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EarthFest celebration will promote Longwood’s sustainability efforts

March 31, 2009

Earthfest 2009

Longwood University will host EarthFest, a weeklong celebration to raise awareness of environmental issues and to promote Longwood's sustainability efforts. A variety of activities including lectures, movies, musical performances, and a sustainability fair will take place beginning April 13 and concluding on Earth Day, April 22. Earth Day is an annual event that is intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth's environment. The schedule of events for Longwood's EarthFest is as follows:

Monday, April 13
Lecture: People and the Natural World: An Exploration of Connections with Céline Cousteau, International Project Coordinator, Ocean Futures Society. 7 p.m. Molnar Recital Hall, Wygal Hall

Tuesday, April 14
Sustainability Awareness Fair featuring live music by Broda. 4-6 p.m., Brock Commons

Wednesday, April 15
Announcement and web cast viewing of the National Wildlife Federation's "green" video competition. 4 p.m., Greenwood Library

Thursday, April 16
Live music featuring Tray Eppes. Noon-2 p.m., Brock Commons.
Movie: An Inconvenient Truth. Discussion will follow. 7 p.m., Hiner 207

Wednesday, April 22
Movie: The 11th Hour. Popcorn will be served. 8 p.m., Lankford Ballroom

Kelly Martin, Longwood's Sustainability Coordinator, served on the EarthFest committee made up of students, faculty and staff. "We decided to celebrate Earth Day this year by organizing a series of activities throughout the week of April 13 as well as showing the movie The 11th Hour and hosting a birthday celebration in the dining hall on Earth Day, April 22," said Martin. "During the week of April 6, students will be in the lobby of the dining hall encouraging members of the campus community to sign the Earth Day Pledge. All signed pledges will be entered into a drawing for EarthFest 2009 t-shirts."

EarthFest committee members include Susan Sullivan, Louise Waller, Dan Druckenbrod, Brenda Ferguson, Maureen Walls-McKay, Kelly Martin, Amanda Thomas, and Jenna Rooney. EarthFest 2009 activities are funded by the Sustainability Program and the American Democracy Project.

A logo and essay contest were held earlier in the semester to encourage student participation in promoting Earth Fest. Cory Nichols, a graduate student in Longwood's M.B.A. program, designed the winning EarthFest logo that will be used on all promotional material. David Walters, a junior biology major, authored the winning essay on the topic "Why should colleges and universities take the lead in sustainability?" Walters' essay will appear in the Rotunda on April 15.