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Earth Fest Tuesday!

Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22nd, which means the 14th Annual Earth Fest is also right around the corner on Tuesday the 23rd! The Society for Environmental Education (SEE) sponsors and organizes Earth Fest with the help of several dedicated students. “It is a small but dedicated student organization whose aim is to promote awareness of environmental issues to students, and also to recognize and participate in all of the awesome sustainability events put on by the school (UT),” Lauren McCafferty, president of SEE, said in an email. Lauren also said that SEE is like a miniature version of SEED, except usually run by around 10 active members each year; this year there were 12 students working tirelessly to help make Earth Fest a success; Earth Fest is now recognized as an official UT tradition just like Song Fest and Dance Marathon.

Everything that will be going on during Earth Fest is free, including contests & prizes, two live musical performances, about 30 special guests with tables to promote their companies & organizations, yoga, a station for a mini herb garden, Pedicab rides, a slacklining demonstration, a recycled art contest, and much more. There will also be guest lecturers on the topics of urban agriculture, Lake Erie as a valuable resource, the Ottawa River restoration project, renewable energy, and much more (if you can imagine it!).  The Division of Student Affairs provided funding to help make the event happen, and Pita Pit has donated a ton of food.

Finally, students can bring their bicycles for a free tune-up, hand held drums to participate in the drum circle, 10 used plastic bags or bottles for a “Sustainable Swap” where students can exchange them for new reusable ones, and their resume and/or business cards to network with the many special guests.

Earth Fest begins at 11 am with an introductory presentation by SEED on Tuesday, April 23rd outside of the Student Union in Centennial Mall and continues until 4 pm. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Ingman Room and Trimble Lounge inside of the Student Union.

For more information, visit Earth Fest’s Facebook page: UT’s Earth Fest 2013!

Brought to you by SEED Intern: Monica Aspacher

is Brooke Mason, Sustainability Specialist for The University of Toledo, manages the Rocket Recycling program for over 100 buildings on three campuses with a staff of one non-student and six student employees. She is also responsible for the greenhouse gas inventory and the Climate Action Plan, which guide the University toward climate neutrality. Brooke is highly involved in sustainability education and outreach towards students including advising the Environmental Sustainability Living Learning Community, Society for Environmental Education, and UT’s Student Green Fund. She runs other student sustainability programs including Rockets Recycle: Green Tailgating, Friday Night Lights, RecycleMania, Campus Conservation Nationals, BlackoUT, and the Give & Go: Move Out program. Brooke has earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from Bowling Green State University and is currently working on her Masters in Engineering at UT. She also sits on the Stewardship Committee for the Black Swamp Conservancy.
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The University of Toledo’s SEED Initiative, housed within but not limited to Facilities & Construction, focuses on Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Design to ensure the University is operating in a manner that betters our neighbors, economy, and planet. Through environmental sustainability projects, energy conservation measures, innovative building renovation and design, and a comprehensive educational campaign, SEED commits itself to leaving behind a better planet than when we started.

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