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Educate yourself with Eco-Scholars Day event

Educate yourself with Eco-Scholars Day event
The Lookout

Andy Bumstead
Freelance Writer

Educate yourself on environmental sustainability this Friday, April 25 at LCC’s West Campus.

The event is the fifth annual Eco-Scholars Day; a combined effort of college and high school students from the Lansing area.

Joshua West of LCC’s Student Life Office is on the Eco-Scholars Day planning committee.

“Eco-Scholars Day is a great way for students to incorporate what they’re learning, as well as highlight ways that they’re being ecologically sustainable.” West said. “They also gain presentation experience, which is very useful in everyday life.”

The events start at noon and will continue until 3 p.m.  Students or faculty will bring out projects, mainly posters, showing they have been working on environmental sustainability.  Geothermal energy, rechargeable batteries and fracking (drilling technology) in Michigan are all topics that will be covered.

Kathy Shell is the chair of the Eco-Scholars planning committee. She said the Lansing Ecological Economy Park will also be giving a workshop.

“The Lansing Ecological Economy Park will provide a productive plant nursery with a sustainable residential community,” Shell said.

John Daly, managing director from the Genesee County Road Commission, will be the event’s keynote speaker. His speech will primarily be concerned with sustainable deconstruction. He will talk about how to tear down buildings in an informed and ecologically sustainable way.

Shell said that besides the keynote speaker, she is really looking forward to the fashion program. High school students from the Eaton County area have created clothing out of recycled materials and will put them on display. The project has been cleverly dubbed “trashion.”

Shell said it’s important to be knowledgeable on environmental sustainability.

“There are so many people on the earth,” Shell said. “We hear every day about the hole in the ozone and its effects on the weather. We need to do everything we can to save the earth for our future generations.”

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