USC’s Environmental Student Assembly (ESA) invites students to “get dirty and clean up” during Earth Month. ESA has organized more than 25 events in April to celebrate sustainability and promote understanding of environmental issues.
Sophomore Shawn Rhodes, the assembly’s executive director, hopes activities will attract students with multiple interests — from food and gardening to water conservation, recycling and alternative energy.
Charge phones at Greenfest
One of the month’s biggest events is Greenfest, which will be held simultaneously with Springfest on April 5. ESA will bring Global Inheritance, a Los Angeles nonprofit organization, to educate and empower students about environmental issues. From noon to 8 p.m., an “Energy Playground” will turn McCarthy Quad into a true festival experience with human hamster wheels, a seesaw and bicycles to help power the concert. The Tour de Energy bikes and 7-foot tall Human Hamster Wheels will convert human kinetic energy into electricity for the concert equipment. The seesaw is also a fun way for festival-goers to charge their phones.
Earth Day Environment Fair
On Earth Day itself, April 22, ESA has planned an Environment Fair on Trousdale Parkway from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a keynote speaker at Bovard Auditorium. The speaker will be a recognizable face to many students, but they might not know he started his own foundation to provide resources for global conservation, green energy development, awareness about deforestation and animal protection. More details about the speaker will be available in the weeks to come on ESA’s website.
Trojan Community Exchange marks the final event of Earth Month on April 30. ESA, in collaboration with the Environmental Affairs Organization, Black Student Assembly and Trojan Pride Committee, will facilitate an exchange of items that people do not use anymore and an exchange of ideas for next year’s Earth Month. Trojans can visit Alumni Park to enjoy free food from the Farmers Belly food truck and plant Earth Month flyerss printed on seed paper.
Other events to check out during the month include movie screenings, workshops to plant trees and learn about composting, and a bike ride through the streets of Los Angeles as part of CicLAvia.
To find out about these and other events, check ESA’s Facebook page or its recently launched Sustainability at USC website. Throughout the month, ESA will sponsor a photo campaign featuring students around campus and their “pledges” to be more environmentally conscious.
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