York is U launches Green Week today

This is Green Week 2008 and over the next three days york is U is inviting you to see an eco-fashion show, try a few organic snacks, hear David Suzuki and plant your own tree.

Green Week kicks off today with an eco-fashion fair in Central Square from 10am to 4pm and an eco-fashion show at the Student Centre Food Court from 3 to 5pm. Student clubs and college councils will compete for prizes as they show off their best designs made of recycled materials, organic cotton and eco-friendly products. The show will also feature stage performances. 

Left: David Suzuki

“This year’s eco-fashion show will be out of this world,” says Harmeet Kaur, Green Week eco-fashion show coordinator and a fourth-year York student. “From its vendors to its upbeat fashion competition, it will allow Yorkies to view how fun and exciting going green can be.” 

Wednesday, visit the eco-food fair for a taste of organic and vegan treats in the East Bear Pit, Central Square, between 10am and 3pm.  

Also on Wednesday, don’t miss Green Week’s featured speaker, award-winning scientist, broadcaster, environmentalist and 2005 York honorary degree recipient David Suzuki discuss how you can make a positive impact on your environment by making simple changes to your lifestyle, in 109 Accolade West Building at 4pm. Students can pick up tickets to this event, sponsored by the York Federation of Students and the Canadian Federation of Students, from the YFS office, 336 Student Centre.

Right: Students planting trees at 2007 Arbour Day

Thursday, there will be a rally for renewable energy in the Vanier College field between 11:30am and 2pm featuring an acoustic concert and speakers – environmental studies Professor Jose Etcheverry and alumnus and CBC host Jian Ghomeshi (BA ‘95).

End Green Week by planting a tree Thursday as part of York’s annual Arbour Day at Stong Pond, between 2 and 5pm.

For more information about Green Week and other upcoming events, visit the york is U Web site.