Andrew Revkin, Science Writer for the New York Times and James Gustave Speth, Dean of Yale University Environmental Sciences are Keynote Speakers

Brooklyn, N.Y., April 16 — Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn’s only community college, today announced that in celebration of Earth Week, it will host its second annual Eco-Festival, April 17-19, 2007. The festival is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to gather together, under a common banner, and engage in a dialogue centered on the environmental problems and challenges faced globally at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The Eco-Festival will be held in the college’s MAC Rotunda, located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. The three-day event is free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to present our second Eco-Festival to increase public awareness and inspire meaningful action regarding the serious environmental problems we face as a society,” said Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College. “An environmentally centered dialogue between students, faculty, environmental experts and members of the community is fundamental to changing our environmental course.”

The Eco-Festival’s keynote speakers are Andrew Revkin and James Gustave Speth. Andrew Revkin, who will speak Tuesday, April 17, at 10:20 a.m., is the science writer for the New York Times and the author of The North Pole Was Here and The Burning Season. James Gustave Speth, who will speak Wednesday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m., is the dean of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and author of Red Sky at Morning.
An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award-winning documentary film about climate change and global warming, directed by Davis Guggenheim and presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore, will be shown on April 17 and April 18 at 7 p.m. Each showing will be followed by a discussion led by a faculty member.
The goals of the Eco-Festival are to raise ecological literacy, foster global citizenship, promote meaningful dialogue about environmental issues and inspire environmental action and stewardship.

The Eco-Festival ( will include the following workshops and symposiums:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Healing Waters Around the World
Professor Gail Levine
Terrace Room V219: 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Green Building: Constructing an Environmentally Friendly Home
Richard Mandelbaum
Room M239: 9:10 – 10:10 a.m.

Planetary Stewardship and Environmental Ethics
Joe Terry, Philosophy Club
Room M239: 12:40 – 1:40 p.m.

Time to Act: Environmental Student Activism
SWA (Student World Assembly)
MAC Rotunda: 1:50 – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Earth Slam: Eco-Festival Day of the Arts. Features Poet George Held, author of Winged, Grounded, and W is for War. Music and poetry by students and faculty. Open mike, hosted by Eben Wood and the Poetry Club. Announcements of poetry, art and essay awards.
MAC Rotunda: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

New York: A Global City at the Crossroads
Co-coordinators: Barbara Walters, Beth King, David Costello
MAC Rotunda: 10:20 – 12:30 p.m.

Meet the Kingsborough Authors
Betsy McCully (City at the Waters’s Edge) and Vern Mogenson (Worker Safety Under Siege)
MAC Rotunda: 10:20-11:20 a.m.

Sustainable Development and Global Enterprise
Center for Work Force and Economic Development
Panelists: Teresa Mastrianni, Stuart Schulman
MAC Rotunda: 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

KCC Student Perspectives on Global Warming
Annie Del Principe
Terrace Room V219: 12:40-140 p.m.
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The Nature of Kingsborough: Exploring Green/Open Spaces on Campus
Jane Weiss and Claudia Mausner
Room M239

The Last Polar Bear: Can Relocation Save Them?
Georgia Lind
Terrace Room: V219: 1:50 – 2:50 p.m.

Birds of NYC Film “Pale Male”
Campus bird walk, weather permitting
Room M239: 1:50-2:50 p.m.

About Kingsborough Community College:

Kingsborough Community College is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 1963 and serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts and career education, as well as a number of specialized programs. The breathtaking Kingsborough Community College campus overlooks three bodies of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Kingsborough serves a widely diverse student population and ranks among the top community colleges in the country in associate degrees awarded to minority students.
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