APSU promotes green awareness

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This week you might hear students cheering “Let’s Go Green” instead of “Let’s Go Peay!”

That’s because on Monday, Oct. 12, APSU began its first Sustainability Week with events and bringing in vendors to showcase the many different faces of the green movement.

“The purpose behind Sustainability Week is to promote green living and to bring awareness to the community about the importance of saving our Earth,” said Amy Allen, event coordinator.

The events began with a Sustainability Building Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The expo featured builders, suppliers and architects from around middle Tennessee offering presentations on green building practices and green energy.

“They will be talking about what their company personally has done to help mother earth and what we as individuals can do when improving our homes,” Allen said.

“Going green can actually save people considerable money when it comes to their homes, and these different companies will be explaining why.”

Later, in the afternoon, a bus took expo attendees from the UC to the APSU Environmental Education Center, (EEC), for a tour.

The center recently installed a solar array to power a nearby classroom using grant money provided by the Student Sustainability Fee committee.

For the past year, the EEC has also successfully converted kitchen grease into a biodiesel product to power farm equipment.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, students and visitors had the opportunity to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables from a Farmers Market set up in the University Center plaza.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, interested APSU community members can see the latest electric, solar-powered and hybrid vehicles during a Transportation Exhibit in the Library Bowl.

At 7 p.m., Jeff Barrie’s documentary film on the sustainability movement, “Kilowatt Ours,” will be shown in UC, room 308.

“Kilowatt Ours” has won multiple awards including the Greenspirit Award at the 2008 GreenDance Film Festival and the Katherine Knight Award at the 2008 Earth Vision Film Festival.

The week’s events will come to a close Thursday, Oct. 15, with the Tennessee Water Education for Teachers workshop. The program will educate the public on how to reduce pollution and improve local water quality.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Amy Allen with Student Life and Leadership at 931-221-7838 or allena@apsu.edu.

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