April 6, 2015
Source: Taylor Spicer, Intern, Office of Sustainability Initiatives

Emory's Earth Festival Kicks Off Earth Month 2015 Festivities
Emory celebrated Earth Day for the eighth consecutive year with the Earth Festival and Farmers Market on Tuesday, March 31st to kick off Earth Month on campus. The festival brought together over 35 community and campus groups whose work is centered on some aspect of protecting our community’s natural resources and ensuring happy, healthy lives for those living in it. Community groups such as the CDC, the EPA, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Environment Georgia, re:Loom, the Greening Youth Foundation, the Sierra Club, and many others shared with the Emory community how they are working to protect our region and state. Emory groups such as the Office of Sustainability Initiatives, Emory Dining, the Enterprise CarShare program, the RHA Sustainability Chairs, Social Enterprise @ Goizueta, and many more shared ways in which students, faculty, and staff across Emory are working toward a sustainable future together.

Students were able to engage directly with partners through a scavenger hunt with clues that led them to various farmers market vendors and community and campus groups in order to win exciting sustainable prizes! The festival participants also engaged students through hands-on and educational activities at their tables. Some highlights include the Rollins Environmental Health & Action Committee (REHAC) smoothie bike, which allowed festival-goers to pedal their way to a delicious smoothie! Emory Recycles and the Graduate Sustainability Group teamed up to turn an old filing cabinet from the Emory Surplus Store into a bed of beautiful, local plants in a frame painted by the students. To keep bellies full as students and staff visited different tables, delicious local and sustainable food items were offered by Emory Dining, the new Emory Local Roots student CSA, Emory Campus Kitchens, and Farm Burger!

The festival kicked off the Earth Month of April, which is filled with activities, lectures, and community events that continue celebrating our appreciation for the planet on which we live. To learn more about the activities and events planned throughout the month of April, see how Earth is Honored with a Month of Festivities and visit the Earth Month website.

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Emory students recycle and refurbish a filing cabinet into a portable garden at Earth Festival 2015.