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Loyola student groups to host first Earth Day Carnival

Loyola press release - April 21, 2015

Several Loyola University New Orleans student groups are partnering to present the first Earth Day Carnival to be held Wednesday, April 22 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Residential Quad. The free event will offer food and carnival games. Free Loyola water bottles will be given out.

The Loyola Association of Students for Sustainability, the Student Government Association and the Environment Program have teamed up to host the event, which is designed to help educate students about the importance of recycling. According to event organizers, the biggest inhibitor for recycling is a lack of knowledge.

"We want to educate students on the basics and importance of recycling and have a good time doing it," said freshman Annabeth Madden, one of the students helping to organize this event. "This is where the carnival comes in. The Earth Day Carnival will be a fun atmosphere where we can advocate and educate students about recycling and what they can do to make a difference."

A representative from Green Light New Orleans will be on hand to represent the local program that offers free installation of eco-friendly light bulbs and backyard vegetable gardens. Stations will be set up for LASS, the Environment Program and the national "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign, which is trying to raise awareness about plastic bottle use and its negative effect on the environment.

Following the carnival, professors and students from the Environment Program will hold an open panel discussion from 5-6 p.m. in the Octavia Room (located on the second floor of the Danna Student Center), about campus sustainability and social eco-justice. Among the professors slated to attend are Eric Hardy, Ph.D., Anne Daniell, Ph.D., Francis Coolidge, Ph.D., Craig Hood, Ph.D., and Robert Thomas, Ph.D., who will end the session with a talk on "Sustainability: What is happening at Loyola?" There will be additional student entertainment, as well as dessert.

For more information, contact Christine Murphy at cmurphey@loyno.edu.