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This year’s OSU Sustainability Festival saw around 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members inundate the Student Sustainability Center grounds during the three-hour event on Wednesday, September 21st. Attendees enjoyed live music, local food, a sustainability info fair with eighteen local groups and organizations, and a fun assortment of sustainability related games and activities.
The Festival went from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, and was held on the Student Sustainability Center grounds and adjacent green space.
Currently in its fourth year, the Festival is a collaborative effort between the Student Sustainability Initiative, Campus Recycling, and the Sustainability Office. This year, the sponsoring organizations were also joined by a large number of campus and community groups, who provided food, activities, services, and a lot of information on issues, campaigns, and opportunities to get involved. While attendance this year surpassed original expectations, it was the excitement and enthusiasm of everyone there that made the turnout impressive.
The Festival is intended to provide an opportunity for new and returning students to learn more about sustainability issues and connect with the wide range of groups in a fun, festive, and welcoming atmosphere. Making our own salsa with veggies fresh from the SSC garden was delightful. Lawn bowling with recyclables was surprisingly addictive. But the conversations, relationships, and inspirations were the real prizes.
For a more on that salsa and the OSU Sustainability Festival, check out the article written by the Gazette-Times. (It ran on the front page of their daily paper on September 22nd, 2011.)
For more pictures, check out the SSI’s photo album of the Festival.
This article was also published on the Ecologue, OSU’s sustainability blog, on September 30th, 2011.
As Transportation Coordinator at the SSI, Evan Sorce works to make alternative transportation at OSU (bikes, feet, buses, etc.) fun, safe, accessible, and worthwhile.
As Transportation Coordinator for the SSI, Rose Clarke wants to help make the campus and culture of OSU one that encourages students, faculty, and staff to go car-free. Rose, an avid bicyclist from SE Portland, is a second year undergrad studying Biology but currently with no clear career goal less general than "something scientific". She was drawn to the sustainability cause due to her fascination with life sciences as well as her belief that bicycles are the coolest thing since sliced bread. Some of Rose's pastimes include knitting during lectures, exploring lovely downtown Corvallis, reading in the sun, and hiking in the Pacific Northwest.