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C.W. Post Earthfest Focuses on Environmental Efforts

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Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University
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Protecting the environment for future generations will be the focus of Earthfest, a daylong event at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, set for Tuesday, April 24.

Spearheaded by PEACE (Protecting Every Aspect Concerning the Environment), a student organization committed to the betterment of the environment, Earthfest aims to raise awareness and encourage participation in “green” efforts and is being held in conjunction with Earth Day.

Among the events planned for Earthfest are:

  • “The Daily Planet: On the Front Lines of Climate Change from the North Pole to the White House,” a lecture by Andrew Revkin of The New York Times, 12:30 p.m. (co-sponsored by Student Affairs-Faculty Partnership Initiative Committee)
  • Campus Clean-up, 3:30 p.m.
  • Climate Presentation by Kasey Jacobs, program director for Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and a Long Island University graduate, 5 p.m.
  • Recycled Percussion performance, 9 p.m. (co-sponsored by Association for Campus Programming and Student Life)
  • Local environmental groups will disseminate information about their own programs and activities in the lobby of Hillwood Commons.

Earthfest is just one of a number of efforts PEACE undertakes during the course of the year. For example, the club, led by president Janelle Hrycik, worked with the administration to implement a recycling program in Suffolk Hall last semester. The residents of the residence hall can now recycle mixed paper, plastics and aluminum. An environmental assistant empties the collection bins monthly and prepares their contents for transfer to the appropriate agent. In mid-March, the recycling program was expanded to Kings and Queens Halls, enabling more than 400 students to participate.

PEACE is also a supporter of the Green and Gold Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, which is made at C.W. Post’s commencement exercises on May 13. Students who participate promise to evaluate the broader consequences of any job they take by being attentive to the social and environmental consequences of their actions. PEACE also recently formed a campus chapter of Focus the Nation, which seeks to educate colleges and schools across the country about global climate change. The club is planning two days of events for January 30 and 31, 2008.

“The main goal of any educational institution is to enlighten and empower its students and this can't be achieved in the 21st century without including environmental stewardship for the institution,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a statewide, grassroots environmental advocacy organization. "C.W. Post is well on its way to improving Long Island for future generations and for future students."

For more information about Earthfest, contact Janelle Hrycik at janelleyfish@aol.com . All events are free and open to the public and campus community.

Posted 03/26/2007

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