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April 8, 2008

Farmingdale State Celebrates Earth Day 2008

"Green Then. Green Now." Is Theme for April 22 Events

Farmingdale State College, green since its inception in 1912 as an agricultural college, will celebrate Earth Day 2008 on Tuesday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with interactive displays including the College's new fleet of electric cars and the hydrogen fuel cell-powered go-cart. All events are free and will take place in Roosevelt Hall's Multi-purpose Room.

This celebration will highlight the many ways in which Farmingdale State College has been contributing to research on alternative sources of energy over the years. President W. Hubert Keen said, "As an environmentalist, I am proud of the leadership role Farmingdale faculty and staff have taken in their research activities as well as their investment in environmental and other social concerns."

National Grid and LIPA, which have supported the College's research efforts over the years, also will participate in the celebration. "LIPA has fostered a strong relationship with Farmingdale State College on a number of research and development projects involving renewable energy, such as solar energy and fuel cell stacks," said LIPA President and CEO Kevin S. Law . "LIPA remains committed to working with local colleges and universities on the importance of reducing energy consumption and maximizing energy conservation."

The electric cars and a biodiesel motorcycle will be available for media to drive in an area outside Roosevelt Hall. The public also will be able to see photovoltaic units that power a fan. A Sun Shack, courtesy of Gary Minnick, a Farmingdale State College alumnus and owner of Go Solar, will allow visitors to see how green, or energy efficient, houses can be built.

Inside of Roosevelt Hall, interactive displays include a composting demonstration from the Department of Horticulture, as well as a display from the physical plant department showcasing campus recycling efforts and how each member of the community can make a difference.

A Green Energy Initiatives display created by the Departments of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technologies will include a virtual tour of the on-site $1 million photovoltaic cells, research on solar powered airports, a campus energy audit and an update on global warming.

The Hydrogen Fuel Cell/Solar Model House will provide a fascinating look into how alternative forms of energy can work together. The model house showcases two U.S. patents the college has been awarded for its research innovations in hydrogen fuel cell technology.


  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. ~ Displays will include a composting demonstration with green gardening tips, global warming, energy audits, recycling programs, and last fall's highly successful Energy LI conference.
  • 11:00 a.m. - noon ~ Media are invited to test drive the College's new Electric Cars
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m. ~ Media are invited to test drive the hydrogen fuel cell powered go-cart inside the Roosevelt Hall Multi-purpose Room.