Center for Sustainability
Georgia Southern University



GreenFest 2016: Sustainable Solutions for your Life
9 am-1 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Bulloch County Courthouse Lawn & Downtown (2 N. Main St., Statesboro, GA)

GreenFest: Sustainable Solutions for Your Life
GreenFest is a fun-filled community sustainability celebration packed with green exhibits, vendors and workshops to educate visitors about green living. Enjoy live music, activities for the kids, and green products and sustainable solutions for the whole family. Free workshops will help you save green while living green.

Who is invited?
EVERYONE! GreenFest offers something for the whole family.  Make  dazzling upcycled herb planters from tin cans, assemble a bird house crafted from a pallet, create beautiful vinyl placemats, bookmarks and pouches from discarded banners, and bring home information and sustainable solutions for your life. Vendors and exhibitors who sell or promote sustainable products and/or activities will provide information and products on the courthouse lawn and along North, South, East and West Main Streets.

2nd Annual Pallet Challenge!
Form a team or go solo to up-cycle used pallets into something new and creative. Register by Sept. 24 to participate and pick up pallets for your use on 9/24 at STEMFest. Click here for more information.

Free Student Shuttle from Georgia Southern
Departing Union turnaround at 10am & 11am
Returning to campus from Downtown at 11:30am & 12:30pm

Bike the Boro Blue Mile
Festival attendees are encouraged to bike to GreenFest this year. Bike up the Willie McTell Trail to the festival and park your bike at the portable bike racks located on Siebald Street next to the Averitt Center. Bicyclists may check in at the Center for Sustainability information tent to be entered in a drawing for sustainable prizes.

2016 Event schedule
9:00am Festival begins on Bulloch County Courthouse lawn
10:00am People’s Choice pallet challenge voting begins
10:00am Upcycling vinyl banners into bookmarks, pouches, and placemats – Workshop hosted by UGB Designs
10:30am Pallet birdhouses – Workshop hosted by Georgia Southern student
11:00am Design upcycled vases and planters – Workshop hosted by Colonial House of Flowers
11:30am People’s Choice voting ends for Pallet Challenge
12:00pm Welcome from President Jaimie Hebert (Georgia Southern University) and Darron Burnette, President/CEO Sea Island Bank and Chair, Blue Mile Committee
Pallet Challenge Winners Announced, Raffle concludes
Tie Dye a Cloth Napkin – Ongoing while supplies last
Stencil a canvas bagOngoing while supplies last

With live music
9am-1pm from the School of Rock

2016 Exhibitors and Vendors (more coming soon)
Averitt Center for the Arts- recycled art projects at the new Roxie Remley Center
Beauty in the Desert- air cleaning plants
Blackwater Preserve-outdoor adventure park
Botanic Garden at Georgia Southern- School group education at the garden; Children’s Vegetable Garden Program
Bulloch County 4-H- youth programs including leadership, environmental and agricultural
Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island – live animals: snakes and turtles
Center for Sustainability – Check in and festival information
City of Statesboro Stormwater Division- Public Education
City of Statesboro- low flow showerheads and commodes
Colonial House of Flowers- Vase and planter upcycling workshop
East Georgia State College- Earth Club exhibit with demos and live bugs, honey bee exhibit, educational activities
Environmental Education Alliance-membership opportunities
Georgia Forestry Commission- organization information and tree cookie game for kids to determine how old trees are
Georgia Ports Authority- sustainable initiatives information and coloring books for the kids
Georgia Southern Museum -Sustainable Solutions traveling exhibit for schools
Georgia Southern Division of Facilities – sustainable initiatives embarked on by Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southern Health and Kinesiology class- recipes and samples featuring ingredients from local farmers
Georgia Southern FYE class- upcycling plastic bottles and children’s activities
Georgia Southern Sustainability Practicum exhibits: Using GIS to Assess Disaster Resiliency of Critical Infrastructure, Pallet Bird Houses, Construction Waste Recycling, Interpretive Signs for Campus Sustainability Resources,
Georgia Southern University Wildlife Center- live animals and artifacts
Green Ambassadors- Make, grow, and throw seed bombs
GreenWraps- Reusable Fabric Christmas Wrapping Bags, Micro Mitts & Travel Jewelry bags
Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County – repurposing items from the ReStore
Hippychick Wearable Art -Earrings made of recycled materials. (Coffee cup sleeves, tissue boxes, scrap paper, gift bags…) – visit us at Hair Studio 101 located at 13 South Main Street!
Hunter Cattle Farms- Local, sustainable meats and produce (visit us at the Farmers Market!)
Institute of Coastal Plain Science – biological collections and tick coloring books
Lisa Lansford- Washable / Reusable replacements for disposable “Swiffer” dusters
Memory T-Quilts and Totes- upcycling t-shirts into quilts and tote bags
Metter Meats – Mckenzie’s fresh homemade sausage, chicken poppers, bnls ribs, party wings, hot dogs, coke & pepsi products
Oconee River Land Trust- information about private and public land conservation with a “green” activity and crafts for kids
Office Depot/Max- Recycling services and post consumer/recycled products
Ogeechee Technical College – Solar portable generators
Ogeechee Technical College Fish and Wildlife Management Program-mammal identification and forestry tools
ReTails – reused items: proceeds go to support the Humane Society
Small Business Development Center- Living Green Wall, tips on growing sustainable and eating healthy (at City Campus)
The Future Veterinarians Society- educate the public about the Heart of Dixie Equine Rescue
Tiny Yellow Bungalow- natural earth friendly products including bamboo toothbrushes, reusable shopping bags, organic soap, and shampoo bars
Tormenta Soccer Team
TriBeta Club – recycled craft activity
UGA/Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens- Ask-A-Master Gardener session and kids seed planting activities
UGB Designs – sustainable tote bags, note pads, and home décor items
ZemiZen- sustainable athletic apparel

2016 Media Coverage
Georgia Southern Press Release
Statesboro Magazine (pp. 38-39)


2015 GreenFest

2015 Event schedule(2016 schedule coming in September!)
9am-1pm Habitat for Humanity “Decorate a Door” art project for World Habitat Day, ongoing workshop
10am- 12pm Live Broadcast from 94.9 Radio with JD Strait
9:30am  Build your own Native Bee House – Workshop
10:00am Grow Your Own Microgreens – Workshop
10:30am DIY Pallet Projects – Workshop with the Maven Makers
11:00am Grow Your Own Microgreens – Workshop
11:30am Aquaponics- Grow Food without Soil – Workshop
12:00pm Pallet Challenge Winners Announced
Tie Dye a Cloth Napkin – Ongoing while supplies last
With live music 9am-1pm from the School of Rock

2015 Exhibitors and Vendors
Averitt Center for the Arts- sustainable art for the kids
Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society at Georgia Southern University- Make your own tie dyed napkin
B&R Treasures and Treats-coupons for their snow cones and thrift shop
Cindy Sullivan Taylor’s Plants-sale of house plants
CitruSolution Carpet Cleaner-citrus based, no harsh chemicals home cleaner
Center for Sustainability-check in and info center
CfS After School Garden Program-info about the ASGC program and kids activity
Cocoon Paper Jewelry- Discarded paper fashioned into beads and jewelry. Demos and items for sale.
Colonial House of Flowers-display of living wreaths, preservative-free bouquets and house decor, local goods sale
De Ja’Vu Consignment-reuse and recycle your clothing and accessories
Eagle Flea and Consignment-repurposed home goods, clothing, vintage items and more
Entourage Clothing and Gifts-reusable Georgia Southern University cups and mugs for tailgating, 20% of profits from store go to charities
East Georgia State College Earth Club-educational exhibit and insulated bags as a give-away prize
Georgia Southern University Meal Management class – School of Health and Kinesiology-local and organic recipes and samples
Georgia Ports Authority-showcase sustainability program and give-away prize of custom activity books and rainbow crayons
Garden of the Coastal Plain at Georgia Southern University-kid’s activity
Goodwill-donations as another form of recycling
Georgia Southern Museum-interactive exhibit to show sustainable solutions for waste and recycling, water, food, and energy
Healthy Home Company-education for non-toxic versus toxic-free products
Habitat for Humanity-workshop “Decorate a Door” for World Habitat Day Oct. 5th
LA Waters-pellet stove display for energy efficient alternative for heating your home
Memory T-Quilts-up-cycled t-shirts into quilts, pillowcases and more
Market District Cafe-Jittery Joe’s Coffee samples and DIY recipe for used coffee grounds body scrub
Madame Couture’s Consignment-repurpose your clothing to a new home
Mary’s Linens-organic cotton linens and chemical free bedding, bamboo pillows, and natural oil products for body and home care
Ogeechee Technical College Solar Generator-solar power vehicle demonstration
Ogeechee Technical College Fish and Wildlife Management Program-info about the college program
Retails Thrift Shop-recycle and repurpose your belongings, all proceeds go to the Humane Society
SwimBikeRun-outdoor activity gear for healthier lifestyle
Starbucks Coffee Company-reusable mugs, fair-trade coffee, coffee ground donation for local farmer’s compost
Splash in the Boro/Statesboro Bulloch County Parks and Recreation-info on trails systems and fall aquatics programs
The Rustic Cut-furniture designed from reclaimed wood
The Green Man Produce-local produce stand
The Trinket Box – origami earrings from repurposed paper
Tupperware Independent-BPA free tupperware options
UGB (U Give Back) Designs-totes, home decor and floral arrangements made from recycled material
Yoga on Vine

2015 GreenStops (offering reduced prices on sustainable items)
3 Tree Coffee
LA Waters Furniture
The Herb Shop
Hunter Cattle Farms
Cake/Cool Beans
Wildlife Center at Georgia Southern University

Raffle items donated by
The Flower Girl
LA Waters
Hunter Cattle
On Time Fashion
Healthy Day Spa

Don’t forget the Mainstreet Statesboro Farmers Market going on across the street from 9-12:30 for your fresh local and sustainable food and craft products.

GreenFest is presented by Georgia Southern’s Center for Sustainability in partnership with the DSDA and the City of Statesboro.
Student Sustainability Fees at Work!

GreenFest in the News
See news about GreenFest 2014 here
Watch a video about GreenFest 2014 here





Last updated: 10/17/2016

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY (CfS) • P.O. Box 8042-1 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5895