Join in the Cause at SUNY Potsdam's Fifth Annual Earth Week


In an effort to promote and spread the word about becoming more eco-friendly, SUNY Potsdam will host a variety of sustainability events during its Fifth Annual Earth Week, from April 21 to April 28.

Earth Week is a celebration bringing together the entire campus sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s environmental club, the Middle Ground, each year. All events are free and the community is welcome to take part.

The goal of Earth Week is to encourage student, staff, faculty and community involvement in environmental awareness, to educate individuals about environmental problems and how they can make changes in their everyday lives to help contribute to solutions. Middle Ground develops events that are not only fun and engaging, but educational as well.

“Recognizing sustainable habits is what Earth Week is really all about,” said Sustainability and Operations Coordinator R.J. Mattimore. “The goal for Earth Week is to educate people about how making a collective small change in their lives can lead to large changes for the environment.”

SUNY Potsdam is committed to creating a sustainable future by taking steps to reduce negative environmental impacts.

This year’s Earth Week events include:

• Throughout Earth Week: There will be a Brita Mobile Hydration Station
 placed at random locations around campus. All encouraged to give up bottled water by taking advantage of these stations.
• Saturday, April 21: All are welcome to join SUNY Potsdam athletes as they participate in the community-wide Pride in Potsdam Clean Up Day sponsored by the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce. Volunteers should meet at the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad complex at 9:45 a.m. for assignments.
• Sunday, April 22: Join the campus in celebrating the 42nd annual Earth Day from 1 to 5 p.m. behind the Barrington Student Union where there will be a concert and barbecue. From 1 to 4 p.m., the United Unitarian Universalist Church and the College seek volunteers to meet at the Cecile Garden in SUNY Potsdam’s Lehman Park. Planted in memory of Cecile Pletcher, all are welcome to celebrate her life by preparing the garden for this year. Follow the trail next to the Raquette River to find the garden.
• Monday, April 23: Attend a talk by Dominic Frongillo from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Kellas Hall Room 103. Frongillo has worked in sustainability both locally and globally, most notably as a U.S. Youth Delegate to the United Nations climate negotiations in Durban in 2011, Cancun in 2010, Copenhagen in 2009 and Bali in 2007. In Copenhagen, he delivered a statement from more than 100 young elected officials from 30 states calling on President Obama and Congress to renew America’s leadership in clean energy.
• Tuesday, April 24: From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a 5K Walk/Run to raise funds for the Nature Conservancy’s program to adopt an acre in the Appalachian Mountains. Meet at the union to register. Also, the SUNY Potsdam Outing Club will present the first-ever low impact camp-out in Marshall Park overnight, starting at 8 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 25: Award-winning journalist Charles Fishman will present a lecture about his book, “The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water.” His presentation will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. However, there is limited seating available. To reserve a seat, please call (315) 267-2515.
• Thursday, April 26: A second clean-up of the Cecile Garden in Lehman Park will be offered from 2 to 5 p.m.
• Saturday, April 28: Residence Life and the Counseling Center are sponsoring “yoga on the mountain.” Enjoy the brief hike up Mount Arab in Piercefield and relax on the top with a group yoga session. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. E-mail to reserve a spot. The Department of Geology will present the fifth annual Rock and Fossil Fair in Timermann Hall from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to this free family-friendly event.

For more information on the upcoming events or to learn more about sustainability at SUNY Potsdam, please visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.