Kingsborough Community College Eco-Festival 2011

Date & Time

START: 10:00 AM April 13, 2011
END: 5:00 PM April 15, 2011


The annual Eco-Festival at Kingsborough Community College will include various speakers and a “green” trade fair. This year’s theme is “Sustaining Waters.” There will be discussions about waste prevention, reuse, composting, and recycling, plus an exciting array of panelists and speakers during the course of the three day event.

The keynote speaker Carl Safina, author of many books on marine life, kicks off the event on the morning of April 13. His books include Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, Voyage of the Turtle, and most recently, The View from Lazy Point. The title of his talk is: “In the Same Net; Biodiversity, Ethics, and the Human Spirit.”

He will be joined by the following:

  • Dr. Charles Vorosmarty, director of CUNY’s Environmental Crossroads Initiative and NOAA-CREST Distinguished Scientist, whose topic is “Global Threats to Freshwater Eco-Sytems: What Does This Mean for Humans and for Nature?”
  • Dr. John Waldman of Queens College, formerly of the Hudson River Foundation and author of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor, whose talk title is “Rivers and Shifting Baselines: Who Hears the Fishes When They Cry?”
  • Leonardo Viana of the Ocean Conservancy, who will speak on “Our Oceans: Earth’s Life Support System.”

April 14 speakers include:

  • Robert Sullivan, author of The Meadowlands and Rats, who will talk on “The Surprising Comeback of New York Harbor”
  • Kelly McMasters, author of Welcome to Shirley: A Memoir of an Atomic Town, whose talk title is “Standing at the Edge of the Sea: Our Human Ecosystem”
  • Derek Denckla, founder of the Propeller Group and FarmCity.US, who will speak on “Rising Tides & Empty Tables: The Nexus Between Watershed & Foodshedwater”
  • Dr. Adeline Apena of Kingsborough, who will speak on “Africa: water usage, scarcity, and pollution.”

Other highlights on he 14th include the highly popular Green Trade Fair; an Afternoon of Eco-Arts, featuring marine photographers Suzanne and Glen Rankin, who will present their award-winning “Colors of the Sea”, and our guest poet, George Held, followed by a student-hosted Café Night, which will feature fashion, music, and poetry. In addition we will have workshops, student and faculty panels, and films.

On April 15, the Maritime Technology Program is hosting their annual program for high school students. Its topic this year is “The Gulf Oil Spill: A Year Later,” and keynote speaker is Thomas Bronson of NOAA.

All events are free and open to the public.

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