Green Days

Join Us in Celebrating Green Days!
Saturday, March 29 - Wednesday, April 30

Green Days is a celebration of our earth, our community and the ways we interact with both. Join SUNY Cortland as we learn, grow and celebrate together throughout the month of April with events, speakers and programs that promote living a sustainable life.

Schedule of Events

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March 29th      Earth Hour: Cortland Black Out Night         Corey Union Exhibition Lounge
8 pm                  Sponsored by CSAVE
Turn off your lights, unplug your electronics and come join people all over the world during Earth Hour. Themed as Reuse night, CSAVE will be helping students reuse everyday items into new usable items to take home.

March 29th      Making Cortland More Sustainable              Corey Union Exhibition Lounge
9 pm                 Sponsored by the Cortland Office of Sustainability
Join students in an open forum discussion with Beth Klein, SUNY Cortland Sustainability Coordinator and Matt Brubaker, Cortland Campus Energy Manager as they talk about Cortland’s latest sustainability initiatives and listen to suggestions on how to make our Cortland Campus a more sustainable place.

April 2nd          Campus Litter Cleanup                                    Start at Corey Union Steps
11 am - 1 pm    Sponsored by The Tobacco Advisory Committee
Join Faculty, Staff and Students as we clean up our beautiful campus and get ready for Spring!

April 3rd           Sandwich Seminar: Renewable Energy on Campus*      Jacobus Lounge
12 pm               Sponsored by Physical Plant
Matt Brubaker will discuss Summary of on-going energy efficiency and sustainable initiatives from Facilities Management highlighting the Solar PV Power development projects on Campus.

April 3rd           Songs of the West Virginia Mine Wars*      Sperry 105
7 pm                 Sponsored by CALS, Women’s Studies and Sustainable Cortland
A one-person, multimedia presentation about the Appalachian Coal Wars, mountaintop removal, and the Battle for Blair Mountain.

April 4th           Black Out Night: Reduce                                 Corey Union Fireplace Lounge
8 pm                  Sponsored by CSAVE
Turn off your lights, unplug your electronics and come join other students on campus for a Black Out. Themed as Reduce night, come play Bingo with CSAVE and win prizes!

April 5th           Learn, Grow & Create*                                    Corey Union 139
1 pm                  Sponsored by Cortland STEAM House
Curious about 3D printing? The Cortland Area Makerspace will be holding a live demo, craft & Q&A session. Come see a 3D printer in action, learn about what 3D printers can and can't do, and discuss how they're expanding the boundaries of possibility in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art & education. Admission is free & open to everyone.

April 7th           Poster Presentations: CPN 103*                  Sperry Atrium 1st Floor
11 am – 4 pm
Poster Presentations and hands on activities presented by students from CPN 103 – Service Learning: Writing in the Community II

April 8th           Poster Presentations: CPN 103*                  Sperry Atrium 1st Floor
10 am – 11am & 2 pm – 4 pm
Poster Presentations and hands on activities presented by students from CPN 103 – Service Learning: Writing in the Community II

April 8th           Poster Presentation: CPN 103*                    Neubig hallway
5 pm – 6 pm
Poster Presentation and hands on activity presented by student from CPN 103 – Service Learning: Writing in the Community II

April 8th           Stargazing on Bowers                                      Meet by Planetarium
8:45 pm            Sponsored by Physics Club & the Physics Department
Join the students of the Physics Club as they set up a telescope and view planets and stars as you have never seen them before. Sign up required. Email Logan Cohen for more information: Rain Date: April 10th

April 9th               The State of Poverty*                                  Corey Union Function Room
2:50 pm – 5pm   Sponsored by The Office of Service Learning and CAPCO
We can more effectively work with people living in poverty if we understand obstacles that they face; the State of Poverty Simulation helps its participants understand some of poverty's complexities. Participation space is filled, only observation space available.

April 9th               Sustainability in the Caribbean                    The Voice Office
6 pm                     Sponsored by The Caribbean Student Association
Join the CSA as the discuss sustainability matters in the Caribbean during their regular meetings. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

April 10th         Sandwich Seminar: Making Cortland More Sustainable       Jacobus Lounge
12 pm – 1 pm  Sponsored by the Cortland Office of Sustainability
Join in an open forum discussion with Beth Klein, SUNY Cortland Director of Sustainability; Matt Brubaker, Cortland Campus Energy Manager and Bill McNamara, Director of ASC as they talk about Cortland’s latest sustainability initiatives and listen to suggestions on how to make our Cortland Campus a more sustainable place

April 11th          Black Out Night: Recycle                                   Corey Union Fireplace Lounge
8 pm                   Sponsored by CSAVE
Turn off your lights, unplug your electronics and come join other students on campus for a Black Out. Themed as Recycle night, come watch Addicted to Plastic and join in the discussion about recycling on campus.

April 14th         Fukushima and Energy Plans for the Future*                    The Beard Building 202
6:30 pm
Talk by Dr. Brice Smith

April 14–16       GMO Egg Hunt                                                      Campus Wide
                             Sponsored by NYPRIG
Find an egg on campus with a fact about GMO’s. Turn it in at the April 16th event to be entered to win a prize!

April 15th         Port Watson Waste Water Tour                      Meet on Corey Union Steps
3 pm                      
Come learn about waste water management in the city of Cortland along side Bio 111. Transportation provided.

April 15th            FRESH Movie Screening                                   Sperry 204
7 pm
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and business people across America who are reinventing our food system. Join in a discussion after the movie on how and where to find fresh, local foods with local food farmers and fresh food advocates.              

April 16th         GMO Speaker*                                                      Corey Union Fireplace Lounge
6 pm                  Sponsored by NYPIRG, Gardening Club & Bio Club
A talk and discussion for all students to learn about GMOs and the importance of having them labelled in our food! Anyone who has found an egg during the Egg-celent Egg Hunt should bring your raffle tickets and eggs to have a chance to win the prize!

April 17th          Campus Garden Cleanup & Planting                                   Outside Neubig
2:30pm              Sponsored by the Campus Garden Committee & Garden Club
Join Faculty, Staff and Students as the prep our campus garden for Spring plant our first plants. Learn more about the garden, the plans that the committee has for it’s future and how you can be involved.

April 21st            Coal to Gas Conversions                                  The Beard Building 202
7 pm
A case study of the Cayuga Power Plant and its Impacts on the Economy and the Planet. Talk by Irene Weiser: Councilmember, Town of Caroline, Tompkins County and Co-Coordinator of the Ratepayers and Community Intervenors Group

April 22nd        FesTREEval!*                                                         Corey Union Function Room
2 pm – 5 pm    Sponsored by Cortland Green Reps
The FesTREEval is a free, fun, and interactive way to learn about sustainability.  There will be food, music, games, and activities being held by campus and community organizations on the steps of Corey Union.  What a great way to spend Earth Day!

April 22nd        Hoxie Gorge Hike                                                  Meet at Corey Union Steps
4 pm – 6 pm    Sponsored by the Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education
A tour of the 169-acre Hoxie Gorge Nature Preserve guided by two faculty from the biology and geology departments. Following an overview of ongoing research, the discussion will focus on carbon sequestration, biomimicry and nutrient cycling. Transportation will be provided. (Note: You must sign up in advance by contracting the Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at 607-753-5488 or emailing

April 23rd         Get Wasted!*                                                      Basement of Corey Union
11 am – 2 pm  Sponsored by The Student Affairs Sustainability Committee
Learn about composting, recycling and waste management on campus and in the Cortland Community.

April 23rd          Sustainability Lunch*                                        Neubig Dining Center
11 am – 2 pm         
Celebrate eating sustainably at Neubig with items made from locally found ingredients.

April 23th         Earth Ship Tour*                                                 Meet on the Corey Union Steps
4 pm                  Sponsored by the Cortland Office of Sustainability
Experience the Earth Ship in Freeville, a home made out of all recycled materials by Cortland Alum, Chad Devoe. See the demo on how to build an Earth Ship Green House in your own backyard. Space is limited, please contact Beth Klein to sign up for transportation:

April 24            Sandwich Seminar: Campus Tree Walk*       Old Main Colloquium               
12 pm               Sponsored by the Campus Tree Committee
Join Professor Steven Broyles and the Campus Tree Committee as they take you through a tour of campus and talk about the different trees that grow here and their project of identifying them.

April 24th        Triple Divide Movie Screening                            Sperry 104
6pm                   Sponsored By NYPIRG
Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development.

April 24th         Glow Ride*                                                            Meet at Professional Studies
8 pm                  Sponsored by SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project
Join the SUNY Cortland Community Bike Project for a night bike ride when we light up the streets! There will be raffles, food, a fun 5-mile bike ride, and information about riding bicycles safely at night. So light up your bike and lets ride safe! To register, for free, click here for a registration form.

April 25th         Transformations Key Note*                             Sperry 105
12:30 pm          Sponsored by The President’s Office
Gary S. Kleppel, Cortland Graduate 1973 and Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Albany. Multidisciplinary Solutions to 21st Century Environmental Challenges: Lessons from Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Grazing                                         

April 25th         Dedication of Bowers*                                     Bowers Hall

April 27th         Cortland Blooms*                                              County Office Building
11 AM – 3 PM   Sponsored by Sustainable Cortland
Community Earth Day Festival. Music, Art, Activities, Green Fair and Plant Sales. Come try out different types of Bikes and take a Historical Tour of Train transportation in Cortland.

April 27th         Uganda Water Project Fundraiser*             Corey Union Exhibition Lounge
7 pm                  Sponsored by BASIC and NYPIRG   
Help raise money for a rain catching system that will be purchased for a community in Uganda and serve over 400 citizens.                        

April 30th         Gender, Race and Climate Change*              Old Main Colloquium
12:30 pm                Kathy Russell
The patterns of Global Warming and its impacts are not hard to recognize. Political ecology convincingly argues that they are distributed according to gender, race and class. But why should those who have not produced the bulk of the carbon emissions polluting the atmosphere be those who suffer the most? The questions we face are not only empirical; they are at root ethical. 

May 1st                Gasland II Movie Screening                                Sperry 104
6pm                      Sponsored by NYPIRG
Gasland II shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".      

May 9th            Solar Panel Dedication*                                    Service Group

* Events that are open to the Cortland Community.

Get Involved in 2015!

We are already planning for Green Days 2015! SUNY Cortland is looking for individuals and groups across campus to participate in a three-week event aimed at showing the world that Cortland has one of the most environmentally conscious campuses in the nation.

We are looking for faculty, staff and students who would like to participate, volunteer and present programs and activities aimed at educating the campus on all different aspects of Sustainability.

If you are interested in being involved, please feel free to contact Katie Ingraham, Green Days Committee Chair at