Upcoming Eco-Events

People's Climate March

New York City
September 21, 2014
This is an invitation to change everything - before climate change does.

North Country 350 Alliance, a regional chapter of the environmental organization 350.org, is sending a 55-passenger bus filled with North Country folk to New York City on Sunday, September 21st to represent our region at the People's Climate March. The timing of the March matches up with a United Nations summit on the climate crisis. Along with tens of thousands of other activists - or, more accurately: mothers, fathers, students, farmers, business professionals, teachers, scientists, doctors, First Nations peoples, artists, and musicians - we'll demand a green economy, clean air and water, and a world safe from the perils of climate change! See you in the streets!

The bus cost will be $50 per person round trip. The bus will leave from Paul Smith's College in the morning on Sunday, 9/21, and will return that evening after the march. For more information and to reserve a seat on the bus e-mail Hannah Huber or David Smith.

To be put on the North Country 350 Alliance's email list, send a note to northcountry350alliance@gmail.com.

Climate Change Forum 2014: Our Shared Reality

St. Lawrence University Main campus
September 23, 2014 - September 24, 2014



11am - 12pm Tour of the St. Lawrence University Sustainability Semester Site
Tour the Sustainability Semester site, located 5 miles from our main campus with Homesteader-in Residence Ben Swimm. The Sustainability Semester, St. Lawrence's newest an off-campus living-learning program, encourages students to consider sustainability from both a local and a global perspective. Here students learn how to tackle complex and challenging environmental issues through intensive study and hands-on experience.
Registration required. Transport available from St. Lawrence University on a reserved basis.
Sign up by emailing ksmith@stlawu.edu or calling 315-229-5595

Noon - 1:00 pm SLU Student Environmental Groups Information Fair (SLU Student Center)
The Environmental Action Organization (EAO) and other SLU student groups working on environmental, food justice, and sustainability issues invite you to visit their information tables during lunch hour at the Student Center

3:00 - 4:00 pm Clarkson-St. Lawrence Faculty Panel Presentation and Discussion: Climate Change: Science, Impacts, and Policy
Hannon Room, SLU Student Center

Dr. Susan Powers, Associate Director for Sustainability, Institute for a Sustainable Environment
Spence Professor of Sustainable Environmental Systems, Clarkson University
Dr. Stephen Bird, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Clarkson University
Dr. Jon Rosales, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, St. Lawrence University
Three Professors address climate change from storm surges to carbon markets. Prof. Sue Powers reviews the science behind climate change addressing the primary drivers of climate change, current effects, and future scenarios. Prof. Jon Rosales focuses on climate impacts and five categories of concern. He will explain the categories and focus on a case study of Shaktoolik, Alaska, on the front lines of climate change in the Arctic, where climate change is happening fastest. Prof. Stephen Bird finishes with the mechanisms of politics and policy associated with climate change, reviewing options, political challenges, and thinking through costs and (political) interests.

4:00 - 5:00 pm Arts for the Earth Part I: Natural Expressions
St. Lawrence Senior Jacqui Colt and Assistant Professor of English Sarah Barber invite you to explore new ways to experience nature and express yourself. This is not your average nature walk on campus, but a walking composition of a poem in your body! Warning: Poetry and other written forms of expression will result.....
Meet in front of the main entrance of Appleton Arena at 4 pm.

7:00 pm Climate Forum Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Sally Bingham
Eben Holden Conference Center

Rev. Bingham has brought widespread attention to the link between religious faith and the environment through her work on The Regeneration Project and the Interfaith Power & Light campaign. As one of the first faith leaders to fully recognize global warming as a core moral issue, she has mobilized thousands of religious people to put their faith into action through energy stewardship. She serves as Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California and is the lead author of Love God Heal Earth, published by St. Lynn's Press in 2009. In 2012, she was awarded the Audubon Society's Rachel Carson Award for her environmental leadership.

8:30-10:00 pm Arts for the Earth II: Pizza and Poetry,
Students celebrate their creativity and love of nature with pizza and poetry in the Student Center Winston Room!


Noon-1:00 pm: SLU Sustainability Committee Campus Update/Lunch

Join the Campus Committee for Sustainability and Climate Neutrality (CCSCN) to learn about the Climate Action Plan, SLU's progress to climate neutrality and other campus sustainability success stories. The format of this hour-long session will be an informal, interactive presentation followed by question and answer. Bring your questions and your ideas--we'll provide the lunch!

SLU Student Center Hannon Room Sign up by emailing ksmith@stlawu.edu or calling 315-229-5595

Noon - 2:00 pm: Community Environmental Groups Information/Tabling, Student Center
The local chapter of 350.org and other community groups will be on site to discuss their work and ways that students and campus community members can get involved.

2:00 - 4:00 pm: TAUNY Campus-Community Arts Workshop
Nature Printing with Hallie Bond (SLU Wachmeister Field Station, Outer Park St. (Rt. 27), just south of Little River Bridge)
Join historian and quilter Hallie Bond for a fun and informative workshop in which you will learn to use natural materials to print on fabric. Bond will lead the group on a short expedition to gather natural materials and then teach participants how to make prints with these materials on muslin squares that can be used as part of further art projects. Taking you from tales of 19th-century Adirondack lady botanists to trends in contemporary quilting, Bond will also discuss how this kind of activity fits into arts traditions in northern New York and beyond.
Please register by emailing: programs@TAUNY.org

7:00 pm: Featured Forum Speaker Jeff Deyette, Union of Concerned Scientists, SLU Student Center Winston Room
Jeff Deyette is the assistant director of energy research and a senior energy analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Mr. Deyette conducts analysis on the economic and environmental costs and benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies. He co-authored the UCS book Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living and numerous UCS reports, including Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing America's Costliest Coal Plants. He has also written extensively for UCS and various renewable energy industry publications on the consumer, employment, and environmental benefits of increasing our renewable energy use.

8:00 pm: Celebration of Student Activism & Creativity: Arts for the Earth III
Close the Climate Forum by joining in a celebration of student activism in the Winston Room. Music, pizza, student posters, art, and more!



ADK Youth Climate Summit

Wild Center, Tupper Lake
November 12, 2014 - November 13, 2014

Please consider joining the St. Lawrence team of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit if:

  • You are interested in taking a leadership role in SLU's Climate Neutrality Journey
  • You would like to spend two intensive days learning and planning with fellow SLU students and staff and sharing best practices with Colleges and Universities from the Northeast
  • You want to eat great local food-two days of breakfast and lunch and one yummy dinner all for free
  • You want to visit the Wild Center for free

Check out the details or contact Louise Gava with questions and/or interest