Center for Sustainability to host third-annual Greenfest

Jozsef Papp

The Center for Sustainability will host their third-annual Greenfest 2015: Sustainable Solutions for Your Life at the Bulloch County Courthouse Lawn on Oct. 3 starting at 9 a.m.

The event consist of a wide range of vendors and exhibitors from the region that use sustainable technology, products, or provide useful information.

“We are trying to get them all in the same place, so that people can have a one-stop place for sustainability shopping of information and solutions,” Lissa Leege, Director of the Center for Sustainability said. “We have different workshops and a lot more different vendors compared to last year. We have 40 plus vendors representing a wide-range of sustainable solutions.”

The event is open to the general public and will include live music from the School of Rock, a live broadcast from 94.9 Radio with JD Strait and a wide variety of workshops.

“We have things for homeowners, apartment living, resident hall living, and activities for children,” Leege said. “It’s really a fun sort of celebration atmosphere where you can go with sustainability questions and return home with answers and solutions.”

Although the event has different workshops every year, the focus this year is on “Build Your Own Native Bee House”, “Aquaponics – Grow Food without Soil”, and Habitat for Humanity.

In addition, the First Annual Pallet Challenge will take place at this year’s Greenfest. The challenge consist of teams or individual participants using used pallets to build something new or creative and have it critique by a set of judges.

“We teamed up with Georgia Southern Business Innovation Group and STEM institute. We have gotten the word out to people in high schools, the community, university classes, and teams. We have quite a collection of people participating in the first-annual Pallet Challenge. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Leege said. “It’s just a great reuse project and way to engage people in recognizing that you don’t have to throw things away that you only used once.”

The event offers volunteer opportunities for students. If you would like to volunteer, please visit the Center for Sustainability website, click on the sing up tab and put your name and information on the boxes provided. Volunteers will receive Greenfest t-shirts made from plastic bottles. 

The Center for Sustainability will have a wide range of events, such as Environmental Community Cinema, speakers, and No-Impact Week, throughout the year that will assist students, faculty, staff, and the Statesboro community in learning how to live in a more sustainable way.