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BSC Earth Day Expo Attracts Exhibitors and Attendees

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    Friday, May 04 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

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Bluefield State College employees Hilda Cochran (left) and Audrey Biggs (center) discuss recycling opportunities with Mel Saunders (right), from the City of Bluefield's Recycling Program during BSC's recent Earth Day program. The activity was coordinated by the BSC campus organization—The EnviroMentalists.   BSC student volunteers Heather Beckford (left) and Meyling Reyes distribute reusable bags during BSC's recent Earth Day program. The activity was coordinated by the BSC campus organization—The EnviroMentalists.

(Bluefield)—A wide variety of exhibits and a steady stream of visitors highlighted Bluefield State College's Earth Day observance, coordinated by the BSC campus organization—The EnviroMentalists.

Topics covered during the program included "House Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement," "Carbon Footprints," "Earth Day History," "Watershed and Stream Pollution," "Recycling," "Effects of Plastic Bags on the Environment," "Environmental Classic Books," and "Study Abroad" opportunities.

"There was an educational dynamic in a fun-based setting throughout the observance," noted Dr. Martha Eborall, BSC Professor of Biology and one of the faculty advisors for the EnviroMentalists. "Participants registered for eco-friendly door prizes, received free Earth Day t-shirts from the BSC Coalition Against Tobacco, took part in an Earth Day Jeopardy game, and had the option of assisting with a fund-raising initiative for Heifer International and more. BSC's Blue Wave Café offered a vegetarian menu for lunch.

Tractor Supply provided young chickens for a display, and educational materials were furnished by the National Committee for the New River and the New River Watershed Roundtable. Cole Chevrolet placed a Chevrolet Volt electric car on display. A watershed model exhibit was available through the Bluestone Conservatory, and the BSC School of Arts & Sciences and EnviroMentalists supplied free reusable bags. Jim Phillips, a naturalist at Pipestem Resort State Park, educated participants about eagle conservation. BSC's Phi Sigma Zeta sorority staffed an informational booth on air pollution and BSC's library displayed books on the environment. Mel Saunders from the City of Bluefield's Recycling Program was also on hand to detail recycling opportunities.

"We are grateful to everyone who took part in the day's activities," Dr. Eborall added, "and we are very appreciative of the work of Joan Buchanan (Director of Student Activities), the volunteer assistance from the students in my Environmental Science class and the financial support from community businesses."