2015 Event Highlights 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lecture: A Short History of Long Island's Systematic Ecological Destruction: from 1635 to the Present
Endeavour Hall, Room 120, 5:30 pm
Mr Karpen is a well known naturalist with a comprehensive knowledge of trees on Long Island including 700 year old black tupelo trees not far from campus. He is also an engineering expert on the damage done by superstorm Sandy to communities along the south shore of Long Island.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Virunga: Documentary Screening 
SBS Building, Turkana Basin Institute Seminar Room N503, 7:00 PM 
This 2014 British documentary tells the story of four park rangers and their efforts to protect the war-torn Virunga National Park, home to the last mountain gorillas in the world. The documentary mixes its focus, showing both the beauty of the park as well as the harsh political climate due to oil exploration and war in the area.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sustainability Studies Alumni Career Panel
Wang, Lecture Hall 2, 1:00 pm
Stony Brook University alumni and field professionals in the area of sustainability and green industries will be discussing what they have found valuable from their education at Stony Brook University, what they are working on currently, and what they hope to do in the future.

Gabriella Carvajal, Ecosystems and Human Impact, 2014
Tom Bruno, Coastal Environmental Studies, 2014
Alexandra Santiago, Environmental Studies, 2013
Aaron Cuison, Environmental & Sustainability Studies, 2013
Kellie Woznick, Environmental Design, Policy & Planning, 2014 



Bramble Ramble Nature Walk
NW trailhead to the preserve, next to wooden kiosk along circle road, 1:00 PM
Join a nature walk in the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve on Earth Day. The walk will be led by volunteer interpreters from the Stony Brook Community or the Friends of the Ashley Schiff Park Preserve. Weather related updates will be posted on the group's Facebook page. Contact Michael Schrimpf at michael.schrimpf@stonybrook.edu with any questions.    

Sustainability & Transformation:The Role of Society to Decarbonize
SAC 306, 4:00 PM
This workshop will help participants understand sustainable development, a topic that has been debated upon for the past 35 years. The discussion will help clear some of the confusion associated with greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment. This workshop will also explore findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and their findings and recommendations for policy makers.



Solar Panels

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Great Debate: Should the U.S. Invest $3 Trillion in Critical Infrastructure by 2020?
Humanities 1006, 4:00 pm
The topic for this semester's debate will be a panel discussion (rather than our usual formal parliamentary debate) on the topic: "The Federal Government needs to spend $3.6 trillion before 2020 to rebuild critical public infrastructure, or the US will steadily spiral down into a second rate country". That's $3000 billion dollars or $3 x 10^12. Assuming a dollar bill is 3 thousandths of an inch thick, this represents a stacked-up pile of bills 142,000 miles high, which is 60% of the distance from the earth to the moon. $3.6T is also roughly the gross domestic product of Germany and about 20% of that of the United States.


Moderator: James Klurfeld, Professor School of Journalism
Parliamentary Whip: Malcolm Bowman, Professor School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

Nicole Gelinas, Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Peter Salins, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate program in Public Policy
Lee E. Koppelman, Longtime Suffolk Country Director of Planning 
Gilbert Anderson, Suffolk County Commissioner of Public Works 

Sponsored by the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences and School of Journalism 
Hosted by the SBU Humanities Institute  



Sustainability 2.0: Integrating Science & Indigenous Wisdom
Wang 201, 6:00 pm
Presented by Peter Maniscalco, Director: Wise Owl Shamanic Guidance
Sustainability 2.0 integrates science and indigenous wisdom, to create a bold, visionary way to enhance the teaching of sustainability. Sustainability 2.0 is an experiential, interactive program using video, drumming, and discussion to facilitate and enhance learning about what sustainability means during this day and age. 








Friday, April 24, 2015

 Earthstock Festival 

Academic Mall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Pride Patrol Campus Beautification, academic mall 
11:00 am: Farmer's Market, academic mall 
11:00 am to 3:00 PM: Environmental and Educational Displays and Exhibitors, academic mall
11:30 am: Live Musical and Dance Performances on Two Stages 
12:15 pm: Opening Remarks/Green Pledge, main stage
12:40 pm: Friends of Ashley Schiff Park Reserve dedication, Psych courtyard
1:00 pm: Sustain-a-Thon Relay Race, Staller Steps. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with Campus Residences.
1:45 pm: Push-up Challenge, 
2:00 pm: Rubber Duck Races
2:30 pm: Ice Cream Social, fountain
3:00 pm: Drum Line and Color Guard Showcase, Staller Terrace

Earthstock Environmental Student Research Exhibition
Wang Theater Lobby, 6:30 pm
Undergraduate and graduate student research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities as they relate to issue related to the environment, energy conservation, engineering and sustainability will be featured in a poster session preceding the Keynote Lecture.






Keynote Lecture
Wang Theater, 7:30 pm 
"Caught in the Same Net: The ocean and Us"
Carl Safina, PhD, President, the Safina Center
Fisheries, coral reefs, forests, climate change, poverty, literacy for girls, and peace—these are all facets of the same issue. Drawing on two acclaimed recent books—The View From Lazy Point and A Sea In Flames—scientist/author Dr. Carl Safina weaves a story that is both deeply personal and broadly global. Sharing travels that take us from his Long Island beach house to the high Arctic, Antarctica, and across the coastal tropics, he shows how the changes he's witnessed challenge not just nature but all of humankind. Safina will also discuss how science has ethical implications, how religion and science are converging toward common cause on environmental matters, and how moral responses can add momentum toward increasingly crucial solutions. Despite serious trends, there is a path forward. 

Carl Safina

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Green Gala 
GLS/HDV Center, 6:00 PM 
Join the Environmental Club for an environmentally themed night of elegance with music, food and dancing. We will celebrate the club and its members as well as discuss the importance of supporting local organizations such as grocery stores, restaurants and farms. We will also highlight the importance of native flora and fauna to Long Island. 

green gala

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Flax Pond

Panel Presentation: Flax Pond, Long Island's First No-Take Marine Preserve 
Child's Mansion, 3:00 PM. Click here for driving directions to the Child's Mansion
A panel presentation discussing the concept of no-take marine reserves and what it could mean for protecting and increasing the productivity of Long Island's estuaries as well as helping to revive Long Island's sagging fishing industry. 


Professor Dianne Padilla, Department of Ecology and Evolution
Professor Malcolm Bowman, School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences  


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