Some Past Campus and Community Sustainability Projects
Over the past few years, SUNY Fredonia students, faculty, and staff members have been working with community partners to green our camps and community. The following list of 2008, 2009 and 2010 events and projects highlights some of these collaborations. Please also visit the 2010 Earth Week web site for a listing of other recent campus and community sustainability collaborations.
• Beach Clean-Ups—On September 19, 2009 FACE brought together SUNY Fredonia students and members of EarthWorks, a social action/environmental group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua, to participate in the 2009 International Coastal Cleanup. More than 46 people participated in the event and ultimately picked up 379.3 pounds of garbage. A second joint FACE/Earthworks beach cleanup held on April 25, 2010, which involved more than 50 people and collected 321 pounds of garbage along the shores of Lake Erie in Point Gratiot State Park.
• Environmental Film Screenings— EarthWorks and FACE partnered in October 2009 for a community screening of the film Addicted to Plastic and post-screening discussion of the International Coastal Cleanup (September 2009- see above) results that garnered an audience of approximately 130 people. Additionally with funding provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, there was a free Earth Week community environmental film festival at the 1891 Opera House in Fredonia on April 16, 2010. Designed to educate community members about important energy, water, food and other sustainability issues, the film festival, which attracted nearly 300 viewers, was another FACE-sponsored event.
• CFL Give-Away Events—Going on concurrently with the Green Expo (April 24, 2010) the FACE Center in collaboration with EarthWorks, a social action/environmental group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua, distributed free compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to promote energy conservation. Financial support for this event was provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. The collective savings in energy bills over the lifetime of the light bulbs will be $87,048.00. The total CO2 emissions saved by replacing 1350 incandescent bulbs with CFLs is 897,264 lbs (407.00 tons!) In addition to the 1350 CFL bulbs given out by SUNY Fredonia students and EarthWorks members at the event, 500 CFL bulbs were distributed through the Rural Ministry’s Food Pantry on May 11, 2010. More than 2000 additional CFLs will be distributed through FACE and the Sustainability Committee during summer and the 2010-2011 academic year.
• Earth Day Eco Fashion Show—As part of her Leadership Development coursework, Earth Week 2009 student intern Susan Kornacki worked with ten student groups to host an enormously successful eco fashion show. Not only did the more than 300 people in attendance learn about green design, clothing reuse, local sustainable businesses, and social justice issues within the global fashion industry, but the project also included a campus and community clothing driving, which donated more than 850 pounds of clothes to Chautauqua County Rural Ministries in Dunkirk.
• 2008 Bicentennial Tree Project—Under the leadership of Dr. Sherri Mason, Department of Environmental Affairs and Biology Club students partnered with the Town of Pomfret and community volunteers to plant more than 200 native trees. The locations of the bicentennial trees were then mapped by students in Dr. Ann Deakin’s Geographic Information Systems 301 class, which created commemorative maps for the Barker Historical Museum.
• West Valley Coalition Collection— SUNY Fredonia’s Archives and Special Collections at Reed Library is currently working with the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes to catalog and process 90 cubic feet of primary documents pertaining to the West Valley Nuclear Demonstration Project.
• Waste Wipe Out Initiative—Thanks to a collective effort by the residence halls, SUNY Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee and Chautauqua County Rural Ministries, in May 2009, 8,500 pounds of clothing, 800 pounds of food, 300 pounds of personal care items, and assorted electronic, household and sporting goods were collected from students as they left campus and donated to local families.
• 2009 Earth Week “Locavore” Events—As part of their senior capstone project, American Studies 400 students Alyssa Brooke-Gay and Heidi Frame brought famed Buffalo food activists Lisa Tucker (Edible Buffalo) and Christa Glennie Seychew (Feed Your Soul Buffalo) to campus to present “How Eating Like a Locavore Impacts Your Community.” The talk was immediately followed by a food tasting event, featuring the products of local farmers and vendors, and a presentation on the politics and nutritional value of organic and locals food by the students at the Earth Day teach-in.
• Town Hall Forum on Energy Issues—As part of Focus the Nation’s national campaign, in April 2009, the campus hosted a town hall meeting where Western New York residents and SUNY Fredonia students jointly shared their concerns about proposed energy projects with elected officials and their representatives. The event built on Congressman Brian Higgins’ Earth Week 2008 visit to campus, where he discussed local environmental issues.
• Campus and Community Household Electronic Recycling Events—Partnering with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, SUNY Fredonia has sponsored an annual electronics recycling event during each of the Earth Week series of events (April 2008-1010). Each has provided an enormously successful e-waste collection effort. In April 2009, more than 330 vehicles dropped off approximately 30,000 pounds of electronics and in April 2010 more than 500 vehicles dropped off enough electronics to fill 89 pallets and 5 tractor trailers.