Bag It Documentary Screening
The Syracuse University Sustainability Division will host a “zero-waste” FREE screening of the award-winning environmental documentary Bag It at Watson Theater on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.
Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. Although his quest starts out small, Jeb soon learns that the problem extends past landfills to oceans, rivers, and ultimately human health.
The average American uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas.
The film explores these issues and identifies how our daily reliance on plastic threatens not only waterways and marine life, but human health, too. Two of the most common plastic additives are endocrine disruptors, which have been shown to link to cancer, diabetes, autism, attention deficit disorder, obesity, and infertility.
Syracuse University Sustainability Division recognizes the importance of reducing single-use plastic use for the safety of our campus community and environment. This event is a part of the Sustainability Division’s fall 2013 campaign.
Throughout the fall semester, the Sustainability Division will be showing other documentary films to create awareness about sustainability issues. The next film is “Terra Blight” and will be shown on Thursday, September 26
The screening will be a “zero-waste” event and attendees are encouraged to bring their own “mess kits” (Tupperware, re-usable silverware, re-useable water bottles, napkins etc.) as snacks will be provided by the Sustainability Division.
For more information about sustainability visit the Sustainability website, follow @SustainableSU on Twitter, and check out the Syracuse University Sustainability
Screening Date: September 19, 2013
Doors open: 6:30 pm
Screening Time: 7:00 pm
Screening Location: Watson Theater
This event is FREE and open to the public.
The city of Syracuse is one of the Best Destinations for Green Travelers according to travelnerd.com.
According to TravelNerd, “66% of Americans plan to travel this summer, which can add up to a huge environmental impact. Travelers are looking for greener ways to explore the world. For example, more than 44% of travelers look for environmentally-friendly programs when choosing hotels, and hotels are listening. TravelNerd highlights the ten top destinations in the U.S. for green travel options. We specifically looked for cities that have initiatives to green the city as well as access to a plethora of nature and eco-friendly activities”.
Syracuse, New York
Syracuse’s universities have led the green movement in this New York city. Syracuse University is committed to building a sustainable campus with their Sustainability Division. They host a Farmers’ Market during Central New York’s growing season and source local producers and vendors to provide food for the school dining facilities. The State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry has launched a Green Campus Initiative to reduce waste, provide sustainability training, and implement green practices on campus.
Syracuse was named one of the top 10 green communities by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011 for its dedication to cleaning up Onondaga Lake, replacing asphalt with rain-capturing surfaces and launching other pilot programs. The Syracuse Center of Excellence aims to innovate in environmental and energy technologies to build sustainable urban environments. It hosts many research and technology forums on academic and industry trends and ideas. Stay at the Hotel Skyler, located in a historic building restored to meet LEED Platinum Standards with a Geothermal Heat Pump system to provide heating and cooling.
The Oncenter is home to international and national conferences, concerts and performances – be sure to check out their upcoming shows. Additionally, the center is also focused on using eco-friendly practices to conserve waste and energy in all its activities. Outdoor enthusiasts should head to Morgan Hill State Forest for cross-country skiing, bird watching, camping, hiking and mountain biking. Green Lakes State Park has two glacial lakes surrounded by forests. Because of the unique composition of the lakes, there is plenty of evidence of ancient plant and animal life. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is perfect for families, with kid-friendly activities like the Edventure Academy, where kids and parents can learn about the animals at the zoo. The Rosamond Gifford Zoo focuses on on-site conservation programs like a species survival plan for endangered animals like the Amur Tiger, Asian elephant and the Humboldt penguin
For the whole listing, please visit http://www.nerdtravel.com/2013/cities-green-travel/.
Companies receive awards to accelerate commercialization of green products
The Syracuse Center of Excellence (SyracuseCoE) has awarded $250,000 to five local companies whose projects promote the commercialization of innovative green and clean technologies. This seventh round of SyracuseCoE Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) awards is expected to create or retain approximately 100 jobs in Central New York. MORE... (via SU News)
Student sustainability group making a difference through green design
Syracuse University senior Sean Foote is working to create a better world for his three-year old son. This is mainly why he got involved with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Students Group at Syracuse University. As the group's treasurer, he's helping to lead USGBC Students in educating others both on and off campus to take action on sustainability. MORE...