Paul Smith’s College to Host SUNY Plattsburgh’s Student-Run Late Night for the Planet

Apr 1, 2023 | News

Program will Feature Paul Smith’s College Student and Scientists and will Focus on Climate Change
Event will be held at the College’s Visitor Interpretive Center on April 5th at 7pm and is Free and Open to the Public


Paul Smiths, N.Y. – Late Night for the Planet, a SUNY Plattsburgh student-run show will record an episode at Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center on Wednesday, April 5th at 7PM. Entitled Late Night for The Planet: Connecting Watershed Science and Nordic Skiing through Climate Change, the episode will feature three Paul Smith’s College guests—two scientists from the college’s Adirondack Watershed Institute and a nationally ranked Paul Smith’s College Nordic skier.

  • Brendan Wiltse of the Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute is a senior research scientist, limnologist, photographer and outdoor enthusiast who studies impacts to waterways from road salt, climate change and other stressors.
  • Lija Treibergs is a research associate at the Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute and recently returned from a deployment to Antarctica where she conducted field-based research on climate change impacts on sensitive ecosystems.
  • Aiden Ripp is a Paul Smith’s College student and nationally ranked athlete on the college’s national champion Nordic team who recently competed in the FISU World University Games and Winter Olympic Trials. Ripp will talk about the impacts of climate change on winter sports and recreation.

The event is free and open to the public. Live music provided by High on the Hog. For more information visit:   

Media Contact:

Zoë Smith, Paul Smith’s College,

Dr. Curt Gervich, SUNY Plattsburgh,

 Gabriel Thatcher, SUNY Plattsburgh,

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About Late Night for the Planet

Late Night for the Planet is a SUNY Plattsburgh student run talk/game show that uses entertainment, games and humor to raise awareness about local, regional and national environmental topics. Late Night for the Planet’s mission is to foster community dialogue about important topics, enhance environmental awareness through entertainment, and build bridges across our community. A team of SUNY Plattsburgh students: Christopher Fisk, Kayleen Snyder, McKenna Kaleta, Taylor Towne, Caley Doell and Gabriel Thatcher develop each show, conduct live interviews and facilitate audience participation games with guests. The project is produced by Dr. Curt Gervich, professor in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Center for Earth and Environmental Science. Late Night for the Planet launched in 2019. When not on tour, Late Night for the Planet occurs monthly at Olive Ridley’s in Plattsburgh. Future events at Olive Ridley’s are scheduled for March 29 and April 26. The project is funded by The Lake Champlain Basin Program.



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