Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Earth Week at Manhattanville College

Manhattanville students working with third graders in the Community Garden_410Manhattanville College Campus Sustainability Committee organized a series of events in celebration of Earth Week, which was a joint effort with the Biology Department, the Office of Residence Life, Connie Hogarth Center, Tribeta, and the Student Initiative on Diversity and Inclusion.

"The committee decided to start earlier in the planning for this year's Earth Week, to ensure success of all the programs that we were to conduct" said Alexis Moore '14, Resident Director Assistant, and one of the organizers of the events.

Earth Week kicked off with a cleanup event titled "Valiant Hands at Work," which was followed by the screening of Thin Ice, focusing on the adverse effects of climate change.

The Biology department worked on preparing the Manhattanville Community garden for another successful season. Professor Christopher Pappas and his team worked on re-mulching the garden paths and the compost area; sifting compost to produce Manhattanville made soil for addition to the garden beds; tending to some recently planted spring crops, which include pea plants planted by third graders from the Purchase School; and preparing Manhattanville's first ever flower bed.

Some of the other Earth Week events included multiple stream cleanups, "Give Earth a Hand," a program where members of the campus community brainstormed ideas on what measure could be taken to make the campus more sustainable, and a lecture on environmental racism.

"It's thanks to the students, staff and faculty that are on the committee that we organized a successful earth week with multiple events," Moore said.