‘Fuel Up’ by Fair Trading Your Finals

Parker Townley November 11, 2014

Share Your Plans and get Rewarded

Here’s your chance to get hooked up with some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade Event of the year!

A number of generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Study Break. Provide a short explanation of your plans in the comment section below and receive the following event package to help bolster your event:


  • Fair Trade Coffee from EcoGrounds and…
  • Fair Trade Chocolate from Green & Blacks and…
  • Fair Trade Tea from Numi Tea and…
  • Informational 1-Pagers on Coffee and Chocolate from Fair Trade Campaigns.

Thank you Numi, Green & Blacks, and EcoGrounds for the Donations!

For a few ideas to help get the ball rolling, read on below


Idea 1: Table with Fair Trade coffee, tea and chocolate

Give your classmates that extra boost as they head into or out of the library! Set up a table with Fair Trade Coffee (EcoGrounds), Tea (Numi Tea), and chocolate (Green & Blacks), as well as some materials highlighting what you have accomplished this year and are looking to achieve in the next. Use this as an opportunity to get the word out about your campaign!


Numi Tea works  to  empower tea producing communities

Idea 2: Partner with an existing event  

In the lead up to Finals week numerous groups on campus will be hosting events to prepare students and staff. Gauge the landscape and offer to ‘Fair Trade’ another group’s event! Reach out to clubs, departments and your food service provider to see if you can set up, sample, and introduce Fair Trade concepts to a new audience. Follow-up afterwards and continue building the partnership!


Idea 3: Fuel up with Fair Trade! 

Last year Villanova University hosted a ‘Fuel up with Fair Trade’ event. Read through this one-pager to learn how to keep track of all the details and set up your own event on campus.

Remember: post your plans in the comment section below!


  1. The Fair Trade Club at SUNY Geneseo will be participating in this year’s Holiday Jubilee on campus. It’s a great time to spread holiday cheer while people are rolling into finals. We are excited to have a table with information on fair trade, FREE fair trade chocolate, and the chance to write holiday letters to fair trade farmers. We might also team up with a cafe close to campus, Café Shiloh, to host a study break using the delicious goodies that come in the kit! Happy holidays and happy finals!


    Benjamin Conard
    Box 0895
    10 MacVittie Circle
    Geneseo, NY 14454

    Benjamin Conard from Private: FAIR TRADE SUNY GENESEO - 10 years ago
  2. Manchester University’s Fair Trade Campaign is hosting a guest speaker next week. She will be speaking on the importance of fair trade coffee and her experiences building a fair trade company. We have also partnered with our Peace Studies department and our local Fair Trade shop to offer free Fair Trade chocolate after the event. Leading up to the event, we will be doing a number of educational tablings during meals.

    Murray Hammond from Manchester University Fair Trade Campaign - 10 years ago
  3. The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is promoting Fair Trade by offering Fair Trade coffee to students n the library during Finals week! We’ll also have a table with information regarding Fair Trade to raise awareness.

    Anna Schilcher
    810 High Avenue
    Room 103
    Oshkosh, WI 54901

    David Barnhill - 10 years ago
  4. Fair Trade Hartwick College plans to host a coffee hour in high-traffic students areas, such as the library before reading week in order to help students gear up with fair trade caffeine for finals. We might steal Ben Conrad’s awesome idea to write holiday letters to fair trade farmers! (Great idea, Ben!) We might also team up with a cafe which offers many fair trade option and is close to campus since we aren’t allowed to have events during reading days or finals weeks. We may team up with a Res Hall program as well.

    Tiffany Metty #237
    Hartwick College
    PO Box 4020
    Oneonta, NY 13820

    mettyt from Fair Trade Hartwick College - 10 years ago
  5. The Assumption College Social Justice Ambassadors will be participating in this year’s Holiday Bazaar and Christmas in Chalrie’s on campus. It’s a great time to celebrate the holidays, while people are rolling into finals. We are excited to have a table with information on fair trade, free fair trade chocolate, and the chance to write love letters. On our study day, we will also have a table in Charlies where people can come down and take a break from studying!

    Reach Out Center
    500 Salisbury Street
    Worcester, MA 01609

    Vincent Sullivan-Jacques from Fair Trade Assumption College - 10 years ago
  6. Villanova University is continuing our FUWFT initiative during finals week. We are bringing in a new component by doing a guessing game (how many FT chocolates are in the bowl?) to make the table more interactive. Additionally, we will have a FT coffee stand at the Villanova Holiday Bizarre.

    800 E Lancaster Ave
    Villanova University
    Center for Peace and Justice Education
    Villanova, PA 19085

    Emily Wilson from Fair Trade Villanova - 10 years ago
  7. Penn State Brandywine will be showing “Connected by Coffee” on December 11 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. We are also planning on collaborating with our student government to present Food for Finals where we will distribute Fair Trade coffee.

    Penn State Brandywine
    Christian O’lear (207 G Tomezsko Classroom Building)
    25 Yearsley Mill Rd
    Media, PA 19063

    cmo16 from Fair Trade Penn State Brandywine - 10 years ago
  8. CSU East Bay will be providing Fair Trade products at one of the large study groups hosted in part by the General Education Department during finals week. We will also have information regarding what Fair Trade is to raise awareness.

    California State University, East Bay
    Jillian Buckholz (Student Administration Building, 4300)
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd.
    Hayward, CA 94542

    Megan McAndrews from Private: California State University, East Bay - 10 years ago
  9. Every semester, another organization (it varies each year), has a Study Break event during the reading days of Final Week. We plan on, once again, contributing baked goods made with the Fair Trade items that this event kit provides, along with Fair Trade coffee and tea.

    Ann Francis
    Rollins College
    1000 Holt Avenue – 2753
    Winter Park, FL 32789

    hschleiffer - 10 years ago
  10. Stanford University’s Fair Trade Campaign will be doing a Fair Trade product giveaway to students in the dining halls the week before Finals Week (known here as Dead Week, the time when everyone will be furiously studying and stressed out), and, depending on how many Fair Trade product samples we are able to get, in the library as well. We plan on distributing chocolates, coffee, and tea along with catchy informational pamphlets about the importance of supporting Fair Trade in these industries.

    ~For items being mailed through the US Postal Service, please address as follows:

    Jimmy Zhang
    531 Lasuen Mall
    P.O. Box 17462
    Stanford, CA 94309

    ~For items being mailed through UPS, DHL, or OnTrac, please address as follows:

    Jimmy Zhang
    531 Lasuen Mall
    # 17462
    Stanford, CA 94305

    ~For items being mailed through FedEx, please address as follows:

    HOLD AT: FedEx Kinko’s – Tresidder
    Attention: JIMMY ZHANG (jzhang6@stanford.edu)
    459 Lagunita Drive
    Stanford, CA 94305

    jzhang6 - 10 years ago
  11. Greetings from NDNU (Notre Dame de Namur University). For this years Fair Trade your finals, we will be partnering with or Sustainability club to bring Fair Trade items to our peers as they study for their finals. We are hoping to set up in the library, the place to be at during finals, and hand out tea and coffee or for the non-caffeine lovers, the chocolate. To make things more interesting, we hope to be able to raffle a fair trade long sleeve shirt. That way we see how many students pass by.

  12. Carroll College will have a number of fair trade events going on during international week. We will be hosting a screening of “The Dark Side of Chocolate” to make students aware of child slavery issues in the ivory coast. We will also be having a fair trade sale where students can purchase scarves, bracelets, clothing, and chocolate. Lastly, we will be hosting a Fair Trade Friday where we will have informational booklets and cards available for people as well as samples of various fair trade products. We would love to us the free materials for this event!

    Melanie Vert
    1601 North Benton Avenue
    Saints Central 2028
    Helena, MT 59625

    Whitney Stromberg from Fair Trade Carroll College - 10 years ago
  13. The Houghton College Campus Store will be hosting a table at the beginning of finals week for students to take a break from their studying and take a moment to relax. We will have information out about fair trade and some of our new vendors as well as some hot drinks and a drawing for three fair trade Christmas gifts. They will be pre-wrapped with a clue to what is inside and students will have one free entry to the box of their choice . Anyone who makes a fair trade purchase during finals week will get another entry. (One additional entry per transaction). For a maximum of five entries a day. The drawing will be held the day before finals end. We would love to include the free kit in our event!

    Melissa Stanley
    Houghton College Campus Store
    Reinhold Campus Center
    One Willard Avenue
    Houghton, NY 14744

    Emily Spateholts from Houghton College - 10 years ago
  14. Oregon State University is really stepping up the Fair Trade Campaign this year. We have reserved space in both our Library Quad and Memorial Union Quad to give out Fair Trade coffee/chocolate and informational materials. We are also pairing with our Waste Reduction projects team and Campus Recycling to give out Fair Trade coffee in free reusable mugs. The Valley Library provides carafes of free coffee to students in the lobby during dead and finals week, and we are currently in talks with their Sustainability Advocates to make sure the coffee served is Fair Trade certified. We are so excited to be hosting the Fair Trade Study Break as a great way to wrap up Fall Term!

    Sarah Bixel
    Student Sustainability Center
    738 SW 15th Street
    Corvallis, OR 97331

    Student Sustainability Initiative from Oregon State University - 10 years ago
  15. Loras College plans to celebrate Fair Tuesday on December 2nd by spreading awareness by tabling. We will also be changing our cover photos to a Fair Tuesday theme and continuing to promote Fair Trade verbally and through social media. ALSO, Loras College will be continuing their annual Fair Trade Craft sale December 1st-4th. This kit will help us to spread Fair Trade awareness and promote our Craft Sale at our table.

    Tanner Emerson
    1450 Alta Vista St.
    Dubuque, Iowa

    tanner.emerson from Loras College - 10 years ago
  16. The Adrian College Fair Trade Campaign will collaborate with the Office of Academic Services to create a Fair Trade Finals table in their office during finals week. We will use the items in the kit to offer students coffee, tea, and chocolate and will have information available about Fair Trade in general and our college campaign in particular.

    Deborah Field, Department of History
    Jones Hall, Adrian College
    110 S Madison St.
    Adrian, Michigan 49221

    dfield from Private: Adrian College - 10 years ago
  17. UCLA is has a regulars farmers market on campus where we distribute Fair Trade coffee. We are scheduled to table next right before finals week and have many people who regularly come to our table along with newcomers. Right before finals, many people will surely stop by for coffee and I think having new items would be a great way to re-capture attention and generate further interest.

    karina.newman9 from Fair Trade UCLA - 10 years ago
  18. Saint Joseph’s University will be raiding the on-campus library in the middle of finals week to distribute Fair Trade chocolate accompanied with a “What is Fair Trade?” pamphlet. The kit would be very useful (especially if it is loaded with chocolate!!) because it would provide us with extra goods to give out. Thanks!

    Keith Brown, Department of Sociology
    Merion Hall, Saint Joseph’s University
    5600 W City Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19131

    rv560135 from Saint Joseph’s University - 10 years ago

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Parker Townley, National Organizer | Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Parker Townley works for Fair Trade Colleges and Universities to help connect students and faculty with the resources they need to effectively campaign for Fair Trade on campus. In his free time Parker explores the Sierra Nevadas with his trusty backpack, roams the Bay Area in search of the perfect cup of coffee, and cultivates a small veggie garden.