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WKU to host Pathways to Sustainability Festival April 17-18

WKU will host a Pathways to Sustainability Festival on April 17-18 to mark Earth Day 2015, which is officially celebrated on April 22.

Pathways to Sustainability artThe festival will be free to the public and will include the following events:

  • Presentations and a roundtable discussion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 at the Downing Student Union, room 3020.
  • A presentation with Bernie Ellis from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 17 at Corsair Distillery, 400 E. Main St., Bowling Green.
  • A full day of hand-on workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at the new Baker Community Garden, 150 Guinn Court, Bowling Green.

Across Kentucky, people are becoming increasingly interested in how to make their lives more sustainable. This festival will showcase local sustainability projects and tools and provide public outreach for people interested in permaculture, community development, small-scale farming, “tiny” houses, intentional communities, local food, and other emerging topics.

Guest speakers include Jeff Poppen, a renowned local food and agricultural biodynamics expert; Bernie Ellis, a longtime proponent of medical marijuana who is involved in the development of Tennessee’s medical marijuana legislation; and Andee Rudloff, an internationally renowned local artist.

Other speakers include Martin Stone and John All of WKU, Rhondell Miller of HOTEL INC, Kentucky artist Mark Whitley, and Laura Goodwin of Slow Food Bowling Green. The Dead Broke Barons band will play at Corsair Distillery on April 17 after Bernie Ellis’ presentation followed by a tour at Bowling Green’s only artisan distillery, Corsair Distillery.

A schedule is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BGFoodGarden or by contacting John All at john.all@wku.edu

The festival is sponsored by the WKU MA in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, the WKU Office of Sustainability, Slow Food Bowling Green, WKU’s Baker Arboretum, Corsair Distillery and the efforts of Slow Food Bowling Green board members and volunteers.

Contact: John All, (270) 791-1993 or john.all@wku.edu

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