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* Supporting Earth Week and the Environment at Rensselaer
The “Face the Waste” project helps to visualize waste generated on campus.
Supporting Earth Week and the Environment at Rensselaer

Earth Week is fast approaching. In order to get environmental sustainability into the hearts and minds of the Rensselaer community, several student organizations have planned a week-long series of events April 18-23 to celebrate the Earth and the environment.

Ecologic, Rensselaer’s environmental student organization, plans to kick off Earth Week on Sunday, April 18, by cleaning up areas around campus and the City of Troy. The organization, along with several other student groups, will also host the annual EarthFest 2010 event on Wednesday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. in front of the Rensselaer Student Union. EarthFest 2010 festivities will include displays featuring Rensselaer projects, representation from campus and local environmental groups, food, and more, along with live musical performances.

In addition, the event also will highlight the “Face the Waste” recycling/sustainability project. The project features several large visible displays of a week’s worth of waste generated on the campus that include such things as aluminum cans, computer/electronics, paper, glass/plastic bottles, and food. Organizers say the event is an effort to promote discussion and inquiry into the campus interaction with material resources, and how individuals choose to use, reuse, or dispose of them on campus, among other things.

On Thursday, April 22, in celebration of Earth Day, CDTA will have a hybrid bus on campus for display. Also, the Student Sustainability Task Force, in collaboration with the Office of the President and Alumni Relations, will host a public and live streamed panel discussion focused on reviewing sustainability developments that have taken place at Rensselaer in the past year and highlighting next steps. The event will be held in the Russell Sage Dining Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. The events will culminate on Saturday, April 24, with a trip to the Troy Farmer’s Market and an afternoon hike.

In addition, members of Rensselaer campus will have an opportunity to show their Earth Week spirit by participating in a two-dimensional art project to display their interpretations of Earth Week. Individuals are encouraged to paint a picture or take some leaves to make a collage. Sponsored by the Community Advocates, all of the artwork will be on display in the Shelnutt Gallery from May through August.

In recognition of Earth Day, and in conjunction with events on campus, the newly formed alumni affinity group SustainAffinity is holding a series of programs on Thursday, April 22, to highlight Rensselaer’s focus on a green environment and a sustainable future.  Events such as “Green Drinks” happy hours and a tour of a green home are being held in Austin, Houston, New York’s Capital Region, Ann Arbor, and D.C./Baltimore.
SustainAffinity is for alumni and current students who have an interest in a green environment and a sustainable future. The group's goals are to communicate among alumni about sustainability at Rensselaer and beyond; connect alumni and students with environmental careers; keep alumni informed about environmental groups on campus; raise money for a fund for sustainable student organizations such as Ecologic; and help make alumni campus events greener.

Following is a list of individuals to contact regarding the various activities and events scheduled for Earth Week:

For more information regarding Earth Week activities, contact Anasha Cummings at

To learn more about Face the Waste, contact Ben Hunt at

For more information regarding the art project, contact Kyle Mattson at or Ashlee Giacalone at

For more information regarding sustainability at Rensselaer, visit the Sustainability Clearinghouse Web site at .

For more information about SustainAffinity, contact Geoff Seber at

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