Cool Kids ECO-Fest Celebrates its Ninth Anniversary

Go Art! Offers ‘Comfort Zone’ Film Screening Following ECO-Fest

Batavia, New York - Just like Mother Earth, the annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest at Genesee Community College is ever-changing with new opportunities each year. For the first time is its nine year run, Cool Kids Eco-Fest at GCC will not be accepting any electronic waste (E-waste) such as computer CRTs, televisions, stereo equipment or microwave ovens. Instead, planners are excited to be welcoming Habitat for Humanity’s call for non-fabric, wood or metal furniture including desks, book cases, tables and dressers. In addition, old bicycles and reusable bike parts are being collected by Trailside Bikes of Orleans County. Lastly, a screening of the environmental film “Comfort Zone” will be featured after ECO-Fest in the Conable Technology Building through Go Art!.

The 9th annual Cool Kids ECO-Fest happens at Genesee Community College’s Batavia Campus on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Some favorite recycling initiatives from year’s past continue, including the collection of rubber sneakers to be made into running tracks, paperback books sent to American troops overseas and the worn American flags collected for proper disposal. Co-sponsored by GCC’s Student Activities Office, College Village, and Brockport-based Generation Cool, Cool Kids ECO-Fest is a fun-filled, educational event that aims to increase awareness of important environmental issues while celebrating Earth Day. The event is free and open to the public. The first 250 people at Cool Kids ECO-fest will receive free tree seedlings to plant.

Also new this year will be the Seeds of Change -The Earth Charter and Human Potential Exhibit created by the Soka Gakkai International and The Earth Charter Initiative. The multi-panel display is seven feet tall and with dynamic images and compelling messages, viewers learn about community empowerment, water harvesting, the Green Belt and The Paulo Freire Institute and much more.

More than 40 exhibitors will have booths including exotic wildlife, make-it take-it activities and opportunities to recycle items you often don’t know what to do with. Each recycled item from the list below earns a Cool Kids ECO-Raffle ticket increasing the chances to win great, green prizes including the grand prize of a brand new bicycle from Adam Miller’s Bikes and Toys. Recyclables are:
•Non fabric, metal or wood furniture for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore
•Old bicycles and reusable bike parts collected by Trailside Bike
•Old rubber sneakers (no cleats, please)
•Paperback books for American troops overseas
•Worn American flags for proper disposal by Shepard, Maxwell and Hale
•Old eyeglasses
•Computer ink cartridges

“The small things we do as individuals have a big impact on our planet. That’s the theme of Cool Kids ECO-Fest every year. Each one of us makes a difference,” said Cool Kids’ Steve Appleton. “The items people have brought to Cool Kids ECO-fest over the years have kept thousands of pounds of waste out of landfills. Let’s keep it going. It’s fun! It’s free! It’s Cool Kids ECO-fest! We can celebrate Earth Day everyday as individuals, but on April 12th we come together and become Green Gangsters!”

To expand ECO-Fest to a broader audience, GCC is partnering with Genesee Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!) to show the film “Comfort Zone.” Together, the wider audience is being asked, “How big is your carbon footprint?” This critical question was addressed by three upstate New York filmmakers as they explored that question and the impact of climate change from a personal perspective. “Comfort Zone” takes an in-depth look at what happens when global climate change issues come to our backyards.

The screening is set for 3 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building. Following the film, one of the film’s makers will be on hand to answer questions. The event is a fundraiser for GO ART! Cost is $10 for GOArt members, $15 for nonmembers, and the Cool Kids ECO-Fest volunteers can attend free with seat availability. For more information about the film, please visit http://comfortzoneproject.com.

For further information on all of these events or photos of prior Cool Kids ECO-Fest contact Donna Rae Sutherland at 585-343-0055 x6616 or email dsutherland@genesee.edu.Or check the Cool Kids! website at http://www.generationcool.biz or on Facebook: Cool Kids!

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