Green Dragon Week

SUNY Oneonta’s annual Green Dragon Week is an Earth Day celebration that showcases the campus commitment to sustainability through events and activities. This year, the Earth Day celebrations will be held April 18-23. Join us!

2022 Green Dragon Weeks Events

Monday, April 18

5 pm, Weather or Not? A Sustainability Showcase, Science Discovery Center

This event, hosted by the President's Advisory Council on Sustainability, will feature brief presentations by faculty and students from Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. - Dr. Chris Karmosky "Weather vs. Climate," Alice Brennan "SUNY Oneonta Weather Station, "Carlene Eaton & Olivia Bartik "Morris River Cleanup," Alice Brennan "Women in STEM"

8 pm, Green Careers Panel with recent graduates, Teams

Join recent SUNY Oneonta graduates who are pursuing or have started careers or graduate programs related to sustainability. Get tips from students who have been there and ask questions about life after college.

Panelists include: Annie Botch '18: Sustainability Coordinator, Ascend Amphitheater & Project Coordinator, Rock the Ocean Foundation, Claire McMahon '19: Invasive Species Technician, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Sophie Millar '20: Natural Resources Assistant, Student Conservation Association (AmeriCorps), Shyia Magan '22: Curator, Paleontological Research Institute and Cayuga Nature Center

Tuesday, April 19

11 am- 3 pm, 17 Tables: UN Sustainable Development Goal Fair, Netzer Quad

5 pm, Eco Fashion Show and River Blue Screening, Red Dragon Theater

Everyone wears clothes, but have you ever thought about what you are wearing? Is it fast fashion or slow fashion? Have you ever heard those terms? Fast fashion is everywhere, and it uses excessive amounts of resources while also creating toxic pollution to many areas of the environment. This Eco Fashion show will demonstrate how simple it is to reduce your fashion impact on the environment.

There will be a screening of RIVERBLUE, following the fashion show. RIVERBLUE is a documentary following international river conservationist, Mark Angelo, spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this groundbreaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.

Wednesday, April 20

12 -2 pm, Recycling Collection, IRC Lobby

Bring in your hard to recycle materials for collection and be entered into a raffle of to win a gift card to sustainable brands Lush or Patagonia!

Accepted items include: All brands empty writing instruments, Glue sticks, Watercolor or paint sets, Outside packaging, disposable masks, used toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, caps and outer packaging, floss containers, mouthwash, Garnier hair care/skin care packaging, Burts Bees skin care/cosmetics packaging, disposable razors and flexible outer packaging, bottles and cans, white Styrofoam.

6 pm, Research Displays & Exhibits, Field House Lobby

7 pm. Anatomy of a Water Crisis: Lecture by Anna Clark, Alumni Field House

Anna Clark is a reporter for ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism with moral force. The Poisoned City recounts the gripping story of Flint, Michigan’s poisoned water through the people who caused it, suffered from it, and exposed it. It is a chronicle of one town, but could also be about any American city, all made precarious by the neglect of infrastructure and the erosion of democratic decision-making. It won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, and was named one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Public Library, Audible, and others. Anna’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, the New Republic, Politico, the Columbia Journalism Review, the Boston Review, Next City, and other publications.

Thursday, April 21

8:30- 10 am, Green Commute Welcome Table, Netzer Quad

Join your classmates/colleagues in greening your commute! Commit to reducing your impact by carpooling, ride the OPT, biking, walk, driving an electric or hybrid vehicle, for at least one trip to or from campus during the week and enjoy coffee and donuts on us! The table will also include information about how to incorporate a green commute into your routine if you haven’t already. Commit to your Green Commute here!

1 pm, Campus Tree Walk, meet in front of Welcome Center

Explore SUNY Oneonta’s trees by taking this guided tour throughout campus. This tour, designed by biology student Julia Ospina ’21, features various native trees and encourages observation of tree phenology, or the various stages of the seasonal cycle to help identify how climate change are affecting various species. Through the tour you will learn to identify campus trees and how to participate in citizen science.

6 pm, Hemp Plastic Revolution! Material Maxim & MAMCO, Hunt 215

Join local company Material Maxim/MAMCO in a discussion of how they are disrupting the plastics industry with their unwavering commitment to change.

Material Maxim has created a group of "ideas to action" companies that work together to secure our collective future through sustainable practices. Our maxim is our truth: The time to act is now. If we can change the way we think, the way we design, the materials we use and the processes we use to build and move our products; then the world can begin to heal.

Sustainability is not just a word. It is a culture that either is or isn't. It is not something that you try or hope for, it is something that you are. It is an unwavering commitment to change. MATERIAL MAXIM companies are industrial AVENGERS.

Friday, April 22

1:30-2:30 pm DIY Body Scrub, Hunt Union Lobby

Learn how to make your own body scrub out of things you have in your kitchen. Materials will be provided and you take home what you make!

2-2:50, Environmental Activism with author Carrie Freeman, Science Discovery Center

Join Dr. Carrie Freeman, author of The Human Animal Earthling Identity, in a discussion and Q&A about a set of universal values (supporting life, fairness, responsibility, and unity) that can help unify social movements to increase strength and influence and how individuals can save the world by expanding our sense of self.

5 pm, Green Dragon Recognition, Hunt Ballroom lobby, INVITE ONLY

The Green Dragon Recognition Program is an initiative intended to celebrate and recognize students who have shown a commitment to sustainability during their time at SUNY Oneonta. In order to earn an invitation to the 2022 Recognition students will need to earn 350 sustainability engagement points earned through participation in courses, clubs, research, events, etc. by April 22. The event will be a chance to celebrate all that makes all that makes sustainability on campus great- the people involved. There will be presentations of awards, appetizers and a chance to mingle with fellow students, faculty and staff committed to sustainability.

Saturday, April 23

11- 3:30 pm, The 2041 Festival: Imagining a Positive Climate Future, Science Discovery Center

What does a positive climate future look like? How can we transform the systems we rely on? And even though climate change will inevitably bring disruption, can we envision a future where people find more connection and community? The 2041 Festival is a celebration of the ideas and imagination of over 200 community members who participated in collaborative worldbuilding workshops that challenged us to imagine what the world of 2041 might look, if we started working together now.

Featuring: Student Posters, Future Art Exhibition, Short Talks, Panel Discussions, Vegetarian Lunch, Live Demos, Interactive Timeline Exhibit and more!

9 am- 12 pm, Morris Earth Day Clean Up, meet at Morris Central School Parking Lot

In the fall, the SUNY Oneonta Geo Club and Environmental Science clubs removed tons of plastic from the Calhoun Creek after flooding and there is the opportunity to add to their efforts!

Week 2: April 16- April 23

Come One, Come All Clean Up

  • Keep Oneonta beautiful! Join the environmental science clubs in Neahwa Park for a litter clean up. Participants will get a sweet treat courtesy of Feel Good Smoothie :)

Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town

  • A discussion with the author Colin Jerolmack about fracking and the research conducted to complete his deeply intimate book of the same name. Dr. Jerolmack, joined by Dr. Ron Bishop and Dr. Jim Mills (SUNY Oneonta), will share how the decision to lease land brings financial rewards but can also cause irreparable harm to neighbors, to communal resources like air and water, and even to oneself.

The 2041 Project Panel Discussion- Experience a POSITIVE Climate Future

  • What will the world, the country, and the college look like in 2041? What ideas just taking root today will shape our future lives? There’s no better way to imagine a positive future than to step into it...Welcome to the 2041 Project!

Climate Change: A Laughing Matter

  • Author of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, Yoram Bauman, to give an open talk to the campus community about climate change in his signature humorous and wide ranging voice.

Green Careers Panel with Recent Graduates

  • Join recent SUNY Oneonta graduates who are pursuing or have started careers or graduate programs related to sustainability. Get tips from students who have been there and ask questions about life after SUNY Oneonta.

Week 1: April 12- 16

Environmental (In)Justice

  • Environmental justice strives to ensure that no community regardless of race, class, gender or orientation has to face undo environmental burden and has equal access to environmental benefits. The presenters will use the intersecting lenses of race, justice and sustainability to lead a discussion on current and historical injustices including examples like Flint, Michigan, Albany, NY and international climate refugees.. Presentation by E. Howard Ashford and Rachel Kornhauser as part of the Student Diversity and Leadership Speaker Series

Blackfish Q&A

  • Join this discussion with animal behavior and intelligence expert Dr. Lori Marino, neuroscientist, expert featured in Blackfish and Founder and President of the Whale Sanctuary Project to discuss non-human intelligence and rights. Dr. Brian Lowe, Department of Sociology and former chair of Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) will be facilitating. You are encouraged to watch the documentary Blackfish before the Q&A event via Netflix, Prime Video, iTunes, Hulu, Google Play, etc.

Get Inspired by “Inventing Tomorrow”

  • Wed, April 14, 4 pm movie screening (IRC, RSVP required, 5 pm discussion virtual) , LEAD credit
  • Movie screening and discussion with Dr. Eric Stengler and students from the Cooperstown Graduate, Science Museum Studies program. This award winning documentary introduces us to passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards. If you prefer to watch the 55 minute movie on your own you can at this link:

Power Panel: SUNY Oneonta Clean Energy Master Plan

  • Learn about campus clean energy planning with updates on campus energy-use, emission reductions, fossil fuel use, renewable energy and our path forward. This panel discussion will feature key players in the development of the recently completed Clean Energy Master Plan.

Owning OUR Impact: A Panel Discussion of Sustainability Initiatives at SUNY Oneonta

  • Are you interested in learning more about sustainability initiatives happening on campus? Hear from students, staff, and faculty members who are engaged in sustainability related work. Expertise ranges from studying microplastics to the economic impact of carbon footprints to imagining what our future might look like. Hosted by PACS.
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