Students model recycled goods in Earth Day Trashion Show

4/16/2009 - By: Skyler Dillon

Students at the University of Nevada, Reno will take fashion to new heights at 7 p.m., April 21 when they premiere their designs in the “Trashion Show,” a fashion show featuring outfits made using recyclable materials. The show is part of “UNR Earth Day: Turning Earth Day Theory Into Every Day Action.”

The Earth Day celebration encourages the community to introduce more sustainable habits into their everyday lives so that future generations will not be forced to deal with a drastic shortage of resources.

It spans two days, kicking off with a clothing and book swap on the Joe Crowley Student Union (CSU) lawn noon to 3 p.m., April 20, followed by a screening of the film Soylent Green at 5 p.m. in the CSU Third-floor Theater.

Free hour-long workshops, open to the public, will be held throughout the day on April 21 in CSU Rooms 320 and 356. Taught by University faculty, staff and students, as well as community partners, the workshops will offer tips on everything from composting to “greening your business.”

The workshops will be followed by a recycled art exhibit in the CSU Fourth-floor Lounge featuring works by preschoolers in the University’s Child and Family Research Center. A free community mixer with refreshments, sponsored by the student environment club, EnAcT, will be held in CSU Rooms 402 and 403, 5 to 7 p.m.

The University’s Earth Day celebration will culminate with the Trashion Show at 7 p.m. in CSU Ballroom. In addition to University students, preschoolers, high-school students and local media personalities will be donning fashionable “trashion.” Participants from the media include the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Siobhan McAndrew, KTVN’s Neda Iranpour, KRNV’s Shelley Kudelka, KOLO’s Anne Cutler, Wild 102.9’s Amy Black, and Connie Wray’s Alice 96.5. There will also be desserts and a raffle. Any spectators wearing their own “trashion” accessories, including hats, jewelry, belts, etc., will receive a free raffle ticket. General admission is $5, and student admission is $2.

The University’s Earth Day is sponsored by the University’s Academy for the Environment, the Joe Crowley Student Union (CSU), the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN), the Environmental Action Team (EnAcT), and the Child and Family Research Center (CFRC). For more information contact the Academy for the Environment at (775) 784-8262.

University Earth Day Workshop Schedule:

10 a.m.: “How to be a locavore,” presented by Leslie Allen, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Horticulturalist, CSU 356.

“Environmental Activism and Photography,” presented by Jennifer Garza-Cuen, University photographer, CSU 320.

11 a.m.: “Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Strategies and Outcomes,” presented by Jen Huntleysmith, Academy for the Environment associate director of academics and outreach, CSU 320.

“Spoils to Soils: Worming our Way to a Closed-Loop Campus,” presented by the University’s Academy for the Environment 310 students, CSU 356.

1 p.m.: “Sustainability Projects in Kenya,” presented by Deb Stiver, the University’s College of Business, CSU 320.

“Alternatives to the Daily Car Commute,” presented by Carol Perry and Bob Tregilus, representatives from the Regional Transportation Commission and Alternative Transportation Club, CSU 356.

2 p.m.: “Greening Your Small Business,” presented by Kevin Dick, the University’s Small Business Development Center, CSU 356.

“BBBMP—Best Bowser Biohazard Management Practices,” presented by Mark Walker, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program director, CSU 320.


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