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.
Are you a student interested in the
environment? Do you want to get more involved with the EPA and
sustainability efforts on campus? You can be an EPA OnCampus
ecoAmbassador!You can choose from a variety of events and
projects, all of which are based on projects from EPA program offices,
and utilize EPA resources to plan environmental activities. Past
ecoAmbassadors have improved recycling efforts, organized Earth Day
celebrations, initiated composting programs and certified campus
buildings as Energy Star compliant. To get involved, select an activity
and a professor or administrator as your school sponsor, register your
project or activity online, then organize your event and report your
by Ashley BalavenderThere is no doubt it’s
spring with all the planting going on in the College community. For the
first time, LaGuardia students are contributing their bright ideas and
wielding green thumbs in the campus courtyard.
It all started
with Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Arcario’s “Garden of the World”
contest, in which students were asked to submit a research presentation
on plant suggestions for the Cobblestone Courtyard.
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