Geography Awareness Week 2023


This year marks the 36th anniversary of National Geography Awareness Week! It came about after Congress recognized the importance of geographic knowledge in an increasingly interdependent world and President Reagan signed the legislation in 1987 implementing it. Geography Awareness Week (GAW) is an annual event typically celebrated during the third week of November each year and promotes geographic literacy, education, and geographic skills in making informed decisions to address challenges such as climate change, urban planning, and resource management.

This year's theme is "The Power of Place" and allows the Geography and Environmental Science Department to remind the Hunter community of the influence that geography has played in all parts of our lives and how geography can be incorporated into many fields of study. Geography is not just about maps but also about understanding the complex relationships between people, places, and the environment.


Alley Pond Park Tree Planting
Saturday, November 4 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Queens
Hosted by Greenbelt Society and NYC Parks
Register at

Open Classroom: A Career in Sustainability
Monday, November 6 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM | 1022 HN (Hybrid)
Speaker: Sahara James

Geography Awareness Week Alumni Panel
Tuesday, November 7 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM | 1022 (Hybrid)
Speakers: Amanda Catale, Yvonne Chow, Ryan Edwards, Lauren Swaddell
Pizza will be served. Bring your own drinks.

Hiking Tour to the Harriman State Park
Saturday, November 11 | 8:30 AM | Penn Station
Hosted by Greenbelt Society
Meet at Penn Station to board New Jersey Transit (Northeastern Corridor #7829) departing at 9:14 AM

Student Presentations with Greenbelt Society
Tuesday, November 14 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 1028 HN (In-person only)
Speakers: Melanie Arellano, Alexis Czajkowski, Alejandro Asencio, Peter Manos
Hosted by Greenbelt Society

Navigating Housing with Geospatial Tools
Wednesday, November 15 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Zoom
Speakers: Jochen Albrecht, Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Deborah Rojas De Leon
Hosted by San José State University
Zoom meeting link

Student Internship Experiences
Thursday, November 16 | 1:20 PM - 2:30 PM | 1028 (In-person only)
Speakers: Peter Manos, Alejandro Ascencio, Jiada Valenza, Presley Hernandez, Fadwa Yousef
Pizza will be served. Bring your own drinks.
RSVP to Marina Avanesyan at

Comparing Twitter and LODES Data for Detecting Commuter Mobility Patterns
Friday, November 17 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Zoom
Speaker: Professor Jochen Albrecht
Hosted by Maddalena Romano, NYC DOT
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Visualizing Geography - Conservations about Geography and the Arts
Tuesday, November 28 | 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM | 1022 HN (Hybrid)
Speakers: Argentinian photographer and filmmaker Ignacio Leonidas
Light refreshments will be served.

Current issues in energy and the environment
Wednesday, November 29 | 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM | 1022 (Hybrid)
Speakers: Alāna Wilson, Noah Ginsburg
Pizza will be served. Bring your own drinks.

Career Paths in the Geosciences
Thursday, November 30 | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | 1022 HN (in-person)
Speakers: Jessica Luo, Xiao Liu, Randye Rutberg

Walking Tour - Environmental Justice Class Project (Two Bridges)
Friday, December 1 | 1:30 PM | Manhattan
Hosted by Greenbelt Society
Meeting Location: Meet by the statue of Sun Yat-Sen in Columbus Park, Baxter and Bayard Streets. One block east, one block south from Canal Street on the 4,5,6 line.

Willowbrook Tree Planting
Saturday, December 2 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Staten Island
Hosted by Greenbelt Society and NYC Parks
Register at