Earth Day

Gov. Cuomo Signs Plastic Bag Ban Into Law

Apr 23, 2019
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As Earth Day was celebrated Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that bans single use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retail shops in New York State.

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An estimated 1,500 people gathered in Clinton Square to show their support for science. The rally is one of nearly 500 taking place across the country today in alignment with the national March for Science. Organized by New Feminists for Justice, the Undergraduate Association at ESF, and local science-minded citizens, the event hosted a number of speakers. Each took on a different call to action but urged the crowd to remain vocal about their support for scientific research. 

You can hear highlights from some of the speakers below:

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  The owner of the last functioning portion of the former Allied Chemical Plant in Solvay has made a multi-million dollar investment to improve emissions. 

“We did it because Chemtrade is a responsible care company,”  Bob Amend, Chemtrade Logistics Plant Manager, said. “And we take our obligation to the community, to keep it safe and have the smallest environmental footprint possible.”  

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In celebration of Earth Day, Central New Yorkers will have the chance on Saturday to visit more than 20 sites across Onondaga County to see how they’re using renewable energy.  We chose three of them and are starting with with a geothermal system underneath the pike block in downtown Syracuse.

President of IPD engineering Sam Cosamano walked through a series of doors to the mechanical room in the basement of the Witherell building.

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A small group of SUNY ESF students marked Earth Day by using their ears.  WAER tagged along with a microphone to gather what they heard during their "soundwalk." The four students walked silently around campus, taking in natural and man-made sounds.  Junior Jordan C’Dealva-Lenik says it’s the final element of a semester-long project based on a sense of place…

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44 years have passed since Earth Day was launched and it seems people are more mindful than ever before about reducing their carbon footprint.  Adopting sustainable practices can begin today and higher education is taking a large role.  Syracuse University’s Sustainability Division is constantly working on the effort.  Marketing Manager Melissa Cadwell they’re looking for some extra help on Earth Day between Waverly Ave and Harrison Street on the hill.