Students Linda Nwagbou, Carmi Jiminez, and Katie Orr show off their SFE spirit while giving away locally grown fruit.
This year’s Earth Day celebration on the HCC Dale Mabry campus was filled with locally grown fruit giveaways, recycle contests, hybrid cars, and exotic animals. Students for the Environment organized the largest Earth Day celebration at HCC to date, showcasing a wide variety of environmentally friendly organizations.
The Dale Mabry campus welcomed back Lowry Park Zoo featuring a marine toad, Virginia opossum, chinchilla, bearded lizard, and Southern vested tamandua. The Hillsborough Water Resource Center passed out water saving shower heads, HART gave out information about the Tampa bus system, and Waste Management educated students on recycling efforts in their local area. A representative from Hillsborough County’s Adopt-A-Pond was on site to answer questions regarding the rehabilitation of neighborhood storm water ponds. Kia showed off their Optima Hybrid car and the Tampa Bay Bike Co-op demonstrated how to change a flattened bike tire. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection offered a free Florida state park pass to those who turned in plastic bags or other recyclable items.
The Second Annual Think Green Contest, sponsored by Students for the Environment, was won by Phi Theta Kappa’s Phi Chi student chapter. Their display on battery recycling was judged in four areas including their environmental impact on HCC and the surrounding community.
In addition to the information booths and displays, biology students from Dr. Margaret Hopson-Fernandes’ class displayed and discussed their “Earth Day Infomercial” poster presentations. A bone marrow donation drive was also successful, gathering 15 new members for the national registry. With strong support from the HCC Sustainability Council and members of the Dale Mabry facilities staff, the event was a huge success even though a light rain dampened the afternoon.
Earth Day is designed to inspire environmental appreciation and increase the interest of young people in pursuing sustainable and responsible living. With strong support from the local community awareness about protecting our planet was successfully brought to the attention of our HCC community. Earth day is the largest, most widely celebrated event in the world. Students for the Environment would like to extend their gratitude to all the volunteers and organizations for their participation in this year’s event.