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Aug. 23, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU targets sustainability awareness

schedules ‘FRESH’ film screening            


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Building on the sustainability and green programming already under way at Slippery Rock University, the University’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research and AVI Fresh, the campus contract food vendor, will co-host a screening of “FRESH” at 8:30 p.m., Aug. 30.

           The feature-length film, by Ana Sofia Joanes, will be shown on the front patio of the University Union. The film focuses on sustainable agriculture and depicts farms, activities and entrepreneurs who are changing America’s food system.

The film is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities who are re-inventing the food system. “FRESH” is a guide that empowers people to take an array of actions as energetic as planting urban gardens and creating warm composts from food waste and as simple as buying locally-grown products and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year, said Laurel Dagnon, CSIL program director.

           “FRESH” was an official selection of the 2009 Environmental Film Festival, the 2009 Sustainable Living Film Festival, 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival, 2009 Maine International Film Festival and the 2009 Kerry Film Festival.

“The CSIL is very excited about its partnership with the Macoskey Center and AVI to better educate our students and the surrounding communities on how to eat healthy on a budget and improve their purchasing decisions. This is about real people, just like those living in our Slippery Rock area communities, taking action to make a difference,” Dagnon said.

Stephanie Frazen and Todd Heinsburg, both of Butler, will provide musical entertainment beginning at 7:30pm. AVI will offer apples, cider and organic popcorn.

            As part of the day’s events, the Macoskey Center will host the Travelling Gypsy Chickens on the Quad. The chickens, raised at the center to help promote sustainability, will be transported to campus on a “Gypsy Cart” to help promote the film.

SRU’s Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, a division of student life, creates valuable developmental and educational opportunities through activities, programs, student organizations, community service and leadership training.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.