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 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

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.
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 or (914) 773-3530.