Alternate energy vehicles on display in the campus Quad.Caption: Campus and community members check out a wide array of alternative vehicles on display during the 2009 Earth Week festivities. Photo by Kelly Lacefield

Toward a Greener Future

Earth Week Features Festivals, Films, Alternative Energy/Transportation Expo

Expos on alternative energy, transportation, and organic and sustainable food, plus native landscape design workshops, art shows, panel presentations and films are offered during Earth Week 2011 at Cal State Fullerton. All events are open to the public.

Earth Week poster created by studentCaption: Earth Week poster created by senior bachelor of fine arts major Shannon Lamb.

April 16-23

Various locations on the Cal State Fullerton campus 
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton 92831

April 16-17 
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Green Scene at the Fullerton Arboretum. Weekend outdoor gardening event features master gardener and plant societies offering advice; speakers on composing, water conservation, organic gardening and sustainability; more than 80 vendors selling plants, vegetables, garden art and accessories; second annual “We CAN Garden” community garden exhibit; and children’s activities. Admission is $6. More information is available online.

April 18-22
Sustainable Art Wall and Display in the campus Quad. The three-dimensional exhibit will look at issues of concern and possible solutions for furthering a more sustainable environment. 

Monday, April 18
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Keep It Green Festival in the campus Quad. Environmental organizations, including Green Peace and Surfrider, will provide information, while such companies as Transworld Media and Bamboo Sk8 will showcase green products and community outreach programs. Admission is free.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Green Career Fair in the Portola Pavilion, Titan Student Union. Admission is free.

1-2:30 p.m.
“Sustainability at CSUF: Progress and Goals” in Portola Pavilion, Titan Student Union. Scott Hewitt, professor of chemistry and biochemistry; Willem van der Pol, director of physical plant; Greg Dyment, Fullerton Arboretum director; Doug Moody, coordinator of Associated Students Inc. Environmental Advocacy Committee; and Steven Murray, acting vice president for academic affairs, will discuss sustainability in campus operations, curriculum, community engagement and co-curricular activities. Free admission. 

2:30 p.m.
Signing ceremony in the Portola Pavilion, Titan Student Union. CSUF President Milton A. Gordon will sign the Talloires Declaration and the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. 

7 – 10 p.m.
Outdoor Movie Screening of the Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth (Caves and Jungles)” on the lawn adjacent to the Student Recreation Center. Free admission.

Tuesday, April 19
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Alternative Energy and Transportation Expo in the campus Quad. Displays will feature alternative forms of transportation and energy from major auto manufacturers, energy companies and entrepreneurs. Free admission. More info available online or by email

5 – 7 p.m.
“An Inconvenient Truth,” the Academy Award-winning 2006 documentary about global warming, screens in the Titan Student Union Pub. Free admission.

7 – 10 p.m.
“Who Killed the Electric Car?” a 2006 documentary about the electric car, hybrids and transportation’s future, screens in the Titan Student Union’s Titan Theater. Free admission.

Wednesday, April 20
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Local, Organic and Sustainable Food Expo in the campus Quad. Local farmers, vendors, small businesses, and local clubs and organizations will explain the sustainable food movement and sell food products. Visitors will get a “taste” of the different ways this growing movement is being integrated into the local economy and their daily lives. Free admission.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Vegetable Gardening Lecture in the Ontiveros Room, Titan Student Union. Jonathan Davis, a biologist with the Fullerton Arboretum, will discuss how individuals can grow their own vegetables, no matter how small the available area. Free admission.

7 – 10 p.m.
“Food, Inc.,” a 2008 documentary that explores how convenience foods have affected consumers and the environment, screens in the Titan Student Union Pub. Free admission. 

Thursday, April 21
2 – 3 p.m. 
“Native Landscape Design Workshop” in Tuffree Room, Titan Student Union. Members of Back to Natives Restoration will lead a discussion on how homeowners can design a landscape using native species of plants. Free admission. 

3 – 4 p.m.
“Sustainable Landscape Design Workshop” in Tuffree Room, Titan Student Union. Members of Back to Natives Restoration will lead the workshop. Free admission.

5 – 7 p.m.
“End of the Line,” a 2009 British documentary about overfishing in the oceans, screens in the Titan Student Union Pub. Free admission. 

7 – 10 p.m.
Outdoor Movie Screening of the Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth (Shallow Seas & Deep Seas)” at the Student Recreation Center pool. Free admission.

Friday, April 22
9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. 
Tours of the Fullerton Arboretum, student housing construction, Student Recreation Center and Trigeneration Plant. Groups will meet at the Student Recreation Center. Tours are expected to run approximately 90 minutes. 

Saturday, April 23
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
“iCare Festival” in the Student Recreation Center. Designed to inspire a green and healthy lifestyle, the festival sponsored by Titan Recreation — a program of Associated Students Inc. — features a 5K run/walk, youth 1K, vendor fair and children’s education/play area, plus organic wine tastings, complimentary chair massages and a performance by the band The Naked Eye. Donations of new and/or gently used shoes are sought for the charity Soles4Souls. Admission is $10 for students, $15 for faculty and staff members, $20 for the public. For more information, or to register for the runs, call 657-278-3978 or visit

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
“Tropical Forest Ecology: Implications for Primate Conservation,” Southern California Primate Research Forum in Ruby Gerontology Center’s Mackey Auditorium. Speakers include Joanna Lambert of the University of Texas, San Antonio; David Mbora of Whittier College; Mark Leighton of Harvard; and Andy Marshall of UC Davis; as well as a roundtable moderated by Peter J. Fashing, CSUF assistant professor of anthropology. Free to CSUF students with ID, $7 other students with ID, $12 general admission. More information available online

CSUF Center for Sustainability, CSUF Sustainability Task Force, Environmental Studies Program, Institute of Gerontology, ASI Environmental Advocacy Committee, Student Environmental Activists, Green Campus, Society of Conservation Biologists, Environmental Studies Student Association and CSUF Parking and Transportation.

$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Mondays through Fridays. Free Saturdays and Sundays. Details available online.

Media Contacts:
John Bock, CSUF Center for Sustainability, 657-278-5574 or 

Doug Moody, Associated Students Inc. Environmental Advocacy Committee, 213-400-1704 or 

Pam McLaren, Public Affairs, 657-278-4852 or

three women look over organically grown artichokesCaption: Jonathan Davis, a Fullerton Arboretum biologist, right, talks about the organic artichokes grown on campus during a recent farmer’s market event. Davis will present a noon talk and a Local, Organic and Sustainable Food Expo will be held Wednesday, April 20, in the campus Quad. Photo by Mimi Ko Cruz

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