Green Week is Back at LAGCC!

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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.

An event dedicated to Hydraulic Fracturing Education will be held on Wednesday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Little Theater with a screening of the film “Gasland” from 2pm to 4pm. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking, is a relatively new development in natural gas extraction that has environmentally devastating effects. Hydrofracking is a hot topic in New York right now as environmental advocates are working to ban the practice in the Catskills. More information can be found at frackfreecatskills.org.

Finally, Green Week 2012 will conclude with a fundraiser for the majestic Whooping Crane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 19 in the Cobblestone Courtyard (weather permitting, otherwise it will be held in the entrance to the E Building atrium). The Whooping Crane is known for being the tallest bird in North America and one of only two crane species found on the continent. Its plight became well known in the 1960's but efforts to protect the species from over-hunting and habitat loss were relatively ineffective until the re-establishing of migration routes by the non-profit Operation Migration in 2001. They use ultra light aircrafts to lead the birds along their annual migration routes. This program is accredited with bringing the birds back from the brink of extinction. More information can be found on operationmigration.org. Any donation, large or small, is more than welcome during the fundraiser.

Green Week at LaGuardia is in its fourth year. It is a collaborative effort between the LAGCC Sustainability Council and its supporters: the Student Government Association, Natural Sciences Department, Business Office, College and Community Relations Office, and Marketing and Communications Office.

For more information on this year’s events or to participate in Green Week, please contact Chemical Hygiene Officer Judith O’Toole at jotoole@lagcc.cuny.edu. Students interested in participating in the tabling event should reply no later than March 30.

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