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Month of Sustainability Events Continues

Month of Sustainability Events Continues


SUNY Cortland’s Greenflix Environmental Documentary Series, which kicked off a month of events, activities and presentations related to sustainability with a documentary on food waste, will present a documentary about the impact that the clothing industry has on the global environment. 

“The True Cost” will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in Moffett Center, Room 2125. It will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Brock Ternes, visiting assistant professor of sociology/anthropology.

Also scheduled this month are several events sponsored by SUNY Cortland’s Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) which illustrate how the global problem of food waste hits home on campus.

On April 23, ASC will offer tours of the Bistro and show its equipment, a worm-composting bin and provide demonstrations on cooking with food scraps, a technique that Bourdain and other top chefs endorse and practice in the documentary.

Other sustainability events scheduled for April include:

  • The new student club Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) meets biweekly at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 and May 1 in Old Main, Room G-25. LEAP will hold a “Grow Your Love Earth Day” even on April 22, where participants will plant flowers and plants in pots and decorate them.
  • The Big Event will happen between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 at a variety of sites on and off campus. The day starts with a light breakfast kick off in the Corey Union Function Room. From there, volunteers will go to job sites in the Cortland area where they will complete tasks such as raking, gardening and painting. Jobs will end no later than 1 p.m. All volunteers receive a free event t-shirt. Volunteers can register in groups or individually. All members of the SUNY Cortland community are encouraged to volunteer. In order to register all groups will need to have a head count and t-shirt sizes to successfully complete the form. 
  • A biology lecture, “The Forgotten Fragrances: How Floral Scent Structures Plant-pollinator Interactions,” starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in Bowers Hall, Room 1129. Robert Raguso, professor of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, will speak on the importance of bees as pollinators. What if we're wrong about how pollination works? How might we better understand the ecosystem services provided by all pollinators, not only to human food security but also to biodiversity in the wild, if we were to think like pollinators do? Raguso’s talk aims to fill in some gaps about the fragrant part of flowers and how floral scent contributes to reproductive isolation, floral mimicry and the complex "social network" food webs that bind pollinators to plants from meadows to rainforests.
  • A tour of the Bistro will take place at lunchtime on Tuesday, April 23. Participants will be able to view ASC’s composting equipment, explore a vermiculture bin and learn about plant-based nutrition.
  • “Grow Your Own Vegetable Plant,” a Wellness Wednesday Series event, will be held between noon and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the Student Life Center lobby. Attendees will learn about growing plants and receive a plant they can take to grow at home.
  • A composting workshop, “Composting and DIY Worm Bin,” starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in Newmark Pavilion in front of Memorial Library.
  • NYPIRG’s Sun Run will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at the Student Life Center. Runners can registration at 1:30 p.m. or in advance by email. Students, faculty and staff will hear from a speaker on the progress of solar energy and then walk or run to the campus solar panels.
  • “The True Cost,” part of the Greenflix documentary series, will be screened from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in Moffett Center, Room 2125. This film unpacks the impact the clothing industry has on the global environment. It will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Ternes.

For more information on SUNY Cortland’s sustainability efforts, visit the Sustainability Office online.