D&E students attend Mother Earth News Fair

Davis & Elkins College students recently attended the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. The annual three-day event features sustainable lifestyle workshops and exhibits.

The students were inspired by talks on food and agriculture, alternative energy, economics of sustainable living, green building, energy efficiency and hands-on demonstrations of bee keeping, butchering and food preparation. They also had the opportunity to meet and interact with speakers Joel Salatin, an American farmer, lecturer and author, and actor and energy efficiency spokesperson Ed Begely Jr.

Students attending were Nicole Wyatt, a senior from Elkins; Matt Stalnaker, a senior from Elkins; Jenna Gilmore, a senior from Elkins; Shauna Damon, a junior from Mount Wolf, Pa.; Sydney Mucha, a junior from Mt. Clare; Rob Orr, a senior from Hyndman, Pa.; D&E Director of the Center for Sustainability Studies Russ McClain, and Zack Schmucker, a junior from Latrobe, Pa.

The trip was made possible through GreenWorks!, the student sustainability organization of D&E’s Center for Sustainability Studies (CSS). The CSS promotes green initiatives both on campus and in the community by sponsoring events, supporting local recycling efforts and providing opportunities for students to become active in sustainability research.

The Davis & Elkins College baccalaureate program in Sustainability Studies focuses on the relationship between human beings and the natural world. In addition to classroom study, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies are required to complete 15 working hours per semester with a campus or local organization focused on sustainable initiatives. D&E also offers a minor in Sustainability Studies.

For more information, please visit the D&E website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.