- April 7, 2014: Talk with Dr. Rami Zurayk
Rami Zurayk will talk about the rural/food dimensions of the Aran Uprising and will critically discuss the role of food sovereignty in relation to liberation struggles, taking Palestine as an example.
Zurayk is professor of ecosystem management in the faculty of agricultural and food sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and author of Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring (2011) and War Diary: Lebanon 2006, among other titles. He is a longtime activist for political and social justice. Zurayk's current research focuses on the relationship between landscapes and livelihoods, on food politics, and on local food systems. After the July 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, he created a postwar development program, Land and People, to aid in livelihood recovery.
- February 22, 2014: Big Green Scream
Join the S-Reps in the Williamson Sports Center for Skidmore men's and women's basketball double-header against Rochester Institute of Technology. The S-Reps will have sustainability-themed games and activities all afternoon long. The women's game begins at 2 p.m. and the men's game at 4.
- February 20, 2014: Food and Race Dialogue "Consuming the Other: Perceptions of Food and Race"
Sustainable Skidmore and the Office of Student Diversity Programs are hosting the second dialogue in its Food and Justice Series. We invite the Skidmore community to join in a thoughtful dialogue on the topic of health food, race, food gentrification, and food racism.
- February 17, 2014: Talk with Community Water Solutions Co-Founder Kate Clopeck
Kate Clopeck is visiting Skidmore to talk about the Community Water Solutions Fellowship Program. The program is a three-week volunteer trip in Northern Region Ghana. This program teaches students about the water crisis and provides the opportunity to make a significant, lasting impact on this global problem. Teams of students work with communities to build water treatment businesses and train local women entrepreneurs how to manage it. For more information about Community Water Solutions and the Fellowship, please watch this video.
- October 14–November 3, 2013: Skidmore Unplugged
Designed to promote energy-conscious behavior through education, Skidmore Unplugged encourages campus residence halls to achieve the greatest reduction in electricity usage. This year, the hall with the greatest reduction will win a water-bottle refilling station.
- October 23, 2013: Food Justice Dialogue: Food Accessibility—Are Our decisions around Food Really a Choice?
Where do you shop for food and why? Join Sustainable Skidmore and the Office of Student Diversity Programs in a dialogue about food justice as we kick off Local Food Day by examining how our environments and identities influence our experiences with food.
- September 11, 2013: Campus Sustainability Discussion
The Sustainability Office invites students, faculty, and staff to join in on a discussion around sustainability at Skidmore College. Many changes have occurred over the past few months, and we want to provide a space for the community to hear the latest updates and have any questions answered.
- September 19, 2013: Advanced Screening of Growing Cities with panel discussion with filmmaker
Advanced screening of Growing Cities, a documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.
Co-sponsored by Farm Aid, Sustainable Skidmore, and EAC.
- September 25, 2013: Changing the World Through International Service—One Woman's Story
Join us to hear from Saratoga resident Karen Flewelling about her experiences fundraising and traveling abroad to carry out international service work in communities in Tanzania, Nepal, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guinea, and many other countries to help install water wells and provide health care to women. Flewelling will help students and community members understand how one person can make a difference globally and talk to us about her upcoming trip to Rwanda and Tanzania.
- July 28, 2013: Family-Friendly Walk in Skidmore's North Woods
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
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
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
Professor Jones has been sharing his historical knowledge of the North Woods for many years. 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 for a short PowerPoint presentation, followed by a tour of the North Woods.
- May 3–19, 2013: Give and Go Move-Out Collection and 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, N.Y. Skidmore 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!
- May 3, 2013: Critical Mass
Do you like to ride bikes? Scooters? Unicycles? Rollerblades? All are welcome to join for an epic ride around Skidmore's beautiful campus.
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 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
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 and 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
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; and 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”
Sustainable Skidmore, the North Woods Stewards, and the Skidmore Student Conservation Corps are hosting a community service day to help with trail maintenance, cleanup, 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 John Todd
- April 10, 2013: Community Cinema: The Island President
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
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 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 Clark and democracy scholar Teachout document the range of ways that citizens around the country are breathing new life into participatory democracy in their communities.
February 11–March 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"
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
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 1–21, 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.
September 27–October 1, 2010: Leave Your Car at Home Week
During this week, Skidmore community members are encouraged to ride, bike, bus and car-pool 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, 2010: Film Screening of King Corn
A documentary about the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
October 2, 2010: Student Garden Harvest Dinner
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.
October 3, 2010: "History of the North Woods" Guided Tour
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, 2010: "The Future is Riding a Bicycle" Lecture
Communities around the world are finding that the bicycle is an important local solution to global issues including climate change, energy dependence, public health, and 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, 2010: "Pride of New York" Dinner at the Dining Hall
Don't miss out on this night of tasty, locally grown dishes!
- October 7, 2010: "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 5, 2010: "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 24, 2010: Bicycle Maintenance Day
Stop by Case Center between noon and 3 p.m. to have your bike spruced up by the student Environmental Action Club and the Skidmore Cycling Club.
- September 25, 2010: "Food Farms and the Future" and Garden Party, Tang Museum and
Edwin Yowell, a regional director of Slow Food USA, will speak 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.
- April 11, 2010: Garden Work Party
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon then getting your hands dirty and helping to build some beds and plant some vegetables?
- April 14, 2010: Jeff Goodell Lecture
Local author and environmental journalist Jeff Goodell will visit the Skidmore campus at to speak about his newest book, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to fix Earth's Climate. The Washington Post describes it 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.
- April 18, 2010: North Woods Stewardship Day
- 10 a.m.–noon: trail cleanup
- Noon–1 p.m.: light lunch for cleanup volunteers
- 1–2 p.m.: Children’s walk; meet in Palamountain Lobby outside Gannett
- 1:30–2 p.m.: "History of the North Woods" lecture
- 2–3 p.m.: "History of the North Woods" guided tour
- April 24, 2010: Earth Day Celebration
Each year the Environmental Action Club hosts an Earth Day Celebration on Case Green on the Saturday either before or after Earth Day. The celebration will include music, food and several other clubs will table offering seed planting, tie dying, a clothing swap etc.
- April 15–18, 2010: Focus Skidmore
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 7–18 as well as the global impacts of climate change.
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 15 at 7 p.m.
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. Van Hook 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. Van Hook 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. Van Hook is a Maine certified energy auditor and received her B.A. in biology and environmental studies from Bowdoin College.
Through her work, Van Hook 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 18 at 7 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium
The Ambassador's Club at the United Nations, started by Ambassador Kamal from Pakistan, is "a "virtual" program of interactive outreach, 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. This event is open to the community.
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 videoconferencing system to help lower the carbon footprint of this event by reducing the travel needs of our speakers. 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 eiscussion with filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn.
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. This event is co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, 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 15 at 7 p.m. in Davis Auditorium
- October 24–November 14, 2009: Skidmore Unplugged
This program pits residence halls against each other in trying to reduce 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. Congratulations to McClellan Hall with a 12 percent reduction to win Skidmore Unplugged!
- Saturday, September 12, 2009: North Woods Stewardship Day
Skidmore'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 18, 2009: Bicycle Maintenance Day
Skidmore community members stopped by the Case College Center patio to get their bikes "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.
- September 20–26, 2009: Leave Your Car at Home Week
Skidmore College has 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 car-pool, bike, walk, or bus to work. 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.