Pace Celebrates Earth Day All Month Long

Are you interested in being a little greener? The Pace Community is invited to celebrate Earth Month every day in April, here at Pace!

By Pace student Helen Arase ’14

Pace has always been a leader in environmental studies, so why not take advantage of learning and participating with some of the best? There will be at least 30 programs this month to excite and inspire you and your classmates to have a little more appreciation of what’s around us.

So, how did Earth day grow from one day to one month? Nine 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. He says, “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.”

All events are open to the Pace Community. So, what are a few of the events that you should definitely attend? There’s the Wild World of Animals that features 14 interesting animals—from scorpions to legless lizards—sponsored by N.A.T.U.R.E., Pace’s Environmental Club. Interested in photography? There will be an exhibition available for viewing April 18 to April 26. What about solar power? On April 19, the unveiling of the solar classroom provided by Con Edison is sure to be eye-opening. And who doesn’t want to see those marvelous birds of prey on the Pleasantville Campus?

“Who shouldn’t be interested in the environment? It is important to all of us; we only have one earth,” says James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Environmental Center, who is leading the Birds of Prey presentation, fitness trail hike, and various other events.

And after Earth Month is over, let’s take our newfound knowledge out into the world. Eyring hopes that we will take our passion for protecting the environment into the real world to inspire future generations to help out by teaching, creating policies, restructuring how corporations view nature, and living sustainably.

So why not come on down and participate? You can definitely learn something new, even if you attend only one event. Our earth is important to all of us and what we do to it affects everyone. Let’s all be clean, green, environmental machines!

Check out the list of Earth Month events below, or for a complete list of events, visit www.pace.edu/dyson/earthmonth.

An Environmentally Friendly Future
So much of what we do today ends in excessive waste. The implications are many including pollution, habitat destruction, species extinction, and the depletion of resources. In our complex world, where we are major consumers, we exist in a disposable society. Why not consider a change? Is it possible to simplify our lives? Join Professor Angelo Spillo on Monday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. for a presentation on some simple lifestyle changes that can improve our lives and move us towards a more environmentally friendly future. RSVP to aspillo@pace.edu

Hydraulic Fracturing Forum
Join the Pace Community on Monday, April 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Student Union on the NYC Campus for a discussion on hydraulic fracturing: the facts, the myths, and the role of the university.

The Hudson River School
On Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. come and see the beauty and splendor of the early American wilderness as painted by these artists to be a lasting icon of American identity. Professor Mark Cassata will give a PowerPoint presentation as he discusses the essence of their vision, and the changes in American values which eventually eclipsed the Hudson River School. For more information contact Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu or call at (914)773-3530.

Forum on Hydrofracking
On Tuesday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m. on the PLV Campus, Pace will host the  Forum on Hydrofracking, co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies Advisory Board and Frances Delahanty’s, PhD, class in Introduction to Peace and Justice Studies. It will be a community gathering organized at Pace University to support our working together to intensify efforts to bring clean, safe, renewable energy to our state, and to save our NYS water and our environment from permanent damage. All are welcome! For more information contact Frances Delahanty at fdelahanty@pace.edu.

Tree Planting Ceremony
As a part of Pace University’s Earth Month Celebration, ENV 140 students in partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education will host a tree planting ceremony on Monday, April 16 to promote awareness about deforestation and recycling issues. The ceremony will include a Native American ritual, a presentation on deforestation and recycling, and of course the planting of a tree. For questions contact Donte Kirby at dk38238p@pace.edu or Angelo Spillo at aspillo@pace.edu.

Flipping the Switch in the Solar Classroom
The Solar Classroom opens on Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m. 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. On April 19 we will “flip the switch” and the classroom will become 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 at aspillo@pace.edu.

Wild World of Animals
On Thursday, April 19 at 5:00 p.m. N.A.T.U.R.E, Pace’s environmental club, will sponsor Wild World of Animals. This group has appeared on national and local television shows such as David Letterman, FOX, Good Morning America, and Pittsburgh Today. The show includes about 14 different animals. Some that may be included are a scorpion, alligator, legless lizard, parrot, bearcat, skunk, opossum, fox, and a large cat to name a few. For questions contact Jessica Moitt at jm94834n@pace.edu.