Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sustainability Soiree

The campus will celebrate the students' success in making St. Mary's the first green college in Maryland with an Earth Day Sustainability Soiree on Saturday, April 21 from noon-2 p.m. The event takes place on the campus center patio and is free and open to the public.

The electricity-free event will kick off with live music from student bands. There will be activities that use alternative power as well as games and food. The soiree is a student-run party designed to bring attention to ways that colleges can reduce their carbon emissions and reduce global warming. The College’s soccer team will make ice cream without electricity using a new ice cream maker that can be tossed, shaken and kicked. There will be a bike-powered smoothie machine. and students are invited to bring kites to test the power of the wind. The College’s caterer, Bon App├ętit, will serve hors d’ oeuvres made from locally grown foods. Eating fresh and locally produced foods reduces the use of fossil fuels in transportation and reduces pollution from emissions.

At 1 p.m. Maggie O’Brien, the College president, and student leaders will sign several declarations of support of environmental initiatives, including the Talloires Declaration. The college will also become an EPA Green Power Partner and join the Energy Star program. Eric Daniels, vice president of BP Solar and invited political leaders will speak to the group.

Come on out and wear GREEN to show your support!

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