UL Lafayette celebrates Fête de la Terre festival

 LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Fête de la Terre 2016 festival continues with activities planned through Friday, which is International Earth Day.

Photo from University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Photo from University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University’s fete de la Terre festival began earlier this week with a canoe trip on the Vermilion River and a recycling drive to collect outdated electronics, such as computers, laptops, printers, keyboards and cell phones.

The purpose of the festival is to raise awareness about sound environmental and recycling practices.

Bike Day will be held outside the Student Union, on Boucher Street, Wednesday April, 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Workshops about bicycle safety and maintenance will be planned.

Attendees to the event will also be able to try out a bike through UL Lafayette’s new GeauxVelo bike share program.

Anyone can rent the bikes in the GeauxVelo program, but must register online first at Geauxvelobikeshare.com

A total of 50 bikes are available at three stations on campus, 32 at Cajun Field, 10 outside the Student Union, and 10 inside Girard Park Circle parking garage.

On Thursday, students are planting biowale between Burke Hawthorne and Wharton halls. The shallow trough will hold plants and other vegetation which will filter silt and contaminants from rainwater before the runoff is funneled into a drainage system.

On Friday, an expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the corner of Hebrard and St. Mary Blvd. The expo will feature jambalaya served in biodegradable bowls, live music and crafts.

University organizations and departments will set up demonstrations and displays, they will also distribute information about sustainable curriculums, and careers.

A “litter installation” was placed outside of Dupre Library to demonstrate the about of debris collected on campus grounds for a month.

A similar installing will show a week’s worth of debris pulled from the mouth of the Couleen Mine.

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