Tours of the SURF (Sustainable University of Redlands Farm) garden and student clubs will be part of the Redlands Sustainability Festival scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14, 2015 at the Stauffer Science Center on the east side of the Redlands campus.
The Festival will feature local food trucks and more than 200 scheduled exhibitors to include food merchants, a kids' zone, Chef Lee Burton's bicycle-powered smoothie maker, facepainting by the Boys and Girls Club, animals available for adoption from the Redlands Animal Shelter, a gardening corner featuring demonstrations and plant sales, green merchants, local musicians and more. A children's art contest will be exhibited in Gregory Hall.
This is the third year the University has hosted the Festival on campus as a partner to the Redlands Sustainability Network (RSN)-the grassroots organization formed in 2011 to promote the health, prosperity and wellbeing of the local community. In 2014, more than 1,500 attended.
"RSN believes that everyone can make more sustainable choices in their daily lives to benefit all of us and, in turn, generations to come," said RSN Organizer Bob Turley. "The mission of the Festival is to provide education and resources for more sustainable living practices in our community and beyond. The three Ps of sustainability are people, planet and prosperity, which relate to improving the quality of life, cleaning the environment, and increasing economic well-being."
The event is free and open to the public. Entrance and registration will be located near the parking lot on Grove Street, just north of Colton Avenue. People are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles and donate prescription eyeglasses to the Lions Club.