Earth Days 2014 at Salem State

What Does It Mean To Be Green?

The theme of this year’s Earth Day celebration at Salem State University is “What does it mean to be green?”

The use of the term “green” has proliferated in the United States and globally. The media use it. Corporations use it. Cities, towns and campuses are designated “green.” But, what does it really mean? The term ‘green-washing’ has been coined to suggest a form of ‘white-washing’, where green is more about publicity than practices. How do we spot green-washing? Why is it a problem? What would it mean to be certified as “green”? What would a greenness index look like? Earth Days Week 2014 will explore the multiple dimensions and definitions of greenness in the economy, politics, technology, agriculture, energy, eating and jobs. We will examine what it means to be green as individuals and as a community.

The Earth Day Planning Committee invites you to participate in this year’s Earth Days events to learn, contemplate, discuss and share strategies and actions that we can take on-campus, in our communities, nationwide, and globally to be ‘greener’. This week will provide a catalyst to envision a green future for Salem State University.

Download a printable schedule (pdf)


Monday April 14, 2014

Environmental Involvement and Career Forum, 10:30am - 12:30pm, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center

Representatives from state and federal government, environmental organizations, activist groups and more will attend. Students should come to network with environmental professionals, to investigate summer and academic year internships, and learn about potential jobs.

Faculty coordinator for this event: Prof. Jennifer Jackman, Political Science


Earth Day Poster Competition. Check in for Student Posters, 10:30 - 11:00am, Lobby, Ellison Campus Center

Student Poster & Art Competition, 11:00am - 12:20pm, Ellison Campus Center

The Earth Day Student Poster Competition is the only judged poster competition on campus and features cash awards to the top ten percent of submitted posters. Any class at 200-level or higher is able to submit posters on the Earth Days Week theme. Approximately 100 research posters, submitted by SSU students in many disciplines, will be judged in the morning. Visitors are encouraged to view the posters and speak with the students who created them during the competition phase and until 12:20pm.
Faculty coordinator for poster competition: Professor Kitanov, Philosophy

Panel discussion: “Green Buildings: Sustainability at Salem State University and North Shore Community College"

12:30 - 2p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Panelists:  SSU Administrator (TBA); Barbara Ikalainen (Green Initiatives Coordinator, North Shore Community College), and Kevin Bergeron, AIA, LEED-AP (Senior Associate, William Rawn Assoc., Architects, Inc.)

Organized by Professor S. Young and the Sustainability Task Force. 


Tuesday April 15, 2014

Panel: “Green Marketing: How Green Is It?" 12:15 – 1:30 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

Heavy hitters in the corporate world have become bastions of environmental responsibility—or have they? Simply identifying yourself as green doesn’t make it so. This film investigates the world of self-styled green marketing. 
Organized by Professors Peter Oehlkers and Peg Dillon.  Sponsored by Department of Communications.

Video and Panel: GAASP: Salem at the Crossroads - with speakers Jane Bright of HealthLink and Dorian Williams of Better Future Project, 1:30-2:30pm, MLK Room.

The debate over the future new gas plant in Salem:  Why environmentalists, local and national, are opposed to its construction.  The speakers will present a short film and description of all of the negative impacts of the proposed Footprint power plant.
Sponsored by HealthLink. Refreshments provided.


Wednesday April 16, 2014

Tours of Salem State’s Cat Cove Aquaculture Lab, 10am and 2pm, 92 Fort Avenue, Salem [just past the Salem power plant]

[carpooling will be available from the North Campus tennis courts beginning at 9:45am and 1:45pm] Participants in the Cat Cove tour will observe aquatic organisms being produced and grown for restoration, enhancement, and commercial initiatives. A brief history of the facility and how it has evolved will be provided. Projects from Cape Ann to Cape Cod will be discussed and linked to securing a safe and dependable supply of high quality seafood (whether from the ocean or freshwater; such as largemouth bass being grown in cranberry bogs). Tours will be led by Drs. Mark Fregeau and/or Joe Buttner, with assistance provided by Hatchery Manager Scott Weston and student workers.

Film: Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet. 10:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

Narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film chronicles the history of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. 

Panel: Green Careers. 12:15 - 2 p.m., Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus.

Professionals in the environmental field share their career paths and job search strategies.  Organized by SSU Career Services and Kaitlin Hurley.  Refreshments will be provided.

Download the flyer (pdf)

Sponsored by Salem State University Career Services

Earth Days 2014 Evening Program, 6:30 - 9 p.m., Marsh Hall 210

Social hour with refreshments and live music

Introductions & Opening Remarks

Announcement of student Poster Competition winners

Presentation of "Friend of the Earth" Award:

Closing Remarks and thanks to all

See a list of past Friend of the Earth Award recipients (pdf)

Press coverage of the 2011 Friend of the Earth Awards. Also see past press coverage: Earth Days 2008, 2006


Thursday April 17, 2014

Talk: "The Reality of Climate Change: Adaptation Planning for Coastlines" 9:20 - 10:45 a.m., MLK Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Speaker: Dr. Paul Kirshen, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

Sponsored by Darwin Festival, Geography Department, and Geographic Society.

Film: Blackfish. 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m., MLK Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a killer whale that killed several people while in captivity in SeaWorld.  The documentary explores the creature's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Panel: "What Does it Mean to be Green? Student Perspectives" 11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., Meier Hall 426, North Campus

Organized by Professors Jayashree Ranga and Mustafa Yatin
Organized by Professors Ranga and Yatin. Sponsored by Chemistry & Physics Dept. and Chemistry Club. Pizza provided.

Friday April 18, 2014

Film: "Dirty Business" 10:50 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., MLK Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

This documentary film “reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and explores the murky realities of ‘clean coal’ technology.  The film offers a review of renewable alternatives in an age of climate change.’  Organized by the Earth Day Planning Committee.

Film: "Bag It" 12:15 - 2 p.m., MLK Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center, North Campus

This American documentary film exposes the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise on our land ecosystems, our ocean environments, and the human body.  Organized by Professor R. Fisher. Sponsored by the BioSociety.


Financial Support for Earth Days Generously Provided By the following:

  • Tefferteller Foundation
  • Chartwells of Salem State University
  • Hayden-MacNeal Publishers
  • Pearson Publishers
  • Salem State University School of Graduate Studies
  • Salem State University College of Arts and Sciences
  • Salem State University College of Health and Human Services
  • Salem State University Student Government Association
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