Susan Norman and the SUNY Geneso NY Summer Camp’s experience

GREEN-UP (Geneseo Recycling Energy & the Environment Neighborhood-University Partnership)
July 20-31, 2009
This summer, RYSAG students make an environmental impact
Global Warming! Energy Crisis! Carbon Footprint!

These terms have become all too familiar in recent years and with support and encouragement from our newest US President, Barack Obama, we intend to slow the trends of environmental deterioration and an over-reliance on limited and expensive energy resources. This summer, RYSAG’s GREEN-UP camp will engage students in renewable energy, a decrease in waste production and campus plans for a greener and more sustainable future.

In this camp experience, students guided by Geneseo Faculty will investigate the Science, Technology, (Environmental) Engineering and Mathematics, (STEM) that would go into making the proposed new stadium at Geneseo “green powered, built with green materials and vendors operating within the stadium selling green vendor products.” Students will participate in four courses: Environmental Science, Applied Technology and Mathematics, Research and Rhetoric, and a series of guest presentations focused on different energy sources. Through these courses, students will: conduct investigations by simulating wind, solar, battery, and other alternative energy sources on a small scale within the lab; discuss the politics of food, recycling and sustainable communities; design a feasibility study for building the first ever SUNY Geneseo green stadium facility; and present their findings in two culminating events: the “Green Stadium Expo,” which is an exposition of student work including homemade solar cells, wind turbines and artwork made from recycled products, and a formal presentation delivered to administrative officials of SUNY Geneseo where students will answer questions from the officials about their Green Stadium proposal and ideas for sustainability. This event will be open to the public.

After classes, students will engage in recreational activities such as outdoor sports and demonstrations, yoga, movies, music, dancing, free computer time, headquarter time, and other special events.

Each of the partners plays an essential role in making this experience possible. RYSAG is a licensed summer youth camp provider. The Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education is the primary contact for all GREEN-UP camp activities at SUNY Geneseo. The RYSAG faculty committee directs the camp and is comprised of SUNY Geneseo and RCSD officials. We extend a special thanks to New York State Assemblymen Joseph D. Morelle and David F. Gantt, the Rochester Area Colleges Center for Excellence in Math and Science and SUNY Geneseo’s Academic Provost. Geneseo undergraduate students, as well as RCSD staff will participate as counselors and teachers, as part of the SUNY Geneseo Xerox Center’s mission to promote multicultural education at Geneseo.

Hosted by Susan Norman of Geneseo

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