Ongoing from February 2nd - April 8th
All campus recycling stations
Be part of the fun as SJU competes with hundreds of other colleges and universities throughout the US in the annual Recyclmania competition.
RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling. With each week’s updated ranking, participating schools follow their performance against other colleges and use the results to rally their campus to reduce and recycle more.
National recognition is provided to the winning school in each category on the RecycleMania website and in a national press release. Winning schools receive an award made out of recyclable materials, and win the right to host that category’s special traveling trophy for the coming year.
Please contact Mary Feeney for more information.
Annual Phi Beta Kapp Lecture and Visiting Scholar
Dr. Penelope Boston, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
Thursday, April 10th or Friday, April 11th
Time and location TBA
Penelope Boston is professor of
earth & environmental sciences and director of Cave and Karst Studies at
New Mexico Tech, as well as associate director (academics) of the National Cave
& Karst Research Institute. Her
research focus includes geomicrobiology and astrobiology in extreme
environments (caves, mines, deserts, high latitudes and altitudes); human life
support in space and planetary environments; and robotics for exploration and
science in extreme Earth and extraterrestrial environments.
Author of over 160 technical and popular publications and editor of four volumes, she is writing a popular book and an academic work on the astrobiology of the subsurface environment. She is a fellow of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, now a member of its External Advisory Council, and serves on the NASA Planetary Protection Subcommittee. She received the 2010 Lifetime Science Achievement Award from the National Speleological Society, and was named a Caving Legend (2012) by the BLM Fort Stanton Cave Project.
Dr. Boston will be giving a public lecture and will also be available classroom visits, meetings with students, faculty and staff, and other events. Please contact Brian Forster for more information.
Earth Day Shred Event
Cardinal Avenue (and other locations TBA)
Exact time TBA
ProShred, the contractor providing document shredding services to SJU, will have a shredding truck on site for four hours. Bring your sensitive papers from your office or home and they will shred them for you right at the truck. Contact Mary Feeney, chair of the SJU Recycling Committee, for more information.
Dumpster Dive - What Is In Our Trash Stream That Shouldn't Be?
Thursday, April 24th
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Sourin Parking Lot
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!!! Contact Mary Feeney, chair of the SJU Recycling Committee, for more information.
Bovine Pastoral Culture: how cattle, microbes, pasture plants and humans coevolved: we were late to the party, but we can be the life of the party!
The first annual Animal Studies Lecture by Jonathan White, owner of Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse
Rescheduled - Thursday, April 24th
North Banquet Hall, Campion Student Center
Somewhere between five and fifteen millennia ago, humans formed a partnership with ruminants, which resulted in a massive expansion of the range and population of both species. Jonathan White, a noted cheese maker and pastoral farmer, will explain how this symbiosis evolved, how we betrayed our coevolutionists in the horrors of "modern" agriculture, and how he is renewing the bond with his herd of100% grass fed Bobolink Graizers, in, of all places, New Jersey. Sponsored by the Animal Studies Program, the Institute for Environmental Stewardship and the SJU Committee on Sustainability. Contact Matt Anderson, director of the Animal Stuides minor, for more information.
2014 Earth Day Seminar by Dr. Adam Rome, Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment, Associate Professor of History and English, University of DelawareThursday, April 24th
Doyle Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center
Adam Rome is an environmental historian of the United States. His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award. His second book, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, came out in 2013. He also has written about environmental reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era – the period when Americans first tried to stop pollution, conserve natural resources, and preserve wild places and wild creatures. From 2002 through 2005, he editedEnvironmental History, the leading journal in the field. He also is a member of the English department, where he teaches courses on environmental non-fiction, and he is co-director of the College of Arts and Sciences environmental-humanities initiative. He earned his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Conact Jeff Hyson for more information.