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FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg

FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg

Frostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Wednesday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

Learn all about FSU’s climate action commitment from a wide range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane Center, including those on the topics of access to quality food, environmental justice issues, deforestation, environmental activism, student activism, wildlife rehabilitation, bio-retention systems, environmental policy, renewable energy, resource conservation, green burials and fracking.

As part of an Art 207 Graphic Design project, “Trees: Bearing Witness,” the trees on campus this Earth Day will bear witness to their lives, their perspectives and their aspirations. Throughout campus, these three-dimensional works of art comprise, as a whole, a site-specific installation designed to transform the perception everyone may have concerning the trees of Western Maryland. During Focus Frostburg, tree planting will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. There will also be a Tree Campus USA Arbor Day Celebration at noon.

Starting at 10 a.m., partners in the Department of Communication will hold a concern-gathering session, “What Are Your Concerns About Access to Quality Food in Our Region?” part of a national data-gathering project on the subject. Everyone is also invited to come learn about how Frostburg Grows is trying to tie Western Maryland together through local food initiatives at 1 p.m. and take a look at community agriculture in practice. Also, at 3 p.m., participants can join ethnobotanist Suzy Snow for “Food Seasons: An Intro to In-season Sustainable Eating” as she offers suggestions to incorporate seasonal foods into one’s diet and provides a few ways to easily and economically save food as seasons change.

“Indigenous Voices for Environmental Justice” at 10 a.m. explores how indigenous peoples all over the world are using social media to fight against cultural and environmental exploitation and abuse. Then, at 11 a.m., “Religion and Environmental Activism” features “Renewal,” the first feature-length documentary to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. Another documentary, “Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water,” a special presentation at 6 p.m., concentrates on the growing opposition by ordinary citizens whose health and well-being have been adversely affected by fracking well pads near their homes and schools. It will be followed by a Q&A led by Craig Stevens, one of the citizen activists featured in the film.

In “Syrian Refugees on the Greek Island of Lesvos” at 1 p.m., members of the Spring Valley Community will explain what refugees have to go through to get from their countries to Europe through the Island of Lesvos. Those interested in environmental advocacy careers or activities can come to “Climate Chronicles: Experiences With Activism and the Oxfam Action Corps” at 2 p.m. to hear the story of professor Catherine Vrentas’ experience with climate change and food policy advocacy as a community organizer.

Study abroad and volunteerism are highlighted in “Water School Uganda and the President’s Leadership Circle” at noon. Find out how FSU students helped out at Pagwaya Primary School in northern Uganda by teaching children how to sanitize water with plastic bottles using the UV rays from the sun. “Working in Wildlife Rehab in South Africa” at 1 p.m. is about a three-week internship in 2015 at a wildlife rehab center in Thabazimbi, South Africa. In “100 Percent Pure” at 3 p.m., FSU students will focus on the resource conservation practices of New Zealand they witnessed during their summer 2015 study abroad experience.

Come to a hands-on project, “Campus Rain Gardens to Reduce Runoff Into the Chesapeake Bay,” at 1 p.m. and learn about a bio-retention system that can provide aesthetic appeal while providing ecological benefits such as capturing runoff, reducing pollution and preserving water systems. At 2 p.m. in “Renewable Energy: Current and Future Innovations,” Tau Kappa Epsilon presenters will discuss methods for capturing energy that leave a minimal carbon footprint, methods currently in use and the problems various current methods face.

The annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Poster Contest will be held completely online. To view and vote for student-created environmental posters, or for other information about Focus Frostburg, visit People can vote on Facebook by visiting FSU’s LGLG Facebook page ( Winners will be included in FSU’s LGLG promotional campaigns.

Sustainability 155 students will present their work in a poster session on display all day in the Lane Center. Students will be available to discuss their work from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

Also at 3 and 4 p.m., students in SUST/IDIS Intro to Sustainability Studies will present the results of their class projects covering a native tree planting and restoration project, impacts of and alternatives to de-icing salt, improved recycling on campus, food scraps and composting, and media and promotion of the Angela Sun film, “Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and campus sustainability.

Other highlights include a fashion show gallery featuring garments created using recycled materials at 11 a.m., a round table discussion at noon about student sustainability fee projects and how to create a successful funding proposal and a presentation on green burials as well one on a multistate research project led by FSU professors on possible solutions to reverse an Allegheny woodrat population decline, both at 4 p.m.

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Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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