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Sustainability

Upcoming Events

Spring events are over. See below for recordings of some of the events held over the past year and check back for our Fall events, including a planned event on how to harvest seeds for saving!

Past Events


50 Years of Earth Day: A Virtual Panel Exploring the Evolution of Sustainability Education Since 1970

April 22, 2020

Hosted By: Binghamton University Libraries

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Binghamton University Libraries hosted a virtual panel discussion that explored the evolution of sustainability education over the past 50 years. A panel of experts, researchers, and students from Binghamton University answered questions on topics such as shifting pedagogical styles, diverse approaches to sustainability research, changes that the field has experienced to date, and the challenges it may face in the future in the field of sustainability education. Panelists that participated: Miranda Kearney, Julian Shepherd, Elias Miller, and Dylan Horvath.

 

To watch the recording of the panel, visit https://orb.binghamton.edu/library_resources/2/.

 


 

Bearcat Food Drive

February 1st - March 15, 2021

Hosted By: Multicultural Resource Center & Binghamton University Libraries

The Multicultural Resource Center & Binghamton University Libraries co-hosted the Bearcat Food Drive from February 1st - March 15th, 2021 to increase awareness of climate change’s effects on food security and collect food donations for the campus Food Pantry!

The Drive included weekly, themed Instagram posts about food, food insecurity, and climate change that will run throughout the food drive. Topics will include food waste, COVID & food, growing your own food, and more.

You can still make monetary donations online at http://bit.ly/bearcatfood. Learn more about them including how to make additional donations online at their website. Thanks for your support!

For more info on the Bearcat Food Drive, including seeing the social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/bearcatfooddrive.


 

Why I Save Seeds: The Cultural, Environmental, and Global Impact of Seed Saving

Panel Session: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 • 6:00-7:30pm

Co-Hosted By: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) & Binghamton University Libraries

As awareness about the human impact on the environment continues to grow, many have highlighted the long-practiced tradition of seed saving. Seed saving provides both individuals and communities with a method of continuing cultural traditions, preparing for climate-related stressors, and cultivating biodiversity.

In this workshop four panelists will discuss their experiences with seed saving and share their expertise on its importance and impacts on culture and the environment both globally and locally. Topics that will be discussed include creating a heirloom seed bank in Fondwa, sharing seeds as a way to save culture and biodiversity, and community food systems.

For more information & to read the panelists bios, visit: https://libcal.binghamton.edu/event/7508059.

See below for the recording of this workshop:


 

Simply Sustainable: Resources & Strategies for Living a More Sustainable Life, One Step at a Time

Panel Session: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 • 5:30-6:30pm

Hosted By: Binghamton University Libraries

The Binghamton University Libraries is hosting a panel discussion on sustainability-related steps that individuals can make in their own lives. We'll be joined by the Broome County Public Library Director who will talk about relevant library resources available to the community, as well as by representatives from VINES, Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow (NEST), and the Binghamton University Zero Hour chapter. Join us for this virtual discussion from 5:30-6:30pm on March 10th.

Learn more about our panelists here, and see below for a recording of the session!

 


Amplify Environmental Justice: A Citizen Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon!

Thursday, April 1, 2021 • 6:00-8:00pm

Celebrate Citizen Science Month with Binghamton University Libraries, Broome County Public Library, and the Student Chapter of Zero Hour! Join us for a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focused on adding much needed edits to environmental justice-related pages, with a particular emphasis on amplifying BIPOC leaders and efforts in environmental and climate justice movements. Click here for more details. 

Prepare a cozy drink, get comfy, and drop into this virtual Edit-a-thon to engage in some thoughtful editing! Instruction, tutorials, and relaxing background music will be provided. 

Join us on April 1st between 6-8pm at: https://binghamton.zoom.us/j/96552719086 

To prepare for editing on Wikipedia before the event, follow the directions at bit.ly/bingedit41 to make a Wikipedia account and sign up on the event dashboard.

We look forward to working with you to improve environmental justice articles on Wikipedia!


 

Seed Saving for Beginners: A Hands-On Workshop with Lisa Bloodnick

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 • 6:00-7:30pm

Co-Hosted By: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments (VINES) & Binghamton University Libraries

Interested in seed-saving and looking for an opportunity to learn more? Then join VINES & Binghamton University Libraries for an exciting workshop featuring local seed-saving expert, Lisa Bloodnick! Lisa will guide us through an online, hands-on experience perfect for beginner seed-savers that will include helpful seed-saving information, such as how to plant your garden in the spring so you have viable seeds to save in the fall.


 

Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change

Monday, April 19, 2021 • 5:00-8:00pm

Join us on Monday, April 19th for a virtual film screening & discussion of the documentary Fire & Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change

Register here to receive a link to watch the documentary on your own time and a Zoom link to attend the live screening of the film and film discussion with Luz Cruz of Cuir Kitchen Brigade.

The live screening of the film will begin at 5pm and Luz will join us for a discussion at 7pm. Pop into the Zoom room at anytime to join us! 

See the Fire & Flood page of this guide for more information and recordings. 


 

Biodiversity and Climate Change: The Impact of the Climate Crisis on Natural Ecosystems, and What We Can Do About It

Thursday, April 22, 2021 • 3:00-4:00pm

As the effects of climate change continue to ravage ecosystems across the globe, it has become increasingly essential to engage in discussions that recognize how climate change has impacted biodiversity on our planet. In this panel session, we welcome a diverse group of ecologists, conservationists, researchers, students, and teachers to discuss how climate change is affecting biodiversity and how we all can help to mitigate our own impact on our surrounding environments.

Our Panelists include:

Learn more about our panelists at: https://libcal.binghamton.edu/calendar/14536/earthday. See the recording of the session below!

During the session, the panelists had some great suggestions for resources. You can see that list here.