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ETSU to hold Earth Day Festival

By Nick Shepherd
On April 23, 2012

East Tennessee State University's Earth month will conclude with the Earth Day Festival.

The Earth Day Festival is being hosted mainly by the Environmental Conservation Organization. The event is also hosted by ETSU's department of sustainability.

ECO established the celebration of Earth Day several years ago. Since Earth Day fell on a weekend this year, Earth Day will be celebrated on Tuesday.

The festival's intention is promoting conservation.

"Students can become informed and learn ways to promote sustainability by attending the Earth Day Festival and speaking with participating organizations," said Jared Jones, coordinator for ETSU ECO-nuts. "Every student, faculty and staff member can help ETSU's mission to become more sustainable."

Earth Day was established in the 1970s after thousands of people flocked to Washington, D.C., to demand a greater respect for the Earth by cutting back on waste and pollution and conserving resources.

The festival will take place mainly in the Borchuck Plaza in front of Charles C. Sherrod Library.

"ETSU's festival brings together various environmental groups to educate others about how to get involved in various efforts taking place locally that benefit our planet," said Kathleen Moore, director of sustainability at ETSU. "One of our primary purposes is to connect our ETSU family with these groups and hopefully encourage individuals to think about the impact of their lifestyle and to make small changes to reduce their impact."

The festival will have food, live music and informational booths.

Jones said that this festival is designed to be the grand finale of Earth Month.

This will be a celebration of conservation as well as planet Earth.

"The Earth Day festival is a celebration of Mother Earth and a reminder that we must consider our impact on the Earth, and live in a sustainable matter so the earth and all of its wonders will be available for future generations to enjoy," said Moore.

Along with information, prizes will be awarded to those who participated in the residence hall challenge that was a local part of RecycleMania. Other handouts and prizes will also be given.

Students at ETSU are encouraged to attend and learn more about Earth Day.

"I would like for students to know that the Earth Day Festival will be a fun, interactive and rewarding experience for all those that attend," Jones said. "I would like for students to know that it is their responsibility to protect the environment, our resources, and the future living conditions of generations to come."


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