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STAC To Host Rockland PLUS Event

Mar 14, 2018

STAC To Host Rockland PLUS Event

St. Thomas Aquinas College will host a symposium for high school students participating in the Rockland P.L.U.S. (Planned Land Use with Students) program on Friday, March 23, 2018, along with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Rockland Conservation & Service Corps, and Rockland Economic Development Corporation.

The symposium is the culminating event for students who are enrolled in Environmental Science and Public Policy classes in school districts throughout the county. Rockland P.L.U.S. provides hands-on educational experience planning for sustainable development in students’ own communities. Educators from Keep Rockland Beautiful and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory conduct classroom workshops during the school year to engage students in discussions about the features of a healthy, livable community for all ages and stages of life. Students are introduced to sustainable planning concepts, and explore the impact that land-use has on the environment, quality of life, local economy, and community fabric. Students envision and map out a local site for redevelopment, with consideration given to the full range of its potential impact and implications.  Students incorporate specific examples of “green” building design and infrastructure in their plans.

Participants will gather at St. Thomas Aquinas College on March 23 to work collaboratively with peers to present their plans during the full day symposium. Working with community professionals serving as mentors assisted by students from the St. Thomas Aquinas College Biology program, county high school students will exchange ideas and grapple with issues of how land development affects the environment, and consider how sustainable planning can mitigate those effects. According to St. Thomas Aquinas College Provost Dr. Robert Murray, “It is our pleasure to work with Lamont-Doherty/Columbia University & Keep Rockland Beautiful to provide a space for this event. I’m thrilled to see so many high school students dedicated to the environment of Rockland County; our own Biology students will certainly benefit from working for this event as well.” 

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St. Thomas Aquinas College will host a symposium for high school students participating in the Rockland P.L.U.S. (Planned Land Use with Students) program on Friday, March 23, 2018, along with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Keep Rockland Beautiful, Rockland Conservation & Service Corps, and Rockland Economic Development Corporation.

The symposium is the culminating event for students who are enrolled in Environmental Science and Public Policy classes in school districts throughout the county. Rockland P.L.U.S. provides hands-on educational experience planning for sustainable development in students’ own communities. Educators from Keep Rockland Beautiful and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory conduct classroom workshops during the school year to engage students in discussions about the features of a healthy, livable community for all ages and stages of life. Students are introduced to sustainable planning concepts, and explore the impact that land-use has on the environment, quality of life, local economy, and community fabric. Students envision and map out a local site for redevelopment, with consideration given to the full range of its potential impact and implications.  Students incorporate specific examples of “green” building design and infrastructure in their plans.

Participants will gather at St. Thomas Aquinas College on March 23 to work collaboratively with peers to present their plans during the full day symposium. Working with community professionals serving as mentors assisted by students from the St. Thomas Aquinas College Biology program, county high school students will exchange ideas and grapple with issues of how land development affects the environment, and consider how sustainable planning can mitigate those effects. According to St. Thomas Aquinas College Provost Dr. Robert Murray, “It is our pleasure to work with Lamont-Doherty/Columbia University & Keep Rockland Beautiful to provide a space for this event. I’m thrilled to see so many high school students dedicated to the environment of Rockland County; our own Biology students will certainly benefit from working for this event as well.” 

For more information, contact: Margie Turin, Education Coordinator, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, at 845-365-8494, or Sonia Cairo, Executive Director, Keep Rockland Beautiful, at 845-708-9164.


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory explores the fundamental workings of our planet through cutting-edge research in earth science.  An integral part of Lamont’s mission is providing educational programs to students to help them better understand humanity’s relationship to the environment.  For more information visit www.ldeo.columbia.edu.

Keep Rockland Beautiful leads efforts to clean up, beautify and protect Rockland County’s environment by implementing programs that educate and empower people to share in the care and stewardship of our communities.  For more information visit: www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org.

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).