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posted: 4/18/2014 2:48 PM

ECC students to lead its annual Sustainability Day

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  • Learn about how plastic water bottles are upcycled into yarn to be used in high-performance apparel at the Elgin Community College Sustainability Day on April 22.

      Learn about how plastic water bottles are upcycled into yarn to be used in high-performance apparel at the Elgin Community College Sustainability Day on April 22.
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Elgin Community College's Sustainable Entrepreneurship Movement, a student-run organization, will hold its annual Sustainability Day on Tuesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Jobe Lounge, 1700 Spartan Drive.

The event focuses on managing personal, planetary, and profitable sustainability. Community members will have the opportunity to explore sustainability by being green, being fit, and having a successful business.

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Community vendors from Elgin and surrounding areas will join the event to explain their contributions to the community. Products and services geared toward wellness and sustainability will be provided. These include the ECC fitness center, massage therapy, and a juice bar.

The day session will kick off with a vendor spotlight at 11 a.m., followed by the "Shark Tank" Open Pitch Competition at 12:15 p.m. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to participants in the "Shark Tank" Open Pitch Competition, which features creative, innovative thinkers focused on entrepreneurial sustainable ventures. The event closes with free prizes and giveaways from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The evening event will feature "Sustainable by Design," a student business line of performance apparel used for exercising and staying well. The event will detail the story of how regular plastic water bottles are upcycled, extruded into yarns then converted into made-in-America, high performance apparel.

This is a free event that is open to the public.

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