Green Dragon Week to Feature Two Keynotes
Green Dragon Week at SUNY Oneonta, April 21-28, will include lectures, documentary screenings and student-led activities ranging from a bottle drive to a fashion show featuring garments made from everyday objects.
Two keynote speakers will present lectures on sustainability topics. Jaimie Cloud, founder and president of the nonprofit Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education in New York City, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Craven Lounge of the college’s Morris Conference Center.
On Friday, Dominic Frongillo, an internationally recognized clean energy and sustainability advocate, will speak at 2 p.m. at the Red Dragon Theater in the Hunt College Union. Frongillo is a five-time delegate to the United Nations, traveling to climate negotiations in Indonesia, Denmark, Mexico and South Africa. In Copenhagen, Frongillo coordinated and delivered a statement from over 100 young elected officials from 30 U.S. states calling on President Obama and Congress to renew America’s leadership in clean energy. In February, the international ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability selected Frongillo as one of seven founding members of the inaugural FutureCityLeaders initiative.
In 2012, Frongillo founded Elected Officials to Protect New York, a bipartisan initiative of over 330 elected officials from 40 counties calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to continue the moratorium on hydrofracking until the drilling method is proven safe for all New Yorkers. Frongillo also served under Gov. David Paterson on the advisory panel for New York State’s 2050 Climate Action Plan. Frongillo currently works as Community Energy Educator and adviser to the Tompkins Energy Conservation Corps with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.
SUNY Oneonta’s Red Dragon mascot goes “green” every April during an Earth Day-inspired week of activities aimed at raising awareness about sustainability and environmental issues. Organized by the college’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Activism Club, Green Dragon Week activities are free and open to members of the community.
In addition to the keynote speakers, Green Dragon Week activities include:
• an Earth Day hike at the College Camp at 10 a.m. Monday. (Meet at the Hunt Union pond);
• dinner menus featuring local foods in the dining halls on Monday;
• an Earth Day Expo, with displays and activities organized by clubs and environmental organizations, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday on the quad;
• a panel on the pros and cons of hydrofracking at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Lecture Hall 5 of the Instructional Resource Center;
• a ribbon-cutting for the college’s new O2 composting system, which turns food waste into garden compost, at 11 a.m. Thursday outside Wilsbach Dining Hall;
• documentary screenings at 4 p.m. daily in Lecture Hall 5 of the Instructional Resource Center, with “The Last Mountain” on Monday, “A River of Waste” on Tuesday, “The 11th Hour” on Wednesday, “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” on Thursday and “No Impact Man” on Friday; and
• a Neahwa Park cleanup at 10 a.m. Sunday
More information on Green Dragon Week is available from Sustainability Coordinator Hannah Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete schedule of the week’s activities is available on the Office of Sustainability website.