Green Days - SUNY Cortland

Green Days

Green Days Fall 2016

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Nov. 1, 5:00 pm, Student Life Center, Room 1104

Cortland has a Dream

This workshop is for all students who have thought about wanting to create social change, but may not know how to go about doing it in the safest or most organized way.   Come join us as we discuss how to help create social change through Martin Luther King Jr.'s Six Steps to Social Change, the importance of organizing and building coalition, Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order and how Cortland UPD can help support a safe environment for student activism.  Faculty, Staff, Alumni also welcome to come.
Questions can be directed to or to Dana Smith in Multicultural Life and Diversity at 607-753-2336 

Nov. 9, 4:30 pm, Moffet Room 2125

The Mass Extinction Then and Now: Deconstructing Ecosystem and Biodiversity Loss

Christopher McRoberts, Distinguished Professor, Geology, SUNY Cortland
Our planet is in the midst of a 6th mass extinction, a loss of biodiversity at a scale not seen since the demise of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago. Past mass extinctions provide meaningful comparison to current anthropogenic climate and other environmental stresses concomitant with biodiversity loss. One of Earth’s largest mass extinctions took place 200 million years ago at the end of the Triassic period, linked to the environmental consequences of global warming.  The Triassic period mass extinction offers us lessons for today’s world.

Part of the 2016/17 SUNY Cortland Brooks Museum Event Series. Sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Brooks Museum.

Nov. 30, 7:00 pm, Sperry Center Room 205

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

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.

Some past events:

Oct. 21, 11:00 am -12:30 pm, Student Life Center

Campus Energy Tour

Matthew Brubaker, Campus Energy Manager, SUNY Cortland

As a part of Campus Sustainability Month, join our Campus Energy Manager as he takes us on a tour of the ways SUNY Cortland is saving energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuel.  Tour to start and end at the Student Life Center.

Oct. 25, 7:00 pm, Sperry Center Room 105

Film Screening: Before the Flood 

As part of Campus Sustainability Month, join us for a showing of Leonardo DiCaprio's newest film on climate change, BEFORE THE FLOOD.  "This film presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can  take  to  prevent  catastrophic  disruption  of  life  on  our  planet.   It  follows DiCaprio  as  he  travels  to  five  continents  and  the  Arctic  speaking  to  scientists,  world leaders,  activists  and  local  residents  to  gain  a  deeper  understanding  of  this  complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time."  Watch the Trailer.

Oct. 19, 2:00 pm, Campus Garden (between Cornish Hall and the Library)

Fall Planting Event

Zachary Ashbrook, Intern, Campus Model Gardens - Campus Garden Advisory Committee, SUNY Cortland

As a part of Campus Sustainability Month, join the campus garden model intern for a fall planting session in the  garden located between Cornish Hall and the Library.  Learn about garlic planting and how to extend your garden season.

Oct. 6, 12:00 pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall

Why Does Sierra Club say SUNY Cortland is a "cool school"?

Beth Klein, Professor Childhood/Early Childhood Education and Campus Sustainability Coordinator, SUNY Cortland
Fred Pierce, Director Communications, SUNY Cortland

As a part of Campus Sustainability Month, come join us as we share how SUNY Cortland became listed on the 2016 Sierra Club Cool Schools list.  We will share what sustainability initiatives we have at the college and discuss plans for the future.  Please come and share your suggestions!

Sept. 28, 4:30 pm, Moffet Room 2125

The De/Reconstruction of Cities: International Perspectives 

Dr. Luo Xu (Professor, Department of History) on Beijing:  Old and New
Dr. Scott Moranda (Associate Professor, Department of History) on The Modern City and the Global Environment

International Student Presenters:
Maya Zaynetdinova (Moscow, Russia)

Sameer Hairan (Kabul, Afghanistan)
Jahong Pu (Seoul, South Korea)
Miriam Hulede (Accra, Ghana)

Part of the 2016/17 SUNY Cortland Brooks Museum Event Series. Sponsored by the SUNY Cortland Brooks Museum.

Aug. 29, 12:30 pm, Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall

Zip Car o Campus!

Zach Newswanger, Director, Facilities Operations and Services

What is Zipcar?  Glad you asked. It’s a smarter way to get around the campus. Drive cars by the hour or day. Gas and insurance included. In neighborhoods, cities and airports across the globe. Save hundreds over car ownership. Choose from sedans, hybrids, vans, and more…

Feb. 25, 7 pm, Sperry 104

This Changes Everything

Film Screening

Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee.

March 29, 7 pm, Sperry Room 106

Our Town: Cortland Then & Now

A Multi-Media Presentation

Is the small town imagined by Thornton Wilder a past reality or a persistent fiction? Are there traces of Grovers Corners in the Cortland of a hundred years ago? Does any sense of that small town mythos remain in the 21st century, with a largely vacant Main St. and the looming vision of new Cortlandville highways and big box stores? Sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee.

April 7, 7 pm, Jacobus Lounge

What Porter Ranch Can Teach Us About Seneca Lake

Joe Heath and Colleen Kattau

With a talk by Joe Heath and music from Colleen Kattau, this event will focus attention on the local politics of fracking and the fight against natural gas storage under Seneca Lake.  Sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee.

April 11, 4:30 pm, Sperry 104

Planning Communities as if People Eat

Samina Raja, University of Buffalo

Dr. Samina Raja will introduce her research program, which focuses on understanding the role of planning and policy in building sustainable food systems and healthy communities. She is the Principal Investigator of the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab (the “Food Lab”) where much of her research unfolds with the engagement and collaboration of an outstanding research team. In partnership with collaborators nationwide, Dr. Raja is currently directing Growing Food Connections, a comprehensive five-year initiative funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to build capacity of local governments to strengthen food systems.  Sponsored by the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee.

April 13, 5 P.M., Student Life Center

Sun Run: An Earth Day Celebration


Join NYPIRG at SUNY Cortland as they host a demonstration to show New York that students support renewable energy NOW! We will be starting at the Student Life Center at 5PM with Guest Speaker and activist, Mecke Nagel and then we will be marching, or running and RACING towards the solar panels on campus! Lets show New York that SUNY students want to move away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. Special guests will include representatives from Solarize Central New York, and from SUNY Cortland's Sustainability Energy Systems Program. To register for the run/walk/march go to:

April 14, 12- 1 p.m., Jacobus Lounge

Living Zero Waste on a College Campus

Amy Garside, Residence Hall Director

What is a zero waste lifestyle and how can you accomplish it on a college campus? Inspired by bloggers Lauren Singer and Bea Johnson Amy Garside decided to try a zero waste lifestyle and chronicle my journey for one month. Starting March1st Amy challenged herself to no more trash cans! All the trash she produced she kept and carried with her for one month. The catch is she would have to live a zero waste lifestyle while living on a college campus and traveling to a national conference. In this presentation the audience will receive an introduction to living a zero waste lifestyle. What are the 5 R's of zero waste? What is zero waste and how can you maintain a zero waste lifestyle on a college campus or at home? What are the barriers to zero waste? Most importantly where is away and where does our garbage go when it is taken away? All of these questions will be answered through my experience and research while living zero waste for 31 days.

April 18, 6 p.m. , Caleion Room, Corey Union

"Sustainable" Habitats for Humanity

Habitat For Humanity Club

The goal of this program is to teach ways for students to create sustainable and environmentally friendly living spaces for themselves now and in the future when they own their own home. We will give a small presentation in the beginning sharing statistics about how much energy and waste a household emits per year. Then we will break the audience up into 4 groups. Each group will go to a station where they will learn a specific aspect of living in an environmentally friendly home. Each station will teach facts and statistics as well as have a hands on activity.

April 18, 7-9 p.m., Sperry 204

Making Climate Change Real!

Sociology and Anthropology Club

Join members of the Sociology and Anthropology Club along with some guest speakers for a discussion on climate change issues, and ideas to action.  Free food! 

April 19, 7-8:30 p.m., Sperry 204

Caterpillar Gardening: The Plants That Butterflies & Moths Need to Complete Their Life Cycles

Colleen Wolpert, presenter

Gardening for butterflies and moths (i.e., leps) is more than planting nectar sources for adults. Learn how you can assist them in all stages of their lifecycle as well as distinguish them from pests, so that all of us can enjoy these beautiful creatures in the future.

April 20, 11 A.M., In front of Memorial Library (rain Location Cornish Hall Lobby)

Plant Fair

Student Affairs Sustainability Committee and Campus Garden Committee

Join us for the annual plant fair.  Come plant a seed in the campus garden - or one to take with you, learn about Community Supported Agriculture options in the Cortland area, and more!

April 22, 3:30 - 5 P.M.,  Corey Union Lobby/Steps

Green Mile Scavenger Hunt - Earth Day Celebration! 

SUNY Cortland Green Reps

Join your SUNY Cortland Green Reps for an Earth Day Walk/Scavenger Hunt.  Wear green and bring your friends for a hunt around campus, stopping at different locations to receive clues and learn about what makes SUNY Cortland a sustainable Campus.  The first 17 participants will receive a free backpack and all participants that complete the tour will receive fruit and a raffle ticket for a bike drawing!

April 25, 7 P.M.,  Sperry Center, Room 105

Film Screening: Michael Moore's Newest Film: Where to Invade Next 

Join us for a screening of the newly released film Where to Invade Next.  Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore returns with what may be his most provocative and hilarious film yet: Moore tells the Pentagon to "stand down" — he will do the invading for America from now on. Where to Invade Next is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Moore, playing the role of “invader,” visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America’s most entrenched problems already exist in the world—they’re just waiting to be co-opted. 

April 27, 12- 1 p.m., Jacobus Lounge

SUNY Cortland becomes a Bee Campus USA!

Bee Campus USA committee

Come learn about how SUNY Cortland became the 6th college in the nation to be recognized as a Bee Campus USA!  Learn about what we are doing to support pollinators throughout our campus and what you can do at home.

April 30, 10 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. Memorial Library Teaching Materials Center

JOYFUL: Celebrating our Earth - A family event

Christine Uliassi and Lisa Czirr

Joining Our Youth, Families, and University for Learning.  Come join us on Saturday, April 30 from 10-12:30 in the Teaching Materials Center of Memorial Library for a fun family event to celebrate our Earth.  Art projects, books, poems and songs for children age 2-8 and their families.