Sustainability Festival 2014


On Saturday, March 29, the community is invited to learn how they can make a difference in the world at the Redlands Sustainability Festival at the University of Redlands.

“It’s a great event with an important message,” organizer Bob Turley said. “We want to provide the guests with alternative, positive actions they can take to help conserve and heal the environment for this and future generations. The response of the exhibitors and attendees last year was overwhelmingly positive.”

The University of Redlands and the Redlands Sustainability Network are co-hosting the event, set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stauffer Science Complex.

“There will be something of interest for everyone,” Turley said. “There will be nearly 90 exhibitors to inform the guests on home farming, home retrofitting and HERO financing, and solar energy. For the kids, there will be face painting, a bounce house, the Redlands Animal Shelter, and other activities.”

President Ralph Kuncl and Mayor Pete Aguilar ’01 will give welcome speeches, and the rest of the day will include art displays featuring sustainable themes and materials, film screenings, musical performances, and 17 University of Redlands student clubs offering activities. As recycling is a main theme, attendees are asked to donate eyeglasses for the Lions Club, clothing for teens for Angels Closet, clothing for The Blessing Center, and books for the A.K. Smiley Public Library.

Organizers are excited for this year’s expanded event, which has doubled in the number of sponsors and will be in a bigger space.

“This year’s Festival is located within the Stauffer Science Complex,” Turley said. “It will be larger and more inclusive. The publicity campaign has expanded so we expect a greater turnout.”

In addition to the University of Redlands and the Redlands Sustainability Network, sponsors of the Redlands Sustainability Festival include Beaver Medical Group, Dudek Environmental Consultants, the Inland Empire Resources Conservation District, Best, Best & Krieger, Attorneys, Clark’s Nutrition, Tom Bell Chevrolet, Redlands Ford, Southern California Gas Co., Kaiser Permanente, and the Redlands Area Democratic Club, with Sierra Club and Skool Boiz Apparel sponsors in kind.

Posted: March 21, 2014
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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