Early morning April showers on Wednesday caused some outdoor Earth Day events to be postponed until Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Compass Point, Green Unity members said.
Co-hosts of the 2010 Earth Day events – Green Unity, VCU Recycling and Save the Trash! – rescheduled the outdoor festival and shortened the event from six to three hours, according to Green Unity co-founder Amanda Schutt.
According to James McCarthy, a Green Unity member, the student groups plan to feature local non-profit organizations and business, which promote greener initiatives, and other activities.
McCarthy said students who participate in a survey, which will examine student interaction with the environment, will be given a plant. Other activities will include games like a limbo competition.
The VCU fashion department will present a fashion show of eco-chic clothing, made entirely out of thrift store products and other recycled materials, McCarthy said. Guest speaker Joel Salatin, the owner of Polyface Farms, will be addressing the community at 3 p.m., in room 253 of the Trani Life Sciences Building after the outdoor festival.
Green Unity will also be hosting a gardening event at the Trani Life Sciences Building and on Cary and Harrison streets with the Boy Scout Troop 737 “BayScape,” Saturday, at 9 a.m. The two organizations will be planting 600 native shrubs, flowers and grasses to help manage storm-water runoff from campus as a part of a project to improve the water quality of the James River and protect the Chesapeake Bay.
For more information about these events, visit the Green Unity Facebook group: Green Unity 4 VCU.