MINNEAPOLIS, April 22, 2019 – Minneapolis College’s 15th Annual Sustainability Fair, sponsored by the Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This event will feature lively discussions with more than 20 environmental organizations tabling at the Fair and fielding questions to provide commentary on key issues. A highlight of the Fair will be a special University of Minnesota Raptor Center program from noon to 1 p.m. featuring a bald eagle and other birds of prey. The event will be held in the Helland Center (first floor) on the Minneapolis College campus (1501 Hennepin Avenue).
Cathy Geist, Minneapolis College Environmental Science and Biology Instructor and Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club adviser, described the Fair as an amazing opportunity for students to learn about a wide variety of environmental organizations, talk with people who are currently doing significant work on key environmental issues, and discover new ways to live more sustainably and take action in our world. The Fair also will be a zero-waste event with compostable serving items. Free organic pizza will be provided.
Geist said that among the environmental organizations attending will be staff from the Sierra Club-North Star Chapter, The Nature Conservancy, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program, Friends of the Mississippi River, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Land Stewardship Project, MN350, Move Minneapolis, Twin Cities Food Justice, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Hennepin County Department of Environment and Energy, Alaska Wilderness League, Animal Rights Coalition, Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis, and other organizations.
Geist stated, “What underlies my work with our club in general, and the Sustainability Fair specifically, is my love and appreciation for all species with whom we share our beautiful planet. Our club members strive to motivate and empower other students so that together we can address the issues that matter.”
Geist said those issues include such challenges as preventing further climate change, protecting biodiversity, our lands, air and water, thwarting oil drilling in the Arctic, halting fossil fuel development, advocating for sustainable practices in agriculture, energy and transportation, and eliminating environmental racism, among many others.
“I love to quote the renowned evolutionary biologist, Stephen Jay Gould when I think about what is at the heart of caring about our environment and taking action,” Geist said. “‘We will not fight to save what we do not love.’”
The Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club was formed in 2004 by a group of Minneapolis College students who were inspired to promote awareness and activism on environmental issues ranging from the United States’ growing petroleum dependency to pesticides and other dangerous chemicals impacting the biodiversity of our lakes and lands. The Three-Legged Frog (3LF) is committed to working on behalf of our environment inside and beyond Minneapolis College.
Minneapolis College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and offers students more than 100 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or to transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, more than 10,000 students enroll annually in credit and non-credit programs. The College’s Foundation provides scholarships and emergency assistance awards to highly motivated, low-income students. Without this support, most of these students would be unable to pursue their academic dreams. For additional information, please visit Minneapolis.edu.