Please join us for our 4th Annual Eco-Fest on the Green on Wednesday, April 18th. Eco-Fest is our campus celebration of Earth Day (since Earth Day on April 22nd falls on a Sunday this year). All student clubs can have their tables on the green, set up starts at 11:30 a.m. Food trucks start serving food at 12:15 p.m. and there will be music, games, contests with prizes, and a yoga class. At 2 p.m. we will host a gratitude circle in the center of the green where the entire campus community is welcome to join and say thank you to Mother Earth for her beauty and abundance. Environmental Studies tables will show case these topics:
- Our campus garden, what is growing on and how to get involved.
- Eating less red meat, the planet needs less cows in contained animals feed ops (CAFO).
- Fermented Food, why it's good for you
- GMO food, why it's bad for you
- Palm Oil, why it's bad for the planet. It's a common ingredient in body care products and food.
- How to use less paper and plastic, how to recycle more paper and plastic.
Instead of following the most commonly known "R's" of environmental consciousness - "reduce, reuse, recycle" – Seton Hall practices the "Six R's": refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle, respect the environment. One of the goals of Eco-fest is to teach students more holistic, resilient, and preventative measures for improving and preserving our environment.
In addition to teaching these principles, we will also educate students on do's and don'ts of recycling paper and plastic on campus. Environmental Studies students have been monitoring the recycling efforts in these buildings and suggesting improvements: the University Center, Library, Rec Center, McNulty, Jubilee, Fahy, A&S, Nursing, and Aquinas.
7. The SGA Blue Goes Green table will educate on:
- The housing water contest and easy water conservation tips
- The reusable cup program in Dunkin' Donuts
- How to get involved in environmental efforts at SHU
The food trucks that will be present include Ben & Jerry's scoop truck, Empanada Guy, and Gourmet Dining. There will vegetarian and organic options available. The scoops of Ben & Jerry's ice cream—including vegan flavors—will be FREE for all students who can answer environmental questions correctly while standing on line. The other food trucks will require students to purchase lunch out of pocket.
Additionally, prizes for the Hula Hoop and Kan Jam competitions will include t-shirts, hats, and sunglasses, provided by Coca Cola.
Student groups of all interests and fields are welcome to participate in the event. Groups interested in tabling do not need to be directly related to environmental causes (but it would be great if those that come could incorporate a related activity to Eco-fest). Please contact the Ecology Club to reserve a spot with a table and chairs (EcologyClub@shu.edu) or contact Violet Reed (SGA, Blue Goes Green) at Violet.Reed@student.shu.edu.
Event sponsors: Office of Facilities Engineering and Business Affairs, Coca Cola, and Gourmet Dining.