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Sustainability fashion show planned to encourage recycling in residence halls

RELEASED: April 11, 2011

just bag it logoEAU CLAIRE — Housing and Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a sustainability fashion show April 20 in honor of Earth Day. The "Just Bag It" fashion show, designed to draw attention to recycling, will be held from 8-10 p.m. in the commons area of the Towers North residence hall.

One student from each residence hall will model a costume created by fellow residents out of recycled and repurposed materials. The show will be judged by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich; Dr. Beth Hellwig, vice chancellor for student affairs; and Dr. Kate Hale Wilson, sustainability fellow.

The winning residence hall will be provided with filtered water stations on each floor. Smaller prizes will be awarded to residence hall teams that place in second, third and honorable mention categories. In addition to the contestant prizes, 300 reusable cloth shopping bags will be distributed to students who attend the event. Information about recycling in the residence halls and other sustainability issues also will be distributed.

"I applaud the students for their imaginative effort to bring attention — in a fun way — to recycling and to the importance of doing practical, sustainable things like using reusable cloth shopping bags," Hale Wilson said. "I look forward to seeing the creative costumes they make."

Ron's Castle Foods, Mancino's Grinders & Pizza, the UW-Eau Claire Residence Hall Association, and UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life are sponsoring the event.

For more information about this event or sustainability initiatives in UW-Eau Claire Housing and Residence Life, contact Kate Hartsel, housing sustainability coordinator, at 715-836-2505 or HousingSustainCoordinator@uwec.edu.

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