The Edmond Sun

April 19, 2014

UCO plans Earth Day Fair

Film screenings, rain barrel workshop part of events


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to celebrate sustainability with its Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22 in locations throughout Central’s campus.

The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. around Broncho Lake with exhibitions from local businesses, state agencies and student organizations. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about its environmental mission and message.

“UCO has a long, proud tradition of innovation in sustainable practices, the first of which was Earth Day. First brought to campus more than 20 years ago by a dedicated group of faculty, the event has grown and thrived throughout the years,” said Tim Tillman, sustainability coordinator for Central.

“With more than 30 exhibitors, films from deadCENTER Film Festival, the ‘Advancing Wind’ panel discussion and a free rain barrel workshop, 2014 is shaping up to be a fantastic celebration of Earth Day.”

All Earth Day Fair events are free and open to the public. The schedule of events includes:

• Rain Barrel Workshop, 11 a.m., Blue Tent at Broncho Lake: Sponsored by Coca Cola, attendees will learn about rainwater collection and rain barrels.

• Lunch at the Lake, noon, Broncho Lake: Sponsored by OG&E, attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary veggie burgers and hotdogs.

• Redbud Walk and Seed Bomb Toss, 12:30 p.m., Fink Park (located at Second Street and Garland Godfrey Drive in Edmond): Sponsored by Edmond Beautiful, attendees will plant redbuds and get to make “seed bombs” to be thrown throughout the Hafer Trail that winds through the park.

• Advancing Wind Oklahoma Panel Discussion, 1 p.m., Nigh University Center Constitution Hall: Hear from leading industry experts on wind energy.

• Short Films, 2 p.m., NUC Constitution Hall: deadCENTER Film Festival will present three short films from Oklahoma filmmaker Stefanie Leland: “Where Did the Horny Toad Go?,” “Food For Thought” and “Bokoshe: In the Air We Breathe.” A panel Q-and-A with Leland will follow.

• Screening of “YERT,” 6 p.m., NUC Constitution Hall: deadCENTER Film Festival will screen “YERT,” a documentary about three friends who travel across the U.S. to explore the good, bad and weird in search of innovators and citizens who are tackling humanity’s environmental crises.



TO LEARN MORE about Central’s sustainability efforts, visit www.uco.edu/green. To reserve booth space or learn more about the event, contact Tillman at 974-3526 or ttillman2@uco.edu.