Image by Fredia Dillard/UABThe UAB Occupational Health & Safety Department, in partnership with the UAB Student Activities Council, will be holding a Health and Safety Fair on Campus during the week of Homecoming.
The Fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 10th from 11 AM to 2:30 PM on the lawn of Rast Hall (off 10th Ave, between 14th & 15th Street, across from the UAB Campus Green).
A Fire Safety Demonstration involving the burning of full-scale models of residence hall rooms will follow the Homecoming Parade.
There will be free food and drinks, music, free T-shirts, giveaways, Campus Rec Center boot camp, hula hooping, as well as health and safety displays and presentations. Also, food trucks will be parked in the area for those who would like to purchase food. Participants will include:
- UAB Occupational Health & Safety
- UAB Counseling & Wellness Center
- UAB Campus Recreational Center
- UAB Police
- UAB Student Health
- UAB Translational Research for Injury Prevention
- UAB Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences
- UAB School of Public Health
- Jefferson County Health Department
The feature helps raise the low absorbency rate typical for urban areas. In rural areas nearly 50 percent of stormwater is absorbed through the ground, but the rate is only 15 percent in urban areas.
"Stormwater from developed areas is the second highest source of surface, or drinking, water pollution in the United States," said Julie Price, UAB sustainability coordinator. "Essentially we put water straight from a parking lot into a river instead of letting it move through the ground."
Price said the expanse of impervious surfaces such as roads, parking lots and rooftops contribute to the rush of runoff that enters the stormwater system in urban areas.
“Birmingham and other urban areas in the United States have aging stormwater systems that are often overburdened during periods of heavy rainfall,” Price said. “These underground conveyance systems are massive, complex and expensive to construct and maintain.
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