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Interconnections – Earth Week Schedule, Spring 2016

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Interconnections – Earth Week Festival, Spring 2014

Earth Week Research and Arts Festival, Spring 2013

Sustainability Research Workshop, Fall 2012

Public Discussion: Intergenerational Ethics, Environment, and Public Education
Apr 22 @ 8:15 pm – 9:45 pm

This discussion will bring together diverse representatives of the community to consider the intergenerational ethics of stewarding the public goods of environment and education.  Participants will include  teachers, students, environmentalists, administrators, parents, clergy, elected officials, and others concerned about these entwined issues.



Public Discussion: Intergenerational Ethics and the Shale Gas Boom
Apr 24 @ 11:00 pm – Apr 25 @ 1:00 am

Please RSVP below if you are able to participate in a roundtable discussion about the long-term impacts of the shale gas boom, and the intergenerational ethics issues that it raises for policymakers, activists, community members, regulators, and industry. The roundtable is part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Earth Week, and will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 7 PM in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) Auditorium.

The premise of our discussion focused on the shale gas boom is that it has emerged very rapidly, with promises that it will help us meet a growing demand for energy, for energy independence and for forms of energy that are less carbon-intensive than coal or oil – while bringing economic development to depressed regions. These promises need to be considered alongside concerns about the environmental, health and social impacts of the shale gas boom, drawing diverse stakeholders into deliberation about different scenarios for the future, their advantages and their risks.

With their permission, the names and affiliations of people who have RSVPed will be posted on our website as a way to build momentum toward the discussion.



Film and Discussion: Bhopali
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bhopali is a documentary about the 1984 Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India, drawing out the enduring impacts of exposure to toxic chemicals and questions about corporate and government responsibility. Film by Van Maximilian Carlson.

Film and Discussion: Triple Divide
Apr 25 @ 11:00 pm – Apr 26 @ 1:00 am
Film and Discussion: Triple Divide @ CBIS Auditorium | Troy | New York | United States

Join us for a screening of “the best documentary about fracking”, followed by a discussion with filmmakers Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman.


“Triple Divide is said to be the only documentary of its kind on the controversial subject of fracking capable of speaking to all sides, with exclusive interviews from the industry, experts, and Americans suffering in the wake of shale gas development. “It’s the best movie on fracking to date [using] facts, not fiction or spin” wrote Pennsylvania resident, Robert Donnan. Academy Award nominated actor Mark Ruffalo co-narrates the film, taking part in the project after being shown an online screener a few weeks before the final release. The film is co-directed by journalists Joshua Pribanic & Melissa Troutman.

The 90-minute documentary is a project by, a Pennsylvania based nonprofit organization. Triple Divide is built on evidence from cradle-to-grave investigations that attempt to answer the question, “How are state regulations and industry handling impacts from fracking?” Throughout the film’s 10 chapters, which cover waste, class II injection wells, drinking water contamination, split-estates, the “pre-drill test scandal”, and the “pressure bulb” are on the ground accounts of hair-raising journalism.

Hard-hitting, Triple Divide is also fair. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is highlighted in the film for weakly enforced regulations, but “the head of ‘Oil & Gas’ at DEP, Scott Perry, told me he’s seen the film and it’s very well done,” said Troutman. “This attests to Public Herald’s journalistic integrity and ability to reach both ends of the public spectrum: community members and heads of state.”

The film reveals how water contamination is being covered up by the industry and the state, essentially rewriting water quality history in the United States by dismissing predrill tests. Meanwhile, state regulators are using compliance as a means of regulating without enforcing the law, abandoning the public in the wake of shale gas development.”

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Earth Week Finale Festival
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

EW Saturday Poster April 9


Rensselaer’s Earth Week Festival Finale will celebrate Interconnections – between students of different ages, between students and sustainability professionals, between the university and the Troy community.  The afternoon will feature:

  • Performances
  • Games
  • Educational Demos
  • Food
  • Films
  • Discussions
  • A Green Careers Meet and Greet

The Festival Finale will showcase and celebrate teaching and research focused on environmental sustainability, and RPI students will run kiosks for kids to share their excitement and knowledge about an array of environmental topics.  There will be performances by jugglers, parkour athletes, and music ensembles, a green career meet-and-greet, and a screening of the film, Bidder 70, followed by a discussion run by RPI students about intergenerational ethics and environmental activism.


The Festival Finale will be at the RPI Student Union on 15th Street.  All activities will be free and open to the public.