CCES Projects & Events

Habitat Gardening in Central New York

CCES works in partnership with many organizations, including Habitat Gardening in Central New York (HGCNY). Habitat Gardening is a chapter of "Wild Ones: Native Plants Natural Landscapes," an organization dedicated to advocacy and education. The mission of HGCNY is to promote environmentally sound landscaping practices that preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

Meetings are free and open to the public!  Learn more at www.hgcny.org.

LOCATION for all meetings: Le Moyne College Library Special Activity Room

Our annual "member roundtable" is coming up soon! Join us November 28 at 2 pm.

CCES is young, and busy!

Our committee formed in 2007, and in that time we have promoted: an E-waste presentation in connection with a Le Moyne Biology class, a weeklong wellness fair, a workshop on rain gardens and barrels, a clean energy bike tour, and lectures on permaculture as well as acid rain in the Adirondacks. In addition, we raise awareness and scientific literacy through presentations such as:

  • “Agriculture, Science and the World’s Poorest,” a lecture by Woodrow Wilson Fellow Donald Winkelmann;

  • “Climate Over the Past Millenium” and “Global Climate Change: Past and Future,” presentations by climatologist Michael Mann;

  • “Rising Seas and Shifting Shores,” a lecture by marine geologist Orrin Pilkey;

  • “Only a Theory,” the Darwin Bicentennial Lecture delivered by evolutionary biologist Kenneth Miller;

  • “An Evening With Carol Yoon,” New York Times science writer and author.

Past and Future Events

Focus the Nation

Thanks to the efforts of the CCES, Le Moyne College hosted a highly successful 2009 "Focus the Nation" event featuring lectures and panel discussion, film, and displays, following upon our participation in the 2008 event.


The next Green Campus Challenge event for Central New York is already being planned.

Check back to this web site for details!


Greenpledge  |  September 3-5, 2008

Our CCES environmental “kick-off” event asked Le Moyne College faculty, staff, administrators, and students to pledge their commitment to environmental stewardship by placing a handprint on a quilt. The quilt was hung in various locations on campus and also used at events sponsored by the SEC and CCES.


The Swarm Versus Big Coal: Recent Victories for Ordinary People and Mother Earth

Anti-coal activist Ted Nace addressed the tremendous environmental threat posed by the wave of proposed coal plants across the country, including those in Central New York. He highlighted factors that could lead to success for the anti-coal movement.  A community organizer and entrepreneur, Nace is the director of coalSwarm, a San Francisco-based group mobilizing a national effort in support of renewable energy and environmental conservation. He is the author or co-author of four books, including “Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy.”

Green and Gold: The Dual Value of Environmental Business | March 31, 2008

Le Moyne College’s Madden Institute for Business Education sponsored a panel discussion on the future and sustainability of the green business movement. The panel featured S. Rick Fedrizzi ’76, president and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council, which created the LEED standard dedicated to advancing the construction of environmentally sound buildings; Terry Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of O’Brien and Gere, a comprehensive engineering company specializing in environmental work; and Neil Murphy Jr., Ph.D., president of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, one of the nation’s premier research institutions in environmental science and technology.