IC Celebrates Sustainability Week

By Hannah Fitzpatrick '21, April 19, 2019
Week of events aims to educate community about environmental issues and social responsibility.

Ithaca College will celebrate Sustainability Week from April 22-29 with a series of events and guest speakers, including Bronx Green Machine founder Stephen Ritz and Natalie Mahowald, lead author of the 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report, “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C.”

IC Sustainability Week aims to provide members of the campus and local community opportunities to lessen their carbon footprint and assess their role in coping with the effects and impacts of climate change. It is sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Business, IC Impact, IC Eco Reps and Wegmans.

All of the events are free and open to the public. RSVP for specific events at https://www.icsustainabilityweek.com/events.

April 22

IC Impact Sustainability Fair
10:30 a.m., Business School Atrium and Textor Hall
Local businesses and organizations will be running tables and providing information and engaging activities focused on sustainability. Approximately 15 local businesses will be in attendance.

April 23

Sustainability Colloquium
12:10 p.m., Business School Room 111
Student presentations focused around topics in sustainability.

April 24

Industry Panel Talk: “Making an Impact”
7 p.m., Business School Room 111
Two corporate leaders and one journalist will be speaking about sustainability and social missions in their organizations. Panelists include Christopher C. Foote, sustainability coordinator at Wegmans; Jeffrey Furman, emeritus member of the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors; and Brad Edmondson, independent journalist.

April 25

Natalie Mahowald: Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius
5:30 p.m., Textor Hall 101
The Irving Porter Church Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, Natalie Mahowald is one of the lead authors on the 2018 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report, “Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C.”

April 26

Vegetarian Cooking Workshop
3 p.m., Terrace Dining Hall
Students will have the opportunity to view a vegetarian cooking demonstration and try the food.

Sustaining Compassion for Social Service and Activism Public Talk
5 p.m., Textor Hall 101
John Makransky, associate professor in the department of Theology at Boston College, developed a Sustainable Compassion Training (SCT) that adapts a pattern of contemplative practice seen across faith traditions into a secular and inter-religious form aligned with areas of social psychology and neuroscience.

April 27

Pre-workshop Yoga, Meditation and Tea
9:30 a.m., Muller Chapel
Stretch your body, have a tea and meditate before the half-day Sustaining Compassion Workshop starting at 10 a.m.

Sustaining Compassion for Social Service and Activism Workshop
10 a.m., Muller Chapel
John Makransky, associate professor of Buddhism and comparative theology at Boston College, offers half-day workshop based on his Sustainable Compassion Training model that adapts a pattern of contemplative practice seen across faith traditions into a secular and inter-religious form aligned with areas of social psychology and neuroscience. Advanced registration required.

Sugar Bush Open House
10 a.m., Ithaca College Natural Lands
South Hill Non-Timber Forest Products’ Sugar Bush Open House offers delicious pancakes, sugar bush tours and homemade maple syrup. Shuttles will be running from the front of the Roy H. Park School of Communications to the sugar bush throughout the event.

April 28

Natural Lands Trail Clean Up
Noon, Ithaca College Natural Lands
Come explore, experience and give back to the beautiful Natural Lands. Help with trail maintenance and cleanup, and then discuss our connection with natural spaces hosted by the Conservation Psychology class. Free snacks and raffle prizes to celebrate a job well done. Meet at Terraces parking lot.

Sustainability and Arts Fair
1 p.m., Campus Center Quad
IC Eco Reps host a music and arts fair featuring live music, art for purchase, crafts and activities.

April 29

Stephen Ritz: Live and Learn in a Greener Community
7 p.m., Athletics and Events Center
Stephen Ritz, entrepreneur, innovator and visionary, and founder of the Green Bronx Machine, will be speaking about how his green teaching methods have changed lives and the community in the South Bronx.