FPU celebrates Earth Week

On April 21 an Earth Day Fair was held in Spagnuolo Hall at Franklin Pierce University. The Sustainability Center at Franklin Pierce partnered with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the Health Sciences program on campus to create a day of earth celebration and wellness. Interactive displays and meet-the-farmer tables at the Fair included local food tastings; seed planting for the campus garden; displays by local farms/CSAs, environmental organizations and businesses; and hands-on activities and community-building.

Guest speaker Andy Pressman spoke about “Why Local Food Matters,” demystifying local foods and their role in supporting individual, community, and global health in his talk. An Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Pressman works with farmers throughout the country in the fields of organic crop production, local food systems, urban agriculture, and farm energy. Pressman and his family also operate Foggy Hill Farm, a small diversified farm and CSA located in Jaffrey.

On April 23, Jess Gerrior, sustainability coordinator at FPU, will discuss her journey to the International Association of Universities (IAU) 2014 International Conference in Iquitos, Peru, on March 19-21, where she participated in a panel, “Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development.” This presentation will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Education Center.

On April 25, from noon to 2 p.m., Sustainability Certificate Community Share-Out will be held in the Alumni Lounge at Peterson Manor. Sustainability Certificate students will showcase their sustainability projects and leadership experiences. Sustainability Seminar students, through a combination of photos, videos, and stories, will share what it was like to take on one of three “sustainable practice” challenges during the three weeks preceding Earth Week. These students will have, by their choice, gone vegan for a week, used no disposable goods for a week, or carried around all their trash waste for three days. Sustainability Project students will showcase their work, including a musical performance series, glass and ceramic art, zero-waste move-out, and other glitzy, glamorous sustainability actions!

For more information on any of these events, contact sustainabilitycoordinator@franklinpierce.edu.

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