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Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Talks Global Warming at SUNY Canton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Renowned climate change expert Bill McKibben brought a message about the dangers of continued reliance on fossil fuels to SUNY Canton.

More than 700 students, faculty and community members from throughout the North Country region packed the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center to hear McKibben discuss the alarming rate at which global warming is progressing.

McKibben

“We’ve already raised the earth’s temperature one degree Celsius, which is the heat equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized bombs – enough to melt the Arctic,” he said. “It’s enough heat that the world’s hydrological cycles are completely chaotic.”

According to McKibben, the increase is responsible for historic drought in areas like California, as well as extreme weather events, most notably in the Pacific Ocean, where there have been three consecutive super typhoons that have destroyed more than 80 percent of housing in Micronesia.

He quickly pointed out that some of the poorest areas in the world are hit hardest by violent weather patterns and sea level rise. And although scientists agree the earth’s temperature will increase even more, the fossil fuel industry continues to seek access to more coal, gas and oil.

McKibben’s grassroots environmental organization 350.org has become a voice of resistance to the fossil fuel industry. The group, which he founded with seven Middlebury College students in 2007, most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

This campaign, along with an initiative to encourage colleges and universities to divest their shares in fossil fuel companies, are ways 350.org is taking an offensive, rather than defensive, stance against the opposition.

It is with this strategy in mind that McKibben reminded attendees about the importance of cooperation across nations and generations to curb the progression of global warming.

McKibben crowd

He urged the entire audience to get involved and engaged in the movement, noting, “Young people are leading the fight against climate change.” He also made an appeal to his own generation, stressing the importance of their duty as elders to set a positive example in their communities.

“This crisis makes it clear we are all connected,” he said. “We’re all in this together, and I look forward to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all of you.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Leading Environmental Activist Bill McKibben to Speak at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Bestselling author and climate change pioneer Bill McKibben will discuss the consequences of global warming at 6:30 p.m., April 1, in SUNY Canton’s Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

McKibben has been on the forefront of environmental activism since the 1980s when his book “The End of Nature” brought the issue of global warming to the forefront of America’s consciousness. Since then, the book has been translated into 24 languages and has earned McKibben a place as a foremost authority on climate change.

Bill McKibben

The event is cosponsored by the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and the SUNY Canton Living Writers Series.

“Bill McKibben is one of the most persistent voices regarding greenhouse gases and climate change; his efforts at raising social awareness and political action go back thirty years,” said SUNY Canton Associate Professor Matthew J. Burnett, who created the Sustainability Lecture Series. “His dedication to international well-being is a model for us all.”

SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Phil K. LaMarche, who created the Living Writers Series, added, “We are pleased to welcome Bill McKibben to SUNY Canton. His message on the pressing issue of climate change is one we all need to hear.”

Hailed by the Boston Globe as “probably the nation’s most important environmentalist,” McKibben is the founder of a massive grassroots climate change initiative, 350.org, which most notably led the charge against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. This campaign culminated in one of the largest U.S. acts of civil disobedience in thirty years with a protest against the pipeline in front of the White House.

McKibben is a recipient of the Gandhi Prize and Thomas Merton Award and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “The Colbert Report.”

He has authored more than a dozen books and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones and Rolling Stone, among others.

McKibben resides in Vermont and is a Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College. His most recent book, “Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist,” is a memoir about his personal crusade to build and preserve a sustainable planet.

For more information about the event, visit http://www.canton.edu/writers/.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Online Staff Member Hits 200 mpg in Toyota Green Grand Prix

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Colton resident hand builds a car that appeared in “Total Recall” to tie for the top award in a national competition.

A February 1982 copy of “Mechanix Illustrated” inspired Jerry J. Bartlett to construct a futuristic coupe capable of reaching 200 miles per gallon.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Jerry J. Bartlett, SUNY Canton OnLine learning systems manager stands next to his 200 mpg Urba Centurion.

Bartlett is a learning systems manager for SUNY Canton OnLine and a 2004 alumnus who loves to make modern technology more efficient. He tied for the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award in the Toyota Green Grand Prix Doris Bovee Memorial Road Rally, held April 11 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack. He entered with his modified Urba Centurion, which was originally designed by Robert Q. Riley.

“The Centurion is built on a 1966 Triumph Spitfire frame with a custom body made with fiberglass over foam,” Bartlett said. “It runs on a three-cylinder Kubota diesel engine and can hit 65 mph. Attention to detail enabled the Centurion to rightfully earn its name on one of the most prestigious racetracks at the most unique green car and driver event on the planet.”

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

Bartlett recently won the Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicle award at the Toyota Green Grand Prix. His ultra-efficient vehicle is approximately 41 inches tall.

During the first stage of the challenge, he and a passenger drove on the racetrack for over 100 miles against more than 40 other contestants. The award was determined by calculating time, distance and fuel economy of each car. He ultimately tied with a completely electric vehicle. “The competition is a challenge of your technology, your ability as a driver and your car,” Bartlett said.

While building the Centurion, Bartlett modified the retro wedge-shaped design to be more aerodynamic, which gave him an advantage at the Green Grand Prix. The entire car is approximately 41 inches tall and the driver’s seat is about four inches above the road. He said the car performed better than taller, heavier, commercially produced vehicles during the rally because of its design.

The magazine article that inspired Bartlett 30 years ago now hangs on the wall above his desk. Early testing of the car began with hopes of meeting the 128 mpg touted in the article. The small displacement engine coupled with the low weight and custom gearing make it a desirable alternative to larger cars, especially when diesel fuel costs more than $4 a gallon.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His custom creation is powered by a 17 horsepower three-cylinder diesel engine and can achieve 65 mph.

His award came with a $1,000 prize. Bartlett donated all of his winnings back to the Green Grand Prix, which is a non-profit corporation. Robert Gillespie, Chairman of the Green Grand Prix said the mission of the event is educational and is used to promote sustainable transportation technologies. “This event is truly something I can stand behind,” Bartlett said.

The fuel-efficient Centurion had a big-screen debut. A version of it appears briefly throughout the 1990 movie “Total Recall” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“As far as I know there are only three of these vehicles in existence,” Bartlett said. “One is the car used in the movie and it is in California. Another is in the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, [Tenn.], and the other is the one that I built.”

Bartlett acquired the original wheels used on the “Total Recall” car for his own vehicle, but didn’t use them for the race due to their excessive weight. He also prepared for the race by dressing in a lightweight jogging suit and using a two-gallon fuel tank to reduce the weight of both the driver and vehicle. “Every pound matters when you are working with a 17 horsepower engine,” he said.

An avid do-it-yourselfer, Bartlett previously built a diesel motorcycle which averages 115 mpg. He also made a hybrid-electric trike that combines human and battery power. He lives off-grid in Colton and powers his home with solar panels and wind turbines. “The whole thing is one big science experiment,” he said. “Once you start, you can’t stop.”

The Centurion is one of Bartlett’s daily-use vehicles and can often be seen in SUNY Canton’s Parking Lot 5.

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Sustainable Design Pioneer to Speak at SUNY Canton April 22

Friday, April 18th, 2014

George IrwinGeorge Irwin, CEO and founder of the Rochester-based company Green Living Technologies, will discuss revolutionary trends in environmentally conscious design at SUNY Canton during the final installment of the spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

He will speak at 6 p.m. April 22 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Irwin’s company specializes in living walls and roofs, also known as vertical gardens. His patented designs reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling through shading and evapotranspiration. They can remove pollutants and carbon dioxide and are known as the “new graffiti,” according to Irwin.

“I hold a degree in education and maintain a passion for out-of-the-box learning; I combined my love for environment and zest for learning,” he said. “I personally oversee all green wall and roof education, integrating the state-of-the-art technology into a continuously-evolving curriculum.”

Living roofs can also reduce storm water run-off, filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rain water, and increase real estate value. Vertical agriculture gardens, which are also a growing trend, provides families with food within reach, reducing the need to travel to the store.

Vertical Green WallIrwin said his passion is agriculture, utilizing vertical green living walls and roof systems. His organic edible plants include tomatoes, celery, eggplant, potatoes, root crops, melons, beans, peppers and onions. His mission is to help create solutions to the challenges of food scarcity and the amount of job opportunities for at-risk populations throughout cities around the world.

He is also a published author and is a leading resource for Time magazine, Fortune, CNN, NBC, CBS TEDx, National Geographic and Newsweek. He has co-hosted many radio, television and garden shows in the U.S. and abroad.
About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Graduate to Discuss Urban Renewal During Sustainability Lecture Series

Monday, April 14th, 2014

SUNY Canton graduate Richard A. Destito will speak about how he has taken his skills and used them to improve one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse as part of the College’s Sustainability Lecture Series.

Destito will speak at 6 p.m. April 16 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Rick Destito

In 2005 Destito purchased an abandoned manufacturing building in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse and named it The Gear Factory. His dream was to refurbish the property and rent the spaces to artists and musicians.

Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, Destito has been able to sustainably rehabilitate portions of the building, most notably adding a green roof. His free-flowing spaces encourage interaction and are leased to musicians, screen printers, painters, sculptors, and graphic designers.

Along with his success at The Gear Factory, Destito is leading the crusade to revitalize one of the poorest neighborhoods in Syracuse. He purchased a rundown house for a dollar and has completely remodeled it using the skills he learned while earning his associate degree in Construction Tech: Management at SUNY Canton.

Rick Destito

Destito’s efforts are not going unnoticed. They have caught the attention of many local legislators and the media. The New York Times ran a feature story applauding his dreams, and New York State awarded him $680,000 in grants for more improvements to The Gear Factory.

During his lecture, Destito will explain his entrepreneurial strategies and how the local economy is involved in the process. His story of never giving up, even when faced with tough challenges, is how he hopes to inspire others.

“The things we care about have to become more important than the things we’re afraid of,” he said.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit: http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Sustainability Lecture Series Brings Environmental Activist to SUNY Canton

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith, the director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP), will discuss the issue of invasive species in Northern New York as part of SUNY Canton’s spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

Smith will discuss local invasive species, potential future threats and efforts to stop their spread at 6 p.m. April 2 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Invasive species are one of the biggest environmental challenges of all time, according to Smith. Introduced from other places, invading plants and animals have no natural predators to keep their populations in check. They spread uncontrollably, wreaking havoc in rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, and woods and wetlands.

“Invasive species affect everyone,” said Smith. “There are opportunities for action to stop their spread in our backyards, in our favorite swimming spots, across the state and beyond.”

APIPP, along with more than 30 cooperating organizations, have the mission to protect the Adirondack region from the negative impacts of invasive species. Smith specializes in invasive species planning, program development, partnership building, community-based action and innovative solutions to invasive species prevention and management. She received her master’s in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany and her undergraduate degree in Biology from Hamilton College.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Sustainability Lecture Series Guest Speaker Brings Attention to Global Warming

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

SUNY Canton Professor Stephen F. Ledoux, Ph.D., will discuss the value of behaviorology in helping to solve global climate problems as part of the College’s spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

Ledoux will speak at 6 p.m. March 19 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. This event is free and open to the public.

Stephen Ledoux

Recognizing the connection between solving global problems and the 100-year-old natural science of behaviorology, Ledoux emphasizes the necessity of developing functional relationships between behavior and green engineering that expands a students’ knowledge base, while establishing sustainable lifestyles.

“Behaviorology is the natural science of why human behavior happens, a natural science to help build a sustainable society in a timely manner,” he said.

The lecture will reflect some themes in Ledoux’s latest book, which is titled “Running Out of Time — Introducing Behaviorology to Help Solve Global Problems.”

“Natural scientists are working to solve problems like global warming within the limited time frame available before we experience its worst effects,” Ledoux said. “In that process, scientists note that solutions require changes in human behavior, yet they have lacked definitive access to a natural science of behavior. We now have that, which will be increasingly valuable for solving local and global problems.”

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Sustainability Lecture Series Hosts Climate Change Expert

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Jon RosalesJon Rosales, Ph.D., will discuss “climate refugees” as part of the SUNY Canton spring Sustainability Lecture Series.

Rosales will speak at 6 p.m. March 5 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. The event is free and open to the public.

Rosales’ current research focuses on the impacts of climate change on native populations in Alaska, and he will provide several case studies that illustrate how people are being displaced because of environmental factors.

Rosales is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Lawrence University. He addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on Earth Day in 2013 and speaks regularly at the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

The events are just one facet of SUNY Canton’s focus on sustainability. The College was recently ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation that are committed to saving the planet, according to the Online College Database website. The four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program within the Canino School of Engineering Technology was specifically recognized for its appeal to technical students who are interested in pursuing a career in clean energy.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Sustainable Lecture Series Guest Speaker Brings a Unique Health Perspective to SUNY Canton

Monday, February 17th, 2014

SUNY Canton’s Online Learning Systems Manager Jerry J. Bartlett will discuss the risks people take when they eat in his public lecture “Going Against the Grain.”

Bartlett is a presenter in the SUNY Canton Sustainability Lecture Series and will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in Nevaldine North, Room 102. Admission is free and the community is openly invited.

The results of drug and alcohol abuse can wreak havoc on the human body to the point of an early demise. Bartlett asks if it is possible the food people eat will do the same. His goal is to have attendees re-think everything about “eating well.”

Bartlett has been living successfully off-grid for more than a decade in Colton. Through presentations, workshops and home tours, his goal is to enlighten and motivate people to challenge conventional living.

Jerry Bartlett

“Living off-grid and my alternative lifestyle is only part of the story,” Bartlett said. “My goal is to show that it’s not always exactly what we were taught, but there’s more to the other side that people don’t see.”

The Sustainability Lecture Series was designed to accelerate awareness of environmental, economic and social concerns through presentations and interactive demonstrations. The series will continue with other environmental experts throughout the spring. For additional information, visit http://www.canton.edu/sustainability/lecture.html.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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Sustainability Lecture Series Brings Environmental Experts to SUNY Canton

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Curtis StagerA renowned science journalist and paleoclimatologist will kick off the spring 2014 installment of the popular Sustainability Lecture Series at SUNY Canton.

Curt Stager, Ph.D., a professor of Natural Science at Paul Smith’s College, will discuss climate change at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Stager is the acclaimed author of several books, including “Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth,” and the co-host of NCPR’s “Natural Selections.” He was recently honored as New York State’s Professor of the Year, an award conferred by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

“Speakers this semester will address a multitude of topics ranging from renewable energy technologies and climate education to sustainable agriculture and invasive species,” said series creator Matthew J. Burnett, assistant professor of Graphic and Multimedia Design at SUNY Canton. “In an effort to bring awareness to the breadth and complexity of various sustainability issues, our speakers include professors, experts and thought leaders from across the public, private and corporate sectors.”

In a coordinated effort, experts will also appear at SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College throughout the semester to discuss environmental, economic and social challenges and solutions.

The series will culminate with collaborative discussions among students, faculty and staff at SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam and Paul Smith’s College. The round-table events will allow students to channel their knowledge, awareness and dialogue into sustainable action on campuses and in the North Country community. For more information about the series, contact Kelly Carter, sustainability coordinator for SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam, at (315) 386-7566 or carterkelly@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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