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Campus Sustainability Day Oct. 23; Food Day 2013 conference Oct. 24

WKU’s Office of Sustainability will be hosting two events next week — Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 23 and Food Day 2013 on Oct. 24.

“Next week is my favorite week of the year,” said Christian Ryan-Downing, WKU’s sustainability coordinator. “Water and food are two of our most important sustainability topics and we get to learn about and celebrate them both in ways that are really fun and inspiring. Chad Pregracke has a wonderful story to share, and becomes an instant friend and hero of anyone that he speaks to, so I’m delighted to have him visit us. And Food Day brings all kinds of people together that share a common passion: promotion of local, healthy food for everyone. Add a delicious lunch prepared by Home Cafe and hay rides with Big Red and it’s a perfect day.”

Campus Sustainability Day

The Office of Sustainability and University College will host Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands & Waters and one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013, for Campus Sustainability Day at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 23) in the Downing Student Union auditorium.

During the presentation, the recipient of WKU’s new Sustainability Scholarship will be announced. Twenty-four students applied for scholarship sponsored by the master’s degree program in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities, the Office of Sustainability Green Fund and University College.

About Living Lands & Waters: Headquartered in East Moline, Ill., Living Lands & Waters is a non-profit environmental organization established by Pregracke in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world.

Spending up to nine months a year living and traveling on the barge, the Living Lands & Waters’ crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.

In the past 15 years, Pregracke has helped pull more than 67,000 tires from the Mississippi River and other waterways across the United States, as well as 218 washing machines, 19 tractors, 12 hot tubs, four pianos and almost 1,000 refrigerators. Since the project’s inception, Pregracke, his crew and more than 60,000 volunteers have collected more than 6 million pounds of debris from our nation’s greatest rivers.

Food Day 2013

Food Day, hosted by WKU’s Office of Sustainability, Barren River District Health Department, Local Food for Everyone initiative and the Community Farmers Market, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 24) at WKU’s L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center.

The event is free but registration is available online at http://bowlinggreenfoodday2013.splashthat.com.

Food Day activities will include keynote speaker Brigitte Nguyen, Cooking Channel and Kentucky Proud Kitchen Host; morning sessions on healthy eating, backyard gardening and small-scale farming; presentation of 2013 Food Day Awards and an afternoon Kentucky Café networking session with regional and state experts. The event will conclude from 4 to 6 p.m. with WKU Farm Tours, hay rides with Big Red and a Farmers Market.

If you can’t make it to Food Day, you can still celebrate during Bowling Green Eats week Oct. 21-26. Each day next week, you can enjoy a meal at a participating location and a portion of your purchase will support healthy food access for local families. The schedule/locations are: Monday at Spencer’s Coffee (special on Hooded Sweatshirt drink and Pumpkin Pie Bar); Tuesday at Cambridge Market and Cafe (lunch service); Wednesday at JD Bakery and Cafe (lunch service); Thursday at Home Cafe and Marketplace (lunch service) and The Bistro (dinner service); Friday at Novo Dolce (lunch service) and Corsair for Tastings and Tours followed by dinner at one of the fine local restaurants downtown; and Saturday at Meltdown Ice Cream at Community Farmers Market.

Contact: Christian Ryan-Downing, (270) 745-2508.

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