ECO-Sneakers Countdown to the 4th Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at Genesee Community College

ECO-Fest: Thursday, April 30, 2009; 5:00-8:00 PM

What:     ECO-Sneakers Countdown to the 4th Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at GCC

When:   ECO-Fest: Thursday, April 30, 2009; 5:00-8:00 PM

Where:  Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia, NY

Hundreds of area residents who enjoy a fun and educational way to celebrate the spirit of
                 Earth Day and environmental awareness.



As the ECO-Fest Sneaker-Shots indicate, the 4th Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at Genesee Community College is a fun, innovative and informative opportunity to celebrate Earth Day. On Monday, children from Genesee’s Child Care learned that their old sneakers can be recycled into running tracks and they participated in the ECO-Sneaker photo opportunity. In addition, some of the children experienced the massive size and volume of 1484 plastic bags, which is what the average American family uses each year. This message will be reiterated at Cool Kids ECO-Fest on Thursday evening with Tops Markets and Lowe’s donating reusable shopping bags to share with interested participants.

Genesee Community College’s Earth Club, Student Activities Office, and College Village join Cool Kids once again to produce a fun-filled, yet educational event aimed at increasing awareness of important environmental issues and opportunities through numerous exhibits, events, and prizes. All portions of the event are free and open to the public and scheduled on Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at Genesee’s Batavia Campus with most events occurring in the College’s central Forum or Clocktower Plaza.

New to this year’s ECO-Fest celebration is Live Llamas with The Critter Ranch, an exhibit from The Tift Nature Preserve in Buffalo, a nature trail walk through Genesee’s Nature Trail, the Recycle-A-Shoe, sneaker recycling drive and Inflatable Planetarium.

Back by popular demand is the E-Scrap Drive, where computers, monitors, mobile phones, printers, scanners, game consoles, and other electronics, as well as non-alkaline batteries that operate these devices can be brought to the College to be recycled. Community members are welcomed to drop off their old, unwanted E-Scrap free of charge. This year, however, there is a $5 charge for any television sets dropped off.

For further information, please contact Earth Club Advisor, Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x6616.