FSC Helps Launch New Long Island-Wide Sustainability Series

Farmingdale State College (FSC) is collaborating with Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) to launch The Long Island Sustainability Series (LIS2). FSC was one of 12 organizations awarded $20k from the New York State Pollution Institute (NYSP21) Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program provides nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and local governments both financial and technical assistance for projects that promote and implement pollution-prevention practices at the community level. 

The series will focus on pollution prevention (P2) methods and how Long Island residents can reduce their negative environmental impact. It will consist of a mixture of lecture-style presentations by local experts and activity-based events, such as beach clean-ups and DIY green cleaning products.  

FSC’s Office for Sustainability and Suffolk County Community College worked together to create a program that would be uniquely applicable to all Long Island community members. 

“Our mission is to educate people on how they can make sustainable changes in their lives. Given FSC and SCCC’s central locations, we felt hosting the events at our institutions would make the program more accessible to residents. We want this program to be relevant and specific to Long Islanders since the issues we face today are so unique” said Maia Roseval, Manager of Sustainability at FSC “Programs like this show the College’s commitment to promote sustainable practices, as outlined in our Eight for ’28 Strategic Plan. We want to interact with and educate not only our campus, but the greater Long Island communities. This grant afforded us the opportunity to do just that.” 

The goal is to raise awareness about the link between pollutants and health through educational presentations and interactive events. The series will cover topics such as sustainable landscaping, waste reduction, sustainable transportation alternatives, and much more. The presentations will include free food, and supplies will be provided for any hands-on activities. All events are free and open to the public.   

January 31 kicks off the start of this series with guest speaker Frank Piccininni, Co-Founder of the Long Island Conservancy, at the University Club in Knapp Hall at 1:00 p.m. This event will educate attendees about harmful lawn care practices, water pollution, and how to prevent pollution moving forward. 

For more information and details about upcoming events visit: https://www.farmingdale.edu/sustainability/long-island-sustainability-series.shtml  


- Julia Seitz