FDU goes green this April as the College at Florham celebrates Green Fest from Monday, April 23, through Thursday, April 26, while the Metropolitan Campus marks Earth Day on Wednesday, April 25.
For the sixth consecutive year, the College at Florham focuses on environmental sustainability efforts with a four-day Green Fest celebration focusing on the theme “Water.”
John Cinco, computer graphics (Flor), designed the logo, which will be put on water bottles to complement this year’s theme. A variety of activities are planned starting with a kick-off celebration on Monday, April 23.
A kick-off celebration will be held at noon on Monday, April 23, in the Dining Hall, Student Center. A screening of “The Last Mountain,” a feature-length documentary film about a coal-mining corporation and a tiny community vying for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Bottle Hill Pub, Student Center. The film premiered in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was an official entry to the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer period with Joe Lovett, founder and executive director of the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment (now known as Appalachian Mountain Advocates), which has fought on behalf of dozens of communities across West Virginia where residents’ health, property and livelihoods have been damaged and polluted by large coal companies.
A Hot Topics panel discussion, “Fracking: Is It a Good or Bad Word, and Should We Do It?” will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in the Bottle Hill Pub, Student Center. Lovett will be among the panelists. The discussion will be moderated by Amber Charlebois, chemistry (Flor). James Salierno, chemistry (Flor), organized the event.
Other activities include student presentations on the conservation of water (10 a.m.–noon), a vendor fair and club/Greek competitions (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) on Wednesday, April 25; and a keynote address, reception and student awards at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.
Amber Charlebois, chemistry (Flor); Christopher Caldiero, communication studies (Flor); Matthew Krayton, alumni engagement officer, University advancement (Metro), helped organize this year’s Green Fest. For information about Green Fest and its activities go to http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=4910 .
The Monninger Center for Learning and Research (College at Florham Library) is holding a photography exhibit titled “Fauna of Florham: Wildlife on Campus” which will run through Monday, April 30. The exhibit features photographs taken by W. Scott Giglio, assistant director of public relations, communications/marketing (Flor), from 2008 to 2012. Library hours are Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 10 p.m. For information call Eleanor Friedl, reference librarian, Monninger Center (Flor), at 973-443-8516.
The Metropolitan Campus community commemorates its fourth Earth Day celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, on the Green in front of the new Garden between Becton Hall and University Court Residence Halls. Activities will include the annual river cleanup, outdoor games and information about environment-friendly organizations, and products will be provided. Additionally, on sale will be flowers,vegetables and herbs grown in the Metro Greenery, the campus’s greenhouse, as a fundraiser. Lunch will be served during the event, which is open only to members of the FDU community.
Earth Day is co-sponsored by the Student Green Team, the Green Campus Committee and the Office of Global Learning. For information on Earth Day activities contact the Green Campus Committee email Cynthia Radnitz, psychology (Metro), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jamie Zibulsky, psychology (Metro), at email@example.com.
To find out more about the campus’s efforts to go green and how to help conserve energy and resources go to http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=6587 and download the Green Presentation prepared by the Green Campus Committee.