MDC’s North Campus to Host the Spring into Sustainability Festival

Miami, March 13, 2017 The Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy and the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College (MDC) are launching the inaugural Spring into Sustainability Festival March 20-24, at MDC’s North Campus. The festival will immerse students in concepts and actions promoting sustainability, including localism, ecological literacy, resilience and civic engagement. The event is free and open to the public.

“North Campus’ Spring into Sustainability event will provide students with a myriad of learning opportunities as they continue on their course as social innovators at the College, and in their local communities,” said Dr. Malou C. Harrison, president of MDC’s North Campus.

The festival will feature music, wellness activities, non-profit partners, and a community procession showcasing the many avenues for engagement students can take in working towards a better world. There will be presentations from speakers, panel discussions, and an outdoor festival, among other exciting events.

Featured speakers include South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard and Miami-Dade County Office of Resiliency Coordinator Katherine Hagemann, who will speak Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m., on the topic of civic action and sustainability in Miami-Dade County.

This generation of students will be on the cutting edge of finding solutions to pressing issues, such as sea level rise, climate gentrification, green businesses, and ecological restoration. It is important that they are equipped with the tools and knowledge to be effective changemakers right in Miami and elsewhere.

Other speakers include representatives from EcoTech Visions, Catalyst Miami, the CLEO Institute, Engage Miami, and Coral Morphologic. In addition, service opportunities will support Urban Paradise Guild’s Seeds for Haiti Project and the Green Urban Living Center.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Pelham,