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Earth Day fashion show set for April 19

April 13, 2012
 Just Bag It
UW-Eau Claire students model dresses  made from recycled and repurposed materials during last year's Earth Day fashion show. The 2012 fashion show will be held April 19 in Towers Hall.
EAU CLAIRE — Housing and Residence Life will host the "Just Bag It" sustainability fashion show in honor of Earth Day from 8-10 p.m. April 19 in the commons room of Towers North on the upper campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

One student from each residence hall will model a costume created by fellow residents made out of recycled and repurposed materials. The fashion show will be judged by Chuck Major, director of Housing and Residence Life; Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor of Student Affairs; and Dr. Jim Boulter, UW-Eau Claire's sustainability fellow.

The residence hall that places first will receive two smart strips installed in each room of the hall. The strips reduce energy use by stopping phantom loads, which is energy pulled from electronic devices after they are turned off.

Smaller prizes will be awarded to the design teams of the halls winning second, third and honorable mention honors. In addition, 300 reusable cloth shopping bags, funded in part by the Residence Hall Association, will be distributed to students attending the event.

"This competition helps bring attention to recycling and the importance of doing practical things like using reusable cloth shopping bags," said Major. "I look forward to seeing the creative costumes they make. It should be a fun way to celebrate Earth Day and draw attention to an important issue."

In addition to the fashion show, RHA will have a display emphasizing the importance of recycling plastic bags and information on why it is best to not use them.

The Student Office of Sustainability's SCORE program also will conduct a free CFL light bulb swap during the fashion show. Students attending the event can bring an incandescent bulb and trade it for a more energy efficient CFL bulb.

For details about the April 19 event or sustainability initiatives in Housing in Residence Life at UW-Eau Claire, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at 715-836-2505 or hartseka@uwec.edu.

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