February 28, 2010
The Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability, OASIS, is an environmentally conscious student group at New Mexico State University, first chartered in January of 2008. OASIS is comprised of a wide range of students, professors, and community members, connected through a common interest in learning about and promoting sustainability, to benefit the health of people and the environment. Our members come from a wide variety of majors, backgrounds, and experiences enhancing our commitment to the environment and our community.
The mission of OASIS is to (from our organization’s by-laws):
- generate awareness regarding sustainable practices
- network within Las Cruces in order to engage the community and promote “green” ethics
- focus on agricultural practices, recycling, economic stability, community education/awareness, and equality
- make the Las Cruces area a healthier community
EARTH DAY 2010:
We will be hosting OASIS’s 3rd Earth Day Event—a free, day-long festival held in the Las Cruces community. Earth Day includes live music, food, locally made products and services, educational workshops and demonstrations, children’s events and opportunities for local, environmentally-progressive businesses to gain exposure in the community. Building on the success of Earth Day 2008, Earth Day 2009 boasted over 700 attendees. In previous years, OASIS enjoyed a partnership with the City of Las Cruces and hosted representatives from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, the Southwest Energy Alliance, the Las Cruces City Recycling Center, the Southwest Environmental Center, the World Wild Federation, the New Mexico Department of Border Health, and more. Of our event, the Grassroots Press said the following: “…created superior displays, offered a myriad of products, entertainment and refreshments, along with most every facet of sustainability for anyone who wanted to learn about it.”
This year we will have live music, educational exhibits, local food vendors, local goods vendors, and children’s activities. Based on last year’s event we expect to host over 50 vendor and educational tables, with over 900. Earth Day is geared toward all ages and interests of the community, from children to seniors, hobbyists to professionals. Earth Day generates resources and contacts for OASIS to make future projects possible. More importantly Earth Day builds community while allowing for environmental- and sustainability-focused networking. The community is an engaged and vital component of Earth Day. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, or hosting an educational booth please contact us for further information.
WHO: NMSU OASIS Club.
WHAT: Earth Day 2010
WHERE: Young Park, Las Cruces NM
WHEN: April 17th 2010 12:00pm-9:00pm