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LaGuardia Community College Celebrated its 8th Annual
Earth Day with “Green” Festivities
Long Island City, NY—May 6, 2014—Eight years and counting, LaGuardia Community College’s “green” efforts continue to grow at our annual Earth Day celebration. The Sustainability Council and its supporters hosted a three-day event that centered on this years theme, “Engineering Sustainable Solutions.”
This year’s kick-off event engaged employees in a 5K fun run/walk for the environment. Employees met at the Van Dam street entrance of LaGuardia’s E-building on Tuesday, April 29 and then made their way to Long Island City Park enjoying scenic views. Green LaGuardia headbands were given to participants of the run/walk for their efforts in caring for the environment.
The 8th annual Earth Day celebration took place in the College’s E-Atrium on Wednesday, April 30. The tabling event featured academic and administrative departments, including LaGuardia’s Departments of Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science and the Natural Sciences. The Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science department displayed LaGuardia’s first ever Earth Systems Science and Environmental Engineering (ESE) major which is set to begin next fall.
“If students are in the Environmental Engineering program they can use their knowledge to improve air quality and water. They can work for the community to improve these conditions,” said Dr. Zahidur Rahman, assistant professor of the Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science Department.
The Sustainability Council set-up an eco footprint calculating exercise where students entered a raffle to win: an i-Pad, t-shirts and folders with this year’s logo designed by LaGuardia alumnus Fulmer Duckworth, aluminum water bottles, cell phone plugs and more. The W. Rogowski Farm, LLC from Pine Island, New York provided fresh produce for students, faculty and staff. Tables displayed organic cleaning products, vitamins and eco shoulder bags.
“We give students the opportunity to take an eco footprint quiz that asks the student what kind of lifestyle do they have, how much water do they consume, do they recycle and do they drive or bike. At the end it tells the student how many planets they need to live their daily lives. We want them to be conscious about what they do in their daily life,” said Anthony Lugo, director of Campus Auxiliary Services & Sustainability.
On May 1, Lee Boyar, professor at LaGuardia’s Business and Technology Department, presented his teachings on sustainability in business called: “People, Profits and Planet: The Triple Bottom Line.” Following the presentation the Japanese Club co-sponsored a screening of the 1971 classic “Godzilla vs. Hedorah (the Smog Monster)” with Green Week’s first ever Artists’ Café, where students, faculty and staff shared their artwork on the Freedom Wall installation.
On May 2, Metro Shine was on-site providing eco friendly hand car wash services to the College community.
“All of these great activities and more would not have been possible without the help of dozens of individuals, departments and a very supportive Administration. The Sustainability Council at LaGuardia would especially like to thank the College Association for generously sponsoring Green Week 2014 events,” said Judi O’Toole, chemical hygiene officer in the Natural Sciences Department. • • • •
LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more. ###