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Earth Week at the Beach

Published: April 17, 2017

This year’s Earth Week at CSULB will take place Monday-Thursday, April 17-20, and will feature a variety of events happening throughout campus.

Sustainability Coordinator Holli Fajack is hoping for a successful Earth Week focused on inspiring and educational activities.

Fajack understands and stresses the importance of educating students and younger generations about sustainability and environmental issues because many of them are struggling to figure out how to do their part for the planet, especially given the current political climate.

“Students are looking for ways to be a force for positive change,” said Fajack. “They’re definitely more interested in being engaged and Earth Week is a great opportunity to help them connect and feel more empowered.”

Earth Week events were designed with students’ participation in mind. Instead of the usual vendor tables and booths, students will get the chance to be more hands-on this year with many DIY crafts and projects along with other unique events and activities.

“We don’t just want to be doing tabling,” said Fajack. “We hope this year can be fun and interactive for not just students but other members of the campus.”

Events for the week are as follows:

• On Monday, April 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a screening of the 55-minute PBS documentary film “Silent Spring” at the University Student Union (USU) Beach Auditorium. A panel discussion will follow the screening with CSULB faculty and local community leaders who will discuss the past and present roles of science and community activism. The film is based on the book of the same name by Rachel Carson, whose publication led to the first wave of environmentalism in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. There will be free pizza and popcorn available at the screening.

• On Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an Eco-Fair at the Speaker’s Platform, which will include eco-themed carnival games, contests and plenty of prizes and giveaways. Free pizza will also be available.

• On Wednesday, April 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students will get a chance to screen-print their own tote bags and t-shirts at the USU Southwest Terrace. DJ music, eco-displays and other DIY crafts will also be on the day’s agenda.

• On Thursday, April 20, 4 to 7 p.m., the 6th annual Green Generation Mixer and Sustainability Project Showcase will be held at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. This event, which traditionally serves as the finale of Earth Week, specifically aims to bring the campus and Long Beach community together to celebrate sustainability achievements. Local environmental and community organizations, city agencies and Long Beach businesses will be participating. Student projects also will be on display throughout the garden and the night will include live music, food and craft beer samplings. The event requires an RSVP through Eventbrite. This year’s mixer is poised to be the largest yet, according to Fajack.

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The numerous cross-campus collaboration events are being organized and supported by the CSULB Office of Sustainability, ASI Beach Pride, Sustain U, the Sustainability Task Force, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Parking and Transportation Services, ASI Recycling Center and the 49er Shops, along with student organizations Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Environmental Science and Policy club.

All events are free and open to all. For more information on these events and CSULB Sustainability, please visit the campus’ sustainability website.

Celebrate Earth Day with even more with the following campus and community events in April:

April 11-25, various dates, “Taking Care of Mother Earth”: Indigenous Cultural Sustainability Series, hosted by CSULB American Indian Studies Program

• Wednesday, April 19, 6-7 p.m., Beyond the Beach: Life Hacks for Sustainable Living, hosted by the CSULB Alumni Association

• Friday, April 21, 3-4 p.m., Earth Day Litter Patrol at Longview Point, hosted by Sustainable Long Beach

• Saturday, April 22, March for Science, Los Angeles

• Saturday, April 22, Long Beach Green Prize Festival, hosted by Green Education Inc.

• Saturday, April 29, Beach Streets University, hosted by City of Long Beach

• Saturday, April 29, People’s Climate Movement, Wilmington