2014 Event Highlights 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Lecture: Ecological History of Long Island Wetlands Destruction
Endeavour Hall, Room 120, 5:30 pm
Speaker: Daniel Karpen
Mr. Karpen, best known for his discovery of 700-year old black tupelo trees in Blydenburg County Park in Smithtown, will discuss how continuous filling and development of Long Island's precious wetlands since early colonial times, have left us with widespread destruction of coastal ecosystems, water pollution and an over-developed shoreline, which is exceedingly vulnerable to major damage from storm surges and coastal erosion.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Meet Up at #IndyAtSBU "TweetUp": Renowned SBU Indy Prize Finalists Patricia Wright, Carl Safina and Russell Mittermeier
SAC Ballroom A, 12:00 pm
Join us for a "tweet-up" when we invite the Twitter-verse into our discussion with esteemed conservationists, Patricia Wright, Carl Safina, and Russell Mittermeier, as they share experiences, knowledge and activities that made them finalists for the prestigious Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. All are welcome! Register at http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/features-tweetup.html


Authentic Sustainability: Integrating Science & Shamanism
SAC Ballroom B, 4:00 pm
"All environmental issues are mere symptoms of a far deeper issue - the separation of human nature from the rest of a nature - a spiritual issue." In order for true sustainability to be obtained, there must be a spiritual connection that is made allowing the rational mind to understand the intuitive mind. Join Peter Maniscalco to learn more about Shamanism and how it can help individuals to discover the true nature of sustainability.
This event will include a Shamanic Drumming Meditation/Journeying experience.


The Politics of Climate Change

SAC 302, 7:00 pm
Join the College Democrats for a panel discussion about climate change and how it is handled in the modern political sphere. Learn about the intersection of science and legislation from experts in the field and discover where the difficulties in "Green" legislation reside.

"Elephants, Wolves, and Killer Whales - Oh My!"
Community Room, Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, Main Street, Setauket, 7:30 pm
Please join us and grab an incredible opportunity to meet one of the most esteemed ocean conservationists, Dr. Carl Safina. A world-renowned professor from Stony Brook University, Safina is working on a book about how certain wild animals experience their lives, and long-term family relationships. He will share his experiences of research, exploration and discovery through the marvelous wildlife photographs he captured during the trips he took (abroad and within our country) in the midst of his busy life encompassing phenomenal work and award-winning writing. Carl will show some of the best photos from the thousands he took, including several that appeared with his piece on elephants in the international edition of the New York Times. 

Carl Safina Presentation

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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 lead a moderated discussion on careers in a dynamic and quickly growing field. Hosted by the Sustainability Studies Department at Stony Brook University in collaboration with the Alumni Association and the Career Center.

Tara Linton, Ecosystems and Human Impact, BA, 2013
Shawn Nuzzo, Environmental Design, Policy, and Planning, BA, 2013
Nicole Laible, Coastal Environmental Studies & Marine Sciences, BA, 2012
Nia Padilla, Environmental Humanities, BA, 2013
Anna Woodroof, Sustainability Studies, BA, 2012


Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Health GPS: An urban belle navigates environment, race, food justice and lip gloss.
Frey Hall 370, 10:00 am
Desi K. Robinson is a health and lifestyle journalist, arts educator, diva farmer, and urban belle. Her projects explore the intersections of art, culture, race, politics, health, and the environment. Join her as she brings together all these areas in a fun and exciting way. See more about Desi and her work here.


The Great Debate: Closing the Fire Island Beach?
Humanities 1006, 4:00 pm

A controversy is raging about whether or not the breach punched through the Fire Island National Seashore be closed? Will the new breach lead to further erosion and a more exposed population along the south shore from future hurricanes and winter nor'easters? Or should it be kept open, fostering improved water quality and healthier coastal marine ecosystems?

Moderator: Jim Klurfeld, School of Journalism

Government Team: Arguing to close breach
Prime Minister: Jeffrey Kasner, Director of Environmental Protection, Town of Brookhaven (ret’d)
Government Member: Aram Terchunian, Owner of First Coastal Corporation

Opposition Team: Arguing to keep breach open
Leader of the Opposition: Chris Soller; Superintendent, Fire Island National Seashore (but arguing as a private citizen)
Opposition Member: Adrienne Esposito; Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Candidate for NYS Senate

Fire Island Breach

Marine Science Club Presents: Plastic Paradise
SAC 302, 7:00 pm
"EVERY single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still SOMEWHERE on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go?" Join the Marine Science Club for a screening of this documentary, a true eye-opener for sustainability!

Plastic Paradise

Friday, April 25, 2014

 Earthstock Festival 

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

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Pride Patrol Campus Beautification
11:00 am to 3:00 pm: Environmental and Educational Displays and Exhibitors, Farmer's Market
11:00 am to 3:00 pm: Green Graffiti Art Installation, Zebra Path
11:00 am: Pre-College Seminar for High School Students, SAC 302
11:00 am: Eco-Scavenger Hunt, Staller Terraces
12:15 pm: Opening Remarks
1:00 pm: Sustain-a-Thon Relay Race, Staller Upper Level. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with Camus Residences.
2:00 pm: Rubber Duck Races
2:30 pm: Ice Cream Social
3:00 pm: Drum Line and Color Guard Showcase, Staller Terraces

Wang Theater Lobby, 6:30 pm
Earthstock Environmental Student Research Exhibition
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.

SAC Ballroom B, 7:00 pm
Green Gala
Join the Environmental Club for an environmentally themed night of elegance with music, food and dancing.  The event will showcase many local businesses and their organic, vegetarian, fair trade or generally "green" food products.  Come for a night of fun and dancing!

Wang Theater, 7:30 pm
Keynote Lecture
Robert Howarth, David R. Atkinson Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

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