‘Get Your Green On' for the 6th Annual Cool Kids Eco-Fest at GCC

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 celebrating 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 celebrating Earth Day. All portions of the event are free and open to the public and scheduled on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Genesee’s Batavia Campus. Both indoor and outdoor activities will be happening throughout the four hour event, which winds down with the Eco-Raffle of great green prizes, including the grand prize, a mountain bike provided by Adam Miller Bikes and Toys. (You must be present to win.)

While many of the popular Eco-opportunities will be back, such as the annual residential E-Waste collection and Sloat Tires Inflation Station outside in the parking lot, there will also be many wonderful new green alternatives to explore and enjoy. New to this year’s celebration will be the collection of worn American flags for honorable disposal by Sheppard, Maxwell and Hale. In addition, this year’s ECO-Tips Illustration Contest, sponsored by ESL Federal Credit Union, features fun and unique prizes in the following six categories:

  • Children’s Coolest Category: Pre K- 6th Grade
  • Most Unique Reused Item
  • Best Illustration
  • Longest Term Impact for the Environment
  • Greatest Innovation / Absolutely Cool Awesome Idea
  • Most Fun or Funny

“Last year we had some incredibly clever contributions to the Eco-Tips Contest and we are looking forward to seeing what local citizens, from pre-K classes to senior citizens groups will create. It’s a great way to ‘get your green on,’ ” Donna Rae Sutherland, Genesee’s Earth Club co-advisor and associate director of Marketing Communications said. “Eco-Fest continues to grow each year and the upcoming festival promises to be the best ever.”
Entries for the ESL Eco-Tip Illustration Contest are being accepted now through to 11:00AM on April 9 at Eco-Fest by sending them to Donna Rae Sutherland, GCC, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020. All entries will be display at the event, and from 11:30-1:00 PM contest judges will review the array of different entries to select the six prize winners. There is no limit on the number of Eco-Tip entries any one person or group can submit, and there is also no limit on the size of paper or form for each submission. For Eco-Tip guidelines and the official entry form go to: http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/eco_tip_guidelinesform.pdf
Also new this year will be the bird banding demonstration by Tom Klotzbach who is a local birding expert and researcher, as well as a GCC alumnus and employee. He is currently in the second year of a three year bird tracking project featuring more than 60 bird boxes located at GCC and on the western portion of the Ontario State Parkway. The seasonal outdoor effort starts in early April when he will once again begin tracking various species of native and non-native birds. Through banding and bi-weekly nest box checks, Tom is collecting bird data such as age, sex, fat score, and mass. The collected data is used to study migration patterns with the U.S. Geological Survey, and is the foundation for his research on nest site fidelity.
The 6th Annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest also includes over 35 exhibits, presentations, and activities, including the Cool Kids Wild Life Show and the Big Bag Bash. As in years past, hundreds of people of all ages are expected to attend the event enjoying environmental fun and educational opportunities, and the more green things they do – the more Eco-Raffle tickets they collect to increase their chances of winning the mountain bike. Among the ways to earn Eco-Raffle tickets:

  • Donating residential E-Waste or electronics such as old computers, monitors, calculators, TVs, VCRs, stereo equipment, video games, and microwave ovens (No other kitchen appliances, please.)
  • Donating paperbacks books for American troops overseas
  • Donating worn American flags for proper disposal by Sheppard, Maxwell and Hale
  • Donating cell phones and ink cartridges for Oakfield-Alabama Schools collection
  • Creating an Eco-Tip for the ESL Eco-Tip Illustration Contest
  • Getting your tire pressure checked by Sloat Tires Inflation Station
  • AAA mercury hood lamp switch-out (for 2002 or older cars)
  • Being an Eco-Fest volunteer
  • Wearing green

From alternative fuel cars to kites, solar power displays to big plastic bag bash, water bugs to giant map of the Earth, Eco-tips to Eco-button making—it’s all free and at the 6th Annual Cool Kids Eco-Fest at GCC. For further information contact Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x6616.

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