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APSU promotes green living during inaugural Sustainability Week

Red is the color most often associated with Austin Peay State University, but during the week of Oct. 12-16, most people on campus will likely be thinking of the color green.

Thats because the University is hosting its first Sustainability Week on those days, bringing in events and vendors to showcase the many different faces of the green movement.

The purpose behind Sustainability Week is to promote green living and to bring awareness to the community about the importance of saving our Earth, Amy Allen, event coordinator, said.
Red is the color most often associated with Austin Peay State University, but during the week of Oct. 12-16, most people on campus will likely be thinking of the color green.

That's because the University is hosting its first Sustainability Week on those days, bringing in events and vendors to showcase the many different faces of the green movement.

“The purpose behind Sustainability Week is to promote green living and to bring awareness to the community about the importance of saving our Earth,” Amy Allen, event coordinator, said.

The events begin that Monday with a Sustainability Building Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Morgan University Center ballroom. The expo will feature builders, suppliers and architects from around middle Tennessee offering presentations on green building practices and green energy.

“They will be talking about what their company personally has done to help mother earth, and what we as individuals can do when improving our homes,” Allen said. “Going green can actually save people considerable money when it comes to their homes, and these different companies will be explaining why.”

Later in the afternoon, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., a bus will take expo attendees from the University Center to the APSU Environmental Education Center for a tour. The center recently installed a solar array to power a nearby classroom, and for the last year, it has successfully converted kitchen grease into a biodiesel product to power its farm equipment.

On Tuesday, students and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables during a Farmers Market at the MUC plaza, and on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., they'll see the latest electric, solar-powered and hybrid vehicles during a Transportation Exhibit in the Library Bowl. At 7 p.m. that evening, Jeff Barrie's documentary film on the sustainability movement, “Kilowatt Ours,” will be shown in the Morgan University Center, room 308.

The week's events come to a close on Thursday with the Tennessee WET workshop. The program, hosted by Tennessee Workshops for Educators, will educate the public on how to improve local water quality.

All Sustainability Week events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Allen with Student Life and Leadership at 931-221-7838 or allena@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth