October 15, 2010

University to celebrate Sustainability Day

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is going green to celebrate Sustainability Day.

A Green Fair is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22 in the Student Center’s Roman Room and Art Gallery (formerly the Hall of Fame.) Campus departments, student organizations and community members will have displays highlighting various green/sustainability initiatives. The Student Center, Sustainability Council, Eco Dawgs, Southern Sustainability, Saluki Heritage Interpreters, Restoration Club and Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge are among the exhibitors.

Organizers encourage people to wear green that day to mark continuing efforts on campus toward sustainability and a green future.

Sustainability Day 2010 at the Student Center features several other special events as well. You can enjoy a free mid-day concert as the SIUC Studio Jazz Orchestra performs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Roman Room.

A free Saluki Spokes workshop will be at the north entrance of the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn the essentials of bicycle maintenance and repair.

The feature documentary film “King Corn” will air in the Roman Room at 4 p.m. The movie is the tale of a couple of college friends who move to the Midwest to learn about the origins of their food. With neighborhood help, herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, they grow a big corn crop on an acre in Iowa but they also begin questioning farming and eating practices.

You can also have some fun with “green” repurposing at the Craft Shop’s new “Trash to Treasures” workshop at 6 p.m. Bring your old forks and spoons and create a free wind chime. Or, for just $4 you can use Craft Shop utensils to make your personalized wind chime. You can also bring your old jewelry and beads and restring them for free to create a special, unique necklace.