Vassar Earth Month schedule announced with theme “Protecting Our Water Resources," events April 2-May 3, 2015

Vassar Sustainability in collaboration with many campus and community partners will host a series of events throughout the month of April in honor of Earth Day. The theme this year will center on the Hudson Valley’s rich water resources and what individuals and as communities do to preserve and protect the environment.

On Thursday, April 2, 5:30pm in the Aula of Ely Hall, Hudson Riverkeeper will present on the recent growth in fuel oil transport along the Hudson River. Known as a ‘virtual pipeline,’ up to 5 billion gallons of crude oil are transported through the Hudson Valley annually by train, barge and ship. Learn more at

On Friday, April 10, Sustainable Hudson Valley will hold its annual spring conference at Vassar College. Entitled, Water Wealth, join regional experts and advocates for an exciting day of discussion on how we can work together to realize the promise of a “Blue Economy,” built on the talents and technologies of water stewardship. Learn more and register at

On Tuesday, April 21, 5:30pm in Taylor Hall, room 203, preeminent lawyer Bruce Clark of MarlerClark Law Firm will speak at Vassar on major issues of American food & water safety. Their firm has won over 600 million in settlements for the clients, led litigation that has served to catalyze new federal food safety laws, and has spurred voluntary reform in the fast food industry. Mr. Clark recently concluded a nearly decade long case against the State of New York, in which he represented 2,000 people sickened by the waterborne pathogen, cryptosporidium, at a water park in Geneva, New York.  The event is cosponsored by the Departments of Biology, Religion, Political Science and Sociology, the Programs in Environmental Studies and Science, Technology, and Society, and the student group Slow Food.

On Wednesday, April 22, Earth Day, the Earth Science & Geography Department will host a screening of Green Fire out on the Vassar Ecological Farm and Preserve at the Field Station. This award-winning documentary highlights the career of renowned environmentalist Aldo Leopold and how his ideas and vision still shape the environmental movement today. Aldo Leopold Bench making will begin at 4pm, the film screening will begin at 6pm.

On Sunday, May 3, Vassar Sustainability invites members of the community to bring Earth Month to a conclusion by participating in a clean up of the Casperkill Creek that runs through campus. Volunteers will learn about water systems right here on campus, how to remove invasive vines, and help remove trash from the stream. Please join us for as long or as little as you can from 2 to 4pm on Sunday at the Doubleday parking lot near the Terrace Apartment Bridge.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals who require special accommodations to meet their needs should contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370 in order to assure appropriate assistance. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, March 19, 2015