2011 Service to Sustainability Awards

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7 - 9pm

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In April, the Institute hosted the first annual Service to Sustainability Awards with inaugural honorees Rebecca Wodder, Amy Goodman and Yoko Ono. The event also launched Water-Aid USA Inc., a new initiative to ensure the purity of America's water, featuring remarks by Watershed Expert and ISD Senior Fellow Albert Appleton, Environmental Arts Leader Linda Weintraub, and NYC Environmental Chair James Gennaro.

Performers at the event included internationally acclaimed jazz artist Kazzrie Jaxen; two-time Grand Slam Champion poet Laura Moran; Mark Black, John Sebastian and Eric Weissberg singing "No Fracking Way," the renowned artists from ISSUE Project Room; the Reverend Billy Talen and the Stop Shopping Gospel Choir and Sabrina Artel of "Trailer Talk." As part of the celebration, five giant video walls were mounted in The Great Hall to showcase the conservation photography of J. Henry Fair and media and video artists.

Thanks to all our participating organizations
Baum Forum, CatskillMountainkeeper, Columbia University Sustainable Business Committee, Damascus Citizens, Gasland, NY Restoration Project, NYH2O, Sane Energy Project, SkyDog Projects, United4Action, Yestermorrow Design/Build School.


Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.