Sustainability Fair and Picnic for the Planet Highlight One CSU Month

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University’s Earth Day celebration efforts have blossomed into a month-long series of events that will be highlighted by a fair on campus (April 12) and a “Picnic for the Planet” at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows center on April 22 that will be part of a world record-setting attempt.

The events, clustered under the slogan of  “One CSU – Creating a Sustainable YoU,” are also a way to highlight Columbus State’s commitment to sustainability, said Bill Frazier, chair of a campuswide committee organizing the efforts.

One CSUThe fair, on campus from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 12, will include more than two dozen exhibits and vendors. Participants include university groups with an environmental context, such as the CSU Geology Club and environmental science program, local organizations such as Trees Columbus and national organizations with local affiliates such as The Nature Conservancy.

“This is part of the campus’s attempts to be noticeably more aware of sustainability efforts,” Frazier said, noting that sustainability is now listed among CSU’s values. “The ideas have swollen to involve concerns about how one can live healthier, and how one can live in a way to not damage the planet.”

This is how several events were arranged together for the One CSU celebration, featuring the second Annual Cody's Run 5K Race last month, and several upcoming events at Columbus State’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center.

Earth Day, April 22, will be the highlight. That day, Chattahoochee RiverWarden, CSU’s Oxbow Meadows, and the Columbus Film Society have joined forces to bring the juried, award-winning Wild & Scenic Film Festival to Columbus. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic to Oxbow Meadows at 6 p.m. and enjoy movies under the stars shown on a 35-foot outdoor screen.  Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, and all proceeds will be used for the development of a water quality education program at Oxbow Meadows.

The event is also a registered site for The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet, a world-record attempt for the most people picnicking in 24 hours. From Columbus, Georgia to Melbourne, Australia, the idea is to unite the world to celebrate Earth Day with good food and great company.

CSU will provide bus service from main campus and downtown for its students that want to attend.

For more information and a complete listing of events, go to ColumbusState.edu/sustainable.

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