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Fair promotes ‘green’ lifestyle

More than 30 local and national business and nonprofit organizations will have tables set up on the main floor of the Student Union — many offering demonstrations and freebies for fair-goers interested in learning how to maintain a sustainable home.

By DAVID J. HILL

Published September 11, 2014

“The Sustainable Living Fair provides valuable information about how we as UB citizens can lead ‘greener’ lives.”
Ann Marie Landel, chair
Professional Staff Senate

Where can you learn how to be more “green” at work and home, see rescued birds, enjoy free samples of sustainable products and even donate items to Goodwill? The answer, of course, is the sixth annual UB Sustainable Living Fair. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Student Union, North Campus.

More than 30 local and national business and nonprofit organizations will have tables set up on the main floor of the Student Union. Many will have demonstrations and freebies for fair-goers, and there will be door prizes. Vendors include the Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation and Education (AWARE), Engineers for a Sustainable World, Feel Rite Fresh Markets, Lexington Cooperative Market, Massachusetts Avenue Project, NFTA and Solar Liberty.

A number of campus-based organizations also will be on hand, including the SA Environmental Network and the UB Campus Garden. The event is sponsored by the Professional Staff Senate, Office of Sustainability and Campus Dining and Shops.

“This unique event reaches out to the entire UB community — students, faculty and staff — to bring an awareness of sustainability to our lives,” says Ann Marie Landel, PSS chair. “The Sustainable Living Fair provides valuable information about how we as UB citizens can lead ‘greener’ lives.”

The Goodwill truck will be parked outside the Student Union to accept clothing, household items, electronics, toys and books.

In addition, Campus Dining and Shops will host the Pride of New York Showcase featuring organic and local produce, dairy products and fresh baked goods from local food partners.

“Through their work with the Sustainable Living Fair, the Professional Staff Senate continues to be a great example of how we can move our university in a more sustainable direction,” says UB Chief Sustainability Officer Ryan McPherson. “Their continued leadership is a testament not only to their dedication and work ethic, but to the larger principle that we can all play a vital role in creating a better tomorrow.”

For more information, including a complete list of vendors, visit the PSS’ website.