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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Sante Fe to celebrate Sustainability Day with guest speakers

A few years ago, Fiki Owhoso didn’t care about sustainability.

After participating in environmental education programs, the 19-year-old Santa Fe College engineering sophomore started getting more involved.

And today, she is helping to host Santa Fe’s Campus Sustainability Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oak Grove.

“No matter how much we try to stay far away from sustainability, it’s always right down the corner,” Owhoso said.

Students can learn about the environment and ways to raise awareness at the event, which will include guest speakers, such as Steve Robitaille, the board president of Florida Defenders of the Environment. 

There will also be a public screening of “Gimme Green,” a documentary about the effects of human waste in the environment. The film’s director and Santa Fe’s Digital Media Technology program coordinator, Eric Flagg, will host a discussion with attendees afterward.

Taking care of the environment doesn’t require completely changing your lifestyle, said Vilma Fuentes, Santa Fe’s academic affairs assistant vice president.

“You can begin by taking small incremental steps, whether it’s recycling, or composting, or riding your bike to school or work… thinking more in terms of economic viability,” she said. “You can take lots of small steps that can really make a big difference to the broader picture.”

[A version of this story ran on page 5 on 10/22/2014]

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