Release Date: March 7, 2018
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Is your smartphone charger cord frayed? Perhaps you lost a button on your favorite shirt. Or maybe you’ve got a prized piece of jewelry you’d like fixed.
All of these needs — and more — can be taken care of during a repair and reuse fair happening next week at the University at Buffalo.
The repair fair is happening as part of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) Points of Intervention campus tour, which is visiting 12 other universities across the country this spring.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place inside the Student Union on UB’s North Campus from noon to 3 p.m. March 12.
Community members can park in the Center for Tomorrow lot. Vans provided by the UB Student Association will then take people directly to the Student Union.
A panel discussion will follow from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Panelists will discuss the various points of intervention in the linear consumption economy, such as extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal.
More information is available on the UB Sustainability website.
“One of the key points we hope to drive home is the importance of reusing things and not just throwing them away when they’re broken,” said Stephanie Acquario, a senior and assistant director of environmental affairs for the UB Student Association, who is helping coordinate the event.
“A lot of people don’t know how to fix things. It’s like the item disappears when they throw it away, but it still exists, and it ends up in a landfill,” Acquario adds.
During the repair fair, volunteer fixers will staff a variety of stations and will do their best to get the item back to working order — repairs are not guaranteed and all participants will be required to sign a waiver.
Stations will be set up for repairs to bicycles, small appliances and electronics (such as lamps and vacuums) and textiles, as well as general repairs for items like furniture, tools and wood products.
Attendees can watch and ask questions as their item is repaired, or check out samples from some of the informational tables that will be set up.
They include Lush, the handmade cosmetics retailer in the Walden Galleria Mall; Guayaki, which makes fair trade organic teas; and Klean Kanteen, which introduced the first stainless steel, BPA-free, reusable water bottle in 2004. PLAN will also have a DIY sewing kit table.
After the repair fair, four speakers will give short, TED Talk-style presentations in the Student Union Theater.
Presenters include: Eryn Wise, who works with the International Indigenous Youth Council; Amira Odeh-Quinones, who helped make one of the University of Puerto Rico’s campuses the first Latin American university to ban the sale of bottled water; Evan Zachary, coordinator of the FoodShare Center at Rochester Institute of Technology; and Melissa Miles, environmental justice organizer with the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark, N.J.