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Highlights of 2013-14 Environment-Related Activities

What's New?
Some new green features were introduced on campus in Fall 2013. Over the summer, Facilities added bottle filling stations to many water fountains, helping to reduce plastic waste.  Thanks to IT, new screensavers appeared on computer lab and classroom monitors, encouraging us to "Move the World...and Keep it Green": 
Student Development provided incoming students with green refillable water bottles featuring the same slogan, along with information about environmental policies, groups and activities.
Events and Activities on Campus
Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the Berry Forum sponsored many talks, activities and “Reel Earth” film screenings.  These included:
  • "Chasing Ice" documentary (October 3, 2013)
  • Annual St. Francis Day Celebration and Planting (October 4, 2013)
  • "Living the Integrated Life:  Non-Violence and Sustainability," presented by Brayton Shanley and Suzanne Belotte Shanley, Founders and Directors of the Agape Community. (November 6, 2013)
  • Interfaith Ecological Dialogue with Rabbi Lawrence Troster (February 11, 2014). 
  • The Two Book Tradition: The Natural World in the Catholic Tradition and the Teaching of John Paul II,  talk by Dr. Brian Brown and Dr. Kathleen Deignan (February 20, 2014)
  • The Wisdom to Survive:  Climate Change, Capitalism and Community documentary (February 25, 2014)
  • Women's History Month celebration of the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring – Rachel Carson documentary (March 13, 2014). 
  • Earth Month Reel Earth film: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (April 22, 2014)
  • Interfaith Ecological Dialogue with Rabbi Lawrence Troster – “Religion and Science:  New Horizons of Dialogue” (April 24, 2014)
  • Berry Forum Annual Arbor Day Planting on Iona Commons  (April 25)
In addition to the Berry Forum events listed above, other groups sponsored events and activities to celebrate Earth Month 2014.  Highlights included:
  • A trash audit facilitated by Waste Management (April 1). Student Robert Glowacky wrote an article about it for the Ionian »
  • Women's Studies And it's only Tuesday... talk by F. Rudell entitled "Countdown to Earth Day - It's Easy Being Green" (April 1).
  • Earth Month keynote address presented by Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University.  “Ask The Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love” (April 2)
  • The Iona Spirituality Institute presents: A Celebration of the Spirit and Legacy of Saint Columba on the 1450th Anniversary of His Founding the Monastic University at Iona.  Special guest and wisdom guide John Philip Newell and a host of Iona voices reflected on the mission of Iona College in the Ecozoic Age, including Environmental Studies Capstone Student Panel. (April 12)
  • Iona hosted the Long Island Sound Citizens Summit on April 25 »
Iona Participation in Environmental Conferences
On November 8 and 9, 2013, a team of 9 Iona faculty, staff, and students attended the 10th Annual Conference of the Environmental Consortium hosted by Pace/Pleasantville.  The theme of the conference was “Sustain What?  Preparing our Students by Greening our Campuses."

The Berry Forum presented a workshop on the first day of the AESS (Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences, ) conference hosted by Pace University in NYC from June 11-14.  The theme of the conference was "Welcome to the Anthropocene:  From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.”    
Peter Letourneau, Visiting Professor of Environmental Science at Iona and his student, Patrick Nuanah were featured speakers at the Summer International Business Symposium sponsored by the Hagan School of Business (June 21, 2014). The theme of this "IBE3" (International Business, Economics, Education & Environment) conference was "Global Crises: International Business in a Turbulent World."
Iona Environmental Studies in the News
Iona’s innovative interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program was featured in an April 4, 2014 Journal News article »

Learn about past years here »