The celebration will begin in the Reynolda Hall Green Room at 4:30pm with the inaugural Champions of Change awards ceremony. Immediately following the awards program, the fair will kick-off at 5:00pm on Manchester Plaza (a.k.a. the Mag Quad).
Join us any time between 5:00 and 8:00pm for live music, entertainment, food, and activities.
The 9th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds from 10 AM – 5 PM. Founded by Piedmont Environmental Alliance, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair is the Triad’s largest Earth Day Celebration and environmental education event, drawing crowds of 8,000+. With support of local sponsors and community partners, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair is full of enrichment activities for kids of all ages, live entertainment throughout the day and a variety of food and beverage options. The event is free to the public including free parking.
Did you get a chance to see those artsy trees on the Mag Quad for Earth Day? If you did, you witnessed Wake a Forest, a play on the United Nations’ Make a Forest campaign. In 2011, the UN proclaimed that year to be dedicated to the forest. Their aim was to highlight the forestry industry while shedding light on the adverse effects of deforestation at the same time. To do this, cultural institutions were prompted to create their own trees across the globe while portraying what a forest meant to them. A sample of these trees can be found at makeaforest.org.
These trees ranged from typographical trees crafted out of shoe laces to walls covered in suggested tree forms. The types of trees were wide-ranging. A team of Wake Forest students headed by De’Noia Woods and Kelsey Zalimeni decided to create their own Wake a Forest to contribute to the project. Individuals or groups who participated had one constraint – they had to use found and reclaimed materials. After much thought, students took the idea and ran with it by creating trees out of materials from plaster to old street signs. The types of trees varied as a reflection of the interest of the group or the personality of the individual student. The forest emulated the array of students that attend Wake Forest University in a very creative and unique way. Check out the WAF trees at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sustainablewfu/.
Contributed by De’Noia Woods ‘13, Office of Sustainability Photography Intern
Food For Thought 2013, the Office of Sustainability’s Earth Day Celebration, was a great success. The fair was held on Manchester Plaza on April 20th. Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day full of live music, live animals, educational booths on sustainable practices, and great food and drink. The Office of Sustainability is grateful to attendees, vendors, educators, volunteers, and performers who participated. The success of the fair would not have been possible without each, who helped further foster knowledge and engagement in sustainable practices.
Welcome to your home for the 13 Days of Celebrating the Earth. From April 14-26, enjoy nearly two weeks jam-packed with fun, informative and motivational events ranging from the “Green, It’s Not Only a Color, It’s a Movement” art exhibition at the StArt Gallery on April 14 to the keynote address by renowned activist and writer Bill McKibben on April 26.
Each day on the schedule is accompanied by a recommended activity to help you take small steps toward sustainable living.
We’ll have tons of give-aways and great activities for your participation, so peruse the schedule of events, look for our bold flyers around campus and get excited for the 13 Days launch on April 14. Once the celebration begins, check back here daily for up-to date details for each event.
The Piedmont Earth Day Fair is right around the corner. Have you signed up to volunteer? Volunteers are especially needed for Parking, Zero Waste, Exhibitor Assistance, and Clean-up after the Fair. So, grab some friends and plan to enjoy the Fair and also spend a few hours giving back. You must be at least 16 years old and able to commit to showing up on time and completing a shift. Shifts vary from 2-3 hours long.
A little about the event:
April 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Dixie Classic Fair Grounds in Winston-Salem
Founded by PEA, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair is the Triad’s largest Earth Day event. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the Fair promotes environmental stewardship through practical life applications. Over 8,000 attended the 2010 Fair at Wake Forest University.
Learn more about the event and sign up to volunteer here.
The 5th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair,sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Alliance, was held on Davis Field on April 17. Nearly 8,000 people attended the fair themed around the idea “Day of Action.” More than 100 exhibitors demonstrated a variety of ways to reduce your impact on the planet from switching to sustainable commuting methods, to buying local organics and exploring the great outdoors. Hundreds of attendees took action by pledging their support to minimize the negative environmental impact of their own lives. The green pledgers wrote down attainable goals on slips and paper and attached them to the walls of a Bottle Tower constructed by university community members from recycled materials found on campus.
The university’s Earth Day celebration kicked off on the 21st in the Reynolda Fresh Foods Company. Local farmers brought produce to distribute at the dining hall and the Pit featured locally sourced ingredients on the lunch menu. That night, Ben Harper and Relentless 7 performed in Wait Chapel as part of the Campus Consciousness Tour.
Several events around campus lent a reflective nature to the celebration the following week. On April 22nd, the Native American Student Association held a ceremony to bless the garden at the intersection of Faculty and Wingate Drive. University staff have begun to reintroduce native species of plants to the already biodiverse space that was once just a storm-water run-off area. The garden is now designed as a meditative place of reflection for members of the Wake Forest community. It was named Nvwotohida gadvtv – the Cherokee name for a meditative or healing garden.
Other members of the university community joined the celebration as well. The Library Lecture Series in ZSR featured a panel that discussed use of the campus as a Living Classroom. Members from the biology, English, history, and religion departments discussed they ways they use the campus for research and teaching.
Be sure to check out photos from the Day of Action on our flickr page and at Terri LeGrand’s Picasa.
Caitlin Brooks, Outreach and Communications Intern