Alfred State to Celebrate “Earth Week”

Sun., April 21

· Pollywogg Holler Clean Up

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pollywogg Holler (6240 South Rd.  Belmont, NY)

Help with spring cleaning around the Pollywogg Holler property. Tasks will include cleaning up downed trees and branches, trail maintenance, debris removal, freshening up gardens & more. Wear weather-appropriate clothes, boots, and work gloves.  All volunteers will receive a free pizza.  Please RSPV at goo.gl/MX4D7

· Hike and Picnic under Wind Turbines

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join a hike on the Finger Lakes Trail to see the Howard wind turbines up close!  Hikers will bring their own food and picnic under the turbines. Meet at Alfred State’s Huntington Administration Building parking lot OR AU’s Ade Hall at 10:30 a.m. to offer or find a ride. RSVP to stantoca@alfredstate.edu or adm2@alfred.edu.

· Showing of the film My Name is Allegany County

7-8:30 p.m., Cappadocia Auditorium in Alfred State’s Orvis Activities Center

Alfred State’s Sustainability Club will show My Name is Allegany County, the inspiring story of how county residents successfully stopped the construction of a nuclear waste facility in Allegany County.


Mon., April 22 (Earth Day)

· ACES Celebrates Earth Day

Alfred State’s Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services, Inc. (ACES) is celebrating Earth Day all day.  It will be serving up a variety of meatless treats at their Grill Station and will introduce a new locally produced pizza crust.  ACES will help minimize waste by distributing reusable water bottles at lunch and providing plastic to-go bags only upon request at Friendly’s, Taco Bell, 10 Elm, and Exit West.

· Showing of the film Living Downstream

7 p.m., Alfred Village Hall

This event is a screening of the film “Living Downstream”.  This poetic documentary follows ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber as she travels and tries to bring attention to the environmental links of cancer.


Tues., April 23

· Water Taste Test

11 a.m.-2 p.m., outside Alfred State’s Central Dining Hall

Alfred State’s Sustainability Club will be promoting tap water with a fun challenge that asks students to see if they can tell the difference between bottled water and tap water.


· Stuff Swap

3-6 p.m., Alfred University’s Davis Gym

Come and trade items you no longer need for items owned by your peers!  Excess stuff will be donated to Opp Shop (located in Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Parish House) afterward.


· Showing of the film Thin Ice: the Inside Story of Climate Science

7-8:30 p.m., Cappadonia Auditorium in Alfred State’s Orvis Activities Center

Alfred State’s Sustainability Club will show Thin Ice: the Inside Story of Climate Science, a new movie that introduces the global community of climate scientists and examines popular critiques of their work.


Wed., April 24

Creek Clean-up

4-5:30 p.m., footbridge behind Community Bank on Main Street

Join Alfred State’s Outdoor Recreation Club to clean up the small creek that goes through Alfred. Wear waterproof boots and clothes that are okay to get dirty.  Club will provide gloves and garbage bags.


· Alfred State Sustainability Club Meeting

5-6 p.m., Physical & Health Sciences Building conference room (Rm 102)

Get involved in sustainability on campus by attending this regularly scheduled meeting of Alfred State’s student Sustainability Club.


· Allegany Sustainability Networking

6:30 p.m., Pollywogg Holler (6240 South Rd.  Belmont, NY)

Join other sustainability-minded people in and around Allegany County for live music and delicious pizza from a wood-fired oven. The goal of this event is to strengthen the sustainability community in Allegany County and create opportunities for area sustainability advocates to collaborate. Bring a friend! Carpools from Alfred will leave at 6 p.m. from Alfred State’s Huntington Administration Building. There is a $5 entrance fee.


Thurs., April 25

· Mountain Biking

4-7 p.m., meet at the gazebo in front of Alfred State’s Orvis Activities Center

Join Alfred State’s Outdoor Recreation Club on a mountain biking trip on the Finger Lakes Trails.  Participants must bring their own bike, helmet, and safety equipment.  Contact (607) 587-4329 with questions.


· The Green Party: Time for Something Entirely Different

5-5:50 p.m., Alfred Village Hall

Virginia Rasmussen will introduce the Green Party and lead a discussion.


Fri., April 26

Tour of Sustainability Innovations at Alfred State’s Wellsville Campus

11 a.m., Zero Energy Home (2530 River Road, Wellsville)

Take a guided tour of the sustainability projects at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, including a Zero Energy Home, multiple renewable energy installations, and a constructed wetland that filters contaminants out of water.


Sat., April 27

· Tree Planting in Andover

8:45 a.m., meet at Andover Central School

Join the Upper Genesee chapter of Trout Unlimited to plant trees around Dyke Creek in Andover.  Bring gloves and boots.


· Hot Dog Day Fair

Noon-5 p.m., Main Street in Alfred

Several Earth Week activities are happening in conjunction with Hot Dog Day. Alfred Community Garden will host a table to recruit new gardeners and provide some hands-on seed planting activities for the kids.  In addition, tofu dogs will be sold at the Hillel Club stand by the bus stop. Volunteers are also needed to help collect recyclables generated by Hot Dog Day. Please sign-up to help with recycling collection at goo.gl/u2tWv.


Sun., April 28

· Hot Dog Day Clean-up, Shift 1

8 a.m., meet in the parking lot of Community Bank on Main Street

Help clean up any litter left over from Hot Dog Day. Alfred State will provide materials. Wear clothing that can get dirty.  Please sign-up in advance at goo.gl/U415C


· Hot Dog Day Clean-up, Shift 2

12:30 p.m., meet in front of Alfred University’s Kanakadea Hall

Garbage bags and plastic gloves will be provided. Wear clothing that can get dirty.


For more information, contact Julian Dautremont-Smith, Chief Sustainability Officer at Alfred State

at (607) 587-4011 or dautrej@alfredstate.edu.


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