October 07, 2009

Case Western Reserve Gears Up for GreenFest 2009


Mark your calendars to learn more about going green. Case Western Reserve University campus members are invited to GreenFest 2009, Friday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students can learn about sustainability topics during the fun, interactive event in the Thwing Center atrium (the event has been moved from the Case Quad due to the possibility of inclement weather).

"Our main goals are to increase overall awareness, to inspire the Case Western Reserve community, and to make recycling cool and attractive," says Dan Niedzwiecki, a fourth-year chemistry major, who is working on a campus-wide sustainability program. "We want to provide tools and information for the campus community to help them make the decision to live a little greener both on campus and at home."

Niedzwiecki says GreenFest "is a souped up, remixed version" of last spring’s recycling program held in residence halls and organized by the Carlton Road Community Council and residence hall assistants. This year, students have taken the event campus wide.

Friday's GreenFest will have a similar feel to the annual Student Activities Fair with informational booths on global issues and green concerns. Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to learn about sustainability practices they can utilize at school and home related to water, food and more. In addition, attendees will be able to play games with recycling themes for a chance to win prizes, including reusable water bottles, tote bags and T-shirts.

Linda Robson, the university's sustainability coordinator, says GreenFest has been a collaborative effort primarily led by students. Niedzwiecki echoes those sentiments, saying that residence assistants and the Student Sustainability Council have supported GreenFest.

In addition, several local businesses have joined in, and will display their green products and services. Niedzwiecki says this is an opportunity to showcase innovate sustainability efforts taking place around campus and in the community.

One of the main exhibits will include several boats made out of plastic bottles and re-purposed objects. "Their goal is to show us what our habits look like and add up to," Robson says. The boats are being donated from an event taking place on Saturday, the Great Lake Erie Boat Float.

Learn more about the university's sustainability efforts and the Student Sustainability Council.

For more information contact Kimyette Finley, 216.368.0521.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, October 7, 2009 01:43 PM | News Topics: Alumni, Environment, Events, Faculty, Staff, Students, news

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