Friday, March 14, 2008

UNBC Green Day: The Makings of an Expo '86

by Simran Lehal
News Editor

The Environmental Studies 325 class is celebrating the environment on March 20 by hosting a major Green Day event with a wide array of artistic, informational, and promotional venues.
Robin Chang, an organizer for the event, feels one purpose of Green Day is to eliminate the tough middle work of finding information about green initiatives. Rather, “all the major partners and promoters of the environment around campus and Prince George will be showcased right here, readily accessible for all students and any student input.”
Local artisans, the UNBC Drama Club, and the Streetspirits theatre crew will all be present; some will have hidden performances around the school. There will be a clean air symposium and a showcase featuring Annie Booth’s work on sustainable landscapes. Multiple academic departments will be setting up, along with local Chartwell’s and CUPE workers. The new Prince George Pesticide Coalition may also be present, along with a few politicians. Facilities will be also on hand to speak about UNBC’s own green initiatives: for example, unknown to most students, much school furniture is made of recycled materials.
Chang is hoping the initiative will turn into an annual event, as it “allows diverse people to unite under an initiative fundamental to this university as a whole. Plus, it’s only a month away from earth day.”
Targeting green living, green industry, green entertainment, green research, and several other green areas, Chang and her fellow organizers are preparing for a great student turnout. Eco-friendly posters made of recycled cardboard will be springing up around campus soon.

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