April 19, 2016

CSU hosts Earth Fair

Cleveland State University will host an Earth Fair on Thursday, April 21, presented by the Facilities, Architect, Safety and Technology departments of Cleveland State University (FAST) and the Student Environmental Movement (SEM).

The two groups have planned activities throughout the week leading up to the Earth Fair.

“The events begin with activities such as a Pollinator Patch Planting and Beach Clean-Up at Sims Park Beach during the weekend of April 16,” explained Jejuana Brown, coordinator of FAST.

“The specific activities planned include the return of the clothing swap sponsored by Sigma Epsilon and Tau Kappa Epsilon. All leftover clothing will be donated to Planet Aid. Students will also be able to creatively recycle their t-shirts with tie-dye. In addition, there will be giveaways, raffles and music.”

While the Earth Fair and its activities at Cleveland State might be limited to a week in April, Brown said that Cleveland State’s campus is doing a lot year-round to be more earth friendly.

“Last year our recycling efforts resulted in over 153 tons of recycled materials diverted from the landfill,” she explained. “These efforts saved resources such as over 2,600 trees and over 1 million gallons of water. We also saved 62,873 gallons of fuel through our recycling efforts which equals covering the distance of just over 1.5 million miles.”

“We’ve also received a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to add more recycling bins throughout the interior of campus and in a number of offices,” she continued.

“They have begun to be distributed across campus. We anticipate this initiative assisting us with our efforts to increase recycling.”

Brown stressed that creating a dialogue with the Cleveland State community is one of the most important steps in getting more people engaged and involved in creating a collaborative approach to sustainability, not only on campus, but in the Cleveland area.

Brown wanted to remind students that they can always do their part by recycling, turning off the lights, powering down their laptops to conserve energy, or getting more involved with activities on campus.

“Students are invited to not only attend the Earth Fair but also participate in the events throughout the week,” she said.

“I encourage students to get involved through SEM. Also, look for upcoming opportunities later this summer and fall with friendly competitions designed to raise awareness about Cleveland State’s BeGreen sustainability efforts.”


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