Southeastern to celebrate Earth/Sustainability Awareness Week

Monday, April 18, 2016
by: Rene Abadie

     HAMMOND - Southeastern is expanding its traditional Earth Day celebration to a week full of activities for students and the general public running Monday, April 18, through Friday, April 22.
     Re-titled Earth/Sustainability Awareness Week, the event will feature tours of the university’s high tech Sustainability Center and its Outreach Classroom, tours of Turtle Cove Environmental Research Center on Pass Manchac, a business expo for the public and professionals in the building trades, a Sustainability Science Fair, and a variety of other displays and events.
     All events are free, and the public is invited to participate. Tours of the Sustainability Center on North Oaks Drive, an educational and research facility dedicated to conservation of energy, recycling and reuse, are available anytime during the week from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday
     Among the events planned are:
     Monday – display of two WHY sculptures located near Friendship Circle on Ned McGehee Drive and in the Student Union quad to provoke thought about litter and recycling; sign-up table in the Student Union mall at 10 a.m. for students to register for the Turtle Cove tour; and Reconnect speaker Jamal Elhayek, founder of Supporting Urban Agriculture (SUANOLA), an urban farm in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, at 3p.m. at Friendship Oak.
     Tuesday – tour of Turtle Cove, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for pre-registrants; media tours all day; Business Expo for the public in the University Center, Room 125, which includes vendor suppliers, the LSU Ag Center’s LaHouse demonstrating the latest in sustainable home building and demonstrations from the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center Bayou Builders Lego team, a team of middle and high school students who will demonstrate their artificial barrier reef constructed of recycled glass and other materials; 2016 Leadership Tangipahoa tour; the ultimate Frisbee game on the lawn of Pennington Center, 4 to 6 p.m.; and yoga class to follow the Frisbee game.
      Wednesday – breakfast networking of professionals and vendors at the Sustainability Center, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), 7 a.m.; Earth Day events, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to include an information booth in the Student Union quad area and featuring green hacks, or quick job fixes using environmentally-friendly items; distribution of trees, seeds, registration for a free bicycle and tea samples by Coca-Cola; music by KSLU; a farmer’s market sponsored by the student organization Reconnect; and Reconnect speaker Emily Mickey-Doyle, cofounder of Sustainable Produce Reaching Our Urban Table (SPROUT), a community garden teaching project located in New Orleans’ Treme-Mid-City neighborhoods, 3 p.m., Friendship Oak
     Thursday – Turtle Cove tour for professionals, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Sustainability Center tours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
     Friday – Junior high and high school tours and events; high school Sustainability Science Fair in the Sustainability Center Outreach Classroom. All projects must be set up by 9 a.m. with judging beginning at 9:30 a.m.
     For more information on the schedule, tours or other events, call 985-549-3333.

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