Earth Week to explore ‘Wasting Away’ theme

SUNY Fredonia’s “Wast-ing Away,” the theme of SUNY Fredonia’s 2013 Earth Week observance, examines the disposal nature of society – how a myriad of items, starting with food packaging and plastic beverage containers made for one-time use – are wreaking havoc with a planet being adversely impacted by dwindling resources and climate change.

Campus faculty, students and staff will host a full range of activities and events, including lectures, exhibits, an electronics recycling drive, green expo, nature walk, film festival and trash pickup between April 13 and April 22.

The keynote address, “The Perils of Plastic: Notes from the Ocean and Great Lakes,” will be presented by the research team of Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummings, co-founders of 5 Gyres Institute, on April 18 at 7 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall.

A theme has been selected for each day of the Earth Week observance. They are: Go Green (Saturday); Green and Clean (Sunday); Treasure Our Planet (Monday); Flow, for the Love of Water (Tuesday); Social Justice (Wednesday); Wasting Away (April 18); Stop the Invasion (April 19); Awareness (April 20); Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute (April 21); Earth Day ( April 22); and Stop the Invasion (April 27).

This year’s Earth Week events include:

  • Campus and Com-munity Recycling: drop-off computers and computer equipment, printers, inkjet/toner cartridges, televisions, VCRs and VCR tapes, typewriters, microwaves, cordless phones, radios, cassette players, cameras, video games and other select items – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., SUNY Fredonia Park & Ride Lot.
  • “Seeds of Change,” a Buddhist exhibit of 16 panels that calls attention to education, personal empowerment and local initiatives to address global environmental problems, on display in Reed Library now through April 21.
  • Nature Walk at College Lodge: led by Dr. Terry Mosher; van departs campus at 9:30 a.m. at Jewett Hall parking lot – Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Clean and Green: spring cleaning workshop – Sunday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Friendly Kitchen, Chautau-qua County Rural Mini-stries, downtown Dunkirk.
  • Treasure Our Planet: geo-caching workshop – Monday, 2 to 4 p.m., Wil-liams Center Multipurpose Room.
  • Bike Fixing Workshop: Monday, 4 to 6 p.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
  • Wasting Away art competition: Williams Center, April 15-19. Judging and awards ceremony held April 18.
  • Flow (For Love of Water): morning yoga with Brandon Perdomo – Tues-day, 8 to 9 a.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
  • “Take Back the Tap” water challenge: Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Commons.
  • Environmental Com-munications Presentations: topics include: trash-caching, personal care products, biking, shoe recycling, bat houses and hiking – Tuesday, 12:30 to 2 p.m., 204 Williams Center.
  • Creek Cleanup: Wed-nesday, 4 to 6 p.m., meet at Williams Center Tim Hortons.
  • Social Justice Panel: featuring Drs. Marifiote, David Kinkela, Bob Dahlgren and Christina Jarvis, Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., 204 Williams Center.
  • Environmental Com-munications Presentations: topics include trash-caching, personal care products, biking, shoe recycling, bat houses and hiking – April 18, 12:30 to 2 p.m., 204 Williams Center.
  • “Dumpster Drive” sorting of trash into recyclables: April 18, 1 to 3 p.m., Williams Center Courtyard.
  • Keynote address – “The Perils of Plastics: Notes from the Ocean and the Great Lakes,” by Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummings, co-founders of 5 Gyres Institute: April 18, 7 p.m., Rosch Recital Hall.
  • Invasive Species Plant Pull: April 19, 2 to 4 p.m., meet at Clock Tower.
  • Trash Crawl: pick up trash along the streets of Fredonia, April 19, 1 to 3 a.m., meet at Lograsso Hall.
  • Mass Bike Ride: to Point Gratiot for beach cleanup and return. Meet at Barker Commons, downtown Fredonia, April 20, 11 a.m. to noon; cleanup held noon to 2 p.m.
  • Environmental Film Festival: screening variety of current, critically ac-claimed documentaries on environmental issues, be-ginning at noon, at Jewett Hall 101. A different film will be shown at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
  • Relay for Life: Sustainable team participating, April 20, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m., Steele Hall Arena.
  • Beach Cleanup: Point Gratiot, April 21. Meet at Fenton Hall parking lot at 11:40 a.m.; cleanup noon to 2 p.m.
  • Sacred Tree Earth Honoring (with Spider): April 22, noon to 2 p.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room (or outside weather permitting).
  • Earth Day scavenger hunt: April 22, 3 to 5 p.m., meet at Jewett Hall lobby.
  • Eco-Fashion Show: April 22, 8 to 10 p.m., Williams Center Multipurpose Room.
  • Garlic Mustard Pull at Alexander Preserve: April 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., meet at Jewett Hall parking lot.

To learn more, visit or contact Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason, SUNY Fredonia’s Associate Professor of Chemistry and Earth Week Coordinator, at 673-3292 or