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Bananas May Be Yellow, but Campus Sees Green

September 8, 2009 – In an effort to use less paper on campus, students and faculty entering Bunn Intercultural Center on Sept. 8 received bananas instead of fliers promoting renowned primatologist Jane Goodall’s lecture the next day in Gaston Hall.

Members of Georgetown’s Center for the Environment and Lecture Fund passed out nearly 500 bananas from the student-run business The Corp. The banana fliers fit in nicely with Goodall’s nearly 50-year research of chimpanzee social and family interactions, which she pioneered in Gombe, Tanzania.

“The banana promotion was well-received,” said Caitlin Karniski (C’11), an intern with the Center for the Environment. “We’ll definitely look into creative ways of promoting future events.”

The Lecture Fund reduced the amount of paper used to promote the event in residence halls by 75 percent through employing quarter-sheet fliers instead of full sheets.

“This is great,” said Jessica Kuntz (SFS’10), the Lecture Fund’s vice chair of external affairs. “I’ve never marketed with fruit before, but it gets a lot more attention than when you’re trying to shove a piece of paper in somebody’s hand.”

Goodall’s lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 9, also is sponsored by the biology, history and psychology departments; EcoAction, Georgetown Bookstore; the Mortara Center for International Studies; Georgetown Outdoor Education; and the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program.

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