Carl Safina

Brooklyn, N.Y., April 1 –– Kingsborough Community College (KCC), Brooklyn’s only community college, has announced that it will host its sixth annual Eco-Festival, April 13-15, 2011. The theme is “Sustaining Waters.” The three-day event is free and open to the public. The opening session begins at 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, April 13.

Eco-Festival, the winner of the 2008 CUNY Sustainability Award for environmental education and advocacy, is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the Brooklyn community to gather, under a common banner, and engage in a dialogue centered on environmental problems and challenges faced globally at the dawn of the twenty-first century.  The Eco-Festival will be held in the college’s Performing Arts Center and other near-by locations.  The college is located at 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. 

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

The keynote speakers for the opening session are Carl Safina, president and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Institute and author of several writings on marine ecology and the ocean, including the award wings Song for the Blue Ocean (1998) and Eye of the Albatross (2002),  and Leonardo Viana, deputy director, Marine Debris Program, Ocean Conservancy.  A specially designed program by the KCC Marine Technology Program for  high school students on Friday, April 15, at 10:00 am, will focus on “The Gulf Oil Spill: A year Later,” with Thomas Bronson of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the keynote speaker. 

The goals of Eco-Festival are to raise ecological literacy, foster global citizenship, promote meaningful dialogue about environmental issues and inspire environmental action and stewardship. For program information, please visit  The 2011 Eco-Festival is sponsored, in part, by Con Edison, National Grid and The New York Times.

 About Kingsborough Community College:

 Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn’s only community college, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. The breathtaking campus overlooks three bodies of water:  Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  It serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts, career education, and specialized programs. 

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