This Thursday, April 18th, is the 3rd annual Environmental Fair! It will be happening from 11-2, in the meadow (weather permitting) or in the AMC of Medaille Hall! To remind you all how awesome the fair is, I’ll show you some pictures from last year.
Don’t forget you can borrow bikes from Environmental Club!
Raffle prizes! Plenty of that this year.
Missouri Botanical Gardens Earthways Center!
The HES garden!
SEE HOW AWESOME!?!?! Super, then I’ll see you there.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned Rosemary Grove and its partnership with the Environmental Club. Rosemary Grove, I’ll reiterate, is a store that focuses on Fair Trade items, which ensures that the producers of the items were paid fairly and had good working conditions. I’m pleased to announce that last Thursday we had a benefit shopping night at the Kirkwood location, and it was a success!
We invited anyone from Fontbonne to come, and 10% of the proceeds went to the Missouri Botanical Gardens – one of my favorite places in St. Louis. And there were a lot of cool things to purchase! I’m definitely going back to get some items to raffle off at the Environmental Fair (which is Thursday April 18th, by the way).
Check it out!
As I may have mentioned before – or if I haven’t, I’m about to start – every year the Environmental Club puts on an “Environmental Fair” to help educate the community about various eco-friendly/green businesses and organizations in St. Louis. In the past, we’ve featured organic/local food, the Fontbonne garden, endangered animals, electronic recycling, second-hand clothing, upcycled jewelry, and lots of other cool stuff. I’m working on putting together the fair for this year, and I found a new place that I’m super excited about: Rosemary Grove.
Rosemary Grove is a store/website that focuses on selling only Fair Trade items. What does that mean? Fair Trade is a guarantee that no matter where in the world the item was produced, the workers involved got paid fairly, had good working conditions, and the planet wasn’t harmed by its production – it’s like the antithesis of a sweatshop. I’m so pleased that they will have a table at the fair!
And even better, the Environmental Club is partnering with Rosemary Grove as an “Advocate”. This means that whenever someone shops there and mentions us, we’ll get 10% of the sale, the proceeds of which we’ve decided to donate to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Here’s a link to the website, where you can find our club on their list! http://www.rosemarygrove-online.com/pages/rg-advocates
There is also an in-store shopping event in the works for early April, so stay tuned for that as well!
What I’m really pumped about right now: Next week (Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to be precise) is the second annual Environmental Fair! It’s always the Environmental Club’s biggest event, so I’m glad it’s finally coming together. It should be even bigger and better than last year’s – and hopefully the weather will permit it to be in the meadow this time!
On the agenda: local and handmade upcycled jewelry, small electronics recycling, clothing donations, birdhouse painting, plant giveaways, and free Chill frozen yogurt! It should be a blast, so don’t forget to stop by!
On Friday, the Biological Sciences Organization (BSO) took a field trip to the Bufferfly House in Faust Park. After taking a few group photos outside the atrium and looking at multiple glass tanks full of all sorts of different insects, we all trekked through the free-flight atrium. The butterflies were absolutely beautiful, and the floral, tropical landscaping made for many beautiful photo opps. We later watched a short film about the life cycle of the butterfly (which, by the way, was surprisingly well done and interesting) and walked around the outside garden.
Despite the fact that I loved the butterflies, my favorite part of the day was just going out with all of my friends. Two of our professors, the science department’s lab assistant, and the science department’s secretary even went along with us! It was great just spending time together without all of the stresses of classes and homework.
While I’m on the topic of the BSO, I would like to remind you all that we are raffling off a Summer in Saint Louis gift basket. Inside the basket you’ll find loads of goodies, including 4 sixth-row Cardinals tickets, a $35 gift card to The Muny (read my previous blogs to learn about the season lineup), Six Flags tickets, and gift cards to Mom’s Deli, Ted Drewes, and a gas station, along with some other nice goodies. Tickets are just $1, and all proceeds will go toward adopting endangered gorillas. It really is a win-win situation! If you’re interested but haven’t bought raffle tickets yet, you can buy them next Friday at the Environmental Fair. Just look for me and the rest of the BSO at our table!