UAlbany goes green at Earth Day 2013
By Kassie Parisi
Assistant News Editor
On April 20, Liberty Terrace hosted its first official Earth Day Food and Art Festival. The free event was open to students, staff and community members. This event was a tribute to the sustainability measures that University at Albany takes part in every day.
There were many activities to take part in at the festival. Tie-dying was a crowd favorite, as seen by the many people sporting multi-colored “Earth Day Festival” shirts.
Free music was provided by many local artists including local songwriter Zan Strumfeld, who played in the lobby of the Liberty Terrace Apartments. Many people were also hula hooping to the local radio station that was playing outside.
The Meat House of Albany (located in Stuyvesant Plaza) and the UADS Food Truck provided food. Patrons had the option of getting blueberry pie, apple pie, cherry pie, or chocolate-peanut butter pie. There was also a popcorn and cotton candy vendor.
There were many artistic things to do at the festival as well. Chalk drawings covered the sidewalk outside the apartments. There was a bracelet making station and a table covered with magazines for arts and crafts as well. Dominating one corner was an attempt at the world’s largest cardboard fort, crafter by volunteers.
The event was well attended and it was a very welcoming environment in which to enjoy a sunny Saturday. Greg Back, who organized the event, said, “We had about two hundred students and a fair number of community members come out for the event. It was overall very successful. It has been green lighted to become an annual event.”
It looks like UAlbany will continue to make Earth Day a family-friendly, welcoming holiday.