Green April at FDU
Taking care of Mother Nature was the focus of FDU’s New Jersey campuses this April as they organized a variety of environment-related activities in celebration of Earth Day on April 16 at the Metropolitan Campus and a three-day celebration from April 22 to 24 at the Florham Campus (see Celebrating Earth Day — Campuses Do Their Share for Environment http://inside.fdu.edu/otw/1403/earth.html).
For the sixth straight year, the Metropolitan Campus community commemorated Earth Day. This year’s event had the theme “Conservation and the Use of Natural Resources.”
Enjoying Earth Day festivities are, from left, Alice Benzecry, biological sciences and co-chair, Green Campus Committee (Metro); student Peta-Gaye Swaby with Mutiara Mohamad, director, Programs in Language, Culture and Professional Advancement, and member, Green Campus Committee; and Janice Bihler, University College (Metro); Dolores Bonifacio, admissions services clerk, undergraduate admissions; and Tigger Joan Leder, senior program director, continuing education, and member, Green Campus Committee (Metro).
Student volunteers joined the Hackensack Riverkeeper in the annual river cleanup. There were also information desks for vendors whose work showcases environmentally friendly programs and products; a sale of plants grown in the Metro Greenery, the campus’s greenhouse; a book exchange; live music; and free snacks.
The affair was organized by the Green Campus Committee, with sponsorship from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Global Learning and the Student Green Team.
At the Earth Day celebration at the Metropolitan Campus are, from left, Capt. Bill Sheehan, executive director, Hackensack Riverkeeper, Inc.; and Kent Fairfield, management (Metro), and faculty lead on sustainability education, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (Flor); Zoila Paredes, assistant to director, nursing/allied health, and Susan Auler, secretary, nursing/allied health (both Metro); and Thomas Hronopoulos, associate director, enrollment services (Metro).
The Florham Campus celebrated Earth Day with several biodiversity-themed events.
Left photo: Members of the campus community paint birdhouses.
Right photo: Giselle Smisko of the Avian Wildlife Center with an owl.
The three-day celebration featured a student photo contest of plants and animals on campus, a Hot Topics discussion on “To Kill or Not to Kill: The Effect of Feral Cats on Biodiversity” and a campus cleanup led by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Giselle Smisko of the Avian Wildlife Center spoke about “Birds of the Backyard and Beyond” and also held an exhibit. Students also tried their hand at painting birdhouses. Nature photos by W. Scott Giglio, assistant director of public relations (Flor), were displayed in the Monninger Center. The celebration culminated with performances by the FDU Chorus and FDU Band.
The events and activities were organized by the Green Campus Committee and the Student Green Team and sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Office of Global Learning and the Office of the Provost.