Laurel Whitney, professor of Environmental Studies at Pace. Some of us can’t imagine what it would be like to live without everyday staples like shampoo and elevators. These simple aspects of everyday life are often forgotten as we fail to realize that these things really are luxuries. For one week during Earth Month, Whitney challenged students in both sections of ENV 105: Social Responsibility and the World of Nature classes and in the dorms to forgo these and other luxuries to discover how their actions affect the environment and how they can promote a greater awareness of environmental issues as part of the Sustainability Challenge. This is Whitney’s third time teaching the course and assigning the challenge—emphasis on the word “challenge”—during which students go without these luxuries and come to many realizations about their lifestyles and the world around them.

Finding alternatives to make day-to-day activities more environmentally conscious is no easy task. Whitney has said that when she first assigns the challenge, it is often met with “a mix of horror, intrigue, and a bit of incredulity” by her students. By the end of the week, however, students not only successfully completed the challenge, but also expressed an interest in keeping up the behaviors they had learned. Students worked to conserve both water and electricity, opted to walk or bike when they could have taken a cab, purchased locally-grown food to drastically cut “food miles,” and became more aware of plastic products they purchased like water bottles.

On the last day of the challenge, students are forbidden from using any fossil fuels at all—quite the endeavor in the modern world we live in today. Despite the obstacle, students still praised the challenge and felt the lessons they learned were worth the struggle. Dyson student Georleena Douglas said, “For me, the challenge tested my personal strength.” Another student said, “This experience has shown me that I think I want a more simple way of life. I depend too much on a number of things. A simpler lifestyle is a happier one.”

Of the greatest lesson students took away from the challenge, Whitney explained, “Many of them talk about going outside, spending time with family or friends, and getting active. Ideally, many of them learn that when you turn off the laptop, ignore your smartphone, and hold off on the Netflix, you starting reconnecting with the community around you.”

Next year, Whitney is planning to extend the challenge out of the classroom and onto the campus. As a part of a plan to make Earth Month more dynamic on the NYC campus, any student will be able to complete the project.

The ABCs: Animals, Basile, and Community

Professor Tracy Basile reminds students of what it means to be a citizen of Earth and to respect (and most importantly, appreciate) the world around us.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

Tracy Basile, a Dyson adjunct professor and environmental journalist and activist, has dedicated much of her life to promoting a greater consciousness in her students. She urges them to observe, and most importantly enjoy, the natural world around them. Basile teaches several courses on the Pleasantville Campus, among them two very popular courses entitled Food Revolution and Nature and Culture. She has served as Senior Editor of Animal Watch, the monthly magazine of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) headquartered in NYC to spread awareness of the plethora of animal rights issues the world is still plagued with today. “Do we understand that every species has as much a right to be here as we do?” she asks.

The courses she teaches at Pace are grounded in a sense of community. They often require volunteer service making them eligible to fulfill a student’s AOK1 requirement. In the Food Revolution course, students travel to Hilltop Hanover Farm about 20 minutes north of the Pleasantville Campus to weed carrot patches, bundle chives, harvest beets, and other farm-related tasks. The initiative to get students out of the classroom and engaged with nature is something Basile feels will instill in them a love and appreciation of the outdoors. Other volunteer opportunities she promotes include working with the SPCA of Westchester, the Wolf Conservation Center, or hosting speaking events that feature Indigenous people from around the area.

She takes great pride in bringing her activist work supporting Indigenous issues to Pace University. Last Thursday, April 18, students from one of her Environmental Studies courses (Social Responsibility and the World of Nature) hosted an Earth Month event in honor of a treaty older than the birth of this nation—the Two Row Wampum Belt of the Haudenosaunee (formerly known as the  Iroquois). Speakers at the event shared ideas on Native and non-Native people living together in peace and friendship, forever.  

Professor Basile has also recently co-produced a riveting short documentary film, The Unfractured Future, which explores Native voices and their concern over hydrofracking, a complex environmental issue that affects our health, economy, and water. The film  provides valuable insight into native perspectives rarely explored in mainstream media. Watch the  film here.

Most of Basile’s knowledge of native peoples, cultures, and nature are from self-teaching. She reminds us, “Imagine if we treated the earth with love and respect, and gave back more than we took.”

Pace Hearts the Earth: Week Four

From the clean ups to the clean water act mock hearing, the birds to the bees, the PLV Campus is buzzing with Earth Month activity.

Bee Educated
Monday, April 22
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Environmental Center
Beekeeper and Assistant Director of the Environmental Center James Eyring will discuss the importance of honey bees and demonstrate how he cares for our hives.

Shakespeare Sustainable? Frost Green?
Monday, April 22
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m
Butcher Suite
Celebrate the Earth with poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew, as he reads nature poetry.

Growing Green Jobs
Tuesday, April 23
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Butcher Suite
Career Services will host an Environmental Career Panel, featuring speakers with environmental backgrounds to discuss job/intern opportunities.

Open Houssse
Wednesday, April 24
10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Environmental Center
Pythons, lizards, chinchillas, and more. The Environmental Center’s museum will be open to show its wildlife exhibits. Refreshments will be served.

Let There Be Light
Wednesday, April 24
10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Environmental Center
Join Energy Manager Bill Batina at the solar classroom open house for a close look at the solar-powered classroom at the Environmental Center.

Bare Your Sole
Wednesday, April 24
10:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Kessel Campus Center Well Area
Keep your sneakers out of the waste stream by dropping them off to be reused.

Think Inside the VOX
Wednesday, April 24
12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Mortola Library Birnbaum Room
Calling all literature, art, and nature lovers! VOX Arts and Literary Journal will celebrate their natured-themed spring issue with a nature-themed launch event! Stop by for lunch, literary readings, prize announcements, copies of the latest issue, the English Department’s Celebration of Writing, and Sigma Tau Delta’s induction ceremony for new members.

Birds of Prey
Wednesday, April 24
6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Environmental Cottage
Join James Eyring for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! For more information contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or call (914) 773-3169.

Breakfast with the Birds
Thursday, April 25
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Rise and shine for breakfast with the birds. Enjoy some coffee and bagels before heading out on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. Bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The Preserve is located about three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to aspillo@pace.edu.

 

The Force of NaturesPace
Thursday, April 25
1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Environmental Cottage
Biology and Health Sciences Professor Josh Schwartz, PhD and Martina Blackwood, PhD, Staff Director of IT, want to make sure you’re educated about the difference between skunk cabbage and duckweed! Their project, NaturesPace is focused on showcasing the biota on the PLV Campus and highlighting connections between human beings and our natural world. NaturesPace utilizes a number of internet-based approaches and showcases contributions of students and faculty from a variety of academic areas. The event will introduce audience members to NaturesPace and include a brief trip outside to demonstrate how mobile devices and our system can be used to access information on species on campus.

Troubled Waters
Friday, April 26
9:00 a.m.
Butcher Suite
Ending water pollution; protecting human and environmental health; educating the public. Six teams consisting of Pace undergraduates, law students, and faculty will discuss how our nation’s 40-year-old Clean Water Act has fared, develop amendments to CWA, and present them in a mock hearing of the Senate Committee of Environment and Public Works. The best recommendations will be delivered for consideration to the NYS congressional delegation. Sponsored by Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. For more information, visit www.pace.edu/cwa.

Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody Clean Up!
Sunday, April 28
2:00 p.m.
Townhouse Circle
Join Townhouse residents/students for a litter cleanup. Refreshments and equipment provided.

If the Shoe Fits, Walk in it!
Monday, April 29
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Environmental Cottage
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus with a hike on our nature trails. Free refreshments at the end.

Earth Month Reception
Tuesday, April 30
3:00 p.m–5:00 p.m.
Butcher Suite
By invitation only.

GreenPace Awards
Tuesday, April 30
3:30 p.m.
Butcher Suite
A brief ceremony recognizing the 2013 GreenPace Award recipients. To learn more about the GreenPace Awards, visit www.pace.edu/greenaward. RSVP to aspillo@pace.edu.

NYC Event
What Would You Go to Jail For?
Monday, April 22
9:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall South, NYC Campus
Join the NYC Environmental Studies Program for a screening of BIDDER 70, a film about how one college student faced up to 10 years in prison and thousands of dollars of penalties by derailing an illegal government auction attempting to sell off land to oil and gas companies. For his dazzling act of civil disobedience, he was charged with two federal felonies. BIDDER 70 illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in. The screening will be followed up with a Q&A. There will be free food.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here.

Earth Month is sponsored by Pace University Environmental Center and N.A.T.U.R.E. (student environmental club) with the support of Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu or (914) 773-3530.

Here Comes the Sun

A Pace professor teams up with students to explore the effectiveness of newly-installed solar panels on campus, including how they helped students get recharged during Superstorm Sandy. >>Read More

Written by Sarah Aires ’14

About 165,000 trillion watts of solar power reach the earth all the time, and all activities on the planet utilize only a fraction of it–and yet the energy crises wages on! Seidenberg Professor Hsui-Lin Winkler, PhD, has teamed up with students for a research endeavor to explore the functionality and effectiveness of new solar panels the university installed last year. The research topic, which had initially been included as part of the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative, was proposed by Winkler, whose previous work includes research of college campus energy consumption for a prestigious Thinkfinity grant. Naturally, the work extended to include a closer look at understanding solar energy on campus.

The solar panels were installed on the e-House of the Law School, and a “solar classroom’ on the Pleasantville Campus. The six modules on the PLV Campus classroom were donated by Con Edison to demonstrate to students how solar panels can be used effectively in a classroom. The solar PV modules installed in both locations are the same type; each can generate 235 watts per meter square. During the summer and spring months, the panels contribute  half of the total energy use and less in the winter.

“We were just excited to see that we have some panels up on the roofs and provide us significant energy in the e-House and be a solar panel showcase in the solar classroom,” Winkler said.

In the wake of the Superstorm Sandy disaster that displaced many Pace students and canceled classes for days, the solar panels were an invaluable resource. Despite the power outage that affected both campuses, students were able to charge phones and computers due to the solar energy. With about 1.5 kWatts, the room comfortably provides charges for 20 to 25 students.

When questioned about the potential financial hardship of the solar panels, Winkler explained, “It would takes about 15 years for solar panels to be paid off from electricity generation alone.  It can be less if some extra tax benefits were provided to purchase the solar panels. However, if we consider the reduction of CO2, which is usually not included in the estimate of benefit, the solar energy cost would be greatly reduced. “

Ongoing research could make way for more innovative energy solutions as Pace helps pave the way for university in energy conservation.

Want to see Pace’s solar classroom in action? Stop by on Wednesday, April 24 for an open house from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested in installing solar panels on your home? Pace has a course for that! A 40-hour, five-day hands-on course for those who have an interest in Solar Photovoltaics and wish to learn the basics of designing and installing a PV system—the homeowner, contractor or electrician, and those contemplating a career in Solar PV. The course includes classroom lectures, videos, and two hands-on Solar PV installations by all participants. Tuition includes the cost of the entry-level exam offered through NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). For students without a background that includes electricity basics, a two-day class is available. For more info, click here.

The Force of NaturesPace

Skunk cabbage, woodchuck, duckweed. Do you know your plants and animals growing and roaming around the PLV Campus? Dyson Biology and Health Sciences Professor Josh Schwartz, PhD, is giving you the scoop on NaturesPace, a project he’s working on to help you identify them with a quick scan of a QR code.

Written by Josh Schwartz, PhD

We are exceptionally fortunate to have a Pleasantville Campus that is rich in both plant and animal diversity. However it is likely that only a few of us can identify more than a small number of the different species that populate the campus or explain aspects of their biology and natural history. Recently we (Josh Schwartz, PhD, of the Department of Biology and Health Sciences and Martina Blackwood, PhD, Staff Director of IT) received Thinkfinity Awards to create a mobile-device accessible online database meant to provide such information. Together with student assistants, we have created web pages devoted to individual species of animals and plants. Each page provides photographs of a species helpful in identification, information on habitat, distribution, physical characteristics, and interesting facts as well as findings from scientific research. A list of references is also provided. Access to pages is through QR or “Quick Response” codes posted on signposts on campus located near particular species. Thus individuals with iPads, smart phones with a QR reader App, or Android-based devices can expeditiously access data by simply reading the QR code with their device. Species pages and additional information are also accessible via the project’s homepage at http://webpage.pace.edu/naturespace.

We have created a Twitter account (@naturespace2012) so that students and faculty members can share information, via “tweets” on species sightings or plants flowering on campus. Twitter also will allow users to pose questions that could be subsequently answered by students, faculty or environmental center personnel.

NaturesPace is a work in progress and over time we hope to have signposts with QR codes linking to at least 100 species. On the website we also include examples of and links to literature and visual art of students and faculty that have a natural theme. For instance, NaturesPace will have a link to a spring 2013 issue of VOX, the student online literary magazine at Pace, which is focused on nature. Future embellishments may include species keys, audio descriptions, more audio clips of frog calls and bird songs, and links to relevant literature. Other anticipated upgrades will enable users to obtain information about particular natural areas on campus using GPS coordinates or be guided by a web-based docent on a nature tour of the Pleasantville Campus.

The augmentation of the species database is meant to involve biology, environmental studies, education and computer science students. But all students, staff and faculty at our school are welcome to help out in this way and also contribute nature-related examples of their creative work. Our hope is, therefore, that the system’s development and use will improve interaction and collaboration among students and faculty in different disciplines. We envision a continually evolving system that will grow with future advances in technology and scientific knowledge about the organisms on campus. It is our sincere hope that, in this age of dramatic declines in the biodiversity of our planet, the use and development of NaturesPace will greatly improve knowledge and appreciation of our natural world while fostering an increase in curiosity among our technology-passionate and savvy students.

If you are interested in learning more about NaturesPace, Josh Schwartz will be giving a brief presentation on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Environmental Center.


 

Pace Hearts the Earth: Week 3

This week, both campuses go green—peace parks, growing the grassroots, a student who did time for derailing a controversial BLM oil and gas lease auction, and more!

Healthy People, Environment
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Butcher Suite
The Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies with others has launched its first documentary film. It is a wonderful exposition and application of comparative law techniques (learned at Pace) examining how transboundary “peace parks” work in a troubled region of central Africa.  View this documentary film with Professor Nick Robinson exploring innovative integrated development efforts in Tanzania.  A discussion will follow.

Laying New Roots
Wednesday, April 17
12:30 pm.–1:30 p.m.
Environmental Cottage
Join ENV 140 students for the annual Earth Month tree planting ceremony to promote awareness about deforestation. Contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu with any questions.

The Island President
Wednesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Miller Lecture Hall
Join us for a national day of action focused around political corruption and climate stalemate.  Be part of a nationwide screening of the powerful film The Island President, the story of Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, who brought democracy to his country and fought to protect his people, who live on one of the most low-lying countries in the world, from climate change. Moderated by Ghassan Karam.

The Power of Water
Thursday, April 18
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Kessel Commuter Lounge
Learn about the possibilities of water as an alternative source of energy for the future at this hydropower exhibit.

Bag It!
Thursday, April 18
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Just say no to plastic. ENV 140 students will promote alternatives to plastic bags by illustrating the harmful impacts of plastic shopping bags and providing other options. For more information, contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu.

Two Row Wampum
Thursday, April 18
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Miller Lecture Hall
The Two Row Wampum is a treaty belt between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch that was signed 400 years ago. It represents an agreement about living on this earth in peace together. This August there will be a commemorative sailing down the HudsonNative people in their canoes and non-Natives in kayaks, sailboats, etc. Professor Tracy Basile and guest speakers Evan Pritchard and Laurie Seeman will discuss this important Native American treaty and its connection to water protection today. Refreshments served.

Growing the Grassroots
Friday, April 19
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Willcox
Pace Professor Greg Julian, PhD, leads a sustainable development dialogue on Hudson Valley environmental issues.

Flex Your Green Thumb
Friday, April 19
12:20 p.m.–1:20 p.m.
Environmental Center/Kessel Lawn
Stop by and plant some of your favorite vegetable and flower seeds.

Walk for World Water
Saturday, April 20
10:00 a.m.
Miller Lawn
Participants carry water one mile across the PLV Campus to raise money for a clean water project in Tanzania. For more info, click here.

Bee Educated
Monday, April 22
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Environmental Center
Beekeeper James Eyring will discuss the importance of honey bees and demonstrate how he cares for our hives.

Shakespeare Sustainable? Frost Green?
Monday, April 22
12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m
Butcher Suite
Celebrate the Earth with poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew, as he reads nature poetry.

Growing Green Jobs
Tuesday, April 23
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Butcher Suite
Career Services will host an Environmental Career Panel, featuring speakers with environmental backgrounds to discuss job/intern opportunities.

NYC Event

What Would You Go to Jail For?
Monday, April 22
9:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall South, NYC Campus
Join the NYC Environmental Studies Program for a screening of BIDDER 70, a film about how one college student faced up to 10 years in prison and thousands of dollars of penalties by derailing an illegal government auction attempting to sell off land to oil and gas companies. For his dazzling act of civil disobedience, he was charged with two federal felonies. BIDDER 70 illuminates how the choices we make determine our future and the world we live in. The screening will be followed up with a Q&A. There will be free food.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here as we’ll highlight more Earth Month activities every week through the end of April! Next week: donate your sneakers, check out the birds of prey, here comes the solar classroom, and more!

Earth Month is sponsored by Pace University Environmental Center and N.A.T.U.R.E. (student environmental club) with the support of Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu or (914) 773-3530.

Walk for World Water

Women and children across the world walk four miles to collect water for their families every day. The Pace Academy is challenging Pace students, faculty, and staff to walk ONE. Join them on April 20 in PLV.

Currently, 780 million people around the world are without access to safe water. On April 20, the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, in partnership with Pace Athletics, will host the Walk for World Water to raise awareness of the global water crisis and give the Pace Community a small glimpse into the lives of people who walk an average of four miles for access to water.

Pace students, staff, and faculty are all invited to carry a bucket of water for one mile across the PLV Campus in solidarity with the people across the world that are forced to do so every day. Plus, for each student walker who takes the challenge, the Pace Academy will donate up to $5,000 in funds to Engineers Without Borders toward a water project in the village of Isanjandugu.

On a daily basis, women and children can travel up to 6 kilometers along a steep hill to collect unclean water from shallow water holes and ditches. You can follow their blog as work on the project begins.

Buckets and lunch will be supplied—All you need to bring is yourself. RSVP is required to participate. To register and reserve your bucket or learn more about the Walk for World Water, visit www.pace.edu/waterwalk. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Miller Lawn.

The event is co-sponsored by the Golden Key International Honour Society and Sigma Iota Chi, and buckets generously provided by The Home Depot.

Pace Hearts the Earth: Part Two

The power of water, laying new roots, a documentary right out of the Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies. Here’s what Earth Month has planned for you over the next week.

Dow(n) in the Dumpsters
April 1–28
Dow Hall council and staff make sure we all go green this month as they collect and recycle water bottles from the trash. C’mon folks, let’s make it easy for them! Drop off your plastic bottles in their main lobby area. Each week the RAs update a thermometer tracking the amount of bottles that are collected. At the end of the month the money saved from the mass amount of bottles will be used to purchase activities and food for a wrap-up event and residents will be able to see how much money they can save and how plastic can be recycled if they do not throw plastic bottles in the trash. Supplies and resources will be provided by the Dow Hall Council. For info e-mail, dowhall@pace.edu.

A Roadmap to Sustainability
Wednesday, April 10
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Butcher Suite
Join Economics Professor Gus Karam for a brief presentation and discussion with the audience about sustainability.

Fracking Crazy?
Thursday, April 11
12:15 p.m.
Howard Johnson Lounge
The Howard Johnson community will be invited down to the lobby for a lunch provided by the Hillside House/Howard Johnson Hall Council and short film Fracking Hell: The Untold Story. Check out the video. For information contact Samantha Bassford at hillsidehouse@pace.edu.

Pace Makes a Difference Day
Saturday, April 13
The community will participate in community service activities including environmental activities. For more information about Pace Makes a Difference Day—Spring Edition, check out the feature here.

Healthy People, Environment
Tuesday, April 16
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Butcher Suite
The Pace Center for Environmental Legal Studies with others has launched its first documentary film, an exposition and application of comparative law techniques learned at Pace examining how transboundary peace parks work in a troubled region of central Africa. View this documentary film with Professor Nick Robinson exploring innovative integrated development efforts in Tanzania. A discussion will follow.

Laying New Roots
Wednesday, April 17
12:30 pm.–1:30 p.m.
Environmental Cottage
Join ENV 140 students for the annual Earth Month tree planting ceremony to promote awareness about deforestation. Contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu with any questions.

The Island President
Wednesday, April 17
6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Miller Lecture Hall
Join us for a national day of action focused around political corruption and climate stalemate.  Be part of a nationwide screening of the powerful film The Island President, the story of Mohamed Nasheed, President of the Maldives, who brought democracy to his country and fought to protect his people, who live on one of the most low-lying countries in the world, from climate change. Moderated by Ghassan Karam.

The Power of Water
Thursday, April 18
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Kessel Commuter Lounge
Learn about the possibilities of water as an alternative source of energy for the future at this hydropower exhibit.

Bag It!
Thursday, April 18
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Just say no… to plastic. ENV140 students will promote alternatives to plastic bags by illustrating the harmful impacts of plastic shopping bags and providing other options. For more information, contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here as we’ll highlight more Earth Month activities every week through the end of April!

Earth Month is sponsored by Pace University Environmental Center and N.A.T.U.R.E. (student environmental club) with the support of Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu or (914) 773-3530.

Pace Hearts the Earth

Earth Month is upon us! For the next month, check in with us as we highlight Earth Month events each week. From the bottled water taste test to greening Dow to fracking craziness, the Environmental Center gets down to nature.

Most people will celebrate the earth this year on April 22, but at Pace, we stretch it out for a full month, with about 20 events from water walks to birds of prey presentations. So, how did Earth day grow from one day to one month? Ten years ago, Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center, started Earth Month, as a way for the Pace Community to extend Earth Day and learn to fully appreciate the environment.

“It’s very rewarding because now it has evolved into an interdisciplinary event that involves all components of Pace, including faculty, staff, and students from all of our schools and departments,” he says.

This week, in Earth Month:

Better in a Bottle?
Monday, April 1
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Kessel Upper Well Area
It’s time for some water wars: bottled water vs. tap—can you tell the difference? Rethink what you drink as Earth Month kicks off with a water taste test, plus a presentation on What Makes Water Safe to Drink?

Dow(n) in the Dumpsters
April 1–28
Dow Hall council and staff make sure we all go green this month as they collect and recycle water bottles from the trash. C’mon folks, let’s make it easy for them! Drop of your plastic bottles in their main lobby area. Each week the RAs update a thermometer tracking the amount of bottles that are collected. At the end of the month the money saved from the mass amount of bottles will be used to purchase activities and food for a wrap-up event and residents will be able to see how much money they can save and how plastic can be recycled if they do not throw plastic bottles in the trash. Supplies and resources will be provided by the Dow Hall Council. For info e-mail, dowhall@pace.edu.

A Roadmap to Sustainability
Wednesday, April 10
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Butcher Suite
Join Economics Professor Gus Karam for a brief presentation and discussion with the audience about sustainability.

Fracking Crazy?
Thursday, April 11
12:15 p.m.
Howard Johnson Lounge
The Howard Johnson community will be invited down to the lobby for a lunch provided by the Hillside House/Howard Johnson Hall Council and short film Fracking Hell: The Untold StoryCheck out the video. For information contact Samantha Bassford at hillsidehouse@pace.edu.

Pace Makes a Difference Day
Saturday, April 13
The community will participate in community service activities including environmental activities. For more information about Pace Makes a Difference Day—Spring Edition, check out the feature here.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here as we’ll highlight more Earth Month activities every week through the end of April!

Earth Month is sponsored by Pace University Environmental Center and N.A.T.U.R.E. (student environmental club) with the support of Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu  or  (914) 773-3530.

Earth Month: Food for Thought

To celebrate Earth Month, each week The Pulse will highlight Pace research and programs that are making an impact on the environment. This week, Professor Marley Bauce and student AliReza Vaziri ’13 team up for an undergraduate research project to gauge environmental sustainability in Pace’s Dining Halls. >>Read More

Professor Marley Bauce and senior AliReza Vaziri are prime examples of how professors and students have come together to make a difference. In this case, the duo has undertaken an innovative new research project on environmental sustainability–and how Pace can adopt a leadership role in the movement.

Recycling, purchasing energy saving appliances, and whizzing around in a Prius are stylish ways to show your support for environment sustainability, but they aren’t necessarily making the impact you think they are. According to a 2006 meta-analysis conducted by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, industrial agriculture releases 33% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Of this 33%, beef production claims half the responsibility. Forget the Prius: It may be time to confront the steak.

So what can Pace do to help minimize environmental damage? Professor Bauce and Vaziri have teamed up in the Division of Student Success’ Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative to gauge the environmental sustainability measures of Pace’s Dining Halls and identify what Pace can do to improve.

Professor Bauce and Vaziri believe that Pace could implement three primary changes in order to remain on the cusp of environmental sustainability awareness.

“Pace can lead the initiative by offering more ecologically-friendly options for students,” Professor Bauce said.  As of now, the café does offer some vegetarian options. “We have met with representatives of Chartwell’s to discuss our research.”

Another suggestion the research partners have proposed is to implement a “Meatless Monday” campaign across campus, an idea that has already been implemented at the Pace Law School on the White Plains campus. Through this campaign, a wider variety of meat-free food alternatives are offered to students on Mondays, along with educational programs designed to encourage students to eat less meat… both for their health, and for the health of the planet.

NYU and Columbia have also implemented “Meatless Monday” campaigns in order to encourage students to refrain from eating meat on Mondays, thereby reducing their carbon footprints as well as reducing health risk factors.

In a survey that Professor Bauce and Vaziri distributed to 3,000 Pace students and faculty members, the Pace community expressed their desire for an advanced administrative position on environmental consciousness, citing sustainable living as a clear social value.

“The survey asked if [students] would alter their eating habits in order to promote ecological sustainability, and the consensus was that they would not want to change their eating habits out right on their own,” Professor Bauce said. “However, when asked whether they felt that Pace should offer more options for students to eat less meat, the response was overwhelming: The same survey subjects believe that  Pace should launch an initiative to provide students with the option to eat more responsibly if they choose. This is a fascinating dynamic between consumer and corporate environmental responsibilities, right here in the heart of New York City.”

Finally, Vaziri, who founded the campus organization A Dollar’s Difference and was recently awarded Pace’s Jefferson Award for Public Service, suggests that Pace use its influence and power to not only help the environment, but also to help less fortunate individuals within our community. “We would like to see Pace limit food waste, and donate its left over, unused foods to food banks in the area,” Vaziri explained, “We are currently in talks with several to try and set it up.” Americans currently throw away approximately 50% of the food they purchase; this food accumulates in landfills and emits methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. This is but one more way in that what we eat has a profound effect on the local and global environment.

Says Professor Bauce, “Our next steps are to meet with Provost Sukhatme to discuss options; distribute another survey to students; and prepare a document for distribution around the university, which outlines various ways in which the Pace community can use food as an important means of expressing an environmental identity.”

The findings of their research will be presented via a poster panel at the Division of Student Success’ Showcase event on April 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union. Admission to this event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Sue Maxam, EdD, at smaxam@pace.edu.

For updates on his developing research, follow AliReza’s blog at here.

Written by Pace student Sarah Aires ’14

But It Is Our Business

Pace student Daniel Hollis is one of the activists at the helm of Pace’s campaign for a sustainable environment, navigating the tricky waters of environmental business regulations and practices so we can all live in a better, cleaner, greener world. He is working to make everyone see that the environmental issues the world faces are in fact, our business as well.

By Pace student Helen Arase ’14

“I think most people in the Pace Community are already concerned about the environment and we all know the reasons why,” says Pace student Dan Hollis. “We all know that we depend on the environment for our own sustenance.  I’d say the vast majority of us agree that we need clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean lands on which to build our homes and grow our food.  The next step is for Pace students to start asking ‘What can I do?’”

Hollis came to Pace for the School of Law, which is one of the top three schools in the nation for environmental law and has a fantastic JD/MBA program. To him, Pace offered the opportunity to learn about environmentally conscious and socially responsible business strategies. Pace is known for its concentration on protecting the environment, and Hollis has taken full benefit of what we have to offer. He is receiving his JD with certificates in Environmental Law and International Law as well as an MBA with a dual concentration in Accounting and Strategic Management in 2013.

After graduation, Hollis’ plans may include working within a company or working outside a company as a consultant or activist. But before we look too far into the future, let’s look at his impressive resume now:

  • He has interned at the Pace University Institute of International Commercial Law at the Law School, where he worked as part of a team of three students investigating current trends in international contracting regarding the development and increased use of sustainability clauses in international supplier agreements.
  • He has also worked with the National Council for Science and the Environment. There, he wrote articles on various laws and government agencies whose support includes environmental issues.
  • Hollis is also part of the GreenPace Committee, a team committed to advancing sustainability at Pace. If you’re interested in anything from energy and water usage, to transportation and dining services, Hollis encourages you to join GreenPace and help Pace save the world, one step at a time.

The Birds, the Bees, and the Ball Games

As Earth Month starts to wind down, check out the last set of events featuring birds of prey, honeybee presentations, flower plantings, and more on the PLV Campus.

The Powers that Bee
On April 24, Environmental Center Assistant Director and beekeeper James Eyring invites you to “Bee Aware” as he hosts a visit to the beehives on campus and a presentation on the importance of honeybees to the environment and for the nourishment and survival of humans. A student exhibit will provide information about the current state of what has been named Colony Collapse Disorder.

The Power of Flowers
Bring your green thumbs over to a flower planting on April 24, as Golden Key International Honor Society and Lambda Sigma Honor Society look to spruce up the area around the official Golden Key and Lambda Sigma tree outside of Kessel Student Center. For more information, please contact John Mannhart at jm40115n@pace.edu.

Breakfast with the Birds
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve would like to invite you to come enjoy breakfast with the birds on April 25. Coffee and bagels will be served as you enjoy a walk on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. So bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The Preserve is located about 3 miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. You can pre-register by sending an e-mail to aspillo@pace.edu.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Celebrate Earth Day with the Successful Learning Center!  Visit their table in Kessel from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to check out their Earth Day artwork and pick up some seeds to plant at home!  From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,  they will be rocking out to some great tunes brought to you by WPAW, and from there head over to the baseball field at 3:00 p.m. to cheer on the baseball team as they take on New Haven. E-mail ccarplv@pace.edu for more info or to register for this event.

Birds of Prey
On April 25, join James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center, for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in a healthy natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight! For more information contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or call (914) 773-3169.

And don’t forget to stop by the Kessel Setters Café through April 26 to see a thematic pictures of nature brought to you by the students in Learning Community class Nature. For more info on all Earth Month events, click here.

PLV’s Buzzing with Activity

We may be halfway through Earth Month, but the fun is just getting started. This week, the PLV Campus gets wild animals, the Rio+20 challenge, a solar classroom, bee presentations, free food, and more!

Nature Exposed
Students in Learning Community class Nature Exposed were challenged throughout the semester to take thematic pictures of nature. Stop by the Kessel Setters Café from April 18 through April 26 to see a display of their best photos. The class, taught by Fine Arts Professor Carla Shapiro and Environmental Studies Professor Angelo Spillo, combines lessons about famous naturalists with the art of photography.

If the Shoe Fits, Walk in it!
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus! James Eyring will lead the community on a hike through the Fitness Trail, the wooded area at the back of the PLV Campus, which consists of several hills and is surrounded by a variety of plants and wildlife. Wear hiking boots or sneakers and bring sunscreen and drinking water! Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk. For more info, contact Kathi Reczek at kreczek@pace.edu.

Food for Thought
Hungry? Go organic on April 18 as ENV140 students will provide an exhibit of organic vs. non-organic foods. Taste testing in the Kessel Well Area, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30p.m. 

Let There Be Solar Light
Pace is going solar! Con Edison has provided funding to enable the existing Environmental Center classroom to go solar. The single room building will have six solar panels installed on the roof and a battery system that will allow for the building mainly run on energy from the sun. Stop by as they “flip the switch” on April 19 and the classroom becomes a working model of an alternative to fossil fuels. A brief ceremony will be followed by a presentation of how it all works. RSVP to Angelo Spillo aspillo@pace.edu.

Wild World of Animals
Bearcats and scorpions and legless lizards, oh my! Things get wild on the PLV Campus on April 19 as N.A.T.U.R.E, Pace’s environmental club, sponsors Wild World of Animals. The group, which has appeared on national and local television shows such as David Letterman, Fox, and Good Morning America, will showcase about 14 different animals, which could include a scorpion, alligator, legless lizard, parrot, bearcat, skunk, opossum, fox, and a large cat. For questions, contact Jessica Moitt at jm94834n@pace.edu.

RIO+20 Challenge
Sponsored by Pace’s Political Science Department, the Pace Rio+20 Challenge on April 20 is a simulation of the upcoming “Earth Summit” taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. The object of the simulation is to learn about and advocate for the “best practices” that have been created to advance sustainable development throughout the world during the past 20 years. Individual students can choose to represent a country, a UN agency, or one of the hundreds of organizations comprising the “major groups” that are advocating for a more sustainable future. We will draft a resolution that will be viewed throughout the world that asserts “The Future We Want!” as young people. Visit  http://sites.google.com/site/rio20challenge/ to register!

The Powers that Bee
On April 24, Environmental Center Assistant Director and beekeeper James Eyring invites you to “Bee Aware” as he hosts a visit to the beehives on campus and a presentation on importance of honeybees to the environment and for the nourishment and survival of humans. A student exhibit will provide information about the current state of what has been named Colony Collapse Disorder.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here next week, as we’ll highlight the last set of events celebrating our Earth.

Earth Month Continues!

Earth Month is heating up all over the PLV Campus. This week, Don’t Frack With Our Water, an e-waste fundraiser, what overpopulation means for the environment, and much more!

This week, in Earth Month:

Picture Perfect
The former Hudson River School first found its origins among 19th Century American painters who popularized the rugged scenery along the Hudson River. Come and see the beauty and splendor of the early American wilderness as painted by these artists. On April 10, Professor Mark Cassata will give a presentation as he discusses the essence of their vision and the changes in American values which eventually eclipsed the Hudson River School. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu or call at (914) 773-3530.

Don’t Frack with Our Water!
On April 10, the Peace and Justice Studies Advisory Board and Professor Fran Delahanty’s Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies class will discuss ideas to ban hydraulic fracturing and how to intensify efforts to bring clean, safe, renewable energy to our state, and to save our New York State water and our environment from permanent damage. For more information, contact Professor Fran Delahanty at fdelahanty@pace.edu.

Chinchillin’ at the Environmental Center
Have you ever wondered, what’s up with that farm in the middle of the PLV Campus?  On April 11, stop by the Environmental Center and look at the wildlife exhibits (which include Burmese pythons, owls, a chinchilla, and more) and meet the staff at its open house. Also, make sure to check out the Marty McGuire Museum, which became part of the Center and opened its doors to the public last April. Music and free refreshments!

What Is Alienation from Nature?
Also on April 11, Denison University Professor Steven Vogel will host a talk entitled “What is Alienation from Nature?”. There will be some discussion of Marx, politics, and the tragedy of the commons.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Join James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center, for a fascinating guided nature walk around campus on April 12 to view some of the harbingers of spring! For more information, contact James Eyring at jeyring@pace.edu or call at (914) 773-3169.

How Many People Is Too Many People?
On April 12, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Ghassan Karam will look at global population issues. A documentary about overpopulation will be shown followed by a discussion about the size of the human population and the resulting environmental implications.

Your Future and the Planet’s: Environmental Careers and Graduate Education
The Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges & Universities presents the 7th Annual Student Summit on April 13 at Manhattanville College, co-sponsored by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Mingle with representatives from colleges, universities, government, law and policy, advocacy, engineering, conservation biology, communication, farming, and more. Be inspired, informed, and gain new perspective as professionals from diverse environmentally-related employment sectors will highlight different career paths and provide industry insight. Event includes a career and graduate program fair. For more info, click here.

Recycle Your E-Waste
N.A.T.U.R.E will host an E-waste Fundraiser with the assistance of 5R Processors on Saturday, April 14. They will be collecting electronics from the Pace and public community and recycling them properly.  Acceptable items to donate include computers, monitors, printers, laptops, TVs, cell phones, stereo equipment, microwaves, large household appliances, and more! Non-acceptable items include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers, items containing biohazards, hazardous waste, liquids, fluorescent bulbs, smoke detectors, or radioactive materials. For more information, please contact Jessica Moitt at jm94834n@pace.edu.

Laying New Roots
ENV140 students, in partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education, will host a tree planting ceremony to promote awareness about deforestation and recycling issues on Monday, April 16. The ceremony will include a Native American ritual, a presentation on deforestation and recycling, and the planting of a tree. For questions, contact Donte Kirby at dk38238p@pace.edu or Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here as we’ll highlight a week’s worth of activities every week through the end of Earth Month!

Environmental Crusaders

There are quite a few people at Pace who are leading the fight for what they believe in. Angelo Spillo and Michelle Rodriguez are some of the crusaders for our environment. Want to know what Pace thinks of our earth and how to save it? Spillo and Rodriguez are looking for the answer. >>Read More

by Pace student Helen Arase ’14

Here’s a little tip: If you’re planning on asking Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center and academic coordinator for Environmental Studies in Pleasantville, why Pace should be concerned with the environment, be prepared for a passionate response.

“Shouldn’t everyone? How can we not be concerned? Every semester I start my classes off by asking my students, ‘Who likes to have clean water to drink? Who likes breathing clean air? Who likes to eat food that grows in clean soil?’  They all raise their hands and smile as if to say ‘What dumb questions!’” he says. “But when I ask, ‘Who spends time thinking about the condition of our environment?’ only a few if any raise their hands. The point is that abuses to our environment, whether we care or not, will impact us all in some way. Maybe not today, but maybe in 10 or 20 years.  The Pace Community, I believe, has a responsibility as an institution of higher education to do everything it can to promote environmental awareness.”

In addition to coordinating Earth Month and educating students on the environment, Spillo is currently working on environmental research with Pace undergraduate student Michelle Rodriguez. Chosen as one of 15 professor/student teams for the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program, Rodriguez and Spillo are trying to get at the heart of why students are indifferent to Pace’s environmental sustainability efforts.

Where do we stand on sustainability and our place in the natural world? This is the question the Spillo-Rodriguez team is asking. They hope to develop a response to encourage future participation at Pace and help connect and educate a higher percentage of students. Our earth is worth the hard work that Spillo and Rodriguez are doing, and we should support them!

For the past few months, they’ve  collected roughly 250 student surveys that will have information about students’ perceptions and priorities of Pace’s environmental  efforts. Their research will benefit the GreenPace Sustainability Committee and will suggest the next steps Pace should take to engage and better serve the students on both campuses in order to become a greener institution. If you want to see them presenting their research, stop by the Undergraduate Research End-of-Year Showcase on April 10 in PLV and make sure to check out Michelle’s blog entries for more info on their findings.

Make sure to stay tuned over the next few weeks as I interview more of Pace’s environmental crusaders!

Don’t be Detrimental, Go Environmental!

Are you interested in being a little greener? The Pace Community is invited to celebrate Earth Month every day in April, here at Pace! >>Read More

By Pace student Helen Arase ’14

Pace has always been a leader in environmental studies, so why not take advantage of learning and participating with some of the best? There will be at least 30 programs this month to excite and inspire you and your classmates to have a little more appreciation of what’s around us.

So, how did Earth day grow from one day to one month? Nine years ago, Angelo Spillo, director of the Environmental Center, started Earth Month, as a way for the Pace Community to extend Earth Day and learn to fully appreciate the environment. He says, “It’s very rewarding because now it has evolved into an interdisciplinary event that involves all components of Pace,
including faculty, staff, and students from all of our schools and departments.”

All events are open to the Pace Community. So, what are a few of the events that you should definitely attend? There’s the Wild World of Animals that features 14 interesting animals—from scorpions to legless lizards—sponsored by N.A.T.U.R.E., Pace’s Environmental Club. Interested in photography? There will be an exhibition available for viewing April 18 to April 26. What about solar power? On April 19, the unveiling of the solar classroom provided by Con Edison is sure to be eye-opening. And who doesn’t want to see those marvelous birds of prey on the Pleasantville Campus?

“Who shouldn’t be interested in the environment? It is important to all of us; we only have one earth,” says James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center, who is leading the Birds of Prey presentation, fitness trail hike, and various
other events.

And after Earth Month is over, let’s take our newfound knowledge out into the world. Eyring hopes that we will take our passion for protecting the environment into the real world to inspire future generations to help out by teaching, creating policies, restructuring how corporations view nature, and living sustainably.

So why not come on down and participate? You can definitely learn something new, even if you attend only one event. Our earth is important to all of us and what we do to it affects everyone. Let’s all be clean, green, environmental machines!

For a complete list of events, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/earthmonth.

And make sure to stay tuned this month as I profile a few different students and faculty members helping to make Pace a greener place!

Pace Hearts the Earth

Earth Month is upon us! For the next few weeks, the Pulse will highlight the upcoming week’s Earth Month events. This week, from climate change and capitalism to a forum on fracking, we hope you’ll be inclined to ask yourselves, WTF?

This week, in Earth Month:

Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson…
On April 2, join University Professor for the Environment Nicholas A. Robinson for a discussion about the history of the Earth Charter and its relevance in today’s complex world. Finalized in 2000, the Earth Charter is a set of ethical principles intended to help us develop a sustainable society in the 21st century. Classes and all are welcome to attend. To RSVP, e-mail bmccluskey@pace.edu.

Reduce and Reuse!
smartwater may be smart, but that bottle you’re carrying around isn’t. On April 4, ENV140 students will promote using reusable bottles instead of plastic throwaways. Reusable bottles will be given away so help the environment and get a free gift.

Shakespeare Sustainable? Frost Green?
While Earth Day became official in 1970, it’s been celebrated by poets from ancient China to Elizabethan and 19th Century England to modern America.  Poetry has been evergreen long before the world talked of being green—celebrated in the lyrics and narratives of Li-Po and Shakespeare; Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson; Frost and Millay. On April 4, Pace celebrates our good, green earth with good, green poems.  Poet Ira Joe Fisher, author of Songs From An Earlier Century, Some Holy Weight in the Village Air, and Remembering Rew, will share his own poems and those of others. For more information, e-mail aspillo@pace.edu.

Is it Hot in Here?
On April 5, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies Ghassan Karam will talk climate change and capitalism, leading a discussion about a paradigm shift and illustrating how a meaningful solution for climate change is not possible under the current system.

Living Simply, Living Sustainably
So much of what we do today ends in excessive waste. The implications are many including pollution, habitat destruction, species extinction, and the depletion of resources.  In our complex world, where we are major consumers, we exist in a disposable society. Why not consider a change?  Is it possible to simplify our lives? Join Professor Angelo Spillo on April 9 for a presentation on some simple lifestyle changes that can improve our lives and reduce our footprint.  RSVP to aspillo@pace.edu.

WTF?
Are pro-fracking and no-fracking our only options? Must fracking have adverse environmental consequences? On April 9, join faculty and recognized experts in a multi-campus discussion on the controversies surrounding hydrofracking in New York. Navigate the science, economics, regulations, ethics, and environmental consequences at WTF? (What the Frac?) A Pace Community Forum on Hydraulic Fracturing. The forum will help advance critical thinking of natural gas extraction policies in the U.S., while addressing key questions about the role of a university in such highly controversial issues. How can these timely, yet fast-moving and complex environmental challenges be used as a learning experience for students? Co-sponsored by the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Project Pericles, Pace Energy and Climate Center, and the Pace Institute for Environmental and Regional Studies. RSVP online at www.pace.edu/paaes/events.

For more info on Earth Month events, click here. And make sure to stay tuned here as we’ll highlight a week’s worth of activities every week through the end of Earth Month!

Pace Hearts the Earth

While most people will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22, at Pace, we celebrate the Earth for an entire month with a lineup of events from wolves wandering around campus to beautifying Pace and the community. That’s how we roll.

Celebrate Earth Day every day in April at Pace!

Throughout the month of April the Environmental Center on the PLV Campus will be buzzing with activity and special events designed to promote an awareness about issues related to our natural environment. Events include tree and theme garden-plantings and Hands on NY Day, an EcoTech drive where you can sell your unwanted eletronics to be recycled, nature walks, solar energy demonstrations, lectures and discussions with Pace experts, and plenty of animals. There will be herding demonstrations with our resident border collies, Emma and Abby, who keep Pace geese-free; Atka, the Arctic wolf, returns to campus;  breakfast with the birds and an evening of hawks, owls, and falcons (oh my!), and much much more. Check out the Earth Month calendar for a full lineup of events this month!