Green Days

Green Days 2015-16:

Groundswell Rising

On Wednesday, October 28th at 7PM the Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice at SUNY Cortland will be screening the film, “Groundswell Rising” in Sperry 106. A film that powerfully documents a social movement created from the heated debate over high volume horizontal high volume fracturing--the process of drilling and injecting fluid into geological formations at extreme pressure to open and expand natural fractures within shale or other rock formations, releasing the natural gas (methane) inside. Meet the Associate producer David Walzcak during a panel discussion following the film. Showing starts at 7PM in Sperry 106. This event is free and open to the public.

Racing Towards a Renewable Energy Future

Join NYPIRG Cortland on Friday, October 30th at 3:30 PM at the Student Life Center for a fun ride, walk or

run in SUNY Cortland “RACING TOWARDS A RENEWABLE ENERGY FUTURE!” This event will raise

awareness on campus about the effects of climate change and the urgent need to work towards

developing sustainable, renewable, energy technologies in order to combat climate change!!! Register

Online Today! The event will ride, run or walk between the Student Life Center and the Ground Mounted

Solar Array located near the Service Group Building and return to the Student Life Center.

Michael Mann speaks at Le Moyne College

On Monday November 2nd at 5:30PM at the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College Campus, Dr.

Michael Mann will present a lecture “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front

Lines”. The lecture is sponsored by the McDevitt Center and is part of the “Sustaining Earth” series

motivated by our sense of urgency and growing threats to our environment. Learn more here.

Transportation to and from the event will be available, please RSVP Matthew Brubaker by 10/30/15 at


Get to Know Your Local Dirt

 A Roundtable Discussion of Local Food and Agriculture

Wednesday, November 4, 7:00 pm in Jacobus Lounge, Brockway Hall

Featuring: Main Street Farms, The Local Food Market and Whole Heart Café, The New York Agricultural Land Trust and Cobblestone Valley Farm

Around the country, the local food movement is booming. In addition to concerns about factory farming’s environmental and food safety record, consumers want to support local farmers and their local economy.  While many support this movement, some wonder how well it reaches out to lower-income families or how much impact it really has. Participants in this roundtable will share their experiences developing a culture that connects residents to locally grown food. We will discuss the health, economic, and environmental benefits of local agriculture and farmland preservation. At the same time, the discussion will highlight the political and economic challenges to be overcome by this movement.

This talk is part of this Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee lecture and performance series, entitled Where Are We? 

 An Update on Sustainability at SUNY Cortland

Come join us for a lively discussion about Sustainability at SUNY Cortland.

12:00-1:00 PM Thursday, December 3rd.

Sandwich Seminar Series

Past Events - Green Days 2014-15:

Wednesday, April 1 - Thursday, May 7

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

Wednesday, April 1

Sandwich Seminar: “How Green is the Green Republic?” Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

Community Roundtable: “The Outdoor Four,” by Rhonda Jacobs ’01, associate director of the William H. Parks Family Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education, Park Center Hall of Fame Room, 7:45 a.m.

Monday, April 6

Healthy Monday Information Tables: Neubig Hall, noon-1 p.m.

Global Crisis Week Lecture: “Democratic Gover­nance and Comparative Fracking Policies in US and EU,” by Andreea Maierean, Wilkes University, Moffett Center, Room 2127, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

Brooks Lecture Series: “Livable World/Livable Planet: The Social Aspects of Ecological Sustain­ability,” William Skipper, Sociology/Anthropology Department, Moffett Center, Room 2125, 4:30 p.m. A reception to welcome speakers begins at 4 p.m. in Brooks Museum, Moffett Center, Room 2126

Saturday, April 11

FesTREEval! SUNY Cortland Green Reps will provide information about sustainability on campus and how to live a more sustainable life, Student Life Center, 1-4 p.m

Tuesday, April 14

Campus Tobacco Litter Cleanup: Meet at Corey Union steps, 11:15 a.m. Continues until 1:15 p.m.

Film Screening: “Bag It,” a documentary that fol­lows a man as he navigates the crazy, plastic world, where Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes. “Bag It” shows what people can do about it right now, Sperry Center, Room 104, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Wellness Wednesday Series Planetarium Show: “Our Place in the Universe,” hosted by the Physics Department, includes a “night” star trek of the Earth’s universe, complete with constellation myths and cultural ties, in the new Bowers Hall Planetarium, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

Poster Presentation: “Resources, Distribution and Food Scarcity,” 1-2 p.m., and “Repurposing Waste and Auto Trip-tally Survey,” 2-3 p.m. Presented by students in the Writing Studies class, Neubig Hall

Film Screening: “Genetically Modified Organisms,” sponsored by NYPIRG, Sperry Center, Room 104, 6-9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Local Sustainability Lunch: hosted by the Auxil­iary Services Corporation, Bistro Off Broadway in the Student Life Center

Lecture: “Sustainability and Social Change,” by Dominic Frongillo, an international expert in building sustainable communities, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Sandwich Seminar: “LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” presented by Matthew Brubaker, Facilities Operations and Services, and Rob Shutts, interim co-director of Facilities Planning Design and Construction, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Plant Fair: Hosted by the Student Affairs Sustain­ability Committee, Memorial Library plaza, 11 a.m.

Discussion: “Climate Change and Reforming the Energy Vision,” presented by NYPIRG, Sperry Center, Room 105, 7-9 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Local Sustainability Lunch: hosted by the Auxil­iary Services Corporation (ASC), Neubig Hall

Presentation: “The New Social Darwinism,” by David Sloan Wilson, SUNY distinguished professor at Binghamton University and author of the Cultural and Intellectual Climate Committee’s common read Evolution for Everyone; Old Main

Brown Auditorium, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24

Ceremony: The College recognizes Arbor Day with a tree planting. Time and location to be announced.

Monday, April 27

Local Food Panel Discussion: “What’s In It for You?” panelists including local food store owner and committee members will explain why one should buy local foods, where to find local foods, how to support local food production and how to start a local food business, Corey Union Fireplace Lounge, 7- 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28

Lecture: “Capitalism Works for Me?” by Steve Lambert, artist, exhibitor and activist, Dowd Center Exhibition Gallery, 5-6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

Sandwich Seminar: “STARS: Sustainability Track­ing, Assessment and Rating System on SUNY Cortland’s Campus,” presented by Matthew Brubaker, Facilities Operations and Services, and Beth Klein, Sustainability Coordinator, Brockway Hall Jacobus Lounge, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30

Film Screening: “A Place at the Table,” sponsored by NYPIRG, Sperry Center, Room 104, 6-10 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

The BIG Event: A one-day volunteer project that aims to round up the efforts of SUNY Cortland students, employees and alumni. The mission is to say thanks to our neighbors in the Cortland Com­munity and to show how students care about the environment in which they live, Park Center Alumni Arena, begins at 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 7

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Tour: Grand opening of the Cortland Rural Cemetery Trail next to campus, 3-4:30 p.m. Details to be announced.

Get Involved in 2016!

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