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Students listen to music at Green Fest 2010 in Macomb's Chandler Park. The 2012 Green Fest, a sustainability festival sponsored by the Green Energy Team (GET) at Western Illinois University, is slated for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in Chandler Park.


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GET was honored with the Student Sustainability Award, College Level, presented to the team at WIU's Ninth Annual Environmental Summit in early April at Western.

Green Fest April 21 in Chandler Park; Exhibitor Registration Due April 17

April 10, 2012


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MACOMB, IL – Got a green gadget you want people to know about? Interested in sustainability? Want to learn how to be a more efficient, environmentally conscientious citizen or student? If any of these apply to you, or if you just want to celebrate Earth Day Weekend in a community outdoor space, then the April 21 Green Fest, a sustainability festival sponsored by the Green Energy Team (GET) at Western Illinois University, is for you.

According to Stephanie Graber, a member of the GET student group at WIU, Green Fest will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in Macomb's Chandler Park, located one block north of the Macomb Courthouse Square. Graber said the festival is open free to the public and will feature music from area performers, demonstrations, an art exhibit, a kids' activity corner designed around sustainability, recycled crafts, food and raffle drawings. She added that GET is accepting exhibitor registrations through Tuesday, April 17.

"Green Fest is a sustainability festival that joins western Illinois and the community to better the knowledge and tools of being a more efficient student and/or citizen," she explained. "Green Energy Team's mission is to improve education about a sustainable lifestyle through green recycling and sustainable practice, and Green Fest is one way we work toward our mission. We also sponsor street sweeps on our adopted streets for a cleaner community, and we help out with joint events, such as the La Moine River Sweep."

Graber added Green Fest is also a fundraiser for the future Green Energy Team.

Recently, the efforts of the Green Energy Team were recognized by the WIU Campus Sustainability Committee. GET was honored with the Student Sustainability Award, College Level, presented to the team at WIU's Ninth Annual Environmental Summit held last week at Western.

Individuals, organizations or companies interested in exhibiting at Green Fest 2012 can contact Andrew Hardecopf at A-Hardecopf@wiu.edu.

For more information about the Green Energy Team at WIU, contact Graber at S-Graber@wiu.edu. Follow GET on Twitter at twitter.com/GETatWIU/ and visit the Green Fest 2012 event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/371687229538505/.

Posted By: WIU News (U-Relations@wiu.edu)
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