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‘Green Fair’ to debut on Earth Day

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IUPUC is looking for organizations, businesses and civic groups who have “green” initiatives and want to share their environmental message during an inaugural Earth Day Green Fair in April.

The event will be noon to 3 p.m. April 22 in the Columbus Learning Center, said Sandra Miles, director of IUPUC’s office of student affairs.

Topics the university hopes to feature include environmental cleanup and monitoring, recycling, energy efficiency, alternative energy, public transit, sustainable agriculture and organic food.

Pamela Weiss, an Americorp volunteer who is working with IUPUC to find exhibitors, said this is a chance for eco-friendly organizations to connect with college students.

As a university, it’s important to help students, as well as the general public, better understand how to implement green practices, Miles said.

“As the global population grows and finite natural resources become more scarce, it’s important that efficient, renewable energy practices become part of our collective consciousness,” Miles said. “Even small changes on a local level have the potential to make a big impact,” she said.

The Green Fair is partnering with Columbus-based Connected Community Partnership for an electronics recycling drive during the event.

The public may bring in old electronics, including computers, television, printers,

small household batteries, cellphones and other electronic devices for recycling. The items should be dropped off between noon and 3 p.m. near the IUPUC main entrance, just off Central Avenue.

Organizers also are hopeful students will make connections with community environmental resources and become active in green initiatives, Weiss said.

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