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Center for Sustainability’s sixth annual GreenFest set for Oct. 6 in downtown Statesboro

Georgia Southern University’s Center for Sustainability is gearing up for its sixth annual GreenFest event, set for 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Statesboro.

The event, which brings town and gown together, will showcase all that the region has to offer for sustainable living. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors will share sustainability information and green products to encourage a green lifestyle.

Festival-goers can enjoy live music, sustainability workshops, children’s activities and more. Featured events this year include electronics recycling hosted by Goodwill and Dell. Old electronics (except for tube TVs) can be dropped off at the recycling truck, located at the corner of E. Main and Railroad Street.

An emphasis on reducing and reusing will include creating musical instruments from trash, DIY bath and beauty products and bracelets made from fabric scraps. The weekly Statesboro Mainstreet Farmers Market will also offer festival visitors fresh and delicious local products, baked goods and more.

The activities this year will extend down E. Main Street with the street closed from N. Main to Railroad Street for the festival. Festival-goers can park on E. Vine in parking lots on Railroad, and Courtland Streets.

Keep Bulloch Beautiful is hosting the Great American Cleanup throughout the city, so volunteers can get their hands dirty and make a difference in our community. Check in on the courthouse lawn to participate.

Entries in the fourth annual Pallet Challenge will also be on display along E. Main Street in front of the courthouse. Festival attendees are encouraged to vote for their favorite in the new youth and adult categories. People’s choice and prize winners will be announced at 12 p.m. Previous year’s competitions have drawn entries from as far as Savannah and included pallet coolers, pallet picnic tables, a motorized pallet car, a compost bin and even a bunk bed. Pallet creations can be registered in the competition this year at GeorgiaSouthern.edu/sustainability.

The goal at GreenFest is to educate the public about sustainable solutions throughout the community and to share green resources and eco-friendly ideas in an outdoor festival atmosphere.

Shuttle services to the farmers market and festival will be offered for Georgia Southern students living on campus at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. departing from the Union turnaround.

A full list of the day’s events and vendor list can be found here. And for more information and to get involved, visit the Center for Sustainability online at GeorgiaSouthern.edu/sustainability or contact cfs@georgiasouthern.edu, 912-478-5895.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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