RVCC to Host Events for Earth Week

The public is invited to participate in a number of free events at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg in celebration of Earth Week. Presented by the College’s Sustainability Committee and the Environmental Club, the events are part of the Raritan River Week celebration. Senator Kip Bateman will offer the keynote address for RVCC’s Earth Week programs on Wednesday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m., in the RVCC Conference Center. A long-time member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, Senator Bateman has one of the highest environmental ratings of any state legislator. He was named an “Environmental Hero” by the NJ Environmental Federation for his commitment to protecting NJ’s natural resources. Senator Bateman will address such topics as legislative outcomes and challenges, his role as a Republican environmentalist, the Exxon pollution settlement, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Free organic food will be provided by members of Sustainable Somerset, Fresh Market and CideRoad. Assistance with funding for refreshments is also being provided by a College Community Fund Grant from the RVCC Foundation. The public is invited to participate in a stream cleanup, Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., starting at the pond located at the front of the College. The RVCC location is one of 39 sites being cleaned as part of Raritan Headwaters Association’s annual stream cleanup. The College will host a film screening of Reimaging our Watershed: A Renaissance on the Raritan, Monday, April 20, from 12:30-1 p.m. The film focuses on environmental projects and organizations that have had a positive impact on the Raritan River and the surrounding region. The screening will be followed by a student panel discussion on “Climate Change: Where Do We Go from Here?” from 1-2:20 p.m. Both events will be held in RVCC’s Atrium (lower level, College Center). Free vegan organic food will be provided by Wegmans and CideRoad. RVCC will host a screening of The City Dark: A Search for Night on a Planet that Never Sleeps, Tuesday, April 21, from 1-2:20 p.m., in the College’s Planetarium. The award-winning film focuses on light pollution.