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Sustainability Week Proposals Due March 12

The deadline to submit a proposal to participate in the first SUNY Cortland Sustainability Week is Friday, March 12. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the campus community is invited to become involved in activities being organized for the week of April 19-23.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to speak at one of the concurrent sessions, present a poster at the daylong poster session or agree to incorporate the issues of sustainability into one class that week.

Those interested in participating should fill out the required form, available by e-mailing Brice Smith, Physics Department. Applicants will receive notification of the status of their submission by Thursday, April 1.

Student, Faculty and Staff Presentations
A total of 10 to 12 one-hour sessions will be offered throughout the day on Wednesday, April 21, as part of four concurrent sessions. All presentations should be geared toward sustainability broadly defined. Submissions from all students, faculty and staff are encouraged. These can be research-driven or practical applications. Discussions of how sustainability has been integrated into the course curriculum or into the activities of student groups are also being sought. All submitted abstracts will be blind reviewed and ranked according to the following criteria: (a) applicability to the theme with a particular preference for those proposals that focus on campus sustainability issues, (b) potential quality of the presentation, (c) appropriateness to the audience, and (d) conclusions or actions inherent in the work.

Student participation is strongly encouraged, including through the presentation of class projects. Previously presented work is welcome. To have an abstract reviewed, send a completed electronic call for papers to Smith.  

Courses Incorporating Sustainability Into Their Curriculum
Courses that incorporate sustainability issues into the curriculum during the week of April 19 can be part of the campus events and will be advertised as part of the overall campus program. Faculty interested in devoting at least one class during that week to sustainability issues as they relate to the core topical focus of that course are asked to e-mail the course name and section number to Smith. Faculty members are encouraged to propose both a concurrent session and to include sustainability issues into their classes.

Poster Session
Posters may be submitted by faculty, staff or students and do not need to reflect only original research. Posters can relate to class projects, curriculum developments and student club activities. All relevant poster topics will be accepted. Faculty members are encouraged to propose a concurrent session, include sustainability issues in their classes, and present a poster.