Earth Day at Suffield: Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 (the national holiday is Wednesday, April 22nd)
We will take time out of the academic day and some time out of sports to celebrate an Earth Day in the Age of Globalization.

R. James Woolsey, former director of the CIA in Clinton Administration and influential member of past administrations of Carter, Reagan, G.H. W. Bush, sees a powerful, if unlikely, new alliance forming behind energy efficiency. "Some people are in favor of it because it's a way to make money, some because they're worried about terrorism or global warming, some because they think it's their religious duty," he said. "But it's all coming together, and politicians are starting to notice. I call it a growing coalition between the tree huggers, the do-gooders, the sodbusters, the cheap hawks, the evangelicals, the utility shareholders, the mom-and-pop drivers, and Willie Nelson" (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/03/energy-conservation/miller-text/10).

History of first Earth Day at Suffield Academy, 1972: <content needed here>

Films & on-line media on climate change and oil dependency: http://saproblemsolvers.wikispaces.com/Films

Major Themes for Earth Day 2009:
Improving conditions of Planet Earth
Learning to value the 'natural' world
Appreciating our dependence on ecosystems
Acknowledging our anthropocentric culture
Reflect on what it truly means to be "green"

Ideas for Possible Activities for Earth Day, 2009:
Planting Trees
Trail Clearing
Litter Pick-up
Spiritual / meditative time
Guest Speaker
Collect extensive data for a more complex Carbon Footprint calculation of campus
Given the roles legislation plays in change, some groups could finish by writing a letter to his/her elected official
Phone/computer bank to reduce the amount of junk mail sent to campus

Ideas for On-going Projects:
  • Energy audit of a campus building(s)
  • Join a Woodlands Management Organization (see below: 1)
  • Establish 'Wildlands and Woodlands' Vision (see below: 2)
  • Attend student/faculty conference (see below: 3)
  • Conduct a campus wide index of ecological integrity study (see below: 4)
  • Attend a conference at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Manomet) is working with partners to develop science-based solutions that improve water and habitat quality in vernal pools. http://www.manomet.org/naturereport/#FreeConference This group could also finish w/a poster project: http://www.vernalpool.org/ed5-pp1.html
  • Create a group to evaluate our carbon offset: Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences has just released a new publication titled "Forest Carbon Offsets: A Scorecard for Evaluating Project Quality." The purpose of the scorecard is to assist project developers and offset consumers in assessing the technical rigor of proposed or existing forest offset projects. http://manomet.org/naturereport/forest-carbon-scorecard.html
  • Maintain a campus (TREE?) program through the Connecticut's Forest Stewardship Program. Many people are surprised to learn that 90% of Connecticut's forest land belongs not to the state or federal government, but to individuals and families like you. The Forest Stewardship Program recognizes the importance of these private forest owners by providing them with information, education, and technical assistance in managing their forest land. http://www.canr.uconn.edu/ces/forest/steward.htm Potential partners for managing our forests: http://www.timproct.org/index.htm
  • NEW! 'Earth Day' Activity Pack. In celebration of Earth Day, PBS Teachers highlights a related activity pack for educators: Earth Day http://www.pbs.org/teachers/activitypacks/science/earthday.html This widget contains links to Earth Day-themed educational resources and activities from PBS to support environmental awareness.
  • Students Share Their Energy Ideas at PLANET FORWARD. Students can have their voice heard on one of the biggest challenges of our times: whether we can move away from using fossil fuels and if we should, how should we do it? PLANET FORWARD is an innovative, viewer-driven program that debuts on the Web (http://www.planetforward.org) and culminates in a primetime PBS special a week before Earth Day(check local listings for exact show times). The broadcast is driven by people.s ideas about the nation.s energy future. The most provocative and interesting submissions to the Web site will be featured in the broadcast, taped before an audience at George Washington University and featuring experts, scientists, policy makers and business leaders, as well as the selected citizen journalists. Students must be over the age of 13 and have parental consent in order to participate.


1) How can we better manage our woodlands on campus? http://www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org/activities/wc.html Should we join a Woodland Council: Function that advances land protection projects and encourages private landowners to conserve and responsibly manage their woodlands.
Films:http://saproblemsolvers.wikispaces.com/Films

2) http://www.highstead.net/conservation/index.shtml Would establishing a "wildlands and woodlands" vision like the one instituted in Massachusetts be beneficial for Connecticut? Bill Labich, Highstead's Regional Conservationist, will be helping attendees of a one-day symposium, "The Future of Connecticut's Forests," consider just this question. The forest-focused event is being sponsored by the Yale Chapter of the Society of American Foresters, in collaboration with the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry and the Yale School Forests. Bill will be providing a summary of the Wildlands and Woodlands vision and provide examples of how it is being implemented in and outside of Massachusetts. Bill will also engage the audience in an exercise that will help participants recognize the role that awaits them as the stewards of Connecticut's forests.
The Symposium will be held: Friday, February 27, 2009 8:00–5:00 Kroon Hall 195 Prospect Street New Haven, CT 06511-2104 Hosted by Yale Student Chapter of The Society of American ForestersFee: $25.00 includes lunch and refreshments

3) Invitation to K-12 Teachers & Professors to Bring Students & Classes to the 2nd Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium Central Connecticut State University - April 15-16, 2009. Registrations Due by March 21, 2009.
The CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition invites you and your students to be audience members at the 2nd Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium.
This year's theme is Renewable Energy & Carbon Neutrality. There is no charge to attend. Bring your students and join us as we engage our governmental, academic, civic, and business leaders in a discussion about renewable energy and carbon neutrality.
Wednesday, April 15, we offer the following events for educators and students:· Circus for a Fragile Planet (10:45 - 11:45 AM)For information, click here: __http://www.art-farm.org/artfarmnews24__ · Panel 1: Lifestyle and Your Carbon Footprint (12:45 - 1:45 PM)· Panel 2: Practical Application for Energy Technology in Everyday Life (2:00 - 3:00 PM) During our Inaugural Symposium in 2008, nearly 2,000 educators, politicians, community members, students, and people of all ages attended. Together, they discussed the global climate change crisis and helped to formulate a national agenda to address the problem. Please register to bring your students online at h__ttp://www.ccsu.edu/gesac/symposium09.htm__ <__http://www.ccsu.edu/gesac/symposium09.htm__> For more information, contact:Dr. Charles E. ButtonAssistant Professor - Geography Department2007 Governor's Climate Change Leadership Award RecipientFounder & Co-Chair, CCSU Global Environmental Sustainability Action CoalitionCentral Connecticut State UniversityDiLoreto HallNew Britain, CTPhone: 860-832-2788
4. US Army's Corps of Engineers index of ecological integrity study: http://el.erdc.usace.army.mil/emrrp/emris/emrishelp6/connecticut_method_tools.htm