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It’s So Easy, Being Green.

by ericarunsamerica on April 20th, 2013

Hey, Stony Brook!

If you were on campus yesterday, I am sure you noticed an incredible amount of GREEN stretching stretching from the SAC all the way to the Humanities building…

Why, you may ask, were there a myriad of tables adorned with green tablecloths, people in green t-shirts, animals, cartloads of fruits and vegetables, live flowers and plants, homemade cosmetics, live music, and SO MANY PEOPLE teeming on campus yesterday…

It was Earthstock, of course!

Each spring, Stony Brook hosts its annual week-long celebration of Earth Day (which, this year, falls on Monday, April 22).  This year, the 10th Annual Earthstock week spanned April 15-19, culminating in the “green” day of festivities we saw on campus yesterday!  As you may have read in my most previous post, Earthstock week was chock-full of fun and exciting events, including the screening, discussion, and reception of “Dear Governor Cuomo,” an extraordinary artistic environmental protest film, at which the filmmaker, Jon Bowermaster himself was present.  Stony Brook has, and continues to work towards a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable future, and such efforts were focused on all week during this year’s Earthstock.

Have you taken Stony Brook’s Green Pledge?”  If not, sign up online!  Event-goers could sign the pledge and pick up their green ribbon yesterday at Earthstock, but if you missed out, do so now!

“I pledge to use the knowledge and skills that I have acquired to improve and sustain the natural world and resources around me. Furthermore I pledge to minimize the impact of my ecological footprint and promise to take action to fulfill this commitment.”

Whether or not you were able to participate in this year’s Earthstock celebration, it is never too late to learn about and take part in all of the eco-conscious practices that Stony Brook engages in every day.  For instance, consider the expansion of SBU’s bike share system, the South P Lot composting program, the Stony Heights organic rooftop garden, SBU’s participation in RecycleMania, the construction and redesign of LEED-certified buildings on capus…learn more by visiting the sustainability page of the SBU website!

All of Stony Brook’s eco-efforts have not been in vain; we have been recognized by the Princeton Review, Center for Green Schools, an US Green Building Council (USGBC) as one of the eight SUNY schools assigned the honor of being one of the 230 most “green colleges” in the US and Canada! The recognition is based off of “Green Ratings” determined by the Princeton Review, compiling ratings for over 800 schools for the 2011-2012 school year based on eco-friendly practices/policies and “green” course offerings.  Only schools with the most sound “green” practices, polices, and most comprehensive environmental courses made this list!


Hopefully, if you were at Earthstock, you stopped by tables 78 and 79, AKA “Hutner’s Heroes” AKA Stony Brook Professor Dr. Heidi Hutner’s SBC 325: Environmental Writing & the Media class!

Our groups presented information on GMOs, Fracking, Toxins, Climate Change & Hurricane Sandy, and MORE! You can check out our class blog here for the latest in all things environmental!  You will find the incredible projects produced by your fellow Stony Brook students.

All for now-have a great (and green) weekend, Stony Brook!

peace. love. run.


From → Erica

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