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April 18, 2013

SCC to hold Earth Day celebration

Eighth-annual event will be Sunday at college; focus on sustainability

Somerset —

The three Rs — reuse, repurpose, and recycle — are words to live by, and this weekend, you’ll get the chance to see how and why those ideas are so important. 
Now in its eighth year, the Somerset Community College Earth Day Celebration will feature some returning favorites and a few new exhibits that will help visitors learn more about sustainability. 
The idea of power — how to generate, and the energy needed to do so — will be the focus on two presentations, according to Loris Sherman, SCC biology professor and chair of the Earth Day Celebration planning committee. 
Sherman said a demonstration wind farm will be shown during the event, thanks to representatives with the U.S. Green Building Council and Siemens AG, a global business that specializes in electronics and electrical engineering and operates in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. 
“They’re going to set us up a mini wind farm,” said Sherman. 
Wind farms have consistently made headlines as a possible alternative to fossil fuels for energy use. 
Sherman said some of the school’s faculty members and students also worked together to build hand generators “ ... so the community can see how much manpower it takes to power a light bulb or a small appliance.”
Demonstrators will crank or pedal their generators to produce electricity. 
The demonstration can prove a powerful one in showing just how much energy it takes to power everything in our daily lives — homes, cars, Smartphones and computers, and more. 
Perhaps one of the more, ahem, unique exhibits to appear at the popular event will be a composting toilet. The idea developed during a panel discussion on sustainability, according Sherman. 
Apparently, it’s possible to be sustainable in all areas of life.
“It’s a very nice solution if you’re building a cabin where you want to apply an environmentally friendly solution,” said Sherman. 

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