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Earth Day 2018

1STEP (Students Together for Environmental Progress) and several other Ramapo clubs came together for the “Jamapo Green BBQ” in celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2018. The event included catered food from local vegan restaurants, an interactive performance by the Brazilian Percussion group, yoga sessions, a clothing swap, a t-shirt design event, and of course music. The turn out for the event was great and the weather couldn’t have been better.

The highlight of the day came with the unveiling of “Trashzilla,” a sculpture in the form of Godzilla, designed entirely out of trash collected from campus cleanups of the parking lot and other areas on campus. The idea for the project came from 1STEP co-president, Afnán Khairullah, and was assembled by volunteers from 1STEP and the Visual Arts Society over a series of weeks leading up to Earth Day. Trashzilla is currently on display in the grove area on campus and will be there until April 27th. Trashzilla serves as a reminder of the waste problem that permeates our campus. Too often we see improperly disposed of trash, especially materials that could be recycled. Hopefully this art installation will inspire members of the community to be more mindful of their waste disposal habits. Earth Day comes once a year, but shouldn’t we consider our relationship and impact on the Earth every day?

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We are students in Professor Pat Keaton’s Global Communication Capstone Course.  For our project, we chose to create a campaign based on promoting sustainability and minimizing waste on Ramapo’s campus. Working closely with Ramapo Green and two of its participating organizations; 1-STEP and the Garden Club, we hope to raise awareness and educate the Ramapo community on proper recycling, composting and waste-reduction habits. Our campaign will work to not only promote our events but assist the organizations on campus that have been working tirelessly on related projects.

For our first event, we will be screening Plastic Planet on Wednesday, February 21st from 1-3pm in Friend’s Hall (SC-219). This documentary directed by Werner Boote provides an ​inside look at plastic and its effects not only on the planet but our health.

Along with the screening, we will have a panel discussion with members of the on-campus organization 1-STEP, who will present their Rethink Water Campaign, and Matthew Smith, the Senior Organizer for Food & Water Watch, who will present their National Take Back the Tap Campaign.
Come take part in this critical discussion.

Thank you,

Chris Bernstein, Paul Iannelli, Kristie Murru, Matt Stevens

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A bunch of us went to the AASHE Conference in San Antonio, and feasted on an amazing array of ideas and products promoting campus sustainability

Join us, and we share these with the RCNJ community.


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Just a brief note to say, welcome back.

Do come to the Study Abroad Fair today, from 1 PM to 3 PM, in Friends Hall.  We have two–count ’em, two–sustainability-oriented programs this year.  One in South India, and one in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforests.  Come Find Out More.

Next Wednesday, look for the tables for 1-STEP, the Garden Club, Ramapo Green, the Beekeeping Club, the Outdoors Club, and Enactus, at the Student Involvement Fair on Wednesday.

More news to follow, soon.

Have a FABULOUS new year.

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By Heather Darley

On Saturday, April 29th, 2017 at approximately 4AM, a bus filled with passionate and united Ramapo College students, staff, faculty, and alumni will be departing for Washington D.C. to make our voices heard in the People’s Climate March. With our current political climate, now more than ever, we need to gather together and stand up for our planet and our people.

We will peacefully take to the streets of Washington D.C. passing by the White House, the National Mall and the U.S. Capitol Building on the 100th day of the Trump Administration. Our presence and message will let world leaders know we’re concerned about the climate crisis and want to work together take action and build solutions.

Please stand up and join us in this movement. Whether you’re concerned for our ever-changing climate, protecting our planet, or fighting for future generations, you have the chance to march and be a part of history. Ramapo College marched in the 2013 Forward On Climate March in DC and the 2014 People’s Climate March in NYC. Become a part of our Ramapo College tradition of speaking up against environmental injustices and promoting sustainable solutions.

More on the People’s Climate March here.

Snag your bus ticket on our Ramapo College PCM Bus Registration Page.

Bus tickets are $22.09 and partially funded by the Ramapo College Student Government Association and the People’s Climate March organizers.

Any questions or concerns about attending the People’s Climate March? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the RCNJ-PCM Bus Captain, Heather, at


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Have you ever thought about becoming more sustainable in the residence halls? Now you can!

Join RAs Sarah, Steve, Amy and Kristy in Bischoff Hall on February 16 at 8 PM with Ramapo Green to Get Dirt-y. You will decorate and personalize your very own pot for a plant. You will then learn how to plant a basil plant and learn how to take care of it throughout the semester! We will also be teaching you how to plant other plants as well so you can eventually have your own mini garden! We will also be making dirt cups where you will enjoy a cup full of pudding, Oreos and gummy worms!

We will be giving out information about becoming more sustainable within the residence halls. You will receive your very own “tips to becoming more sustainable” packet to take with you! We are super excited to have you all learn about sustainability and hope to see you all there!!! Have any questions? Please contact the Bischoff Hall Office email account at or speak to RA Steve, Sarah, Kristy and Amy from the Mackin and Bischoff Area.

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The Sustainable Living Eco-stewardship (SLE) Program is a new initiative of Ramapo Green to actively engage undergraduate students in green lifestyles and sustainability action on campus. SLE draws from the tradition of our Sustainable Living Facility (SLF) program, which was initiated in Fall 2010, and aims to broaden the agenda to include a stewardship program to promote sustainability outreach and build a conscientious student community on campus through peer education.

The program has many benefits to students besides the opportunity to live in the Village and in the Redwood CPA (for sophomores). Facilities for students include access to Ramapo vegetable gardens, compost facilities, electricity submetering—all of which are useful aids to reducing ecological footprints. From a learning vantage, the program offers opportunities to student learning about growing food, composting, building connections with local community networks such as MEVO, NY NJ Trail Conference, leadership and running sustainability campaigns on campus. In addition, the program’s experiential component, through the1 unit independent study, adds academic value.

This is indeed an excellent opportunity to live, learn and share with a community of Eco-stewards. View the details and application form here.

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Campus Sustainability Town Hall, Fall 2016

The President’s Committee on Campus Sustainability (PCCS) hosted a Town Hall on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in the Alumni Lounges.  Professor Michael Edelstein presented a brief but deep history of sustainability at Ramapo College.  Following that, the PCCS laid out a comprehensive view of all that is currently being done with regard to campus sustainability at RCNJ.

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Two Lectures: How to Get A Job Saving the Planet + Republicans, Democrats and Sustainability

Come Hear Eban Goodstein, PhD, Speak

Monday, September 19, 2016
Trustees Pavilion

How to Get a Job Saving the Planet: Sustainability Leadership Careers in Policy, Business and NGOs
5:30 – 6:45 PM

Republicans, Democrats and Sustainability: Recovering Bi-Partisan Environmental Politics
7:00 – 10:00 PM

Eban Goodstein, Ph.D., is an economist focused on the relationship between economics and the environment, who directs both the Center for Environmental Policy and the MBA in Sustainability at Bard College.

He is the author of The Trade-Off Myth: Fact And Fiction About Jobs And The Environment (Island Press), and his pathbreaking research has been covered by Scientific American, The New York Times, The Economist, The American Prospect, National Public Radio, and many others.

A Professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College, he authored the textbook Economics and the Environment (John Wiley & Sons), now in its fourth edition. His work has been published in many academic journals, including Ecological Economics, Land Economics, Environmental Management, The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and The Journal of Developing Areas. He also serves as Executive Director of the Green House Network, a non-profit organization doing public education on global warming. It sponsors “The Race to Stop Global Warming,” a run/walk, now in cities nationwide, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco. He has given more than 100 presentations on global warming around the country.

This dual-event is sponsored by the Master of Arts in Sustainability, Environmental Studies, the Center for Sustainability and 1 Step.

Free and open to the public

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Combine the huge benefits of a Study Abroad Experience with an intensive opportunity to engage with sustainability outside the North American frame.

Explore the entirely unique possibilities here.

“Sustainability, broadly defined as the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Prosperity), touches every aspect of the human condition.  And thus it is that a sustainability thread can be found running through every Major offered at Ramapo College. As such, we would argue that every student benefits immensely from participation in a Sustainability-oriented Study Abroad Program.

“Of course, travel really does broaden the mind.  But more significantly than that, a Sustainability-oriented Study Abroad experience gives us the ability to switch contexts, to be able to see the world through a lens that is entirely different than the one we are accustomed to using.  The ability to switch perspectives, to view things from a point-of-view other than our own, to change the frames we make in how we take the world, this is probably the most extraordinary gift that such a Study Abroad experience can give.  We become transformed, in the process of stepping into someone else’s worldview.  And our capacity for empathy is hugely enhanced.

“Experiencing life in other countries and cultures, developing foreign language skills, broadening our views of the world, and making lifelong friends while earning college credits are just some of the ways students benefit from their time abroad. For many students, the Study Abroad opportunity triggers the move to graduate school, or opens entirely new prospects for future employment. Over the years, we have found that students remember and value their Sustainability-oriented study abroad experiences for the rest of their lives.  It is, in a word, transformative.”

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