Earth Day 2019 a Smashing Success

Published on April 25, 2019

The Office of Sustainability at Eastern Kentucky University held its third annual Earth Day Festival on Wednesday, April 24 at the Ravine and Keen Johnson Plaza. 

“Our third annual Earth Day Festival was a success! It was wonderful to see the EKU and Richmond community come out to celebrate Earth Day by enjoying the weather and taking part in activities for guest of all ages," said sustainability manager Debbie Namugayi. "We were happy to see so many engaged attendees, including local vendors, environmental organizations, food trucks, and live music.”

A young girl paints her face.

The event featured more than 40 local environmental organizations, artisans, food vendors, registered student organizations and EKU departments. Attendees enjoyed fun activities and live music, while many brought their own seating and enjoyed a beautiful evening.

“The Office of Sustainability was excited to welcome a diverse group of attendees to our Campus Beautiful to celebrate Earth Day and the important work of environmental stewardship and climate action,” said Namugayi,  “The festival gives the EKU and Richmond community the opportunity to learn more about sustainability.”

The annual event is focused on regional sustainability, with Kentucky environmental organizations such as Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, Kentucky Heartwood, the Community Farm Alliance and the Kentucky Waterways Alliance in attendance.

Vendors included Holcomb’s Knob, Karma Soapery, Artfully Yours and other individual craftsmen. Attendees also enjoyed Kona Ice, and music from Lexington bands Sunmates and Much Obliged.

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Tulips in the foreground of the Earth Day Festival