Sunday, April 19, 2015

Earth Day: Ramapo College Hosts Author and Students in Campus Sustainability Talks


Contact: Ashwani Vasishth

Ramapo College to Hold Campus Sustainability Convergence

On Wednesday, April 22, The President's Committee on Campus Sustainability at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J. will be holding a discussion for students focusing on how to encourage sustainability around campus. The Earth Day event will take place in the H-Wing Auditorium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Speaking at the event will be Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, an expert on campus sustainability. He will talk about his book, The Nine Elements of A Sustainable Campus.

The event kicks off with a presentation at 4 p.m. by the Environmental Studies Capstone Class on the results of their Campus Sustainability Assessment Project, followed by Dr. Thomashow’s talk at 5 p.m.

Dr. Thomashow devotes his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, creative learning, improvisational thinking, social networking and organizational excellence. Currently he is engaged in teaching, writing and executive consulting, cultivating opportunities and exchanges that transform how people engage with sustainability, ecological learning and the arts.

He is the author of three books. His latest book, The Nine Elements of A Sustainable Campus (The MIT Press, 2014), provides a framework for advancing sustainable living and teaching in a variety of campus environments. Currently he is working on The Ecological Imagination, a project that brings together artists and writers, information designers, media innovators, computer programmers, social entrepreneurs and global change scientists.

The President's Committee on Campus Sustainability was formed by President Peter Mercer to help Ramapo College meet its obligations to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, and to mobilize a campus sustainability movement within the College. The committee defines sustainability as meeting the needs of the present without compromising environmental quality and the well-being of present and future generations.

Ramapo College has a clear commitment to sustainability. The college has made strides to include “green practices” such as renewable energy, pollution control and elimination. Ramapo is dedicated to creating a more sustainable campus.

For more information and to register for this event:

-- Samantha Bell

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