Save the Date – Thursday, April 12th – for TCNJ Environmental Lectures

On April 12, internationally renowned environmentalist Vandana Shiva will be visiting The College of New Jersey.  We invite you and members of your organization to the afternoon event, which is planned as a facilitated conversation–a time to share your activities, hear from Shiva, and connect with TCNJ students and faculty.

Earth Democracy: New Jersey and the World
A community dialogue with Vandana Shiva
2:00 PM, Education Building 2

You are also welcome to attend two other events with Shiva on April 12:

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Biotechnology and Food Justice: The Case of GMOs
Dr. Shiva responds to perspectives on ethics and innovation from
the Department of Biology and the School of Business
Education Building 212

5:00-6:20 PM
Keynote, followed by book signing
Mayo Concert Hall

We want to collect questions and topics in advance to guide the community dialogue. What would you like to speak with Dr. Shiva about? (Contact Janet Gray, Please also reach out if you are interested in receiving a PDF of Shiva’s writing.

About Dr. Shiva

Dr. Shiva is an internationally renowned environmentalist and advocate for food justice, biodiverse agriculture, and small farms. Trained in quantum physics, she became involved in environmental research and grassroots activism when she witnessed the environmental harm caused by monocropping and pesticide use in her home region at the base of the Himalayas. She founded and directs Navdanya, an organization that protects biodiversity and promotes organic farming based on the traditional knowledge of rural Indian women.

A leader in efforts to build international networks among groups marginalized by global economic forces, Shiva advises governments and organizations globally, including Women’s Environment and Development Organization and the Asia Pacific People’s Environment Movement. Among her awards are the Alternative Nobel Prize and the Sydney Peace Prize. She has authored more than 20 books, including Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit (2002), Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (2005), and Soil Not Oil (2008).

Save the Dates – March 5th and 11th for TCNJ’s Environmental Justice Film Series

Semper Fi: Always Faithful

(Co-Producers Rachel Libert, Tony Hardmon, Editor Purcell Carson, 2011)

An award-winning documentary about one man’s fight to reveals a grave injustice at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune and a looming environmental crisis at military sites across the country.

Introduced and followed by Q & A with the film’s editor Purcell Carson

Date: Thursday March 5th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: TCNJ Kendall Hall Screening Room

Chasing Ice

 chasingice(Dir. /Producer Jeff Orlowski, 2012)

Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog travels to the Arctic to capture images telling the dramatic story of the Earth’s changing climate in this celebrated film on the impact of global warming.

Followed by panel discussion with Professors Diane Bates (Sociology) and Michael Nordquist (Political Science and the Bonner Center). Moderated by Professor Janet Morrison (Biology)

Date: Wednesday, March 11th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: TCNJ Kendall Hall Screening Room

Sponsored by the Alan Dawley Center for the Study of Social Justice and the Department of Communication Studies at TCNJ

Trifecta of Green Team Sustainability Events – Saturday March 23rd

Saturday, March 23rd promises to be a busy day for environmental causes in Ewing.  The day starts out early with the Ewing Community Gardens Cleanup at Whitehead Road Extension.   At midday, the Ewing Green Team will co-host the Living Local Expo with Sustainable Lawrence, the Hopewell Valley Green Team and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, a green fair at Lawrence High School Commons.  We will top it off in the evening with participation in Earth Hour where individuals and communities around the globe turn off their lights from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. as a symbolic gesture of support for planet.

Ewing Community Gardens

Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Whitehead Road Extension, Ewing

Community GardensTownship staff has been hard at work this week preparing the community gardens for the spring gardening season.  The expansion of the gardens has begun and the amount of land available for gardeners will be almost doubled.  [Don’t forget to sign up for a plot ASAP to ensure that you get one.]  Truckloads of wood chips have been delivered to the site for use on the site paths, courtesy of Mercer County and Britton Industries.  Township staff is also busy preparing to install the new water line and outlining the site fencing.

On Saturday the gardeners will be joined by a cohort of young volunteers from the College of New Jerey for the spring site clean up.  The cleanup will run from 8 – 4 and cleanup from last year will be undertaken along with setting out and mulching the paths for the coming season.  All gardeners are invited.  Be sure to wear sturdy and washable footwear.  [The geese have visited!]

Living Local Expo

Time: noon – 4 p.m.
Location: The Commons at Lawrence High School, 2525 Princeton Pike Lawrenceville

livinglocallogoThe 6th Annual Living Local Expo, organized by Sustainable Lawrence in partnership with the green teams from Lawrence, Ewing, Hopewell, and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, will run from noon  until 4 p.m. at the Commons at Lawrence High School.   It will feature  hands-on workshops, displays from  40-plus local businesses and non-profits, and the “Ask your Neighbor” table where visitors can hear how homeowners and businesses completed successful energy-efficient projects. Speakers will discuss a variety of sustainability issues ranging from local farms, school gardening & projects, to the future of transportation and recycling in Mercer County, and more.  It promises to be an exceptional event.

Admission is free.

Earth Hour 2013

Time: 8:30 – 9:3o p.m.

EH_60+_LOGO_EPS_LARGEMarch 23rd is also the date that the world unites to take a stand against climate change.  Earth Hour is a global movement that endeavors to unite people around the world in making a commitment to save the planet.   It has been held annually at the end of March since 2007.   Its goal is to unite communities from across the world celebrating a commitment to the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour wherever you are in the world.  Turning of the lights is the symbolic gesture.  Organizers ask individuals, communities, schools, businesses and governments to couple that with pledges of positive actions toward a sustainable future.

What green initiatives can you undertake as part of your stand against climate change?

New Environmental Film Series to Debut in Ewing this Winter

You’re Invited!

Learn more about sustainable living and how to decrease your impact on our planet’s resources.   Start by attending the new Bonner Environmental Film Series at The College of New Jersey this winter.  This free series will debut on February 25th with the award winning film, PlanEAT, about food and our planet.  It will be followed on March 25th with another award winner, Crude Impact, where the connection between the discovery and use of oil and human domination of the planet is explored.

Each film showing will be followed by a discussion afterwards.

About the Films

planEATPLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the  West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.

crudeimpactCrude Impact  “It took hundreds of millions of years for petroleum to form on Earth. It took just 150 years for human beings to bleed the planet of roughly half of this oil.”  Crude Impact is a must see documentary on world Peak Oil and its impact of  irreversible decline on the world social, political, economic, and political order.   Reviewers describe the impact of this film as disturbing, amazing, eye-opening, and impressive.   See it for yourself and decide.


Date: February 25th
Time: Themed Dinner (cafeteria style) at 6 p.m. at Eickhoff Hall, under $10  per person, no advance reservations required; film showing at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion
Film Location: TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 – Education Building Room 115 (driving directions)
Free Parking in Lots 4-6
Campus Map:

Crude Impact
Date: March 25th
Time: Film showing at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion
Location: TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 – Education Building Room 115 (driving directions)
Free Parking in Lots 4-6
Campus Map:

Co-sponsored by the (TCNJ) President’s Climate Commitment Committee, the Ewing Environmental Commission, the Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement & the Ewing Green Team.