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UNBC’s Green Day to focus on sustainability

UNBC will host its third annual Green Day on Thursday to emphasize its role as Canada's Green University, and highlight what faculty, staff, and students are doing to live the "green life.

UNBC will host its third annual Green Day on Thursday to emphasize its role as Canada's Green University, and highlight what faculty, staff, and students are doing to live the "green life."

The all-day event "is focused on sharing knowledge related to sustainability, and interacting with members of UNBC and the broader community of Prince George," says Mark Dale, UNBC provost, and chair of the Green committee.

"Displays and presentations will be set up related to issues of sustainability such as climate change, waste reduction, recycling, composting, transportation, energy, and local food."

The event being held in the Winter Garden will feature a number of fun and informative displays, presentations, and activities including: building-a-compost-bin lesson; presentation on the UNBC Bioenergy project; poster session displaying current bioenergy-related research projects; energy conservation tips; presentation highlighting experiences of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council at the recent United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen by a UNBC grad and CSTC vice-chief Terry Tegee; and a decorate-a-compost-bucket contest

Students will have an opportunity to take the Green University Pledge.

"So far, UNBC students have been very enthusiastic and have demonstrated leadership in making UNBC Canada's Green University," says Danielle Smyth, UNBC's Green University research project manager and Green Day co-ordinator.

"We want to ensure they know they are a part of UNBC's vision for a sustainable future."

In 2008 students conducted a thorough audit of the waste produced on the Prince George campus. In 2009, the most comprehensive "green" survey ever conducted at the university was held in conjunction with Green Day during which students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to vote for the initiatives that mattered to them most.

For further information visit http://www.unbc.ca/green/green_day/index.html.

--btrick@pgcitizen.ca with news release