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,

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

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  or  (914) 773-3530.