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New Paltz is Green!

Environmental Taskforce

The SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force (ETF) was created in 2005 by faculty, students and staff members concerned about the serious environmental problems that we face in the world today. They seek to address these issues by moving towards ecological sustainability on campus and by preparing students to address the global environmental challenges that lie ahead.

Founding member, Brian Obach, and members of the task force have collaboratively come up with a way to enhance recycling on campus and were instrumental in helping to develop the Environmental Studies Minor program. The program includes courses in social and natural sciences that are geared towards students with environmental interests.

The ETF also serves as the liaison between the campus and the Brook Farm Project, an educational farm that hosts class visits to educate students about sustainable agriculture.

In addition, the ETF has hosted a number of speakers and presented films on such topics as organic agriculture, green building design, global warming and alternative transportation. These programs are designed to raise awareness about environmental problems and to inform individuals about how they can alter their lifestyles in ecologically beneficial ways.

For more information about the Environmental Task Force or to be placed on the e-mail list please call (845) 257-3447 or write to obachb@newpaltz.edu.