April 24, 2013
Celebrating and protecting the earth is the mission of an eco fair Wednesday at the University of Virginia.
The Earth Week Expo put sustainability on the forefront. The community event featured a number of speakers and other exhibitors discussing what the university is doing to be more sustainable.
"Sustainability is something everyone needs to be a part of and is a part of, and everyone can make a difference," said Nina Morris, UVa.'s sustainability outreach coordinator. "That's what today's all about. That's what Earth Week is all about, is giving everyone a chance to enjoy sustainability and make a difference right here in Charlottesville."
One of the highlights of the day was university research on reducing its nitrogen footprint and how that research led to institutional change on grounds.
"If you reduce your energy in your home and you bike to work instead of drive to work, you reduce your nitrogen footprint, as well," Morris said. "So whenever you reduce your carbon, you also reduce your nitrogen. That's an easy win-win."
Organizers said a goal of the event is to encourage students to take an active role at the university and to make grounds a "living lab."