The citizen science component of the $165K aquatic invasive species project has been launched. FLI is working with the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance to engage watershed citizens in the collection of scientific data and making observations in their local environment including lakeshores. This project also supports Dr. Meghan Brown’s research on invasive zooplankton in the Finger Lakes. A new grant award of $198K is in the pipeline to support a second year of this program including placing watercraft stewards at launches on all 11 Finger Lakes and in Monroe County for 2013. FLI was selected to host the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management for our 17-county region. A search is underway for a full-time coordinator to lead this effort. The contract is for five years and $887K. FLI has hosted a film series during spring 2013 including the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in partnership with the Finger Lakes Regional Watershed Alliance. Other films focused on land use and local food, Brunswick and American Meat. The series concludes with Chasing Ice which chronicles James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey which will be held at the Smith Opera House. James Balog will appear and make a presentation at the screening. FLI led an HWS Alternative Spring Break trip with the Youth Farm Project in Ithaca, NY. As follow-up to HWS being designated a Tree Campus USA in 2012, Sarah Meyer and HWS’ David Iannicello accept the designation plaque at a ceremony sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
The first sustainable community development course, ENV 101: Sustainable Communities is being offered for the second time at HWS. For the second time in a row, this course is completely subscribed with 70 students enrolled in two sections; including six Geneva High School students. Two public lectures by professional practitioners of sustainable communities were held in February and March, with two more scheduled in April. Five HWS student interns have been hired for a community design center pilot project in summer 2013 with support from the Isabel Foundation and Triad Foundation. The third floor of the FLI is currently being used to teach ENV/ARCH 351 and will house the community design center pilot project during summer 2013.