Green Week, the three-day extension of LaGuardia's annual Earth Day event is back – this year’s theme is “Taking Action for the Environment.” Events will take place from April 17-19 including a fundraiser, film screening and green projects exhibit. All students are welcome and encouraged to get involved!
Green Week 2012 will kick-off with an all-day tabling event on Tuesday, April 17 in the E Building Atrium. There will be artwork, posters, media, and other interactive projects to display the hard work and creativity of students and faculty who strive to protect our natural resources. Local community advocates and organizations will also be present, sharing their own green initiatives.
Little known to many Brooklyn and
Queens residents, Newtown Creek, a tributary of the East river that
splits the two boroughs, is the site of one of the world’s largest oil
spills. In addition to sewage, chemical and toxic waste dumping and
runoff, the 3.8 mile creek is the site of an underground oil seepage
that has left an estimated 17 to 30 million gallons of oil in the water
and surrounding soil. While Newtown Creek has finally gained media
recognition in the last year, being designated a federal Superfund site
in September 2010, a group of students and faculty at LaGuardia
Community College in Long Island City, Queens have been monitoring the
contaminated water for over two years. Under the direction of Dr. Sarah
Durand, professor in the College’s Natural Sciences department, they
are now working to begin natural remediation of toxins from the creek
long before the Environmental Protection Agency begins its clean up.
With the long awaited cleanup of the Newtown Creek finally scheduled to
begin this fall, the public was invited to learn more about the project
at two EPA information sessions held at LaGuardia Community College on
residents and LaGuardia faculty and staff spoke to EPA representatives
and perused posters that graphically laid out the first-year activities
of the 17- to 22-year-long project that is expected to cost up to $1
Diana Escobar Diana Escobar isn’t only getting an education at LaGuardia, she comes on-campus everyday with one other thing in mind – how to make the College a greener place.
Diana Escobar isn’t only getting an education at LaGuardia, she comes on-campus everyday with one other thing in mind – how to make the College a greener place.
We want to know!Know a LaGuardian that sets a good example of how to live sustainably? We want to know! To nominate them for a Green Spotlight profile, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Know a LaGuardian that sets a good example of how to live sustainably? We want to know! To nominate them for a Green Spotlight profile, email email@example.com
Join the Sustainability Council! LaGuardia’s Sustainability Council encourages membership from all areas of the College, as well as student participation. To learn more, email Tony Lugo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated 8/16/2010 03:53:44 PM