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In keeping with Farmingdale State College's rich legacy as a leader in pioneering sustainable energy research and fuel cell technology, the College will celebrate Earth Day 2009 with a week's worth of activities.

Farmingdale State's long tradition of environmental efforts dates back to its roots as an agricultural institute founded in 1912, prompting the College's theme of its Earth Week activities: Green Then. Green Now. Transformed over the last three decades into a leading college of technology, Farmingdale is the site of the first Solar Energy Center in the northeast U.S. and holds two U.S. patents for advances in hydrogen fuel cells. It also has the largest fleet of electric/flex fuel vehicles of any college in the region.

Expanding on its 2008 inaugural Earth Day activities, the College will celebrate Earth Week with a range of activities-including many that are open to the community. All events will take place in Roosevelt Hall and are free, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, April 17

To kick off the week, the campus will hold a campus clean-up day on Friday, April 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. Called the Battle of the Green Teams, staff, students and faculty will compete to see who can collect the greatest amount of trash and recyclables. Teams can be of any size and must register by emailing Kathy.coley@farmingdale.edu.

Monday, April 20

A Green Jobs Expo hosted by Congressman Steve Israel will connect green workers with green employers. The Expo will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

The Earth Fair will begin at 9 a.m. with a gathering of all hybrid cars and alternative methods of transportation. More than half of the campus' fleet of trucks and cars are hybrid. The purpose of the Earth Fair, which runs until 3 p.m. is to create a community-centered event which highlights green initiatives on the part of the Farmingdale State College and its community partners.

Inside and outside Roosevelt Hall, campus experts and outside vendors will set up their interactive displays and lectures including; How to Join the Paperless Initiative, How to Compost, Fuel Cell Displays, Solar Panel Displays, Campus Recycling Campaign and Sustainability and Environment Committee.

Off-Campus Vendors include: J.C. Solar Homes, Empire Electric, Majestic & Son, Go Solar, Advanced Solar Power Inc., Sunrise Energy Concepts, Alternate Power and Light, EE Solar, Sun Power Systems and US Didactic.

Any member of the campus community who would like to participate in the interactive displays and demonstrations is welcome to do so.

At 10 a.m., please stop by to help The Children's Center plant flowers grown on campus in our greenhouses by Kamal Shahrabi and Amy Enfield.

In the evening, Artists & Lecturers Programs presents The Promise of Nanoscience - Great expectations of an ultra small-scale world at 6 p.m. The lecture and slideshow is presented by a distinguished guest, Dr. Emilio Mendez, Director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Wednesday, April 22 - Earth Day

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Energy Symposium organized by the FSC Solar Energy Center. The symposium will address "Challenges and Opportunities in Distributed Generation" to an audience of solar contractors, faculty, staff, students and the general public. A $20 registration fee is required ($10 for students with a valid ID).

Thursday, April 23

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Career Fair. The Career Development Center's biggest job fair of the year. All are welcome. Dress for success and bring plenty of résumés.

11 a.m. - Artists & Lecturers Programs presents "Our Environment in Peril - The Blue Oasis," a multi-media lecture with Eco-Photo Explorers.

For more information, call Kathy Coley at 631-420-2400 or send an email at Kathy.coley@farmingdale.edu.


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