Harvard Law School celebrates Earth Day 2009 with dignity, style, and a farmer's market.

On April 22 Harvard Law School staff, students, and faculty celebrated Earth Day 2009 with an outdoor fair co-sponsored by the Law School Green Team, Green Living Program, Joint Council, Environmental Law Review, Environmental Law Society, and Dean of Students Office. Tables stretched out over the Harkness Commons patio, supporting displays from event sponsors and from other Law School programs and groups. Participants included the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Environmental Law Program, Facilities Management, Restaurant Associates, Harvard Major Capital Projects, Harvard Commuter Choice, and the HLS chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Fairgoers sampled pastry and ice cream and bought jams and maple syrup products from participating local vendors Danish Pastry House, Deborah’s Kitchen, Q’s Nuts, and the Warren Farm of North Brookfield, MA.

Student Green Living Program Representatives challenged fairgoers to rounds of environmental trivia, to a bottled water taste test, and a recycling challenge. Successful contestants received endangered species themed chocolate bars, or their pick of organic and local foods or ‘green’ home supplies. In addition, the Environmental Law Society passed out 100 reusable shopping bags... for a half hour or so before they were all taken!

Fairgoers were invited to drop off electronic waste for recycling, and to participate in a CFL swap. Over the two hours of the fair, Green Team members collected 55 batteries, 5 inkjet cartridges, 5 old CFLs, a broken cell phone, and two cables for e-waste recycling. In addition, 26 incandescent bulbs, at an average of 70W, were collected through the CFL swap. By replacing these bulbs with 15W CFLs, HLS will save $.25 for every hour that the new bulbs are in use!