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MCTC's Ninth Annual Sustainability Fair

Three-Legged Frog Student Club Organizes Ninth Annual Sustainability Fair

MCTC clubs to host Sustainability FairThe Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club invites the MCTC community to attend the ninth annual Sustainability Fair. The Fair, titled "More…Awareness --> Action --> Change" has invited a variety of community environmental organizations, speakers and student clubs to share their expertise, commitment and enthusiasm to inspire greater awareness and action on current environmental issues. Highlights of the Fair include:

  • 11:00 a.m.—"Climate Change: Science and Action," Jessica Tritsch, Sierra Club
  • Noon—"Raptors of Minnesota," The Raptor Center, University of Minnesota. Presentation with live raptors, including a bald eagle
  • 1:45 p.m.—"Taking Action on Climate Change," Patty O'Keefe, MN350 and student panel

“This year the event will closely focus on climate change and how we can address it,” said Three-Legged Frog advisor and MCTC biology instructor Cathy Geist. “It will offer insights into the big picture problems, the personal choices we make in our lives and how we can work together to make changes to benefit all of life.”

A variety of environmental organizations will be tabling at the fair, including:

  • Alaska Wilderness League
  • Clean Water Action
  • Commuter Challenge
  • Eastside Food Co-op
  • Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
  • Friends of the Mississippi River
  • Master Gardener Program (U of M Extension/Hennepin County)
  • Metro Transit
  • Midtown Greenway Coalition
  • Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES)
  • Nice Ride
  • Sierra Club
  • Transit for Livable Communities
  • Water Legacy

The event will provide attendees free organic pizza from Galactic Pizza, a company that has built its business around sustainable practices. In addition, prize drawings will take place throughout the event. Among the prizes will be two year-long Minnesota State Park permits and reusable water bottles.

In addition to being supported by the MCTC Science Division, multiple MCTC student groups have contributed to the planning of the event, including Three-Legged Frog, MCTC Bike Collective, MCTC Urban Farm Collective, Sisters for Social Justice and MCTC350.

Photo: The Three-Legged Frog student group brought a segment of an exhibit titled “Bottle Buyology” to MCTC’s T Building Skyway in the fall of 2012 to illuminate a small percentage of the amount of recyclables that are thrown away in Minnesota each year. The display, created by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, was originally featured in the 2012 Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience building and measured 30 feet long by 15 feet high.