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

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

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 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

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 or Angelo Spillo at

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

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

Sustainability at Pace

As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks. Visit for the full line-up of activities.

We hear the word “sustainability” quite often these days. Many people equate it with being a narrow concept of environmental correctness. Sustainability is really a broader concept—a construct that can shape our solutions to a broad range of challenges.

If you haven’t visited the Pace sustainability site, I encourage you to do so. In it, you will find everything we are doing to be sustainable, from monitoring the pricing of energy to timing Pace’s purchases with favorable market conditions, to reducing building temperatures during the night and University breaks, offering Green Mountain “Fair Trade” coffee in all facilities, planting native plants and grasses on campus, and using linen tablecloths instead of paper for catering. These are just a few examples of how we have changed our business practices to reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Three members of the Pace Community—Bill Link, University Director of Physical Plant; Sue Maxam, University Director for Student Success; and Robyn Mery, an Environmental Studies Major—were recently recognized for their efforts in sustainability with the 2010 GreenPace Awards. This award acknowledges members of the Pace Community who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. I encourage you to nominate anyone who is deserving of this honor.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman

Working Toward Greenness

Earth Month brings a variety of interesting and informative activities to the Pace campuses. Read on to learn how you can do your part this April.

April showers bring May flowers… or so we hear. To find out what else April has to offer the Pace Community, check out our numerous events celebrating Earth Month. Join us for a month dedicated to raising environmental awareness on and off campus. Here are just a few highlights:

Birds of Prey Presentation Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in PLV.
Join James Eyring, for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in the natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight!

Breakfast with the Birds Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve invite you to enjoy coffee and bagels before heading out on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. So bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The Preserve is located only three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to

Get Fit With a Nature Walk Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus. Hiking boots or sneakers, long pants, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk.

Remember folks, there are plenty of other events taking place throughout the month as well, so click here to learn more.

In addition to Earth Month, Pace has a number of sustainability initiatives in progress year-round. To learn more, visit: