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

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

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

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 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.