Spring 2015 Events

Field Trip to NJ Land Conservation Conference

Friday, March 6th, All Day – Trenton, NJ

To register for the field trip, please contact Lisa Jordan, ljordan@drew.edu, x3740.  For more information about the conference, visit: http://www.njconservation.org/conservationrally.htm.

“Chasing Ice” – ESS Film Series

Wednesday, March 24th, 7:00PM, Learning Center Room 28
Award-winning documentary film “Chasing Ice,” praised for its extraordinary cinematography of glacial landscapes and visceral depiction of climate change, will be shown.

Community Action Week 2015

4/19 Off-campus volunteer opportunity (VRC)
4/20 Volunteer at Urban Farm with Grow it Green Morristown @3-6pm (Tina)
4/21 Public Sector Career Fair @11-2
4/21 Resume Building: Focus on the public sector @12pm (Career Center); Civic Engagement Awards and Showcase @4pm (CCE)
4/22 Film screening of Dam Nation at Morristown Hyatt with Grow it Green Morristown (Tina and Steph Mazzarella)
4/23 Inauguration Symposia 10-4; Campus Clean-up (DEAL)
4/24 Inauguration all day
4/25 Fern Fest
All week: Food drive
Sponsored by Sustainability, Civic Engagement, Career Center, Student Activities, DEAL, VRC

Past Events:

Spring 2015 Events

“Tapped” – ESS Film Series

Tuesday, February 19th, 7:00PM, Hall of Sciences 4 (HSC4)
“Tapped,” a documentary that investigates the bottled water industry and its environmental impacts.  Organized by Eco-reps, who will lead a discussion.

February 18: Food & Farming Panel 12:15pm to 1:15pm in Crawford Hall, Ehinger Student Center
Young farmers from Ralston Farm’s Bennett Haynes, Cian and Amanda from Three Maples Market Garden, and Farmer Shaun from Grow it Green Morristown’s Urban Farm will discuss local, organic practices on their farms.

Fall 2014 Events

ESS & Public Health Lunchtime Talk: Karen Blumenfeld, Esq., Executive Director of Global Alliance for Smokefree Policy (GASP)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12-1pm, EC 109
Executive director, and Drew alumnus, Karen Blumenfeld discusses her work with GASP, the only tobacco control non-profit organization in the state of New Jersey.  GASP is routinely featured in New Jersey news on tobacco and is responsible for many successful local policy changes that reduce waste from tobacco use and restrict public tobacco consumption.

Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard Center on Environmental Policy

“How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Careers in NGO’s, Business and Government”

Monday, September 29, 4:00 pm in Arts 106

Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard Center on Environmental Policy

“Obama’s Climate Policy: Will it Work?”

Monday, September 29, 6:30 pm in Hall of Sciences, S-4

An environmental economist, Eban Goodstein directs the Bard Center on Environmental Policy, which offers an MBA in Sustainability and an M.A. in Climate Science and Policy.  He founded Green House Network in 1999 and is a major climate activist.

Film Screening: Smoke Signals

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7pm, LC30

Contact Summer Harrison, sharrison1@drew.edu, for more details.

ESS & Public Health Lunchtime Talk: Nora Lopez, EPA TRI Regional Coordinator

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12-1pm, EC 109
Our regional coordinator for the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) discusses her work with the EPA, the types of data collected and distributed through the TRI, and how Drew students can pursue useful research projects related to the TRI.

Film Screening: Dirt

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7pm, LC30

Contact Summer Harrison, sharrison1@drew.edu, for more details.

Film Screening: Mann v Ford

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7pm, LC30

Contact Summer Harrison for more details.

Spatial Data Center Webinar: Remote Sensing Basics

Thursday, October 16, 2-3pm, Brothers College Room 1

Are you looking to get up to speed with the basics of remote sensing? This webinar will provide an introduction to remote sensing fundamentals including electromagnetic energy, color theory, spectral pattern analysis, and analog vs. digital imagery.  Justification for the use of remote sensing will be discussed along with definitions of important concepts and terms.  The webinar will conclude with a brief introduction to Landsat imagery, one of the longest running and most important satellite programs for earth observation.

Michael Plumb, Environmental Lawyer, Wolff & Samson

“Applying Environmental Science in Environmental Law”

Tuesday, October 21, 4:30 pm, Hall of Science, Room S-4

An overview of three current issues affecting the New Jersey environment and the interplay in each case between science and law, including privatization of environmental cleanup oversight, the proposed lower Passaic River cleanup, and the recently proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

Spatial Data Center Workshop: Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

Wednesday, October 22, 12-1pm, Brothers College Room 1

Learn how GPS receivers work, gain experience using a Garmin eTrex for simple fieldwork and data collection, and learn how to import data from receivers into mapping software, like Google Earth.

ESS & Public Health Talk: Population Explorer Development Team

Kimetrica & USAID Famine Early Warning System Network

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 9:30 AM, BC 1 – Please note room and time change

Skype conversation with the developers of Population Explorer, a demographic application developed for USAID’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Ben Watkins, Eric Ngwiri, Josephat Ngige discuss their contributions to the development of this application, from their base in Nairobi, Kenya.

Spatial Data Center Webinar: How to Select the Best Imagery for Your Remote Sensing Project

Thursday, November 6, 2-3pm, Brothers College Room 1

This webinar will prepare you to select the best imagery to meet the needs and objectives of your next project. Advantages and disadvantages of digital vs. analog imagery will be discussed. The characteristics common to all imagery will be presented, defined, and examples provided. The final selection of the best imagery is always determined by balancing these characteristics with cost. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of these tradeoffs and costs of imagery.

Eco-Reps Film Screening: Chasing Ice

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7pm, LC 28

Emmy Award winning documentary on climate change as documented through arctic ice surveys.

Spatial Data Center Workshop: Digital Mapping

Wednesday, November 12, 12-1pm, Brothers College Room 1

Learn the basics of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and how to create your own maps of countries, states, counties, or any type of information you’d like to display on the earth’s surface.

Spatial Data Center Webinar: Environmental Justice – A New Model for Planning in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, November 12, 1-2:30pm, Brothers College Room 1

When EPA created the Office of Environmental Justice, it required developing new tools for the purpose of engaging and working with the public, including segments of the public that are underserved. Community planners and other allied professionals may be less familiar with the tools the Office of Environmental Justice has developed overtime to strengthen public involvement; encourage community action for a renewed environment; or advance collaborative environmental problem solving. For this webinar, expert speakers will explain how environmental justice is a forward-thinking, sustainable approach, and they will share why a discussion about environmental justice is important given the renewed focus on social equity and planning among professionals. Speakers will explain how different communities have aligned environmental justice and municipal planning as complementary quality of life goals. Also, the webinar will elevate tools that can be used by planners to address the needs of diverse communities.

Spatial Data Center Workshop: 3D Visual Design

Wednesday, December 3, 12-1pm, Brothers College Room 1

Learn the basics of 3D mapping to create extrusion maps and high resolution terrain maps, useful for anyone interested in urban planning, design, architecture, and geography.

Spatial Data Center Webinar: Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed Data

Thursday, December 4, 2-3pm, Brothers College Room 1

Do you know how much to trust an imagery-based map layer? Have you conducted a thorough accuracy assessment of a map you produced with remote sensing? Accuracy assessment has become an essential component of any mapping project and it must be clearly and effectively planned from the beginning of a project in order to be as cost-efficient as possible. This webinar will present an overview of the issues and considerations necessary to assess the accuracy of a map generated using remotely sensed data. While it is not possible to provide all details related to accuracy assessment during this webinar, this overview will provide an excellent starting point from which the attendee can find additional resources.

Spatial Data Center Webinar, Sponsored by the EPA and Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice: Using the Toxics Release Inventory to Better Understand Risks of Industrial Pollution

Tuesday, December 16, 12-1:30pm

Come hear about research being conducted by Drew University as part of the TRI University Challenge, and what this research means for communities, researchers, students, and industry.  Presenters will discuss identifying ways to apply TRI data to research on environmental health, environmental justice, and disaster response.  You’ll also get an overview of the TRI University Challenge and how schools can get involved.  Learn more about the event and register: https://dscej.adobeconnect.com/e9ekanqaf2r/event/registration.html.

Spring 2014 Events

Greening Games: What Environmental Science Can Teach Us about Playing Video Games – Guest Speaker Alenda Chang, Assistant Professor of English, University of Connecticut

Monday, April 21st, 4:30pm, EC 145

Fixtures of the domestic interior, computer and video games and the platforms that run them seem woefully remote from the proliferating concerns of the outer world.  However, contemporary games may offer quantitatively and qualitatively distinctive opportunities for the representation of pressing ecological quandaries – prominent among them global climate change, natural resource depletion, and loss of species biodiversity.  Games not only meld the computational advantages of programming-driven processes with the aesthetic range of literature and cinema, but more importantly render environmental outcomes and ethnics into powerfully playable scenarios.  A few games, among them Spore and Banished, usefully demonstrate ecological thinking across spatial and temporal scales.  They possess a rare ability to transform our perception of the material world by “magnifying the small” and “micrifying the great” – an ability Emerson once famously bestowed on poetry.  This talk will begin to examine what scientists themselves say about scale and ecology’s potential affinities with digital interactive games.

Volunteer Week – April 22-26 – Sponsored along with the Volunteer Resource Center

Monday, April 21, Campus clean-up hosted by DEAL, 5pm (meet in front of EC)

Join Drew Environmental Action League to clean up campus cigarette butts and other trash.

Tuesday, April 22, Earth Day: Volunteer events off-campus (Morristown Urban Farms)

Join Farmer Shaun from 3:30-5:30pm and other to prepare the soil at the farm and plant spring vegetables.  The Urban Farm provides produce for Morristown’s public school system and the Interfaith Food Pantry.  We will leave campus at 3pm.

Wednesday, April 23, Issues and Impact Fair hosted by VRC

The VRC invites students to learn about and interact with local food pantries, homeless shelters, campus student groups.  Afternoon.

Thursday, April 24, 3:30-6:30pm – Madison Green Fair (Downtown)

Learn about Madison’s sustainability efforts, meet local environmental organizations, 3:30-6:30 outside the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

Thursday, April 24, 4-6pm – Center for Civic Engagement Showcase and Awards

Join the Center for Civic Engagement, 4-6pm in Crawford Hall

Friday, April 25, Restore the Shore – Atlantic City trip

Join the VRC: Leaving Friday morning and returning Saturday

Saturday, April 26, Fern Fest at Drew (afternoon meeting of student environmental council), Habitat for Humanity build in Madison hosted by VRC

Celebrate the 16th annual reforestation on campus.  Planting begins in the morning in front of the student center.  There will be an afternoon meeting of the student environmental council to discuss campus sustainability issues.  Also this day – Habitat for Humanity Build in Madison.  Join Drew’s VRC and build a home in Madison in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Mountaintop Removal Presentation

Wednesday, April 9th, 12:00-12:50pm, The Space, Ehinger Student Center
Students who attended Mountaintop Removal alternative spring break to Harlan, Kentucky will present the social and environmental issues.

Food Week at Drew – March 17-20

America’s Grow-a-Row and NJ’s State of Health: Guest Speaker Leena Waite

Tuesday, March 18th, 2:30pm, Learning Center 28
America’s Grow-a Row (AGAR) is a non-profit organization that grows, gleans, and gives away fresh produce to those in need throughout the state of New Jersey through a mostly volunteer effort of planting and harvesting.  In this hands-on presentation, students will discuss what it takes to live out a healthy lifestyle, beyond the obvious and often financially unattainable diet and exercise.  These health factors include income, education, location, occupation, built environment, social support, transportation, and more.  Students see how counties rank from healthiest to least healthy based on the county’s potential to be healthy (what health factors are available to residents) and the actual health of that county.  AGAR will share its programs and how to get involved, as just one way to help address these obstacles.

King Corn: Documentary and Discussion

Tuesday, March 18th, 7pm, Learning Center 28
King Corn is a documentary film following college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis (directed by Aaron Woolf) as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn.  In the process, Cheney and Ellis examine the role that the increasing production of corn has had for American society, spotlighting the role of government subsidies in encouraging the huge amount of corn grow. *This qualifies as a common hour event.

“Food and Advertising” ESS Capstone Poster Session

Thursday, March 20th, 7pm, The Space, Ehinger Student Center
Learn about how food is portrayed in advertisements.

Hope in a Box

Friday, March 21st, TBD
Students will stay overnight in a cardboard structure set up in Simon Forum to raise awareness about homelessness.

Earth House & Homeless Solutions Community Service Event

Saturday, March 22nd, TBD

Drew it in the Dark!

Residence Hall Energy Competition: February 24th – March 7th


Tuesday, February 11th, 7PM, Hall of Sciences, Room 4
Eco-Reps, Drew University Sustainability, and the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Department are co-sponsoring the screening of “Gasland.”  The film focuses on communities in the United States impacted by natural gas drilling and, specifically, a method of horizontal drilling into shale formations known as slick water fracking (Wikipedia).  There will be a brief question and answer period at the end of the film and discussion led by the Drew Eco-Reps and ESS Professors.  All are welcome to this Common Hour Event!

Fall 2013 Events

Mountaintop Removal – Alternative Spring Break Meeting

Monday, December 2nd, 8PM, McLendon Main Lounge
Learn about the mountaintop removal alternative spring break trip.  This will be Drew’s fifth year in participating in this program – come be a part of it!

DEAL Film – If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Thursday, November 21st, 4:15PM, HS 4
Join DEAL students for a showing of this award winning documentary: If A Tree Falls.

Wildflower Planting in the Zuck

Sunday, November 10th, stop by anytime between 10am-4pm, Zuck Arboretum
Come out to the Zuck Arboretum to plant native wildflowers. Native wildflowers provide a better food source for pollinators like butterflies and bubble bees and support a healthy ecosystem. These flowers have been generously donated and we need your help to plant them. Meet at the entrance to the Zuck Arboretum (behind the baseball field) and please bring a water bottle. You are welcome to come at anytime and stay for as long as you like!

Join the event on Facebook
Tag your photos at the event using #restoreTheForest and #DrewU

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Major – Info Session

Thursday, November 7th, 4:15-5:00PM, HS S-244
Meet and greet faculty and other interested students; get the inside scoop on fall courses and the major.

Help Restore the Drew Forest

Wednesday, October 23rd, 12pm, Zuck Arboretum (behind the baseball field entrance)
All are invited to the Drew Forest Preserve to help plant 500 baby trees to help the forest recover from degradation.  Come anytime that afternoon.  Our Fish and Wildlife partners are bringing 500 baby trees to add to the hundreds we have planted over the past few years, in a key component of the restoration effort, alongside controlling invasive plants and protection from deer.  It will be great fun. Questions?  Email Professor Sara Webb, Director of the Drew Forest, HS 137, swebb@drew.edu.

Food Systems Working Group

Tuesday, October 8th, 4:30pm, Ehinger Center, Room 109
We would like to invite all interested members of the Drew community to consider joining the Working Group, either by attending this meeting or contacting the acting Chair, Jennifer Heise, at jheise@drew.edu.  In Fall 2011, Drew University became the second university in the nation to sign the Real Food Commitment. Drew committed to dedicate 20% of Dining Hall purchasing dollars to “real food” by 2020 and to create a Food Systems Working Group, a University Food Policy, a Multi-Year Action Plan, and an annual progress report. It also pledged to use the Real Food Calculator to engage in an annual assessment of Dining Hall purchases.

Eco Radio back on air!

Monday nights, 9pm, WMNJ 88.9
Drew University voices on issues important to campus and our environment.

Native Plant Seed Swap

Sunday, October 6th, 1:00-4:00pm, Chatham, New Jersey
Students with knowledge of native plants wanted for native plant seed swap.  Bring native plant seeds to share, get new seeds to start or expand your own native plant garden.  Learn how to collect, store, and propagate seeds of plant species to benefit New Jersey wildlife.  Suitable for adults and serious young gardeners.  Refreshments available.  Interested volunteers can contact Joan at jmaccari@morrisparks.net.  Transportation is available for students willing to volunteer the whole time.

ESS Seminar: Climate Roundtables – A Community-Centered Approach

Friday, October 4th, 12:00-1:00pm, Seminary Hall Room 101
Dr. Sylvie Shaw, Lecturer in Studies of Religion at the University of Queensland, Australia, will lead a seminar discussion about Climate Roundtables as a community-centered approach to exploring the consequences of a changing climate and deciding effective adaptation strategies.  She then asks – what is the role of religion in climate-centered discourse?  Dr. Shaw collaborated with scientists, social scientists, Aboriginal Traditional Owners and stakeholders to compile the Southeast Queensland Climate Roundtable Report.

Annual Hawk Watch

Sunday, September 21st
Full day field trip to view a remarkable phenomenon: fall migration of hawks and birds of prey.  All are welcome.  Contact Sara Webb for more details.

Highlands Festival at Waterloo

Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21
Find information at highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org.  Drew ESS major Kristine Rogers was instrumental in organizing this even through her summer internship at the Highlands Coalition.

Tropical Marine Ecology – Information Session

Thursday, September 19th, 4:15PM, Hall of Sciences Room 142
Information session about this spring semester course, which includes a week in Belize, an intensive and outstanding experience, taught by Dr. Windfelder.  (Note: prerequisites of Biology 150: Ecology and Evolution, plus Biology 160:Diversity of Life.

Spring 2013 Events

“Chasing Ice” – ESS Film Series

Wednesday, April 24th, 7:00PM, Learning Center Room 28
New, award-winning documentary film “Chasing Ice,” praised for its extraordinary cinematography of glacial landscapes and visceral depiction of climate change, will be shown.

Food & Farming: Discussion with Local, Young Farmers

Tuesday, April 23rd, 11:40AM-1:15PM, Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center
Meet young farmers that have just recently begun their operations.  Learn about what motivated them to start a farm and how social responsibility plays a part in their work.

“Ingredients” – SFSF Film Screening

Wednesday, March 27th, 8:00PM, Hall of Science (HS) 4
Watch and discuss “Ingredients,” a documentary on the local food movement.  Enjoy some good food from Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

Invited Speaker: Karl Jacoby

Tuesday, March 19th, 4:30PM, LC 28
Jacoby is author of “Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves and the Hidden History of Conservation,” and “Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacres and the Violence of History.”  The presentation is co-sponsored by the Humanities program and ESS.

Invited Speaker: David Gessner

Thursday, February 28th, 4:30PM, Founders Room, Mead Hall
Author of “My Green Manifesto” and “The Tarball Chronicles,” will speak to students.  This event is co-sponsored by the the Writers@Drew Program and ESS.

“Tapped” – ESS Film Series

Wednesday, February 20th, 6:00PM, Hall of Sciences 4 (HSC4)
“Tapped,” a documentary that investigates the bottled water industry and its environmental impacts.  Organized by student Kara Pennino in conjunction with here Honors thesis, who will lead a discussion.  Pizza will be served.

Fall 2012 Events


Thursday, December 6th, 7:00-9:30PM, Crawford Hall in the EC
Free catered food from local shops and restaurants!  Free Fair Trade coffee and tea!  Free Fair Trade chocolate!  There will also be craft/ornament making activities, an open mic space for all those who want to show off their talents and a performance by All of the Above!  Sponsored by Students for Sustainable Food (SFSF).

Evening of Food Justice with CATA

Monday, December 3rd, 6:00PM, McLendon Main Lounge
Oraganizers and activists from CATA (farm workers support committee) are coming to discuss the Agricultural Justice and how Drew Students can get involved.  There will be FREE fair trade coffee and cookies for all who attend!  Sponsored by Students for Sustainable Food (SFSF).

Sourlands” – Film Screening

Wednesday, November 28th, 7:00PM, Hall of Sciences 4
Free film screening and pizza – sponsored by Drew Sustainability Office, DEAL, ESS and Eco Reps.  Learn about stories in the fight for sustainability in NJ.


Wednesday, November 14th, 3:30-4:30PM, EC
Come learn about GIS and GPS, and participate in a campus-wide geocaching experience.  Faculty, staff, and students are invited.

ReStart: Sponsored by Earth House, Art Club, and DEAL

Saturday, October 27th, 1:00-5:00PM, Hoyt Lawn
Come hang out and make art out of recycled materials and listen to live music.  Food will be provided for those who participate.  Feel free to bring any recycled objects (furniture, bottles, cardboard, sheets, etc.).

FOOD DAY: Sponsored by Students for Sustainable Food (SFSF)

Wednesday, October 24th, 8:00PM, McLendon Main Lounge
Food Myth Busters Screening, Pizza, and so much more!!!

Environmental Experiences and Opportunities

Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00-8:15PM, HS 244
Come hear Drew students speak about internships, research, and international experiences.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Major – Info Session

Monday, October 22nd, 4:30-5:30PM, BC 101
Meet and greet faculty and other interested students; get the inside scoop on spring courses and the major.

State of the Planet Conference

Thursday, October 11th, 9:00AM, Columbia University
Join fellow ESS students on a trip to New York for the annual State of the Planet Conference.

Food Systems Working Group

Thursday, October 4th, 4:00PM, EC 145
The food systems working group is a project of the University Sustainability Committee.  It is tasked with implementing the Real Food Campus Commitment.  The working group meets monthly.  Stop by or contact Sarah Wald if you are interested in participating.

Spring 2012 Events

“Crude Impact” – ESS Film Series

Monday, February 6th, 4:30PM, Hall of Sciences 4 (HSC4)
“Crude Impact” is an award-winning documentary film that explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil.

ESS Information Session

Friday, March 23 12:00 noon, Hall of Sciences Room 3 (HSC3)
Come and learn about the ESS program from current students, faculty and staff. Pizza will be served!

Small Farm Rising” – ESS Film Series

Wednesday, March 28, LC 28, 5:30PM
Right now, in our back yards, a new generation of farmers are redefining agriculture in America. Small, modern, sustainable and rooted in the community, these local farms are in the forefront of a movement growing across the nation. A family owned and operated farm produces award-winning goat milk cheeses; a farm powered solely by horses provides members with a full diet year-round; and two youthful entrepreneurs run an organic vegetable farm.
Small Farm Rising invites you to explore the sustainable practices, creative business models and deep connections to the communities of these three small farms in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains. Experience one full growing season through the eyes of first-generation farmers as they enrich and enliven their rural environments.

Question and answer session to follow with the film’s Director and Cinematographer, Ben Stechschulte, husband of Professor Rebecca Soderholm (Art: Photography).

Fair Fest

Thursday, March 29, Baldwin Basement, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Learn what “fair trade” goods are and enjoy fair trade snacks and the musical stylings of Drew’s a cappella singing groups, On a Different Note and All of the Above. You’ll also have the chance to purchase crafts made by Drew student artisans. Hosted by Students for Sustainable Food.

DEAL Presents a Stream Monitoring Workshop

Friday, March 30, McLendon Conference Room 116, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Have you ever wondered how our rivers and streams are monitored? Well now you can learn! Become a volunteer monitor by learning how to perform a visual stream assessment! We will use the pond at Zuck Arboretum as our case study. Please RSVP to DEAL via email at [deal@drew.edu].

Volunteers Needed! Tree and Shrub Planting Day in the Zuck Arboretum

Saturday, March 31, Zuck Arboretum, 10:00am – 3:00pm,
Drop in any time between 10:00am and 3:00pm to help bring back native species and ecological diversity lost over the years to invasive vines and overabundant deer. Meet at the far corner of the baseball field at the Arboretum sign – just follow the sidewalk that curves around the outfield to find it.

ESS Film Series – “Call of Life”

Tuesday, April 3, 4:30pm, Hall of Sciences Room 4 (HSC4)
If current trends continue, scientists warn that within a few decades at least HALF of all plant and animal species on Earth will disappear forever. This is the first documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. The film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed this situation to develop, continue to reinforce it, and even determine our response to it.

Fern Fest

Friday, April 20, Mid-day, in front of the Ehinger Center
Join students, faculty and staff in this annual planting event. Get your hands dirty helping plant native flora outside the new Ehinger Center to restore ecological diversity to our university in the forest! Drop in any time starting mid-day and wear clothing suitable for serious gardening.

Fall 2011 Events


“The Garden” – ESS Film Series

Wednesday, September 21st,  7:00pm, HSC 4
Introduced by Dr. Sarah Wald
The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.   But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.  The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers.  If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?

“Crude: The Real Price of Oil” – ESS Film Series

Thursday, Sept 8th, 7:00-9:00PM,  Springfield Public Library, 66 Mountain Ave., Springfield, NJ, 07081
“Crude: The Real Price of Oil” provides an inside look at the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” case. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most bio-diverse regions on earth, poisoning the water, air and land. The plaintiffs allege that the pollution has created a “death zone” in an area the size of Rhode Island, resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, and a multiplicity of other health problems. They further allege that the oil operations in the region contributed to the destruction of indigenous peoples and irrevocably impacted their traditional way of life. Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions.

The screening and discussion will be facilitated by Sarah Wald, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in English and Environmental Studies and Sustainability at Drew University.

This screening was made possible by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Tree Dedication Ceremony Honoring Dr. Fred Curtis

Monday, September 26th, 4:15pm, Lewis House
The University Sustainability Committee invites you to join us on Monday September 26th at 4:15pm in front of Lewis House as we dedicate a Sugar Maple in recognition of Professor Fred Curtis’s contributions to sustainability at Drew University.  Following years of work to establish a University Sustainability Committee, Professor Curtis served as its inaugural chair. While Professor Curtis will remain on the Sustainability Committee, he recently stepped down as chair.    Under his leadership, Drew University has made great strides to increase its sustainability.  Thanks to his hard work and dedication Drew University now has a Climate Action Plan and is pursuing carbon neutrality.


“Fresh” – ESS Film Series

Monday,  October 3rd, 4:30pm, HSC 4
Introduced by Dr. Nancy Noguera
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Guest Lecture: Dr. Marion Nestle

Wednesday, October 5, 12:00-2:00pm, Location TBA
Dr. Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is the author of “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” and “Safe Food: THe Politics of Food Safety.”

“Mann vs. Ford” – ESS Film Series

Thursday, October 6, 5:00pm, HSC4
Produced by Jamie Redford, the stepson of Drew Alumnus George Burrill (CLA ’65), “Mann vs. Ford” chronicles the Native American Ramapough people’s battle against the toxic legacy of the Ford Motor Co., right here in New Jersey.  A question and answer session with co-producer and director, Micah Fink, will follow the screening. Pizza will be served.
Visit the HBO web site for a synopsis of the film.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Student Information Session

Tuesday, October 18, 4:30pm, BC 120
If you’ve had questions or have been considering picking up Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS) as a major or minor, this is the place to be.  Join current ESS majors, minors and faculty members in a discussion about the ESS program and their experiences with internships and other learning opportunities.    Pizza provided.

Guest Lecture: Melvin Visser, “The Dirty Dozen Pollutants: Forgotten, but not Gone”

Thursday, October 20, 4:30pm, HSC4
In the 1960s eagles, pelicans, and other wildlife mysteriously disappeared. Because of wildlife damage or suspected human carcinogenicity the “dirty dozen” persistent organic pollutants (POPs,) PCBs and chlorinated pesticides, were banned in the 1970s and 80s. Research in the 1990s found these chemicals to be endocrine disruptors and immune system suppressors. They remain in  our environment at unhealthy concentrations. Toxaphene, the pesticide that replaced DDT, causes Lake Superior’s Lake Trout to be North America’s most toxic fish. Their “edible flesh” would be called hazardous waste if it was dirt in any developed country. Our response to this continuing poisoning has been to stop assaying for toxaphene in foods and eliminate its mention from fish consumption guidelines. Continuing use in developing countries, the POPs source to our waters, remains unaddressed while we waste billions addressing residuals in sediments and landfills. Policy approaches need drastic change as we deal with a world we have made economically flat and environmentally warped.

Melvin J. Visser is the author of Cold, Clear, and Deadly: Unraveling a toxic legacy (Michigan State University Press.) Mel comes to Drew University from the International Joint Commission meeting (Oct. 12-14) where he proposed changes in PCB remediation policy and fish consumption advisories.  See his web site, coldclearanddeadly.com.

Food Week Events

Faculty, Student and Community Panel on the State of Our Food
Tuesday, October 25, 7:00 – 8:30pm, Mead Hall – Founders Room
A panel discussion about food justice, the environmental impact of food production, what Drew community members are doing, and how we fit into the national food movement.

GROW! Documentary Screening
Wednesday, October 26, 7:00 pm, McLendon Main Lounge
A new film highlighting the next generation of young farmers in Georgia and what sustainable food means to them.

Students for Sustainable Food Open Meeting
Thursday, October 27, 9:30pm, Baldwin Basement
Open to everyone! Come hear what students are already doing on campus and join the campus food movement!

Friday, October 28, 12:30pm, Upstairs in the Commons
Student cooking competition featuring local, organic, and humane ingredients courtesy of the Commons Dining Hall.

Student Garden Work Day
Friday, October 28, 2:00 – 4:30 pm

Student Presentation on Summer Research and Internships

Monday, October 24, 6:30pm, HSC4
Students will give brief presentations about their summer experiences.


New Jersey Landscape Photography Exhibit

November 7-December 2, Rose Memorial Library Exhibit Space
Three outstanding NJ photographers will exhibit photographs of New Jersey ecosystems.  A related panel discussion on environmental policy and conservation will take place on Thursday, November 17 (see the description below for details).


Wednesday, November 16, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Writing Center (across from the Brothers College Café)
Come and explore projects by students, faculty, and staff using Geographic Information Systems technology to map everything from historic Black Methodist churches to the human impact on the world’s oceans.  Enjoy light refreshments and talk with GIS Day participants.

Protecting the Land: Environmental Conservation and Policy in New Jersey

Thursday, November 17, 4:30pm, Brothers College 201
Join our panel of experts in discussing New Jersey natural resource conservation in the context of public policy and advocacy. Julia Somers, Executive Director of the NJ Highlands Coalition and Carleton Montgomery, Executive Director of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance will answer your questions, provide insight and enumerate the challenges to New Jersey’s culture of conservation.  Join us for this important, informative event!

Mountaintop Removal Road Show – To Be Rescheduled!

Date, Time and Location TBA
In West Virginia and Kentucky coal companies blast as much as 600 feet off the top of the Appalachian Mountains, then dump rock and debris into mountain streams.  Over 300,000 acres of the most beautiful and productive hardwood forests in America have been turned into barren grasslands.
Mountaintop removal mining impoverishes the Appalachian people as it increases flooding, contaminates drinking water supplies, cracks the foundations of nearby homes, and showers nearby towns with dust.
In West Virginia, student activists are actively confronting the destruction by climbing trees next to the mine site – coal companies are prevented by law from blasting the mountain when people are nearby.
The Mountaintop Removal Road Show features a beautiful and thought-provoking multimedia show.    Kentucky environmental activist Dave Cooper will explain what it is like to live near a mountaintop removal mine, and Squirrel Bracken will talk about her 30-day tree sit this summer.