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Somerset County Business Partnership's Sustainable Somerset has partnered with RVCC's Sustainability Committee to present a series of events celebrating Earth Week and Raritan River Week.  All events except the stream cleanup are free and open to the public (map and directions).  No registration is required. Parking is available in Lot 5 if you cannot find space in a closer lot. 

Citizens Climate Lobby will be collecting constituent comments at the events on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Sat. 4/16  10:00am-1:00pm:  On-campus Stream Cleanuprha logo (by invitation)
Campus pond

RVCC is one of 36 sites for Raritan Headwaters Association's annual stream cleanup. Wear sturdy shoes. Contact Dr. Emilie Stander at
estander@raritanval.edu for more information.

 Mon. 4/18

 1:00-2:20pm: "Green Engineering" Student Show-and-Tell
Atrium Lounge (College Center Lower Level)

Four engineering teams will present research projects on a solar power concentrator (Mike Krewsun), wave-energy breakdown of plastics (Ian Gallagher), graphene capacitors (Matt Majorossy), and an induction-powered flashlight (just give it a little shake!) (Ben Carlsen, Tyler George, Shayna Rumrill, and Justin Suriano). Engineering Professors Peter Stupak and Anonella Pompo supervised the projects as part of a pilot course teaching engineering skills and methods used in the workplace as well as RVCC Honors Capstone projects.
Includes a light lunch


Tues. 4/19

1:00-2:20pm: "Green Jobs" PanelSCBP
Bateman Center for Student Life and Leadership, 1st floor (down one flight from north entrance)

Somerset County Business Partnership's Sustainable Somerset Committee is partnering with RVCC to showcase green careers and job opportunities in Somerset County. Panelists will discuss their industries, job opportunities, recommendations for acquiring skills needed for these jobs, as well as their own career paths. Panelists are: 

For more information, read the Messenger-Gazette article.
Includes a light lunch

Wed. 4/20

11:30am-12:50pm: “Building Green Houses” Science Seminarhalf moon house
Conference Center

Local architects will reveal the green designs of their personal residences. In 2012, Chris Kellogg designed Half Moon House in Madison, rebuilding it to LEED standards. In 2015, Monika Parkitna designed and rebuilt her Summit home to Passive House standards. Find out about these two standards and the challenges of creating an efficient thermal envelope while incorporating solar panels, geothermal systems, and environmentally-sustainable materials.
Includes a vegan organic lunch catered by Nourish to Flourish


Thu. 4/21

 1:00-2:20pm "Climate Adaptation in NJ" PresentationMichael Catania
Atrium (rear of College Center Lower Level)

NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Co-Director & Executive Director of Duke Farms Michael Catania will join NJCAA Coordinator Jeanne Herb to explain the challenges of climate change and how New Jersey can adapt. Mr. Catania will also describe Duke Farms' climate mitigation and carbon reduction measures.
Includes a light lunch


For questions about an Earth Week event or to request parking in the Visitors lot, contact Sue Dorward (sdorward@raritanval.edu, 908-526-1200 x8612).

For more information about SCBP's Sustainable Somerset and its Green Challenge to businesses, visit http://www.sustainablesomerset.org/.

RVCC has reduced carbon emissions by 50% and buys 100% windpower.  For more information about RVCC's environmental initiatives, accomplishments, and awards, please visit http://www.raritanval.edu/green.

For more information about Raritan River Week, visit http://www.raritanriverweek.com or http://www.facebook.com/raritanriverweek. Follow @raritanriverwk on Twitter.


Design students Mia Santiago and Patrick Youngblood created the Earth Week logo, posters, and brochure.


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