CSUB students celebrate sustainability with first-ever Green Week, May 21-26

Green WeekAs part of the university's push to become a more environmentally sustainable campus, CSUB students are taking the lead to turn their school colors from blue and gold to green with the first-ever Green Week, May 21-26.

Associated Students Inc., the student governing body, has organized a week's worth of activities and lectures to demonstrate how CSUB is a major player in the "greening" of Kern County.

"The objective is to raise awareness within our community and promote greater action for sustainability," said ASI Executive Vice President Ahmad Rafah. "We also want to highlight CSUB as a hub for sustainability in the community. We should be leaders in this movement."

All events are free and open to the public. The week kicks off with a festival open to the public on Saturday, May 21. Green Scene will feature live music, children's activities, information booths on living green in Kern County, food, and raffles. A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to the American Red Cross for Japan relief after March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Each day during Green Week, ASI has planned an entertainment-related event for each afternoon, followed by a lecture series each evening. Activities include a concert, fashion show, film viewing, and outdoor games. Lectures by CSUB faculty and representatives from community organizations are on topics such as green living, alternative energy, and sustainability policy.

"It is very important that all of our speakers are local authorities on sustainable issues. We wanted to demonstrate that there are plenty of individuals in Kern County that are advocates of sustainability," Rafah said.

For more information about Green Week, contact Ahmad Rafah at 661-654-3487 or ahmadrafah@hotmail.com. Green Week events are also posted on ASI's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/asi.csub.

Green Week schedule
All events are free and open to the public. Parking is free during the Green Scene festival and in the small lot opposite Lot K during evening lectures. Parking during weekdays is $2.

Saturday, May 21: Kick-off
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Green Scene Festival & Japan Relief Fundraiser, Runner Park
Live music, children's activities, information booths, food, raffles.
Bands: Tall Dark and 90, Soulajar, Age of Trinity, Aaron Ashe and Aeon Grey

Monday, May 23: Everyday Green Living
11 a.m.–3 p.m. "Ecopalooza" Concert and Campus Declutter, Student Union Patio
Bands: Racella de Olivia, A Long Way From Stable, The Ease
Campus Declutter: Faculty and staff can recycle items from their offices (journals, folders, etc.)
6-8 p.m. Lecture Series, Student Recreation Center
Topics: Living green, human impact on the environment, recycling, diet and exercise

Tuesday, May 24: Alternative Energy & Transportation
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Enviro-Fashion Show, Student Union Patio
6-9 p.m. Lecture Series, Student Union Multipurpose Room
Topics: California high-speed rail, solar panel technology, energy efficiency, windmill technology panel

Wednesday, May 25: The Environment
1-3 p.m. Recycle-Olympics, Runner Park
6-8 p.m. Lecture Series, Walter Stiern Library
Topics: Air quality, global climate change, our relationship with nature, plant wildlife

Thursday, May 26: Sustainability & Policy
3:30-6 p.m. Film viewing and Q&A session, "An Inconvenient Truth," Student Union Lounge
6-8 p.m. Lecture Series, Student Union Multipurpose Room
Topic: Local officials will speak about current and proposed laws related to sustainability.

For More Information

Contact CSUB Public Affairs
(661) 654-2136