PAC celebrates America Recycles Day with a sustainable fashion show

November 12, 2021

Marketing and Strategic Communications

Alamo Colleges District–Palo Alto College is hosting its 11th Annual America Recycles Day Fashion Show virtually on Thursday, Nov. 18, to celebrate America Recycles Day. Held on and around Nov. 15, the national event educates and encourages individuals to be more mindful of what they consume, recycle properly, and integrate recycling into their everyday lives.

The fashion show is the College’s signature America Recycles Day event that brings awareness about the importance of sustainability and the need to support the circular economy by reusing and reducing consumption.

Each year, cosmetology and geology students, the Logistics Club, and Club Earth collaborate with Student Health, Advocacy, Resources, and Engagement (S.H.A.R.E.) Center staff, Communities in Schools, CPS Energy, and Goodwill Industries of San Antonio to produce the event.

“As an agency committed to sustainability, Goodwill San Antonio is proud to partner with Palo Alto College to drive campus and community awareness around the many benefits of recycling,” said Penny Benavidez, director of public relations for Goodwill. “The annual Recycled Fashion Show presents a creative forum to educate students that recycling is not limited to simply paper and plastics. Gently-used clothing can be repurposed, and more importantly, used to transform the lives of others within our community.”

For event organizers, recognizing the importance of recycling and sustainability shouldn’t be limited to one day. The goal is for attendees to leave this event empowered and inspired to adopt environmentally sustainable habits.

“We are so proud to continue the legacy of Professor Emeritus Dr. Denise Richter, who founded this event 11 years ago and also helped establish our campus and districtwide recycling programs. She is the perfect example of how our actions, large and small, really do make a difference,” said Kiana Piña, chairperson for ARD Fashion Show. “Our hope is that those who tune in can walk away with useful tips to make their day-to-day routine more sustainable.”

This event is free and open to the public. Viewers can catch the show by registering to attend one of two Zoom sessions at For more information, contact Kiana Piña at (210) 210-486-3136.