CSU, Chico News

Environmental Action and Resource Center and AS Live Present Eco-Fest

Date: 04-12-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Deanna Voss, Public Relations Intern
Associated Students Sustainability


A free community festival with live music, food and activities celebrating sustainability will take place at California State University, Chico on Saturday, April 16.

Hosted by the Environmental Action and Resource Center (EARC) and AS Live, Eco-Fest will be located on Kendall Lawn from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This will be a fun, festive day showcasing organizations and fostering the community feel between the city of Chico and Chico State,” said Monique Silva Crossman, AS sustainability event coordinator.

The day will be filled with live music provided by local bands Swamp Zen, Boss 501 and Adrian Xavier.

A series of workshops will be held the day of the event, including a compost workshop on how to make your own worm bin and a tie-dye booth hosted by Sustainable Consultations of Office Practices (SCOOP). Chico Natural Foods will also conduct a workshop on DIY tincture and poultices, demonstrating how to make herbal liquid extracts and topics poultices for ailments, skin issues and injuries.

Other highlights of the event include a speech from city of Chico mayor Ann Schwab, Afro-Caribbean Dancers, Hula Hoopers and a yoga session led by Rex Stromness. In addition, local products will be raffled off throughout the day from Lyon Books, Mountain Sports, 360 Eco-tique, Greenfeet, Chico Peace and Justice Center and many more.

The Paul Maslin Environmental Stewardship Award will also be announced during the event. Created in 2001 by the Environmental Action Committee (EAC), the award honors Paul Maslin, a professor emeritus in the Department of Biological Sciences. One student and one faculty or staff member who are passionate about environmental health, personal environmental impact and promoting social awareness will be recognized.

For more information about Eco-Fest visit Bell Memorial Union 301 on the CSU, Chico campus or contact Sage Priolo at sageyp@yahoo.com.