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Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement in collaboration with
The Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability at Hofstra University


Earth Day 2014

Join the entire Hofstra University Community for a full day of activities to protect the environment, promote sustainability, and prepare for a greener future.

Tuesday, April 22

Arboretum Tour with Fred Soviero, Director of Hofstra's Arboretum.
Meet at the Hofstra Labyrinth near CV Starr. Tour will end at Hofstra Hall. Tour the beautiful campus arboretum and find out about the history of the arboretum and learn about the unique plants that grow on our campus.
Campus Sustainability Tour with Terry Greis, Campus Sustainability Officer.
Meet in front of Hofstra Hall. Ever wonder whether or not Hofstra is a green campus? Find out on this campus sustainability tour. The tour will end at the student garden at 11:00am so participants can take part in the Hofstra student garden planting.
11:15am - Noon
Garden Planting with Hofstra's Sustainability Club.
The Sustainability Studies Club will be holding an Earth Day gardening event at the student garden located to the south of Stuyvesant Residence Hall. All are welcome to come help plant and learn about the Hofstra Student Gardens. Anyone who has been raising plants on their own is encouraged to come plant them in the garden so they can grow to their full potential.
11:10am – 12:35pm
What Does "350" Mean to You? Building a Global Climate Movement 101

The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists say we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. The organization 350.org is working to build a global grassroots movement to hold elected officials accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Much of the movement is sprouting up on college campuses across the country. In this session, we will hear from a panel of students and environmental justice activists, discussing everything from the Keystone XL Pipeline Project to hydro-fracking's impact on local communities.
Location: The Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater.
12:45pm to 2:10pm
Investing in a Greener Future

An informative workshop on socially-responsible investing, featuring a how-to power-point presentation by financial specialist Ronald Blaylock, the Founder and Managing Partner of GenNx360 Capital Partners. He has held senior management positions at UBS, PaineWebber Group, and Citicorp. Join Students for a Greener Hofstra and CCE as he gives us insights into how and why it is time to divest in fossil fuels, while investing in Greener options for our future.
Location: The Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater.
2:20pm - 3:45pm
The Role of Science and Technology in Achieving a Prosperous and Sustainable Future for All People*

Featured Speaker, Dr. E. William Colglazier, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State. Introduced by Dr. Robert Brinkmann
Director of Sustainability Studies, Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, Director of Sustainability Research, National Center for Suburban Studies
Location: The Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater
4:30pm - 5:55pm
Towards Sustainable Development: Are Economy, Society and Environment an Impossible Trinity?*/em>

Featured Speaker, Dr. David O'Connor,Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch Division for Sustainable Development Department of Economic and Social Affairs United Nations. Introduced by Ying Qiu, Director of Hofstra Asia Center
Location: The Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater
7:30-9:00 p.m.
The New Normal? 'Natural' Disasters, Population, and Climate

Changes in the Earth's global climate system are creating a New Normal characterized by increasingly more extreme weather events such as storms and droughts, as well as accelerating sea level rise. The challenges posed by the New Normal are particularly relevant to the large populations living in the urban areas of the East Coast. Join us for an eye-opening analysis of the increasing vulnerability of populous regions to the consequences of climate change presented by one of the leading researchers in the field of natural hazard planning and policy.
Featured Speaker, Dr. Burrell Montz, Professor, Geography, Planning, and Environment
East Carolina University.
Sponsored by the IDEAS Institute at Hofstra University

Location: The Helene Fortunoff Theater , Monroe Lecture Center
California Avenue, South Campus

And join CCE, Students for a Greener Hofstra and many local, grassroots community organizations for our annual Earth Day Open Air Festival on Wednesday, April 23rd, 11:00am to 3:00pm in the Caulkins Quad, South Campus.
* The visits of Drs. Colglazier and O'Connor are sponsored in part by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, HCLAS, The National Center for Suburban Studies, Sustainability Studies, The Department of Political Science, The Hofstra Asia Center, The Emily Lowe Gallery, and the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency.
For more information, contact Professor Mario A. Murillo, co-director of CCE at (516) 463-6062, Mario.A.Murillo{at}hofstra.edu
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