California State University, Northridge’s Associated Students invited the CSUN community to its 25th annual Earth Fair at the Bayramian Lawn on April 21. The event revolves around informing and spreading awareness to students on environmental conservation and current sustainability issues around the world.
Numerous CSUN departments, clubs and outside vendors set up booths with giveaways and informational material on how to maintain a more sustainable lifestyle. This year’s fair also hosted several organizations that promote healthy and organic eating habits.
Students engaged in free activities such as yoga, free massages, crafts and tree planting. The tree planting was part of CSUN’s campus tree program, which just earned the university Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation.
“The tree planting was my favorite part for sure,” said Arcelia Martinez, Cinema and Television Arts junior. “It made me feel more connected to the campus. It’s kind of like leaving a legacy behind.”
Martinez, who noticed the fair when passing by, said she immediately wanted to explore what the event was about.
“It is important to have events like this to bring the students together, show them what the campus has to offer and connect them to campus resources,” she said. “I also loved the live music – it really completed the event and made it feel like a festival.”
DC Solar Freedom, a benefit corporation that provides campuses across the nation with free solar products, was one of the outside organizations participating in the fair, raising awareness to renewable solar energy. The organization provided CSUN with 42 different mobile solar products and is one of CSUN’s latest partners in its commitment to foster clean energy and a sustainable campus environment.
John Miranda, Director of Communications for DC Solar Freedom, said the organization wants to educate students and raise awareness on the efficiency of solar energy and the availability of mobile generators, electric vehicle charging stations and power stations, where students can charge their personal devices with the power of the sun.
“We’re trying to show students that solar energy is coming down from the rooftops and it’s mobile. It can be everywhere and be used off-grid, especially in California – but also in states where it’s not so sunny and this is what a lot of people don’t know,” he explained. “Solar can work in a number of climate conditions, including cloudy weather.”
Miranda said the AS Earth Fair was the perfect occasion to shine a light on solar energy and to inspire students to develop a more sustainable mindset.
“The young generation is going to lead the way,” he said. “[Students] can be inspired by what they are seeing and improve upon it. We want college students to look at [solar products] and say ‘How can we make it better? How can we make it more efficient?’ That’s what we’re here for – we’re hoping to inspire.”