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Associated Colleges Sustainability Day at Clarkson University, Sept. 30

The Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley Sustainability Day will be hosted at Clarkson University on Friday, Sept. 30.

Peter BardaglioThe event, which is free and open to the public, has been organized to inspire and foster a culture of sustainability on the campuses of the Associated Colleges -- Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Potsdam -- in partnership with the wider community.

Sustainability Day begins at 1 p.m. in Clarkson's Student Center (#15 on the map at

Members of the Akwesasne community will deliver the opening with a traditional Mohawk welcome.

North Country Public Radio Assistant News Director David Sommerstein will moderate an Associated Colleges leadership panel at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center. Clarkson President Tony Collins, SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran, SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg and St. Lawrence University Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Karl K. Schonberg will speak on the opportunities and challenges to pursuing sustainability in the university sector.

Breakout sessions beginning at 2:30 p.m. will cover a wide range of topics across the spectrum of the three E's of sustainability -- ecology, economy and equity.

Among the sessions are a campus garden, anaerobic digester and greenhouse tour; a student sustainability leadership panel; an interactive hunger workshop presented by GardenShare; the service-learning alternative spring break at the Ecovillage at Ithaca; a nature walk led by Clarkson University Professor and Chair of Biology Tom Langen; an open forum for students; a case study on The Land Institute; solar and social justice; a bike fix station demo; guided meditation; and green buildings and facilities.

Peter Bardaglio, a senior fellow at Second Nature, a non-profit committed to the promotion of sustainability in higher education, will deliver the keynote speech at 4 p.m.

Bardaglio serves on the senior council of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and as a higher education sustainability fellow with the Society for College and University Planning. He also is vice chair of the board of trustees for the New Roots Charter High School in Ithaca, N.Y., and is a member of the Cayuga Medical Center board of directors, the EcoVillage at Ithaca board of directors, and the History Center in Tompkins County board of trustees.

After the keynote speech, a poster session and sustainability fair will be held in Clarkson's Andrew S. Schuler Educational Resources Center (ERC) (#16 on the map at

Numerous campus and community groups will be featured, including the Local Living Venture, St. Lawrence Land Trust, and GardenShare. Examples of poster topics include Eating Sustainably, Campus Kitchens, Eco-reps, and the Clarkson Smart Housing Program.  Music will be provided by "Potsdam Mix" -- an ambient sound installation by Assistant Professor Jerod Sommerfeldt and his students at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam

For more information and a schedule of events, visit .

Chartered by the New York State Board of Regents in 1970, the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley has four members: SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University. The not-for-profit consortium is a regional, multipurpose organization which fosters cooperative endeavors in a range of academic and administrative areas. These endeavors are organized to augment and complement institutional programs without supplanting them or reducing their individual importance. Each member institution has a distinct character, history and curriculum and among them they bring a wealth of educational opportunities to northern New York.

Photo caption: Peter Bardaglio, a senior fellow at Second Nature, a non-profit committed to the promotion of sustainability in higher education, will deliver the keynote speech at Sustainability Day.

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