Attendees enjoyed free food and friendly competition.
Students are keeping it green during Earth Week at The Beach.
Events hosted by LBSU such as Earth Week allow students a comfortable platform to educate themselves on the seriousness of topics such as climate change and sustainable living.
The smaller members of campus are featured to celebrate Earth Week.
Students were invited to learn more about earth-conscious living through engaging, interactive booths.
Students worked together to answer pop culture questions at USU Sunset Lounge.
In an evening filled with dancing, beer and go-green enthusiasm, hundreds of Long Beach community and campus members gathered Thursday evening to celebrate Earth Week at Cal State Long Beach. The seventh annual Green Generation Mixer was the university’s biggest sustainability event of the year. It allowed for Long Beach sustainability leaders to mingle with hundreds of attendees at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The event was an opportunity for the university to showcase a variety of environmentally sustainable projects that students have been working on, according to Melissa Soto, the campus planner with the Office of Planning and Sustainability. “This really shows what the campus is doing for sustainability efforts,” Soto said. “We don’t always have an opportunity to mix and mingle with staff, faculty and students all at the same time, so this is really good opportunity.” Four VIP speakers were featured at the event, including President Jane Close Conoley; Rajan Hoyle, a representative for Long Beach City Councilmember Lena Gonzalez; Associated Students Inc. President Joe Nino and Legislative Director for Long Beach Mayor’s Office Justin Ramirez. After they spoke, several individuals were announced as winners of the Sustainability Project Showcase. This part of the event highlighted
The Southwest Terrace became a sea of green as students created their own succulent pots, flower crowns and containers of compost at the Eco Crafts Fair. Cal State Long Beach hosted the fair in celebration of Earth Week, and the event promoted students transitioning into more green-friendly habits. Booths were set up with activities ranging from trivia questions, cornhole and flower planting. Many students were spreading information about things that hurt the planet, from threats to the ozone layer all the way to issues going on in Long Beach. “We are one of the most sustainable campuses in the entire CSU system and we just want to spread awareness about things that are going on in our own backyard,” said Melissa Sanchez, a junior studying graphic design. “I believe if more people know about these issues, the higher the chances are of making progress.” Most students tried to acquire one of the earth-friendly backpacks made with recycled materials that read “Earth Week 2018.” The backpacks were free for students who went through all of the booths. Students happily left the event while stuffing their packs of soil and flower seeds into their new bags. “I love Earth Week