Monday, April 14, 2014

Ramapo College Earth Week Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristen Andrada

A Compilation of News Releases for Ramapo College’s Earth Day Activities

Bee Demonstrations
From Monday, April 21st to Friday, April 25th
Every day from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Sharp Sustainability Education Center

During the week of Earth Day, the members of the Ramapo College Beekeeping Club (RCBC) will be giving bee demonstrations, which are open to all members of Ramapo College.
Click on the following link to make a reservation:

Those who cannot create or don’t have an OrgSync account, email to make arrangements. Reminders and additional information (hive visit guidelines and safety tips) will be sent to those who sign up via OrgSync/email.

There is a limit of 10 guests at the hive each day and a person cannot sign up for more than one demonstration. Reservations are required and the club will ask those who did not sign up to leave the hive area for their safety.

For more information on RCBC:
For contact information, email
RCBC poster for the event:  

Asian Pacific Islander Keynote Speaker - Jea Sophia Oh
Tuesday, April 22nd
1:00 pm-2:00 pm

As part of Asian Pacific Islander (API) Month, the API committee has invited Jea Sophia Oh, the author of “A Postcolonial Theology of Life: Planarity East and West,” to speak in the Pavillion at Ramapo College of New Jersey from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for Earth Day. Oh is also Professor of Asian Philosophies at City University of New York Brooklyn College. Her research areas are constructive theology, eco-theology, post-colonialism, women's and gender studies, and comparative theologies and religions. She will give a lecture on "Delivering Peace Out of the Broken Womb: A Postcolonial Inter-religious Perspective.” This lecture is free and open to the public and it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the environmental philosophy of East Asia.

For contact information about the event, email Seon Mi Kim, the Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ramapo College, at

Urban Planning Earth Day Celebration with SWAG (South Ward Agricultural Garden Project)
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
2:00 pm-6:00 pm
343 Meeker Ave, Newark, New Jersey

SWAG is an Urban Farm, Food Justice and Community Building project in the South Ward of Newark. Their main goal is for people to gain exposure to SWAG and to learn something about food, fitness, environment or their community.

This year SWAG will have Earth Day in conjunction with Peshine School but the event also open to rest of South Ward. SWAG will feature dance classes, many activities for kids, information on the farm, dietary health, and a healthy foods potluck with samples for people. 1Step is sponsoring this event at Ramapo College of New Jersey so students are offered the opportunity to work with SWAG on Earth Day. Students will have a chance to learn more about the field of urban planning and instruction on sustainable gardening and farming.

Volunteers will participate by helping set up, station at tables in the garden/farm, break down stations, and clean up. Students will work directly with children from adjacent schools.

A bus will depart from the Bradley Center on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm to arrive at 343 Meeker Ave., Newark, NJ by 2:45 pm. The bus will leave promptly at 7:00 pm.

Students must get their free tickets from Roadrunner Central in order to go on the trip.

For contact information, email Dayvonn Jones, the President of 1Step, at or Angel Williams, the event coordinator, at
For more information on SWAG Project:  

Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants
Wednesday April 23, 2014
Sharp Sustainability Education Center

The Master’s Program for Sustainability Studies along with other co-sponsors 1-Step and Sigma XI are presenting speaker “Wildman” Steve Brill at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Steve Brill is an environmental educator and has been doing foraging tours for almost 32 years! His first public tour was done on April 24, 1982 in Central Park. At Ramapo College’s Sharp Sustainability Center, Brill will take faculty and students out onto Ramapo campus and find edible wild plants. Click on the following link to register for free: Ramapo College Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants Eventbrite Event. Upon registering for the event, participants may also donate money for Brill’s efforts.

After Earth Day, his next tour will be on April 26, 2014 again in Central Park. To sign up for this tour, call (914)-835-2153 at least 24 hours in advance. For more information on the tour (including where to meet in Central park and expected plants to forage), click on the following link: Steve Brill's April 26 Central Park Tour

For more information on Steve Brill and his work:
For contact information on the Ramapo event, email Ashwani Vasisth at

Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) Capstone Presentations
Thursday, April 24, 2014
6:00-9:00 pm
Friends Hall (Student Center, Room 219)

As part of this Spring’s Expert Practitioner Series, the students of MASS will present their capstone projects that they have been developing over the two years of the program. The Sustainability Program has hosted the Expert Practitioner Series for three years at the start of each Spring semester. This year, the program has invited speakers from diverse backgrounds from the locality of Ramapo College to small islands of Maldives, the lands of Russia, and the deep jungles of the Amazon. The series of presentations is free and opened to the public.

For more information, visit
For contact information, email Michael Edelstein, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Programs in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at

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