May 8, 2008
"Green Then. Green Now."
Framed by glorious blooming cherry blossoms, President Keen welcomed media and guests to Farmingdale State College's first annual Earth Day celebration on Tuesday, April 22. The event included interactive displays highlighting the College's contributions to renewable energy research and educational presentations to achieve green living.
Farmingdale State College's Department of Ornamental Horticulture provided a composting demonstration to teach how to use household waste to help grow a lush garden. Physical Plant staff presented a display of campus recycling programs. The Solar Energy Center , electrical, computer and mechanical engineering technology departments provided several presentations including a campus energy audit, a global climate change update, solar powered airports and a photovoltaic virtual tour of the College's $1 million photovoltaic units. From the College's partners in alternative energy research, interactive displays included LIPA's ' Building an Energy Efficient Home Model' and an explanation of wind turbine technology by National Grid. Photovoltaic units set up at both entrances to Roosevelt Hall functioned perfectly from the energy provided by the sun.
President Keen addressed the crowd, focusing on the ways in which Farmingdale State College has contributed for many years to research on alternative sources of energy. Congressman Steve Israel emphasized the importance of green living and complimented the College on its history of attention to the environment and energy efficient operations. Israel took one of the College's new electric vehicles out for a test drive. Guests drove the hydrogen fuel cell powered go-cart through a test track set up inside the Roosevelt Hall Multi-purpose Room. News 12's Ken Grimball reported on the activities as part of a comprehensive Earth Day segment.
Congressman Israel and Dr. Keen joined the children from the Farmingdale State Child Care Center as they planted Spring flowers in front of Roosevelt Hall.
The event was so successful that plans are already underway to celebrate Earth Day 2009.