Celebrating Earth Month at Endicott

It’s a popular activity to ‘go green’ on Earth Day, April 19, to show positive efforts of conservation and preservation. We’re going further, embracing the year-round commitment to environmentalism that Endicott values and stretching special events to the entire month of April, or ‘Earth Month’.

Endicott is participating in a bike drive by asking the public to donate used bikes to Bikes Not Bombs, a Boston based non-profit organization. All types of bikes (no tricycles) and sizes as well as accessories and parts are welcome. The bike drive will be held on Saturday, April 23 in the Public Safety parking lot from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information please contact Cat Bartolini at 978-232-2195 or cbartoli@endicott.edu.

The 7th Annual Endicott Environmental Society Energy Summit was held on Tuesday, April 19th in the Klebanoff Auditorium located in the Ginger Judge Life Science building. This year’s Energy Summit feature a panel discussion: “Decarbonizing the Grid”. The panelists were: Mike Giaimo, External/Legislative Affairs, ISO New England; Paul Gallant, Shift Operations Manager at Entergy Corporation; and Dr. Matthew Staffier, Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Endicott College. Our moderator was Dr. Mari Butler, also a Professor of Environmental Science at Endicott.

Weeklong Earth Day Celebrations:

Zero Waste BBQ: Wednesday, April 20th at the ponds starting at 4:45pm for dinner service to all students. Everything at this event will be compostable! This is a large collaboration between Sodexo and Sustainable Endicott.

Bike Drive: April 23rd near Campus Safety from 10-2. Students and community members can donate bikes to be used to reduce gas emissions.

Earth Day Celebration: April 23rd at Ponds from 1-5.pm. This event is hosted by the Endicott Environmental Society (student led group).

Yearlong Sustainability Activities:greenhouse2 small

 Greenhouse: Planting herbs and veggies in our greenhouse for use in dining hall and Misselwood.

Show the Waste: This event took place earlier this semester to help raise awareness on how much food is wasted in the dining hall. Put on by Sodexo in collaboration with Sustainable Endicott and our Sustainability Dining Fellow, Erika Mercieri, it involved an installation of food waste right in the dining hall so that entering students could see visual representation of how much food is wasted daily in the facility. The current plan is to repeat this every semester.

Compost Program: Our Sustainability office is looking to expand the composting program to other areas on campus. We currently compost four tons of food waste per week at the Callahan and recently started composting at Einstein’s. We are looking to add the WAX Cafe and Lodge to the composting program next.

Sustainable Student Art: Students participate in sustainability art and projects throughout the year as organized through clubs and organizations on campus.

Outside Speaking Events: Director of Sustainability Sarah Creighton and Sustainability Coordinator Cat Bartolini will continue speaking at events outside of Endicott. These events will take place at other local colleges and universities.