Sustainability Week 2018 & Beyond

Laudato Si’ (Care for our Common Home)
Celebrating Sustainability and our Earth

Saint Peter’s University is hosting a number of events in the coming weeks in honor of Earth Day and Sustainability Week. The complete schedule is below:

Monday, April 23

In Celebration of Earth Day – “America’s Grow-a-Row”
Noon in Pope Lecture Hall
Julie Rusin, director of programming
Followed by a make-and-take Earth Day planting
Moderator: Dr. Brandy Garrett-Kluthe, assistant professor of biology

Tuesday, April 24

Streaming of Home, a public domain film by Europa Corp.
Pete’s Place and Mac Mahon Student Center monitors

Tours of Green Energy Command Center at south end of Pavonia Room, Dinneen Hall

My Beautiful Nicaragua, a film by BYkids, – viewing with discussion led by Dr. Alex Trillo, associate professor of sociology and urban studies and director of Latin American & Latino studies
4:00 p.m. in McIntyre Conference Center

Wednesday, April 25

Business Perspectives on Sustainability
McIntyre Conference Center, Room C

10:00 am: Investing in Nature: Business, Environment & Sustainability, BNY Mellon Pershing LLC Panel
Panel Members:  Simon Gomes ’14 and Christopher Dawes
Moderator: Dr. Marilu Marcillo, assistant professor in the Saint Peter’s University School of Business

11:00 am: Environmental Quality & Climate Change
Presenters: Mark Chambers, director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and nationally-recognized expert in clean energy management and resource conservation

Noon: Going Green: Challenges in Sustainability and CSR Facing Small Businesses

Food and conversation with local business owners.
Panel Members: Mory Thomas, co-owner, Square1 Eatery; Suraj Kaufman, owner, Sneaker Room; Vanessa Quijano, small business development coordinator, Small Business Services, JCEDC
Moderator: Dr. Anand Rangarajan, director, Cambridge Capital

Academic Symposium
Noon – 1:00 p.m. in McIntyre Conference Center, Room A & B
Poster presentations including environmental endocrine disruptors research and solar energy fuels.

Thursday, April 26

SAVE Day (Students Against Violating the Earth)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Roy Irving Theatre
“Nature in the City” Photo Contest.
Thrift Store Fashion Display and Clothing Swap – noon
Alternative Fuel Workshop – noon

Friday, April 27

Arbor Day
Noon – Front of Mac Mahon Student Center
Planting and blessing of a Norway Spruce – tree donated by Brightview, University landscaper.
Blessing by Rev. Rocco Danzi, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry

Saturday, April 28

Keep Jersey City Beautiful
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
City-sponsored volunteer event. Nearby locations are: Ward B – Lincoln Park & Ward C- Journal Square Plaza. From 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.: Free seedlings available at same location for Sugar Maple and Black Oak trees. More information at

Monday, May 7

67th Mendel Lecture – Let’s Meet the Neighbors:  Nurturing Nature Where We Live
4:00 p.m. – Pope Lecture Hall
Dr. Frances Raleigh, professor of biology