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SU Showcase 2012 fellows selected

April 17, 2012

Eight fellows will be recognized and have their sustainability videos screened during SU Showcase on Wednesday, April 18, starting at 3:30 p.m. in Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center. 

Representing both individual and team efforts, the videos were selected from the SU Showcase Video Competition entries. The competition’s two winning videos will be announced following the screenings. One $250 prize will be awarded per winning entry. 

"These eight videos really stood out among this year's submissions for their inventiveness, their clarity and their focus on solving serious problems,” says Rachel May, coordinator of sustainability education at SU. “I want to congratulate all the video artists who entered the competition and thank them for their dedication to sustainability." 

SU Showcase for Sustainability 2012, the campuswide celebration of students’ sustainability work and innovative strides toward a green economy, is open to the campus community and the general public. 

This year’s sustainability fellows, including brief descriptions of their videos, are listed below. 

Kelly Bancroft, SUNY-ESF environmental science graduate student
Other team members:  SUNY-ESF’s Laura Brown, Gino Dos Santos
Video: “Sustainability in a Bottle”
A proposal to expand the NYS bottle bill by increasing the deposit to 10 cents and covering more types of bottles, thus increasing the incentive to recycle, which in turn would reduce energy use and waste, and improve sustainability. 

Erin Corbett, Arts & Sciences, Newhouse
Video: “Just Say No”
A parody of the stereotypical anti-drug commercials, except this version says “no” to processed/mass-produced meat. 

Anna Ebers, SUNY-ESF environmental and energy economics graduate student
Other team members: Saleh A. Raheem, VPA, producer and editor
Video: “Solar Solutions for Mexico”
A look at a not-for-profit development project in Jalisco, Mexico, that is working toward electrifying rural communities one village at a time. 

Ryan Little, Newhouse
Video: “Foam Pyres”
Putting into context the harsh reality of how excessive Styrofoam really is because of its longevity as a non-biodegradable material. 

Michele Maciejewski, SUNY-ESF environmental science graduate student
Other team members: SUNY-ESF’s Mandy Sopchak, Adrienne Canino, Michele Hierholzer, Ang Sanu Lama, Andrew Greco, Laura Coberly, Xinde Ji, Megan O'Connor
Video:  “One Life, One Bottle”
A proposal for a government policy that issues each child enrolled in public and private school kindergarten classes a reusable water bottle so that children are taught the responsible behavior of refilling with tap water instead of constantly purchasing bottled water. 

Malinda Masing, Newhouse, Arts & Sciences
Other team members: Mirrah Stoller, VPA, music composer
Video: “The Green Beans Food Cooperative: A Student Initiative”
Project Description:  Sustainability is about more than just keeping it green. The start-up Green Beans Food Cooperative is looking to keep it green by sourcing local, organic food to serve the populations of SUNY-ESF and Syracuse University.

Si (Phoenix) Wang, Newhouse
Other team member: Enyu Cao, SUNY-ESF
Video: “Eat, Pray, Love”
Details a recipe for homemade, do-it-yourself yogurt with the lowest carbon emissions as a result of using ready heating in winter and solar heating in summer. 

Tingting Yin, SUNY-ESF environmental science graduate student
Other team members: SUNY-ESF’s Idrissa Hamad, Xinde Ji, Taylor Wade, Hamidu Abdulai
Video: “Sustainable Development”
Introduces a campaign to solve the challenge of sustainable development through community-based behavior change on energy consumption and deforestation due to over-consumption of fuel wood in Yuhe, China. 

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