Sustanability Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events

Spring, 2015, Sustainability Events

Please see the list of events below. If you would like to incorporate these into your courses, please contact the person listed for each event so they can coordinate this.

If you have an event you would like posted on the Sustainability Calendar, please email the information to

Animal Studies Invited Lecture
Phil Arkow presents “Animal-Assisted Interventions with the Elderly: Concepts, Concerns and Strategies”

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11am – 12:15pm
Large Lapsley Room, McShain Hall
Contact: Dr. Matt Anderson,

Phil Arkow, a widely recognized expert on animal-assisted therapy, will present a lecture titled, “Animal-Assisted Interventions with the Elderly: Concepts, Concerns and Strategies.”
Summary of lecture:
Over the past 40 years, practitioners and therapists in a wide array of disciplines from mental and physical health and social services to education and penology have come to appreciate the healing powers of animals, who seem to be able to break through when more traditional interventions fail. Why does this happen, and how can we tap into the world of nature that our animal ambassadors bring to our laps and our beds? This class will inspire you to understand the power of pets and effective ways to use AAA and AAT creatively and correctly… and to have a few laughs as well at the sometimes silly world of human-animal interactions.

Climate Change and the Insurance Industry

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11am – 12:15pm
Mandeville Hall Teletorium
Contact: Dr. Carolin Schellhorn,

Mike Angelina, executive director of the Academy of Risk Management and Insurance, will discuss the insurance industry's efforts to identify and measure the risks associated with climate change. Related topics, such as insurers' attempts to facilitate adaptation and increase resilience, will be covered.

SJU Faculty Panel on Sustainability and Related Issues

Tuesday, March 17th, 6:00 - 7:30
Location TBA
Contact: Ms. Emily Nonnemacher, SJU Student Green Fund,

A panel of SJU faculty will address sustainability and other issues. More information coming soon, check the SJU Sustainability Web site for updates.

Food Marketing Association Meeting
"Whole Foods, Whole Person - Conscious Capitalism story"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 11am – 12:15pm
Mandeville Hall Room 103
Contact: SJU Food Marketing Association,

Weigh the Waste

Tuesday, April 7th and Tuesday, April 21st
Campion Dining Hall
Contact: Ms. Emily Nonnemacher, SJU Student Green Fund,

During Weigh the Waste all of the uneaten food from the Campion Dining Hall will be collected and weighed to show just how much food we are not eating but are sending into the waste stream (actually into the composting bio-bin, but still, it is good food that could have been eaten!)

Tiny House Documentary

Wednesday, April 8th, 6pm
Forum Theater, Campion
Contact: Ms. Emily Nonnemacher, SJU Student Green Fund,

Come for a screening of a documentary about the Tiny House movement where small is beautiful (and more environmentally friendly).

Seamus McGraw author of The End of Country on fracking and Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change

Thursday, April 16th. Two in-class talks, first at 3:30 (focused on climate and his books) and second at 6:30 (more focused on writing studies)
Locations TBA
Contact: Dr. Ann Green,

Seamus McGraw author of The End of Country on fracking is coming Thursday, April 16th. He'll speak at 3:30 Ann Green's my Writing and Environmental Justice class (will get a bigger room and open it up to everyone if there's interest) and again at 6:30 in Owen Gilman's Nature Writing graduate class (again we'll get a bigger room and open it up to everyone).

Seamus will be here celebrating the release of his new book: Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change ( We haven't finalized the titles of his two talks yet, but the first will be climate and book-centered, and the second more writing studies centered. (Seamus has also self-published two novella about the coal fields of PA, including a very funny one featuring a thinly veiled Rick Santorum character.)

He did a series of interviews with people whose livelihoods and lives are affected by climate change (Jersey fishermen, Texas ranchers, outdoorsman in the West) to consider how climate change affects folks across the political spectrum (I have a MS copy of the book, and so far there's some very interesting stuff with an evangelical climate change supporter, trying to convince others on the Christian right that climate change is real). We're going to try and get copies of the book to sell prior to his visit.

Earth Day Celebration Mass

Tuesday, April 21st
12:20 - 1:20
Chapel of Saint Joseph
Fr. John Braverman will celebrate the 12:20 mass and will integrate themes related to Earth Day and sustainability.

Dumpster Dive - What Is In Our Trash Stream That Shouldn't Be?

Thursday, April 23rd
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Sourin Parking Lot
Contact: Mary Feeney, chair SJU recycling committee,

     Join the SJU Recycling Team as we sort through some of the trash collected from a dorm and from an academic building and identify the items that should have been in the recycling stream.  Gloves will be provided!!!