LaGuardia Celebrates Five Years of Earth Day
In 2007, LaGuardia celebrated Earth Day for the first time with only a $250 dollar grant from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling and the desire of a few dedicated employees and students to promote a greener and healthier campus. Five years later, this one-day affair has turned into a three-day extravaganza featuring funds generously supplied by the College Association, and ten-fold the participation from both the College and local NYC Community
“Greening” the Arts at LaGuardia
Students Diana Escobar, Peter Rosario, and Ramon Rootharam hard at work with Sustainability Council Director Anthony Lugo, EHS Coordinator Joseph Dror, and EHS College Assistant Weily Lang.
It was late February, and I was performing a routine inspection as Environmental, Health, & Safety College Assistant. As I came across two large stacks of gallon-sized paint cans (some well-used, some unopened, all several years old), I suddenly remembered a local city agency with a large warehouse solely for housing gallon-sized paint donations.
Green Week is Back at LAGCC!
Green Week, the three-day extension of LaGuardia's annual Earth Day event is back – this year’s theme is “Taking Action for the Environment.” Events will take place from April 17-19 including a fundraiser, film screening and green projects exhibit. All students are welcome and encouraged to get involved!
Green Week 2012 will kick-off with an all-day tabling event on Tuesday, April 17 in the E Building Atrium. There will be artwork, posters, media, and other interactive projects to display the hard work and creativity of students and faculty who strive to protect our natural resources. Local community advocates and organizations will also be present, sharing their own green initiatives.
Little known to many Brooklyn and
Queens residents, Newtown Creek, a tributary of the East river that
splits the two boroughs, is the site of one of the world’s largest oil
spills. In addition to sewage, chemical and toxic waste dumping and
runoff, the 3.8 mile creek is the site of an underground oil seepage
that has left an estimated 17 to 30 million gallons of oil in the water
and surrounding soil. While Newtown Creek has finally gained media
recognition in the last year, being designated a federal Superfund site
in September 2010, a group of students and faculty at LaGuardia
Community College in Long Island City, Queens have been monitoring the
contaminated water for over two years. Under the direction of Dr. Sarah
Durand, professor in the College’s Natural Sciences department, they
are now working to begin natural remediation of toxins from the creek
long before the Environmental Protection Agency begins its clean up.
EPA Holds Two Newtown Creek Info Sessions at LAGCC
With the long awaited cleanup of the Newtown Creek finally scheduled to
begin this fall, the public was invited to learn more about the project
at two EPA information sessions held at LaGuardia Community College on
residents and LaGuardia faculty and staff spoke to EPA representatives
and perused posters that graphically laid out the first-year activities
of the 17- to 22-year-long project that is expected to cost up to $1