10th Annual Environmental Information Fair to be held April 20 at Buffalo State


Joel Hopkins, Opinion Editor

SUNY Buffalo State will host it’s 10th Annual Environmental Information Fair on April 20. The event is an opportunity for students to educate themselves on a number of related topics, and meet with local groups.

“It’s a great way to find out information about local green initiatives and on-campus initiatives. Whether it’s the campus arboretum, recycling, composting, a lot of different things,” said Lauren Morse, senior staff assistant in Campus Services.

The event, sponsored by BSCenery and EVERGREEN, will host representatives from several organizations such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Friends of the Maud Gordon Holmes Arboretum.

“A lot of people don’t even know that Buffalo State is an arboretum,” said Morse, “…it’s a nice way for them to get a voice and let people know that they are here.”

Steve Sypniewski, Head Arborist at Buffalo State believes the fair brings an important discussion about the environment to campus.

“It seems like every day you read the headlines that things are horrible, and this or that. I think [the fair] shows that every little thing you do can help. Instead of throwing that pop bottle in a garbage can, you can take it and get the nickel back for it, or you put it in the recycling bins. Every little bit helps,” Sypniewski said.

The event also aims to shine more light on some of the “behind the scenes” initiatives at Buffalo State, such as the school’s composting program or the movement to restore the campus arboretum.

“It’s a great public service so students can get educated on whats going on and ask questions and get involved as much as they want to,” said Morse.

The event will take place in the lobby of the E. H. Butler Library during Bengal Pause from 12 pm to 1:30 pm, and it is open to everyone. There will be free water, fresh fruit and plant giveaways for attendees.

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