Fordham’s Students for Environmental Awareness and Justice (SEAJ) is taking the concept of Earth Day and expanding it into a full week’s worth of events on campus.
The group, which was founded in 2010 and became an officially recognized club last year, is comprised of eco-conscious students from various majors, and is devoted to raising student awareness of sustainability issues both on campus and off.
Earth Week kicks off on Sunday, April 14 with an appearance by Seth Borenstein, an Associated Press science writer who covers astronomy, climate, and disasters.
On Wednesday, April 17, there will be an Earth Week fair on the McGinley Lawn. Among the those expected to attend is Birdie, the mascot for Green NYC, the program spearheaded by the New York City Mayor’s office to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. Fordham has been a partner in the effort since its inception. The University is also distributing 2,000 stickers featuring Birdie to students in residence halls. Affixed to light switches, he will remind students to turn off the light when they leave.
Wednesday, April 17; Noon to 4 p.m. — Earth Week Fair. Activities and information about Earth Week and sustainability, including an organic cosmetics raffle, bring-your-own-t shirt tie dyeing, giveaways, information about Fordham Divest and more. (McGinley Lawn)
Wednesday, April 17; 8 p.m. — Screening of The Island President, a 2011 documentary about the efforts of then-Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to tackle climate change. Bring your own plate and silverware to enjoy some free food. (Keating First)
Thursday, April 18; time TBA —Seedling planting day (St. Rose's Garden, Rose Hill campus)
Sunday April 21; 2 p.m. — Hiking field trip (Van Cortlandt Park)
Monday, April 22; 6-8 p.m. — Mayoral forum on sustainability (Cooper Union)
Fordham is competing with other New York City universities to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017.
Birdie, who will be making an appearence at the Rose Hill campus on April 17, has some energy-saving tips to help us to the finish line.
Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College, University of London, in the United Kingdom. 04/13