4th Annual Sustainability Day

The Marist Red Foxes went green for their fourth annual campus sustainability day. The day was filled with a series of events that addressed today’s environmental sustainability issues. Although I could not attend the 9:30am welcome by President Dr. Dennis Murray, I was able to stop by the Student Center where a number of vendor tables and educational displays were set up.

The Marist club S.E.E.D. provided a station where students and faculty were able to stop by and see if they could taste the difference between tap and bottled water. Because my roommates and I have a Brita for our room, I was sure I would pass the test; however, to my surprise I actually failed in identifying which was the filtered water.

Some vendors bribed those who passed by with chocolates and pens in exchange for a one-minute brief on their sustainable ways. Molloy Pharmacy advocated expired prescription bottle collections, and Clean-Air New York provided simple changes everyone could make to their everyday life that would make a difference.

A few tables elaborated on Marist College’s new prize-possession building, the Hancock Center, which was designed and built to be sensitive to our environment. One table informed students of the building’s green roof, more specifically its “Live Roof.” This system provides acoustic insulators for the building, reduces storm water runoff, and acts like an umbrella in the hot summer days by serving as a natural cooling system. Tours were given all day for those who wanted to see this green roof. Directly next to this table was Lutron Lighting, which pitched its energy-efficient lightly system. Lutron Lighting utilizes the sun’s natural light and conserves a great deal of energy through its use of dim lighting, and Lutron sensors.

In addition to the Hancock Center’s magnificent features and effort in helping our environment, Marist College has found other ways to “go green.” The campus uses energy efficient light bulbs, energy efficient showerheads in the residence halls, and energy efficient boilers to heat residence facilities. The dining hall and other campus dining facilities use unbleached napkins and advocate the use of reusable mugs for beverages. Students are encouraged to recycle printer cartridges as well as old cell phones and the Donnelly computer lab and Library use doubled-sided printers. These are just a few of Marist College’s sustainability practices that encourage the importance of protecting our earth.

Sustainability Day taught me that, although Kermit the frog says, “It’s not easy being green,” Marist College and its Sustainability Day has proven otherwise.

-Margaret E. Crateau

One thought on “4th Annual Sustainability Day

  1. The thing that struck me most when I lived in the U.S., was the use of paper bags to put the items bought at the supermarket. In France, we used almost exclusively plastic bags in every shop, and rarely recyclable plastic. It’s also in the U.S. that I have heard for the first time about the Group “Save the earth”.

    But at the same time, we had learnt in France to turn off the lights when we leave a room in our house or office, and there, in the U.S. it was very different: for example at Christmas, even the smaller homes were surrounded by Kms of lighted garlands.

    The Sustainable Development Week is an event organized by the authorities each year in France to explain sustainable development to the general public, aware of its issues, to demonstrate and promote various forms of practical engagement, individual and collective.

    This event was first launched in 2003 (MEEDDM, 2009). Each year a “call for projects” organized by local governments and private organizations, has launched to promote the organization and promotion of different events on sustainable development.

    This article encourages us to continue to monopolize for our planet in our daily actions, wherever we live.

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