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March 29: Panel Discussion and Free Screening of the Documentary “A Plastic Ocean”

Sustainability Management at Syracuse University and student groups Students of Sustainability and Green Peace SU will be hosting a panel discussion on plastic pollution at 5:30pm followed by a free screening of “A Plastic Ocean” at 6:45pm on March 29 in Watson Theatre, in Watson Hall. Read more here.

Coming Up: Winona Laduke, Eric Sanderson Lectures

March 29, 5 pm, Shemin Aud, Shaffer Art Building: Winona LaDuke, an internationally known Native American activist, will discuss her work on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems.
March 30, 4 pm, Falk 100: Dr. Eric Sanderson, author of MANNAHATTA, will discuss the Welikia Project, which seeks to rediscover what Manhattan looked like before Henry Hudson’s arrival. Dr. Sanderson will also lead a workshop on Visualizing the Natural/Historical Continuum of Onondaga Lake on Friday, March 31. Register here.

First grants awarded for Campus as Lab for Sustainability

Six faculty and student projects will receive grants totaling $50,000 this spring through the new Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) funding program. The call for proposals sought projects that address climate disruption and offer opportunities for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Here are the winners:

  • Profs. Steve Chapin and Peter Wilcoxen, for an electric vehicle lab;
  • Profs. Amber Bartosh and Mark Povinelli, for a virtual reality simulation about energy awareness;
  • Prof. Jeongmin Ahn, to research membrane technology to reduce GHG emissions;
  • Grad student Kristina Gulches, to evaluate water and salt runoff on campus;
  • Profs. Jason Fridley and Doug Frank, to study carbon cycling in plants;
  • Grad students Hugh O. Burnham and Adam Fix, to develop an oral history of climate activism at SU.

Students push to eliminate plastic bags from bookstore

The Syracuse University Bookstore, in conjunction with the Student Association (SA), Students of Sustainability at Syracuse University and the Energy Systems & Sustainability Management Department, will be launching a reusable bag program starting this summer. The goal is to reduce usage of plastic bags, which can be harmful to the environment. Read the SU News story here.