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Green Days 2018-19

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October 1,7 p.m. Moffett Center, Room 2125
Film Showing: The True Cost
Sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Sustainability Office

The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing? Brock Ternes, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology/Anthropology Department will facilitate a short discussion following the film.

Past Events

Arbor Day Tree Walk

April 27, 12 p.m., Meet in front of Bowers Hall
Sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Campus Tree Advisory Committee

Join Steve Broyles and Adam Levine as they lead a guided walk to view35 different tree species in our campus urban forest.

Green-flix Documentary Film Series:Who Killed the Electric Car?

April 30, 7 p.m., Moffett Center, Room 2125
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Green Reps and Facilitated by Brock Ternes

The documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? traces the electric car’s history over the past century of automobile manufacturing, especially focusing on the last 25 years. Perplexingly, in the 1990s and 2000s, car companies began collecting all electric vehicles, much to the consternation of the vehicles’ impassioned owners. Interwoven in the plot are different policy questions regarding automotive, environmental, and governmental institutions.

Get Caught Being Green and Win!

April 9-13, 2018 All Over Campus!
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Green Reps, Campus Sustainability Coalition, and the Sustainability Office

SUNY Cortland Green Reps and members of the Campus Sustainability Coalition will be on the look out for students, faculty, and staff showing their commitment to sustainable lifestyle. If you get caught being green - you could win a prize!

Stories of Sustainable Eating: SUNY Cortland Green Reps

April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge
Presented by Green Reps: Abby Borzell, Kiley Stoj, Jeremy Collings, and Anna Gorall
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Green Reps, Campus Sustainability Committee, and the Sustainability Office

Join some of SUNY Cortland's Green Reps as they share how and why they incorporate sustainability into their daily eating habits. They will be informing us on how being either a vegetarian and/or vegan has effected them and the environment. After the Green Reps present, they will answer any questions you may have on sustainable eating!

Bizarre Cave Animals of Southern China

April 11, 7 p.m., Sperry Center, Room 106
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Master Teacher Program

Jut Wynne, a conservation biologist and explorer who has traveled to some of the world’s most remote places, will discuss biodiversity in his presentation: “Bizarre Cave Animals of Southern China.” Wynne will address the threat that agricultural chemicals and heavy-metal pollution poses to animals in the limestone caves of Guangxi Province in Southern China, as well as their impact on the area’s traditional farming communities.

Getting New York to 50% Renewables by 2030 - What Will it Really Take?

April 19, 12-1 p.m., Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge
Brice Smith, Associate Professor of Physics/
Sameer Hairan, Sustainable Energy Systems Graduate Student
Sponsored by Campus Sustainability Committee and the Sustainability Office

New York Public Service Commission ordered, in 2016, that 50 percent of the State's electricity must come from clean, renewable sources by 2030. The talk will discuss what it will take to achieve this goal and look into New York State's Energy Policy.

Farm Fresh Local Food Menu

April 19, 2018 Neubig Dining Hall
Sponsored by ASC

Visit the Neubig Dining Hall for a meal and learn about the local farms are providing our food.

Green-flix Documentary Film Series:Vanishing of the Bees

April2, 2018 7 p.m., Moffett Center, Room 2125
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Green Reps, Campus Garden Advisory Committee/Bee Campus USA Committee and Facilitated by Brock Ternes

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has resulted in the demise of a large portion of honeybees. Vanishing of the Bees reveals the potential causes of CCD and uncovers the rift between modern farming practices and the well-being of various living creatures. This film makes a larger point: the current agricultural system has deviated from appropriate routines that can be accepted by nature while also negatively influencing our health.

Blackbird Film Festival 2018 - Block I - Environmental Shorts

April 22, 9 - 10:30 a.m., Sperry Center

View the following environmental film shorts: Amazonia Dammed, Desolation Follows, For Our Peats Sake, Somewhere in Beulah Land, and Sphere Of Life.

Spring Planting Event

April 24, 12 - 2 p.m., Campus Model Garden (between Cornish Hall and Library)
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Garden Advisory Committee

Join Jessica Moore, Model Garden Intern, in preparing and planting our Model Garden for the season. Beds to be prepared will include the Salsa Garden bed, Vegetable Soup Garden bed, Herb bed, and perennial bed.

Air Plants

April 25, 2018 12 - 3 p.m., Student Life Center
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Health Promotion, SUNY Cortland Student Affairs Sustainability Committee, and SUNY Cortland Green Reps

Learn what air plants are and the benefits then take a free air plant with you.

Sustainable Alaskan Seafood

April 26, 2018, 12 - 2 p.m., Student Life Center
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Health Promotion, ASC, and SUNY Cortland Student Affairs Sustainability Committee

Stop by to learn the benefits of Alaskan Seafood and try a sample!

Can Owning a Well Influence Environmentalism? A Discussion of Aquifers, Water Usage, and Citizenship

April 4, 2018, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge
Brock Ternes, Visiting Professor of Sociology
Sponsored by Campus Sustainability Coalition and the Sustainability Office

Due to intense demands for irrigation water, the availability of groundwater has been a growing problem in the High Plains. This sandwich seminar investigates Kansans’ propensity to engage in water conservation and other pro-environmental behaviors, which has profound implications for sustaining communities in drought-prone regions. Specifically, it assesses how private water wells influence conservation routines. Analyzing the importance of water supply infrastructure adds nuance to investigations of rural communities, citizenship, policy making, and resilience-building in the Anthropocene.

Community Roundtable: Sustainability at SUNY Cortland: Why Does the Sierra Club Think We Are a "Cool School"?

April 5, 2018 7:45-9 a.m., Park Center Hall of Fame Room
Presented by Matt Brubaker, Campus Energy Manager and Beth Klein, Professor and Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland President's Office and the Sustainability Office

Over the last few years, SUNY Cortland has established itself as a higher education leader in sustainability. In 2007, the college became the first SUNY to sign on to the American College and University Climate Commitment which dedicated the campus to pursuing major reductions of its emissions of greenhouse gases. In 2015, SUNY Cortland became the first SUNY and one of only a handful of campuses nationwide to achieve a Gold rating on the STARS Sustainability assessment through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. And in 2017, we were the only SUNY comprehensive college to make the Sierra Club’s “Cool Schools” list of top 100 campuses for successfully integrating “green” practices at all levels of the college.

Please join Campus Energy Manager, Matt Brubaker and Campus Sustainability Coordinator and Professor of Education, Beth Klein as they share how SUNY Cortland has achieved these milestones and how the college plans to continue to address climate change and reduce our environmental impacts.

Green-flix Documentary Film Series: This Changes Everything

February5, 7 p.m., Moffett Center, Room 2125
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Green Reps and Facilitated by Brock Ternes

Known for her acidic bestsellers over the past twenty years, few globalization authors are more widely read than Naomi Klein. In This Changes Everything, Klein shifts her attention to climate change and the failed economic models responsible for environmental degradation. She frames the breaching of planetary tipping points as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to harness collective action to respond to climate change.

Green-flix Documentary Film Series:The Last Mountain

March5, 7 p.m., Moffett Center, Room 2125
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Green Reps and Facilitated by Brock Ternes

The 2011 documentary The Last Mountain portrays the ecological, economic, and human health issues related to Appalachian mountaintop removal in West Virginia. Utilizing the lived experiences of residents in communities adjacent to these operations, the film educates viewers on the dangers associated with mountaintop removal and the coal industry as a whole. As coal is the primary electricity source in most sectors outside of transportation, the United States’ reliance on coal poses large contentions in political and economic arenas.

The State of Poverty Simulation

March 21, 2:50 - 5 p.m., Corey Union Function Room
Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Institute for Civic Engagement and Facilitated by Community Action Program of Cortland County (CAPCO)

The State of Poverty Simulation has participants assume the roles of individuals facing poverty. Participants will better understand some of poverty's complexities and the ability to more effectively work with people living in poverty and better understand the obstacles they face. among other benefits, the event helps participants:

  1. explore a critical current-events issue,
  2. examine poverty and related concerns through the lens of their discipline,
  3. empathize with other people’s life situations,
  4. reflect on their own preconceptions
  5. consider the usefulness of role-play as a learning tool

To reserve space, contact John Suarez, director, Institute for Civic Engagement, at or at 607-753-4391.

A Queer Response to Climate Change: What Would Walt Whitman Do?

November15, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Old Main, Brown Auditorium
Peterson Toscano

Activist Peterson Toscano will take on the biggest issue of them all–global warming–and will do so with humor, heart, and with a view to saving the humans. Drawing on his hilarious characters, Peterson will make connections between LGBTQ issues, environmental justice, and climate change. Filled with hope, Peterson will give you a positive vision of the future as he inspires you to take your role in it

Peterson expertly weaves in the story of Walt Whitman, who in his 30s was adrift in life and art until he had a soul shaking experience that jarred him into becoming the most inventive poet of the 19th Century. But he didn’t stop growing and coming out. Another jarring experience transformed him into a loving nurse tending the wounded young Civil War soldiers. Peterson writes about Whitman’s ability to time travel, something Peterson does in this presentation–right before your eyes.

Discover your role on our new earth and learn how LGBTQ folks and communities already have experiences and resources that we can draw on in the midst of our current and growing climate crisis. It’s time for the ultimate makeover!

Peterson Toscano’s presentation is a part of the State of New York Sustainability Conference that is being hosted at SUNY Cortland November 15-16. For more information about the conference please contact the conference co-chairs Matt Brubaker or Beth Klein (

Campus Crunch

October 24, 2017

Stop by the pavilion for free Hot Cider,apples and apple crisp. Try out apple themed dishes in any of the ASC dining facilities! Come learn about local foods! For more info:

Green Days 2016-17

Fresh! - A Film Showing

April 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Sperry 105

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy. (Sponsored by the Sustainability Office)

Electronics Recycling Drive

April 17 - 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Corey Union Lobby

Please bring your old or broken electronics to the Corey Union Lobby where representatives from NYPIRG will gather them for recycling and safe disposal. Questions – contact Sky at (Coordinated by NYPIRG)

Living a More Sustainable Lifestyle: The Rural and City Perspective

April 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Matt Brubaker, Campus Energy Manager, SUNY Cortland

Beth Klein, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY Cortland

When Matt and Beth are not engaged in making SUNY Cortland a more sustainable campus, they are working to lead more sustainable lifestyles at home. Beth will share what sustainable living strategies she and her husband are using on their rural homestead, and Matt will share what his family does while living in Syracuse.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Office

ASC Sustainability Tabling

April 19, 12-3 p.m., Student Life Center

Come learn about the health and environmental reasons to add more vegetables to your diet. Learn about vegetables available for spring, summer and fall seasons and about one of the local farms who grows our vegetables – Main Street Farms. (Coordinated by ASC)

Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration

April 19, Lunch time at Bistro Live, Student Life Center

Join the staff at Bistro Live to learn to cook an easy and tasty vegetarian stir-fry! (Coordinated by ASC)

NYPIRG Clothing Swap and Collection

April 19, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Student Life Center

Bring your gently used clothing in good condition to swap for a new piece – limit 5 items per person. Or bring clothes to donate to CAPCO. Clothing, shoes, and accessories all accepted! (Coordinated by NYPIRG)

Climate Friendly Eating: A Panel of Students Discuss Why and How they Eat with Climate Change in Mind

April 20, 12 - 1 p.m.,Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall

Join some of the SUNY Cortland Green Reps as they share what and how they are eating to help address climate change. (Sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Green Rep Program)

Sustainable Lunch and Dinner

April 20, Lunch and Dinner, Neubig

Stop in to have lunch and/or dinner at Neubig where ASC will be featuring local foods from area vendors such as Barilla Pasta, Main Street Farms, Byrne Dairy, Little York Farms, Diva Farms, Furmanos, Stroehman and Zweigles, and Dieiros. We have a fantastic menu planned for the day with our sustainable local partners. (Coordinated by ASC)

ASC Sustainable Tabling

April 20, beginning at lunch, Neubig

Come learn about our local food vendors and how ASC addresses the issue of food waste! (Coordinated by ASC)

Sustainable Habitats for Humanity

April 20, 6 p.m., Caleion Room, Corey Union

Participate in making your own healthy face scrubs, terrariums and draft stoppers to make your home more sustainable. Attendees have four chances to win an ASC gift card! (Coordinated by SUNY Cortland Habitat for Humanity)

Campus Garden Spring Planting Event

Campus Garden Spring Planting Event

Join members of the campus garden committee to prepare and plant the campus garden raised beds. Rain Date - April 27! (Coordinated by the Campus Garden Committee)

Recent Past Events:

Solarize CNY

April 13, 12 - 1 p.m., Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Katelyn Kriesel, Coordinator, Solarize-CNY, CNY REgional Planning and Development Board

SolarizeCNY is a volunteer based, grassroots initiative of NYSERDA, to help spread the word on solar energy in New York State. At our lunch and learn, we'll provide information on how solar energy works, how you can take advantage of the available grant and tax credits, and give you the opportunity to sign up for a free solar assessment of your home or business with one of our vetted, NYSERDA approved installers! For more information on the SolarizeCNY program, visit our website at, or visit our Facebook page!

(Sponsored by the Sustainability Office)

Climate Resiliency: Summary of a community/college workshop on building care climate resiliency

April 12, 12 :30 p.m., Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Matt Brubaker, Campus Energy Manager, SUNY Cortland
Beth Klein, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY Cortland

Matt Brubaker and Beth Klein will discuss how the college committed recently to working with the community to address climate change resiliency. Presentation will include a summary of a recent climate resiliency workshop held with community leaders. (Coordinated by the Sustainability Office)

The ESF Gateway Center: Use of Native Plants on an Intensive Green Roof

April 12, 7 p.m., Sperry Center Room 105
Tim Toland, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY ESF

The use of plant species from native plant communities is an emerging element of landscape design that focuses on learning lessons from plants’ native growing environments. Species from very difficult growing conditions can be particularly useful in built landscapes. SUNY ESF applied these concepts to the Gateway Center garden using plants native to two New York communities – the alvar grassland community and the East Ontario dune community. Come hear about this case study, its successes and its challenges, and how these concepts are being applied to other campus building projects.

Sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Garden Advisory and Bee Campus Committee

Climate's Changing! Shouldn't We? What you, your campus and your community can do.

March27, 4 p.m., Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall
Fred Stoss, Librarian, SUNY University of Buffalo

Climate change is already affecting ecosystems and communities across the globe, but it’s not too late to take action – and Fred Stoss, a Climate Reality Leaders, will show you how. We have been living in a greenhouse gas constrained world and have seen dramatic changes to Earth’s Geochemical cycles that have altered by human interactions and activities, most notable from the burning of fossil fuels ad their release of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Fred will introduce some of the basic science behind the causes, effects, and implications of global climate change. His presentation based on former Vice President Al Gore’s slide show that served as the basis for the award-winning documentary film release more than 10 years ago, An Inconvenient Truth. You will learn about the local and global effects, as well as what you and your campus and communities can do to help create a better future for the planet, and ultimately why and how we can live in a world that is no longer constrained by greenhouse gases. Fred was trained by Mr. Gore among the first 250 “Climate Messengers ten years ago this past January in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then he has given more than 75 presentations in places such as Yosemite National Park; Oranjestad, Aruba, Grosier, Guadeloupe; and many locations around New York State. He has served as a Mentor four times for Mr. Gore’s nonprofit organization that has trained more than 11,000 individuals from around the world in 34 International Training Workshops.

Cave Biodiversity in Guangxi Province of Southern China

March22, 7 p.m., Sperry Center Room 106
JutWynne, Conservation Biologist and Explorer, Northern Arizona University

Cave biodiversity remains poorly documented for most parts of the world. Guangxi Province in southern China is no exception. Learn about the cave-dwelling animals in the tower-like limestone mountains, how villagers living in lowland farming communities have remained largely unchanged for millennia, and the threat posed by agrochemicals and heavy metal contamination for both cave animals and humans.

Dr. Jut Wynne is a conservation biologist and explorer. He has bushwhacked through the jungles of Belize and China, rappelled into the deepest volcanic pit on the Big Island of Hawai’i, endured the world’s driest desert in northern Chile, used cutting edge instruments onboard NASA aircraft, and traveled to the most remote inhabited place on earth, Easter Island – to learn more about caves and the secrets they contain.

Sponsored by the Central New York Master Teacher Program@ SUNY Cortland

The Honorable Harvest: A talk by Freida Jacques, Onondaga Clan mother

March6, 4:30 p.m., Moffett CenterRoom 2125

This is an insightful first-hand account of the Haudenosaunee original instructions given to humankind by the Peacemaker to enjoy the bounty of nature in a sustainable manner; to give thanks to the life we are gathering; and to gather only what is given. In this 90-minute presentation and discussion, Onondaga Clan mother Freida Jacques, asserts that if these concepts were understood by all peoples and nurtured throughout time, many atrocities against the natural world may have been prevented.

Freida’s talk is Part of Women’s History Month and sponsored by Native American Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies.

Film Screening: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things that Climate Can't Change

Nov. 30, 7 p.m., Sperry Center Room 205

Join us for a showing of Josh Fox's film on climate change. "In How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change, Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox (GASLAND) continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to 12 countries on 6 continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?"
Watch the Trailer.

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