- July 28, 2013: Family Friendly Walk in Skidmore's North Woods @ 11:00 am
Join the North Woods Stewards for a family friendly and educational tour of Skidmore's North Woods. It will include basic plant and tree identification and learning about how the North Woods ecosystem functions. Free and open to the public.
- July 13, 2013: Guided Meditation Walk in Skidmore's North Woods @ 11:00 am
Join the North Woods Stewards for a guided meditation walk through the woods. This will be a time for participants on the walk to relax and reflect on their lives. We hope to give people an opportunity to find peace and relieve stress by encouraging positive, reflective thinking through an awareness of our senses and surroundings. Free and open to the public.
- June 26, 2013: Tree and Plant Identification Walk in the North Woods @ 5:30 pm
Join the North Woods Stewards for an educational walk through the woods to learn how to identify tree and other plants in Skidmore's North Woods.
- June 12, 2013: Historical Tour of Skidmore's North Woods led by Professor Bob Jones
@ 6:00 p.m. Meeting in Palamountain 201
Professor Jones has been sharing his historical knowledge of the North Woods for many years now. If you are a frequent user of the woods or are interested in local land use history, or even just want to take a walk in the woods, please join us! We will be meeting on campus in Palamountain 201 at 6:00 p.m. for a short PowerPoint presentation followed by a tour of the North Woods.
- May 3-19, 2013: Give and Go Move-Out Collection & Donation
The annual Give and Go move-out program provides an opportunity for campus residents to donate unwanted items such as clothing, housewares, bedding, and more to local community organizations such as Backstretch and the N.Y./N.J. chapter of Goodwill. This effort provides donated items in good condition to local organizations and prevents several truckloads of material from going to the landfill every year. Contact Sustainable Skidmore for more information.
- May 17, 2013: Bike to Work Day Challenge
Bike to Work Day is an annual event held each spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. The Saratoga Springs Bike to Work Day challenge is organized by Bikeatoga, a local organization dedicated to pushing for a better future by making functional cycling more convenient, accessible, and safer in and around Saratoga Springs, NY. Skidmore College is the defending 2012 Steerhead champions and we are looking to make it two years in a row! It's a fun, healthy, sustainable transportation alternative! Skidmore employees can register by going to:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dEp0YmI1WEZObmo5WHp6Sm1rUXM0NGc6MA#gid=0
- May 6, 2013: Critical Mass
Do you like to ride bikes? Scooters? Unicycles? Roller-blades? ALL are welcome to join for an epic ride around Skidmore's beautiful campus on Friday, May 3rd at 6pm.
With the help and support of students, faculty and staff, and community members, we will be joining forces to create Skidmore's first CRITICAL MASS event.
Critical Mass events occur in cities ALL over the world and raise awareness about safety on the streets for everyone and sustainable transportation. Come to the Gazebo on May 3rd at 6pm to join us for this exciting event! Bring a bike or form of transport if you have one. If not, come anyway! Skidmore's bike share program can lend you one! Wear a costume, a mask or anything that will get Skidmore's attention---> Creative thought matters!!! Veggie burgers/burgers/yummy food will be provided after the ride.
- April 25, 2013: Stormy Weather: Local Climate Change in the Era of Sandy and Irene @ 7:00 p.m. in Davis Auditorium
Jointly sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, and Skidmore College's Environmental Action Club, this forum will address people's concerns about the ways in which climate change may affect our region, with an emphasis on what we can do to reduce risks and adapt to climate challenges.
Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst, Office of Climate Change, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Gary Kleppel, Professor of Biological Sciences; Director of Biodiversity, Conservation & Policy at SUNY Albany; member of Sen. Gillibrand's Agricultural Working Group; active farmer
Jodi Smits Anderson, architect; Director of Sustainability at the NYS Dormitory Authority; board member, US Green Building Council
Rayna Caldwell, Chair, Sustainable Saratoga
Please join us for this informative presentation and discussion. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.
- April 23, 2013: Lecture by Author/Innovator David Sobel @ 7:00 p.m. in Davis Auditorium
Sobel has written extensively on the merits of Place Based Education, developmentally appropriate environmental education, inquiry science, mapmaking with children, cognitive development and developmental theory, school improvement, children and nature, and parenting with nature. Refreshments will be served.
Sobel is Author of - Childhood and Nature - Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities - Children’s Special Places: Exploring the Role of Forts, Dens, and Bush Houses in Middle Childhood - Know nukes : controversy in the classroom - Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education - Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years.
Refreshments will be served This event is free and open to the public.
- April 21, 2013: “North Woods Service Day” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meeting @ Falstaff's at Skidmore College
Sustainable Skidmore, the North Woods Stewards, and the Skidmore Student Conservation Corps are hosting a community service day to help with trail maintenance, clean up, and erosion control in Skidmore’s North Woods, a large tract of forested land north of campus.
- April 19, 2013: Sustainability BBQ
An event to celebrate the students who have worked on sustainability at Skidmore! We will celebrate the accomplishments of the past few years and look forward to next
This gives us a chance to gather as a big group, which we don't do very often! Upcoming S-Reps will have the chance to meet current S-Reps, interns can share their experiences this year, and we can share our gratitude for one another and for the time we have together at Skidmore!
- April 11, 2013: Lecture by Dr. John Todd @ 8:00 p.m. in Filene Hall
- April 10, 2013: Community Cinema: The Island President @ 7:00 p.m. a the Saratoga Springs Public Library
There will be a 45 minute conversation after the viewing focused on the issue of climate change and global warming with Hulwa Khaleel, a current Skidmore student who is from the Maldives.
March 18, 2013: “Slow Democracy” Discussion with Author Susan Clark @ 7:00 p.m. in the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Susan Clark, co-author (with Woden Teachout) of Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home will speak about the ideas in the book and lead a small-group, interactive discussions. Open to all; no reservation required. Copies of Slow Democracy will be available for sale and Susan Clark will sign books after the event.
Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, and slow money helps us become more engaged with our local economy, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered. In Slow Democracy, community leader Susan Clark and democracy scholar Woden Teachout document the range of ways that citizens around the country are breathing new life into participatory democracy in their communities.
2/11/2013-3/3/2013: Skidmore Unplugged
Skidmore students will compete in a three-week energy conservation competition as part of the Campus Conservation Nationals, the largest nationwide energy and water reduction competition. Each residence hall will work to reduce their energy consumption and the savings will be tracked throughout the competition.
January 30, 2013: Tom Denny Presentation on “Saratoga’s Trees: Past, Present, and Future" @ 5:30 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium at Skidmore College
Using historic and current photographs, Denny’s talk will offer a glimpse into the results of the street tree inventory recently completed for the City by Sustainable Saratoga, along with some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges the City faces as we plan the streetscapes in Saratoga’s future.
January 26, 2013: Big Green Scream @ the Williamson Sports Center. Women’s game begins at 2 p.m., men’s game begins at 4 p.m.
Support the women and men’s basketball teams as they compete against Union College at the Big Green Scream. There will be activities focused on sustainability, a sustainability halftime relay race, and prizes!
September 19, 2012: Tom Wessels Lecture on Reading the Forested Landscape
- November 1- November 21st, 2010: Skidmore Unplugged!Dorm against dorm battle it out in this in this competition to reduce electricity consumption! Fun and prizes!
Skidmore Walking and Biking Survey
The ES351 "Sustainable Mobility Solutions" class, taught by Jeff Olson, is conducting a survey of walking and biking habits on campus. Click here to take their brief (less than 2 minute) survey.
September 27-October 1, 2009: Leave Your Car at Home Week
During this week, Skidmore community members are encouraged to ride, bike, bus and carpool to campus to help the College reduce its environmental impact. We hope folks form green commuting habits and follow through for the rest of the year!
September 29, 2009: Film Screening of "King Corn” (8 PM, Spa)
A documentary about the subsidized crop that drives our fast food nation.
October 2, 2009: Student Garden Harvest Dinner (7 PM, Falstaff's)
Delicious, local, home-cooked food from the Skidmore Student Garden and nearby farms. Also featuring live Skidmore bands! Sure to be a warm, hearty good time you won't forget. Invite your friends!
October 3, 2009: "History of the North Woods" Guided Tour (2:30 - 4:00 PM, Bolton Hall Room 280)
Skidmore's North Woods are a treasured resource for students, faculty, and community members alike. If you haven't experienced them yet, please join us for a guided tour.
October 4, 2009: "The Future is Riding a Bicycle" Lecture (7 PM, Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall)
Communities around the world are finding that the bicycle is an important local solution to global issues including climate change, energy dependence, public health sustainable development. So how do we change our built environment? Jeff Olson, a local urban planner, will offer real solutions that can be implemented, and case studies that provide optimism for the future.
- October 5: "Pride of New York" Dinner at the Dining Hall
Don't miss out on this night of tasty, locally grown dishes!
- October 7: "The Dilemma of Ethical Consumption" Lecture
Shoppers in the 21st century don't just consume, we investigate the impacts of our decisions on climate change, animals, our health, geopolitical relationships, working conditions, and more. Yet often when we try to live by our principles, the choices can be overwhelmingly contradictory and demanding. Fran Hawthorne, editor and award-winning author, will address these issues and more in her lecture.
- October 5th: "Environmental Portents, Peruvian Enslavement, and the Extinction of
Easter Island's Birdmen" Lecture
Oral histories from Rapanui elders from the mid-19th century demonstrate that this indigenous people had developed an elaborate ecological understanding of and adaptation to their isolated home and its difficult environment. A variety of unusual circumstances compel us to reconsider the usual explanations for Easter Island's colonization, including self-induced "ecocide" and illustrate, more broadly, the significance of Latin America's historical membership as part of the Pacific World. Greg Cushman, Assistant Professor of International Environmental History at the University of Kansas, will explore alternative explanations about the disappearance of this well known people from Easter Island.
- September 24th: Bicycle Maintenance Day, Case Center walkway from noon-3pm
Stop by Case Center between noon and 3pm to have your bike spruced up by the student Environmental Action Club and the Skidmore Cycling Club!
- September 25th: "Food Farms and the Future" and Garden Party!, Tang Museum 1-2pm and
Student Garden 3-4pm
Mr. Edwin Yowell, a regional director of Slow Food USA will be talking about the slow food movement and the implications of the food choices we make. The lecture will be followed by a work party at the Skidmore Student Garden, located to the right of the Colton House on North Broadway (to the right of the admissions building).
- Garden Work Party!! Sunday, April 11th 11am-3pm
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon then getting your hands dirty and helping to build some beds and plant some vegetables!!
- Jeff Goodell Lecture: Wednesday, April 14th at 7pm in Gannett
Local author and environmental journalist Jeff Goodell will visit the Skidmore campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 to speak about his newest book, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to fix Earth's Climate, scheduled for release in April. The Washington Post describes the book as a "vividly written, thoughtful book; Jeff Goodell helps readers explore the audacious question of whether humans can use technology to fix the very problem it's created."
In 2008, Goodell spoke to a packed audience in Gannett Auditorium about his earlier book Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future, published in 2006. Goodell is also the author of three books published before Big Coal. He also is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife and three children.
In "How to Cool the Planet," Goodell investigates the viability of geoengineering: ambitious, mostly unproven strategies to "deliberately engineer the earth's climate to counteract global warming." Despite his promise to avoid the "wacky ideas proposed by wannabe geoengineers," Goodell still must ask the question: "at what point does the urgent and heroic goal of fixing the planet become just another excuse to make a quick buck?" In a genre dominated by doomsday scenarios, Goodell's treatment is refreshingly lighthearted, but two questions haunt him: "What kind of person dreams of engineering the entire planet? and Can we trust him?" He warns, "Technology has taken us farther away from nature, not drawn us closer to it," and his provocative account achieves a fine balance between the inventor's enthusiasm and the scientist's skepticism.
- North Woods Stewardship Day: Sunday, April 18th
- 10-noon: trail clean-up: meet in Palamoutain Lobby outside Gannett at 10am
- Noon-1pm: light lunch for clean-up volunteers
- 1-2pm Children’s Walk: meet in Palamountain Lobby outside Gannett at 1pm
- 1:30-2pm: History of the North Woods Lecture: Bolton 282
- 2-3pm: History of the North Woods Guided Tour: leave from Bolton 282
- Earth Day Celebration: Saturday, April 24th
Each year the Environmental Action Club hosts an Earth Day Celebration on Case Green on the Saturday either before or after Earth Day. This year’s celebration will take place on Saturday, April 24th at noon on the Case Green. The celebration will include music, food and several other clubs will table offering seed planting, tie dying, a clothing swap etc.
- Focus Skidmore: February 15th-18th
Focus Skidmore is an event series that is part of a nationwide discussion surrounding climate change and climate change action. Our goal this year is to highlight both international efforts, particularly with regard to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen from December 7th-December 18th as well as the global impacts of climate change. Please click here to learn more about the UN Climate Change Conference.
We are still finalizing the schedule, but below are the events that are confirmed. Please check back as other events are confirmed.
- Lucy Van Hook, debriefing Copenhagen from the Ground: Monday, February 15th at 7pm
in Davis Auditorium
Lucy Van Hook, an independent carbon consultant, is currently managing the Carbon Quantification Project at The Maine Housing Authority, and has been since its inception in January 2008. Lucy has studied the ecology of climate change since 2000. She is part of a technical team that is developing a weatherization methodology to measure, monitor and sell the carbon emissions avoided from weatherizing single family and multi-family dwellings. The larger scope of the Carbon Project includes the development of a Project Document that will allow Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to quantify and sell carbon emission reductions from solar thermal installations and energy efficiency measures in the housing projects they sponsor. Lucy oversees the participation of the state HFAs that have joined the Program during the development stage, and will continue to do so as other interested agencies join the Program. Lucy is a Maine certified energy auditor, and received her BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.
Through her work, she will be attending the Copenhagen Climate Change conference and will offer the Skidmore community a look inside the conference from the perspective of a young person working in the climate change field.
- UN Ambassador's Club Teleconference: Thursday, February 18th at 7pm in Gannett Auditorium
The Ambassador's Club at the United Nations, started by Ambassador Kamal from Pakistan, is "a "virtual" program of interactive out-reach, linking a voluntary association of Ambassadors and senior International Civil Servants at the United Nations with students and executives in the United States". Join Ambassador Kamal and two of his UN colleagues for a robust discussion about the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and any relevant policy implications. Please click here to learn more about The Ambassador's Club at the United Nations.This event is open to the community, however if any groups would like to participate ahead of time in helping to generate some specific questions for the Ambassadors, please contact Erica Fuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the efforts of the Skidmore IT Department, in particular Academic Technologies and Media Services, we will be using Skidmore's new mobile Tandberg video-conferencing system to help lower the carbon footprint of this event by reducing the travel needs of our speakers. Please contact Ben Harwood at email@example.com for questions regarding the Tandberg system. This is event is co-sponsored or supported by the Environmental Studies Program, Sustainable Skidmore, the Environmental Action Club and International Affairs.
- Early Screening of the Documentary Sun Come Up and Discussion with Filmmaker Jennifer
Redfearn: Date and Time TBA.
Sun Come Up is a character-driven documentary following the relocation of some of the world's first climate refugees, the Carteret Islanders – a community living on a remote island chain 50 miles off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The islanders are among the first to organize a community-wide evacuation as a result of climate change. Skidmore will host an advanced screening of this film followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn. To learn more about this documentary, please click here. This event is co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, The Office of Student Diversity Programs, The Office of Intercultural Studies, Sustainable Skidmore, and the Environmental Action Club.
- Lucy Van Hook, debriefing Copenhagen from the Ground: Monday, February 15th at 7pm in Davis Auditorium
- Saturday, October 24th- Saturday, November 14th: Skidmore Unplugged
From October 24th-November 14th, Skidmore residents competed residence hall against residence hall to try and reduce their electricity consumption by the greatest percentage. Each hall is individually metered so students can see how much electricity each residence hall is using in real time. Please click here to view the Skidmore Unplugged electricity dashboard. Congratulations to McClellan Hall with a 12 percent reduction to WIN SKIDMORE UNPLUGGED!!
- Saturday, September 12th from 9am-12pm: North Woods Stewardship Day
Skidmore College's North Woods is a treasured resource for both the College and larger Saratoga Community. On North Woods Stewardship Day we did our part to take care of this wonderful resource by cleaning and maintaining the trails. There were also two walking tours of the North Woods.
- Friday, September 18th from 11am-2pm: Bicycle Maintenance Day
On Friday, 9/18 Skidmore community members stopped by the Case College Center patio to get their bike "spiffed" up. A representative from Skidmore's Environmental Action Club's green bikes program along with a bike mechanic from Elevate Bicycles were on hand to help out with some simple bike repairs. Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network was also be present to promote safe biking practices and their bicycle benefits program. Click here to learn more about Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network.
- Sunday, September 20th-September 26th: Leave Your Car at Home Week
This year, Skidmore College partnered with the Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network to help promote this initiative throughout Saratoga County. Designed to reduce carbon emissions when commuters travel solo in their cars, the event encouraged solo drivers to carpool, bike, walk or bus to work if possible. Participants were encouraged to register their team online. Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network's Bike to Work Day last May and Skidmore's Leave Your Car at Home Week last fall served as a springboard for this collaborative initiative.