To conclude the first sustainability week at LBCC, the Associate Student Body celebrated Earth Day by hosting a community gathering at the PCC Horticulture Garden for about 50 people on Friday, April 22.
“I’m glad to see the Earth Day celebration all put together and it’s so chill to see the end result,” said Cindy Macias, 19, a child development major.
Sustainable water containers, drinks and cake were served during the event while the local band, Rhythm of Rosie, performed.
Fay Pizano, 20, an environmental science major, said she felt the event went well and was glad to see people of all ages attend. Pizano said, “The whole week, I felt, brought people’s attention to the fact that it was Earth day/Earth week. People were intrigued by sustainability week and it brought awareness to sustainability week.”
In addition to celebrating sustainability week, the Cambodian Student Association planned to host a Cambodian New Year celebration in the Horticulture Garden on the same day and time as the Earth Day celebration.
Both groups decided to incorporate the Cambodian New Year into the Earth Day community gathering and many participants engaged in traditional Cambodian dances including “Ramvong” (which means “circle dance”) and “Saravan” (which means “flapping”).
Shannon Trisler, 21, a business major, was the person behind the idea of having a sustainability week at the college. Trisler is also the first representative of sustainability for the ASB Cabinet
Enjoying the collaboration of the two events included David Saenz, 21, a psychology major. Saenz said, “Shannon (Trisler) and her committee did a really good job putting this together. This community gathering was a great way to end the week and because there are a lot of clubs involved throughout the week, it made a good impression to encourage other clubs to collaborate.”
Student Council Vice Chair Patrick Gore said the primary goal of sustainability week is to spread awareness about the importance of sustainability at the college and to inform students and employees of existing efforts of sustainability at the college such as the recycling efforts pushed around the college.