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Sustainability Fair and Electronics Recycling to Celebrate Earth Day at Hudson Valley Community College; Events Open to Public

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College will host a Sustainability Fair on Wednesday, April 30 and an Electronics Recycling Collection on Friday, May 2, in celebration of national Earth Day this month. Both events are open to the public as well as the college community, free of charge.

In the Campus Center/Campus Quad on Wednesday, April 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Sustainability Fair will feature environmental demonstrations and displays, a seed and plant exchange, a farmers’ market, local artisans and craftspeople and a composting demonstration. There is no charge for admission.

Seeds, bulbs and small rooted plants for exchange must be non-invasive, and preferably natives. Seeds must be no more than one year old.

Items accepted for free at the Friday, May 2 Electronics Recycling event, in Parking Lot A, (front of Bulmer Telecommunications Center) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., include computers and related equipment, televisions, small appliances, handheld games and game consoles, microwave ovens, radios, scanners, stereo equipment and power suppliers. A $5 recycling will be charged for each CRT television and monitor.

For more information about these events, contact Maxine Ortiz at (518) 629-7787 or

In a related event, excerpts from the film, “The Botany of Desire,” will be shown in the college’s Marvin Library Learning Commons first floor (room 143) on Wednesday, April 23 from 1 to 1:50 p.m. The film is based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan that explores human-plant relationships through four species. Copies of the book will be given away, while supplies last, as part of the World Book Night celebration.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.