Celebrate ‘The Green Generation’ – Student Sustainability Fair Added to this Year’s Colorado State Earth Day Event April 22

Colorado State University will celebrate Earth Day with a Student Sustainability Fair from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 22 on the Lory Student Center Plaza on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

CSU’s Live Green Team has partnered with the Coalition for a Student Sustainability Fair, a new student organization on campus, to sponsor the first CSU Student Sustainability Fair as part of this year’s Earth Day celebration.

The Student Sustainability Fair will feature several areas focused on how CSU students can impact the environment. The Incredible Edible area will highlight local and sustainable food options. An Undergraduate Research Symposium will feature multiple student projects related to sustainability including some projects from Centennial High School created through the EnvironMentors program. Other features at the fair include a Green Career Fair, Hall Life, Action at CSU and the Fort Collins Community.

"Additional student involvement is very fitting this year as the theme for the 2009 Earth Day celebration at Colorado State is ‘The Green Generation,’" said Tonie Miyamoto, director of communication for CSU Housing and Dining Services.

Live entertainment at the Earth Day event will be provided by local bands The KirkPatrick Project and Yettie, as well as a performance by Billy Henson, a Native American flute player.

CSU Surplus is partnering with GRX to offer free electronic recycling at the event including cell phones, batteries, laptops and other small electronics.

Earth Week events at CSU include:

Tuesday, April 21

John Weller, award-winning photographer and 2009 Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation, will present "The Ross Sea, Antarctica: Science, Policy, and the Public in a Pristine Marine Ecosystem." A reception with refreshments and a display of some of his recent prints will start at 6 p.m., with the talk following at 7 p.m. in 108 Johnson Hall. This event is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability Student Environmental Leadership Network, the Department of Biology and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory.

Wednesday, April 22

CSU’s Earth Day Celebration and Student Sustainability Fair will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Lory Student Center plaza. This year’s celebration will include live entertainment, educational booths and displays and the Student Sustainability Fair.

The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, sponsored by Jax Mercantile will kick off at 5:30 p.m. at the Lory Student Center Theater with an Enviro Fair including local environmental groups. The films will begin at 6:30 p.m. This year’s film festival will feature a series of short documentary films about changing the world. Tickets are $8for adults and $4 for students, children and seniors. More information and tickets can be found at all Jax Outdoor Gear locations or the CSU Box Office at (970) 491-4849.

Thursday, April 23

Change the world with your own two hands with Earth Day focused service projects sponsored by the CSU Challenge Course with workshops starting at 9 a.m. and continue through 4:45 p.m. Workshops include composting, water harvesting, early season gardening and making micro-habitats for urban wildlife. A full schedule follows:

9 – 10 a.m. – Bluebird Trail, house construction and set-up

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. – Composting, preps and uses

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Open Climbing on the New Climbing Tower

1:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Early Season Gardening

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. – Rainwater Harvesting and Irrigation in the West

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. – Trash Pick-up and Sculpture Contest

Sunday, April 26

The Fort Collins Earth Day Fair, sponsored by the Environmental Action Collective, will be held at City Park from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. This event connects CSU and the Fort Collins community in environmental and sustainable education practices.

For more information about Earth Day and Week events, please contact Miyamoto at (970) 491-4314 or tonie.miyamoto@colostate.edu.