The AULA Sustainability Committee, Student Engagement Office, and Undergraduate Studies Department hosted a Sustainable Living Fair on campus. The Fair’s goal was to highlight ways students and community members could increase their own environmentally friendly lifestyle choices, do less harm to our planet, and increase well-being in the community.
The Fair included earth-friendly, innovative businesses and products for sale, sustainable literature, and tips for best practice. Vendors included Imperfect Produce, Veggie Dome, Jobs for Jails, Save Queen Green, and the City of Culver City. In partnership with Homeboy Industries, an e-waste drop off event collected approximately 700 pounds of electronics for recycling or proper disposal.
The evening was book-ended by two panel discussions. A Business and Innovation panel featured guest speakers Aura Vasquez of the City of LA’s Department of Water and Power Commission; Ade Neff of Ride-On, a bicycle cooperative, Lori Valem of Homeboy Industries, and Mikaela Randolph of SOLA grocery cooperative; and was moderated by Urban Sustainability MA Chair Donald Strauss.
A Healthy Cities panel to learn what the public sector’s best initiatives are and what is next for our cities and regions, with Angela Vincent of Cal Recycle, Helen Chin of the City of Culver City, Saira Gandhi from the City of LA Mayor’s Office, Susan Higgins from Southern California Edison and moderated by Jane Paul, Head of the Urban Studies Concentration in the Undergraduate Studies Department.
A delicious and healthy zero-waste dinner was served by S.O.L. catering.