Sustainability Café on October 1 will explore integrating sustainability concepts into mathematics


Contributed by Marian Brown

The Sustainability Café on Monday, October 1st will feature Dr. Tom Pfaff from the Ithaca College department of Mathematics exploring the question: “Mathematician or Environmentalist?” The Sustainability Café will be held in Center for Natural Sciences Room 112 at 4:00PM in conjunction with the Environmental Seminar.

Tom Pfaff ’90 graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He completed a second B.S. in Mathematics at SUNY Cortland and obtained his Masters degree and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. Pfaff has gained national recognition for his work integrating sustainability and real-world information into his teaching of Calculus I and freshman statistics, keeping these introductory math courses applied and concrete for students.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Teachable edibles” – local, organic and/or seasonal snacks – for the Fall 2012 Sustainability Café series are being sponsored by Ithaca College Dining Services whose motto is “Sustainability – Healthy – Fresh.” Please bring your reusable mug and fill up at the nearest drinking fountain or provide your own beverage of choice.

Drink in a new way to think in the Sustainability Café.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Marian Brown at or (607) 274-3787. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.