Photo Courtesy of Student Enviornmental Movement and The Office of Sustainability

EarthFest will be in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 20 with a giant Earth dome display, free food, electric vehicles and free bike check courtesy of Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op.

 

April 18, 2017

Students host EarthFest to raise awareness

The Cleveland State’s Student Environmental Movement and the Office of Sustainability will host EarthFest in the Student Center April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. They will offer participants the chance to win prizes as they learn about the environmental issues and practices.

EarthFest will have 35 different booths set up for students to learn more information about a wide variety of topics. Some of the booths with include turning an old t-shirt into a reusable bag. University Hospital will have a station about its bike share program, which allows for people to rent the bikes and then when they are finished, to return them to one of the number of stations available around town.

If students stop at these booths or any others and earn stamps in their Eco Passport, they could be entered in to win a number of prizes. For instance, students who earn five to nine stamps can win a reusable water bottle and lunch boxes, as well as shoulder bags, headphones from the Department of Facilities, Architect, Safety and Technology (FAST).

Another prize is for students who get 10-14 stamps. The prize for this stamp level includes a $25 gift card to the Cleveland State Recreation Center, two $25 gift cards to Chipotle, as well as a Melt gift basket and apparel from the Mandel Honors College.

Finally, people who accumulate more than 15 stamps have the opportunity to win a bicycle from the Ohio City Co-op and will also receive a rain collection barrel from the Ohio Water Environmental Association.

The Fest will also include a 20-foot-high Earth dome, which will include a discussion on geography and environmental issues.

Cleveland State is also trying other things to be greener. For example, taking all the left-over food from the market place and catering and sending it out to be composted. So, instead of the food being sent to a landfill it is sent away to be turned into dirt.

Another program Cleveland State will be doing is enhancing its battery-recycling program. Recycling bins at 24 locations all over campus will accept all types of batteries, such as phone batteries and computer batteries.

Students can also do their part at being greener by carpooling to school with a friend, which will reduce transportation emissions. Also, bring a water bottle to school instead of buying a bottle water.

If you have any questions about EarthFest, please contact Jennifer McMillin, j.mcmillin@csuohio.edu.



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