Preparing for Environmental Awareness Week


By Greg Brenn

As spring begins to bloom all around campus, so does environmental awareness with Earth Week.  Starting on Monday, April 16, and lasting until Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, the Environmental Club, U-Sustain, Ozone House and Octopus’s Garden are organizing events to promote sustainability and the activities of environmental groups involved on campus.

The week’s activities include a Green Expo in front of the Reamer Campus Center, which will highlight the numerous projects that the campus environmental groups have become involved with, as well as projects for the future.

President of Environmental Club Bobby Meeson ‘13, one of the main organizers of the upcoming events, elaborated on the plan to host an Eat Local Day during Earth Week.  As Meeson stated, “We will be informing people of the environmental benefits of eating locally produced food, and promoting Schenectady’s weekly Green Market with samples from local vendors.”

Meeson also states that there will be a petition for students to sign “to retrofit the bookstore with more refrigerators that will be able to hold locally grown produce.”

For those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, there will be a work day at Octopus’s Garden on Saturday of Earth Week to prepare the spring harvest.

To conclude the week, Ozone House, in conjunction with the Alpha Epsilon Pi, Sigma Delta Tau, and Arts House, will host a barbecue from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The event will promote sustainable living and provide information about living a more sustainable lifestyle. The barbecue, which is Ozone House’s biggest event of the year, will have free food, music, tie-dying and lawn games.

Concluded Meeson, “We hope that what we teach during this week will impact the lifestyles of students, creating a campus of sustainably-minded students.”



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