Past On-Campus Sustainability Events

Ithaca College has hosted, co-sponsored, promoted and/or financially supported more than 180 diverse and engaging sustainability-related events and activities on campus over the years. This listing below does not include the 145+ presentations in our Sustainability Cafe series, nor does it include events we have co-sponsored with and for the local community. Unless otherwise noted, all campus sustainability events are free and open to the public.


April 29, 2014
“Gender and Climate Change: Untold Stories from the Field”
Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature

April 16, 2014
Film screening: "Money & Life"

March 26, 2014
"How Can We Eliminate Structural Poverty?"
Kirby Edmonds, Dorothy Cotton Institute

March 6, 2014
Film screening: "The Botany of Desire"

February 6, 2014
"Understanding Our Role in the Carbon Cycle"
Peter Donovan


December 5, 2013
Business Sustainability Speaker Series: “Sustainable Investing: Combining Performance and Impact for the Next Generation”
Paul Hilton CFA, Senior Vice President, Trillium Asset Management LLC

October 23, 2013
Film screening: "Elemental"

September 26, 2013
“Regenerating Rusinga Island through Permaculture”
Lesley Byrne, permaculture expert

September 25, 2013
Judite Stronzake, Brazilian Landless Farmworkers Movement (MST) 

September 21, 2013
Food Justice Summit (downtown); Sustainability at Ithaca co-sponsored the guest appearance by nationally renowned activist Majora Carter

September 20, 2013
Bike to Work or School Day 

September 19, 2013
Green Organization Fair

August 28-September 27, 2013
Handwerker Gallery exhibit: Marcellus Shale Documentary Project

May 23-24, 2013
Finger Lakes Project workshop - Silent Sustainability
various presenters on sustainability curriculum development

May 6, 2013
The Scientist in Cell Block D
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream" and anti-fracking activist

April 20-11, 2013
Youth Power Summit
various presenters

April 19, 2013
Q&A with Mark Hertsgaard
Mark Hertsgaard, author of “Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth.”

April 18, 2013
Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition: Activists against Landfill Expansions
various presenters

April 17, 2013
Global Citizens for Health - Getting Involved: Taking Action for a Healthier World
Dr. Laura Harrington, Cornell University

April 11 - 22, 2013
12 Days of Earth Day

April 9, 2013
Media representations of environmental issues and how we can do a better job
Kate Sheppard, environmental writer Mother Jones magazine

April 9, 2013
"Green Tsunami: How Businesses Can Save Themselves (& Might Save the Planet)"
Chris Carmody, executive director, Institute for Sustainable Development 

April 1-7, 2013
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

March 19-20, 2013
World Water Week observance - activities

March 4, 2013
"Sustainability and Business Education"
Gifford Pinchot III, Bainbridge Graduate Institute


December 12, 2012
"Take it or Leave it" Sustainable Gift Swap

December 3, 2012
"The Big Talk" sustainability panel discussion
various panelists

November 19, 2012
Area Multifaith Thanksgiving Service: "Sustaining our community and faith through practices of celebration and thanksgiving" 
various presenters

November 7, 2012
Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary

October 30, 2012
"Power from the People"
Greg Pahl, author of “Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects”

October 22, 2012
Food Day film:  "Ingredients: The Local food Movement Takes Root" and other activities

October 22-26, 2012
Campus Sustainability Day / World Food Day activities

October 22, 2012
Business Sustainability Speaker: "Business and Sustainability: The State of the Profession"
John Davies, GreenBiz 

September 27, 2012
Bomber Bike Olympics

September 18, 2012
Livestream video: “Hydraulic Fracturing: Bridge to a Clean Energy Future?”
various presenters

September 12, 2012
Film screening: FLOW: For the Love of Water

September 4-26, 2012
Environmental Film Series

May 24-25, 2012
Finger Lakes Project workshop - The Pschology of Sustainability
various presenters on sustainability curriculum development

April 25, 2012
Environmental History class presentations at the History Center

April 24, 2012
Lecture by Roy Staab, environmental artist

April 19, 2012
Sustainability in Action Business Colloquium

April 14-16, 2012

April 2, 2012
“Shopping for a Better World”
Dr. Ellis Jones, author, The Better World Handbook and The Better World Shopping Guide

March 31, 2012
Earth Hour observance

March 29, 2012
“Clarinets for Conservation”
Michele Von Haugg and Scott Horsington

March 29, 2012
Media for Social Change: Journalism, weather-related stories, global warming, and the climate crisis
Sam Champion, weather analyst, Good Morning America

March 25 - April 1, 2012
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 2012 - Microtopias

March 22, 2012
Film screening: FLOW: For Love of Water

March 14, 2012
“Getting Greener: Sustainability in the Hospitality and Tourism Industries”
Various presenters

March 1, 2012
Film screening: Food Inc.

March 1, 2012
Winter Medicinal Plants Walk
IC Natural Lands

February 28, 2012
"Environmental and home modification"
Scott Jones, OTR/L

February 16, 2012
Webinar hosting: “Creating Successful Job Placements in Green Jobs – Key Strategies Using Policy and Civic Engagement”

January 28, 2012
Green Corps Organizing Workshop


December 7, 2011
Local Environmental History class presentations at the History Center

November 16, 2011
Film screening: The Last Mountain with livestream with director Bill Haney

November 14, 2011
“Front line stories and strategies linking social justice and ecological sustainability”
Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, Breakthrough Communities

November 10, 2011
Post BP Oil Spill and Hurricane Katrina: The Obstacles and Recent Progress in Southern Louisiana
ReNew Orleans

November 7, 2011
Film screening: All Fracked Up II: Water Isn't Water Anymore with filmmakers

November 3, 2011
“Tailoring the Green Suit: Establishing a Bright Green Career in a Dull Gray Economy” 
Dan Smolen '83, founder, The Green Suits

October 26, 2011
Campus Sustainability Day activities

October 17, 2011
"Saving Alaska’s Wilderness: The Creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Range"
Michael Carey ’67, Anchorage Daily News

October 11, 2011
“Lessons from Fukushima: what role should nuclear energy and natural gas extraction play in our energy future?” 
Helen Caldicott M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility

September 19, 2011
"Meet Randy Olson"
Randy Olson, author of "Don't Be Such a Scientist!"

September 13, 2011
Ecotourism in Belize: Perils and Promises
Eric Tut, of Paradise Expeditions Adventure Travel

June 1, 2011
"Green Ergonomics: LEED Buildings and Occupant Health"
Julie Dorsey, Occupational Therapy department.

May 25-27, 2011
Finger Lakes Project Workshop - Sustainability as a Transformative Learning Experience
various presenters on sustainability curriculum development

May 5, 2011
Bike Shelter presentation
Lauren Goldberg '13, Bomber Bikes

April 28, 2011
“The End of the .Com/.Org Divide: You Don’t Have to Choose between Making Money and Doing Good”
Robert Egger, DC Central Kitchen

April 18-22, 2011
Earth Week 2011 activities

April 17, 2011
“Global Concerns: Exploring Solutions Workshop”
Various presenters

February 23, 2011
“Will Sustainability Elude Us? An Ethical Critique”
Dr. Peter G. Brown, Professor, McGill University School of Environment

February 16, 2011
“Media Literacy and Climate Change”
Chris Sperry and Dan Flerlage, Project LookSharp


December 1, 2010 
"We Are What We've Eaten" student project presentations

December 1, 2010
Staples’ Sustainability Story”
Mark Buckley, VP of Environmental Affairs for Staples Inc.

November 16, 2010
Local Food and Farming Panel Discussion
various panelists

November 11, 2010
“From Walden to Warming: Global, Local, and the Meaning of Thoreau in a Scary Moment”
Bill McKibben, author and environmental activist

November 3, 2010
"What's All This About Fracking" educational forum
various presenters

November 2, 2010
Film screening: GASLAND with director Josh Fox

October 28, 2010
Concert: REVISION and Campus Sustainability Day activities

October 26, 2010
"10 Ways to Change the World in your 20's"
Libuse Binder, author, environmentalist, and social activist

October 4, 2010
"Mapuche Protest and Environmental Citizenship in Post-Authoritarian Chile"
Patricia Rodriguez, politics

October 11, 2010
"California Condor Restoration"
Tim Hauck

September 27, 2010
"Achieving Environmental Strategies through Video"
Ann Michel, Insights International

May 26-28, 2010
Finger Lakes Project Workshop  - Sustainability and Social Justice
Various presenters on sustainability curriculum development

April 22-24, 2010
“Media for Social Change”    
Lynne Twist, author, “The Soul of Money”

April 19-24, 2010
Earth Week 2010 Events
various presentations
April 6, 2010
"Renewable Energy Initiatives at Ithaca College"
Beth Ellen Clark Joseph, physics

February 9, 2010
“The Importance of Journalism and Independent Media in an Age of Ecological Crisis”
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

February 3, 2010
“The Economics of Sustainable Development”
Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, Cambridge University

February 2, 2010
“Ecology, Design, and Agriculture: A New Synthesis”
Dave Jacke, author, “Edible Forest Gardens”, Dynamics Ecological Design

January 26, 2010
Webinar: Low-Carbon Careers: A Discussion with Young Professionals in the Field
various presenters


December 3, 2009
"Brand, Reputation and Responsible Business: Leveraging Best Practices to Communicate Sustainability"
Michelle Bernhart, President, True Blue Communications

December 3, 2009
Natural Beauty Campaign

December 2, 2009
Environmental History class presentations at the History Center
students of Dr. Michael Smith, Department of History

October 23, 2009
Climate Action "Ghost Walk"

October 16-18, 2009
various presenters

October 6, 2009
"Reclaiming Sustainability"
Jason Hamilton, environmental studies and sciences

September 16, 2009
“Management for a Small Planet”
Jean and Ed Stead, co-authors “Management for a Small Planet”

May 21-22, 2009
Finger Lakes Project Workshop  - Sustainability and Culture
various presenters – sustainability curriculum development

April 23, 2009
“Terracycle: Revolution in a Bottle”  
Tom Szaky, CEO, Terracycle

April 22, 2009
Environmental History class presentations at the History Center  
students Dr. Michael Smith, Department of History

April 22, 2009
Film screening: Flow: For the Love of Water, and photo exhibition

April 14, 2009
Solar Cookout

April 2, 2009
"The Road to and beyond an IPO and an Economic Recession: Lessons of Leadership, Sustainability, and Profitability"
Kevin Groman '92

March 30 – April 5, 2009
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival   

March 26, 2009
"Environmental Change We Can Believe In"
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

February 5, 2009
Climate Change “Teach-in”
various presenters

February 4, 2009
Climate Change “Teach-in” Film screening: “The 11th Hour”

February 3, 2009
Climate Change “Teach-in” Film screening: “An Inconvenient Truth”  


November 24, 2008
CSPA Sustainability in Student Affairs Drive-in 
various presenters

November 13, 2008
Natural Beauty Campaign - Environmental Toxicology
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

November 3, 2008
"Restoration and Reciprocity: Finding Common Ground between Traditional and Scientific Ecological Knowledge"
Robin Kimmerer, director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

October 22, 2008
Campus Sustainability Day  
various presentations

October 21, 2008
“Fair Trade: Millennials and Sustainability: Things That Matter”
Rick Peyser, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Tony Prudence, F&T Distributing

July 10, 2008
“What is Sustainability and Where Did It Come From?”
Jason Hamilton, biology

May 20-22, 2008
Finger Lakes Project Workshop / May Faculty Institute
various presenters - sustainability curriculum development

April 24, 2008
Earth Week presentation: “The Price of Fire” 
Benjamin Dangl, author “The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia:

April 22, 2008
Earth Week Film screening/panel discussion: “The 11th Hour”

April 21, 2008
Earth Week panel discussion
Bill Richardson, Greenpeace International

April 16, 2008
“Change your Fuel – Change the World”  
Josh Tickell, author,”Biodiesel - Biodiesel America: Change Your Fuel, Change the Country”

March 31-April 6, 2008
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival 

March 17, 2008
"Global Conservation and Blueprint Negev"
Russell Robinson, CEO of the Jewish National Fund

March 4, 2008
Sustainability Brown Bag: "Using EcoVillage's Living Laboratory to Teach Sustainability Across the Curriculum"
Tina Nilsen-Hodges, Ecovillage at Ithaca educator

February 28 - April 2
"Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait" - environmental art of Chris Jordan
Art exhibit at Handwerker Gallery

January 30, 2008
Webcast hosting: “2% Solution”
various presenters


December 5, 2007
"Rising to the Sustainability Leadership Challenge"
Mark Orlowski, executive director, Sustainable Endowments Institute

November 29, 2007
Film screening: “Earth Hour”

November 17, 2007
Community Forum on Energy
various presenters

November 15, 2007
"Environmentalism and Co-Existence in Israel"
David Weisberg, executive director of Friends of the Arava Institute.

October 24, 2007
Campus Sustainability Day
Various activities

October 11, 2007
Webinar hosting: "Campus Climate Action Plans: Steps Toward a Climate-Friendly Campus"
Various presenters

October 2, 2007
"Chemistry of Sustainability: Elements for Improved Biodegradable Plastics Production"
Chris Nomura

October 2, 2007
"How Inconvenient? Coming to Terms with Global Warming"
Michael Smith, history

September 26, 2007 (this event co-sponsored by Ithaca College Sustainability but held at Cornell)
"Building the Climate Movement"
Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist

April 25, 2007
Environmental History class presentations at the History Center

March 20, 2007
“Take Two Steps into the Future”
Students for Sustainability

March 13, 2007
Webinar hosting: “Engaging Students in Creating a Sustainable Future”
Various presenters

February 26, 2007
“Sustainability and Bottom of the Pyramid Initiatives”
 Mark Milstein, Director, Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University

February 20, 2007
“Saving the Cloud Forest: 18 Years of Sustainability at Maquipucuna”
Rodrigo Ontaneda, co-president and co-founder of Fundacion Maquipucuna


December 9, 2006
Sustainable Health and Wellness Fair
various presenters

December 6, 2006
"30 MW of Combined Heat and Electricity Generation at Cornell University"
Lanny Joyce and Ed Wilson, Cornell University

November 15, 2006
Native American Films: "Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action"

November 9, 2006
School of Business Sustainability Colloquium
Various presenters

November 2, 2006
Film screening: “An Inconvenient Truth”

October 25, 2006
"Community-Owned Wind Projects: What About Connecticut Hill?"
various panelists

October 24, 2006
"How Ithaca College and Cornell University Can Help Lead Society on a Healthy, Just, Secure, and Sustainable Path"
Anthony Cortese, Second Nature

October 20, 2006
An evening with Frances Moore Lappé, author of "Diet for a Small Planet"
(This event was jointly sponsored by Ithaca College but held on the Cornell University campus)

June 22, 2006
Film screening: "The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil"

April 25, 2006
Webcast hosting: "Renewable Energy: Saving and Making Money for Your Institution"
Various presenters

April 17, 2006
"Three Feet of Water: Global Warming and How We Can Beat It"
Mark Hertsgaard, author of “Earth Odyssey”

March 30, 2006
"Harvesting Solar Energy for Electricity and Heating"
"Electricity Farming: How to Grow Your Own"
Gay Canough, ETM Solar Works

March 23, 2006
Teach-in: "Natural and sustainable landscaping practices at Ithaca College"
various presenters

February 28, 2006
Webcast hosting: “Finding the Competitive Edge: The Financial Benefits of Creating a Sustainable Campus”
Hunter Lovins, co-author of “Natural Capitalism”

February 22, 2006
"Community Owned Wind Projects in New York State"
Kathy Moore of Integrated Environmental Data and Loren Pruskowski of Sustainable Energy Developments

February 16, 2006
"Green Building: Issues and Strategies"
Brent Katzmann, Ithaca Green Building Alliance

February 15, 2006
"Marketing's Footprint: Communicating with a Conscience"
Jim Armstrong, founder and creative director of Good for Business

February 7, 2006
"Environmental Literacy in Malaysia"
Mohammad Zin Nordin, dean of the School of Communication at Universiti Sains (University Science) Malaysia

January 25, 2006
“Sustainability & IC Dining”
Jeff Scott, IC Dining Services


December 7, 2005
Environmental History class presentations at the History Center

November 10, 2005
"Practice and Reality of Renewable Energy in Ithaca and Beyond"
Art Weaver, Renovus

October 27, 2005
“The Ecological and Ethical Sustainability of Local Food Systems: Ten Good Reasons to Eat Local"
John Ikerd, author of “Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense”

October 26, 2005
“The Economy and Ecology of Sustainability”
John Ikerd, author of “Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense”

April 21, 2005
“What does sustainability have to do with me?”
Jason Hamilton, Biology

April 20, 2005
“A Decade of Respect and Innovation”
Steve Cochran, U.S. Partnership, U.N. Decade for Education for Sustainable Development, and Dan Roth, youth sector leader for the U.S. Partnership

April 19, 2005
Webcast hosting: Sustainability in the Curriculum: Theory to Practice”

April 17-22, 2005
Earth Week activities

April 14, 2005
“Personal Sustainability: Lessons from EcoVillage Residents”
Greg Pitts and Elan Shapiro

March 29, 2005
"Garbology: The Archaeology of Us"
William Rathje, author of Rubbish: The Archaeology of Garbage

February 26, 2005
Student Sustainability Summit
various presenters

March 1, 2005
“Why Sustainability?”
Jason Hamilton, Biology Department

February 17, 2005
"Socially Responsible Investing - the Right Strategy for the Times”
Nikki Daruwala '88, manager of advocacy and social policy and senior research analyst, Calvert Group



October 21, 2004
"Design, Systems, and Organizational Change"
Richard Buchanan, Professor of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

September 27, 2004
“Achieving a Sustainable Planet: The Transition for Strategic Business Managers”
Ed Stead and Jean Stead, East Tennessee State University

September 16, 2004
"In Search of a Sustainable Future: Getting from Here to There"
Betsy Taylor, president of the Center for a New American Dream

September 14, 2004
"Living Downstream and the Legacy of Rachel Carson"
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream", selected as the year's First Year Reading Book

April 12, 2004
"Getting More of What Matters"
Seán Sheehan, national outreach manager for the Center for a New American Dream

April 6-7, 2004
Sustainability Summit
various presenters

March 24, 2004
"Staying Human in a Technological Age"
Bill McKibben, noted author, social critic, and environmentalist


November 6, 2003
"Ecology and Politics: The Election of 2004"
David W. Orr, professor and chair of the environmental studies program, Oberlin College

September 18, 2003
"The Rope That Frays at Both Ends: Environmental Threats to Pregnant Women, Infants, and the Elderly"
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

September 17, 2003
"Fast Cars, Forward Thinking: Sustainable Management at BMW"
“Why Higher Education Curriculum Should Teach Sustainability and How to Best Do It"

Edward Quevedo, WSP Environmental North America

April 4, 2003
"Sustainability Education and Action on the College Campus: The Penn State Example"
Barbara Anderson, director, Penn State Center for Sustainability

March 25, 2003
"Living Downstream Revisited: Environmental Health in Latin America"
Sandra Steingraber, author of "Living Downstream"

February 20, 2003
“The Ithaca College-EcoVillage Partnership: Fostering Sustainability through Teaching”
(various presenters)