Save the Date: 5th Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at GCC

ECO-Fest Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Genesee Community College’s Earth Club, Student Activities Office, and College Village are once again joining Cool Kids to collectively produce the annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest, a fun-filled, yet educational event aimed at increasing awareness of important environmental issues and opportunities. The fifth annual 2010 ECO-Fest will celebrate with special activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. All portions of the event are free and open to the public and scheduled on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM at Genesee’s Batavia Campus with most events occurring in the College’s central Forum or Clocktower Plaza. ECO-Fest is part of several activities celebrating Earth Day throughout Genesee County in the month of April.
Cool Kids ECO-Fest 2010 includes numerous exhibits, presentations, activities, and prizes, and is an ideal experience for anyone interested in celebrating Earth Day. Hundreds of people of all ages are expected to attend the event. Many of the prior year’s favorite environmental fun and educational opportunities will return, with a wide assortment of new options as well. Through active participation in ECO-Fest activities, attendees increase their chances of winning a variety of prizes, including the grand prize – an Adam Miller Toys and Bike’s Mountain Bike, at the finale of ECO-Fest. (All winners must be present at ECO-Fest to win.) 

New to this year’s celebration is a paperback book drive for American troops through the Operation Paperback program. Participants can bring in paperback books to be recycled and sent to service men and women. Along with paperback books, ECO-Fest attendees should also bring in old sneakers to be recycled for Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe recycling program which recycles old sneakers into Astroturf. Attendees can also bring in old electronic devices for the E-Scrap drive. The E-Scrap drive collects residential electronics such as computers, monitors, cell phones, calculators, etc. There will be drive-up curbside collecting for community members who wish to drop off their old, unwanted E-Scrap free of charge. (There is a $5 charge for any television sets dropped off.)

Community residents are encouraged to participate in the Earth Day Eco-Tip Illustration Contest to graphically illustrate their favorite Eco-Tip. There are no age or creativity limits, and entries can be individual or group efforts. Participants can use the form provided at or use their own paper. Entries can be brought to ECOFest on April 17 or can be submitted to: Genesee Community College, Attn: Donna Rae Sutherland / MarCom Office D110, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. All entries must be received by 11:00 AM on April 17. Each submission will receive a raffle ticket to win a mountain bike from Adam Miller Toys. One winner and honorable mentions will be awarded at ECO-Fest.

“We have some fantastic events planned for this year’s Eco-Fest, which we decided to move to a weekend date to accommodate the expanding crowds and presentations,” Donna Rae Sutherland, associate director of Marketing Communications at Genesee and advisor for the Earth Club said. “Each year gets better than the last and we’re excited to be commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.”

Other Earth Day celebrations happening in Genesee County the following weekend include:

 City of Batavia Earth Day Celebration

  • Saturday, April 24, 2010 / 9 AM - 12 PM
  • Austin Park (behind Batavia City Post Office)

Genesee County Earth Day Celebration

  • Saturday, April 24, 2010 / 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Dewitt Recreation Area (115 Cedar St, Batavia) and
  • Genesee County Park and Forest (Bethany Center Rd, East Bethany)

For further information contact Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x6616.

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A photo from ECO-Fest 2009 is available at:

PHOTO CAPTION: ECO-Fest 2009 collected over 500 pairs of recyclable sneakers, which were displayed in the word ECOFEST with Genesee Community College’s Day Care children.

A PDF entry form for the Earth Day Eco-Tip Illustration Contest: