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Environmental celebration EarthFest held in honor of Earth Day

Environmental celebration EarthFest held in honor of Earth Day

April 16
10:37 2014

Steven James // Staff Writer

The Department of Student Affairs will be hosting EarthFest, an event offering information on environmental care and sustainability, 11:30 a.m. this Wednesday at Discovery Park.

Located in the back picnic area, the free event is being held in honor of Earth Day, an annual event that celebrates environmental sustainability. This year, Earth Day is April 22.

Live music, food, games, T-shirts, a blood drive and an office fair from UNT main campus will all be present at the event.

An EarthFest will also be held on the main campus at the Library Mall on April 22 from 4-7 p.m.

EarthFest came to Discovery Park because Lisa Campbell, director of student affairs at Discovery Park, wanted to keep engineering and technology students aware of certain UNT traditions.

“I got here five years ago with a blank slate,” Campbell said. “I asked around to figure out what students want to do.”

She also said hosting the event the week before Earth Day will help remind the students that it is coming up.

“Most students here like that it feels like a more professional setting than the main campus, but that also means that they have a hard time hearing about the events that are going on at the main campus,” Campbell said. “Some students I’ve talked to in the past didn’t even know when homecoming was until the night of.”

EarthFest will offer various perspectives on environmental care and sustainability, mostly with different ways on how to use technology to help the environment.

“The research is an interesting way to show what can be done with an eye for sustainability in the field of engineering and how students and others can approach sustainability,” said Teala Miller, graduate assistant in the center for student affairs at Discovery Park. “This event is a reminder to all of us that we need to be taking care of ourselves and our future.”

Unlike past Discovery Park EarthFests, there will be no sustainability companies at the event. Instead, senior engineering students who worked on environmental and sustainable projects will showcase their Senior Design projects.

Mechanical engineering technology senior Oscar Angulo worked with four of his classmates to build a recumbent trike, a vehicle with two wheels at the front and one in the back. The trike is powered by a person who lies down in a seat and pedals the trike forward..

“Traditionally, bicycles are the first form of human-powered transport,” Angulo said. “But, they’re not very effective because of the way the body is positioned when riding one. It hurts your back.”

He also said he is looking forward to the event because he likes seeing the different plans that other engineering students work on.

“It’s good to see different kinds of projects that are green or sustainable,” he said.

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