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Yellow Jackets Go Green for EarthFest 2013

A new Berea location for the nation's longest running Earth Day celebration gives Baldwin Wallace University an opportunity to promote campus sustainability efforts.

By James Stringer '13

Baldwin Wallace is home to many environmentally friendly innovations, so it comes as no surprise that BW’s sustainability efforts will be showcased at this year’s EarthFest. In 2013, the longest running Earth Day celebration in the nation is moving to a new location at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, neighboring the BW campus, on Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

BW President Bob Helmer will be speaking at the opening ceremony, and campus radio station WBWC will be broadcasting from the event, providing music and interviewing various exhibitors. Attendees can also take walking tours led by BW students of the university’s solar, wind, composting and green building installations.

Campus green initiatives include a number of buildings with geo-thermal heating and cooling, two rooftop solar arrays and an on-campus wind turbine producing clean, renewable energy. BW opened a green residence hall, the R. Amelia Harding House for Sustainable Living in August 2012, featuring a variety of scalable sustainable practices and technology. In addition, BW was the first university in Ohio to offer a major in Sustainability.

Presented and organized by the Earth Day Coalition since 1990, EarthFest is Ohio’s largest environmental education event. EarthFest will feature over 200 exhibits in 8 sustainability areas. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with eco-activities, Ohio’s first biodiesel powered amusement park rides, music on 5 stages, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks, the NASA “Village,” Jungle Bob with his animal friends, Valley Exotic Petting Zoo, pony rides and much more.

To find out more, visit www.earthdaycoalition.org.

Posted April 2013


 

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