MU students and the community can experience sustainable living firsthand during Sustainability Week, April 25 through April 29.
Events during the fifth annual Sustainability Week will help promote the need for a sustainable lifestyle, just in time for Earth Day. Madelyn Sobey, financial coordinator for Sustainability Week, said students designed the events to raise awareness of environmental issues.
Organizations such as the Environmental Leadership Office, Sustain Mizzou, the Sustainability Office and Residential Life Sustainability Coordinator began meeting this past fall to prepare for the week. As financial coordinator, Sobey is in charge of planning all of the donations and how the money from the budget is allocated.
“We try to keep our material items to a minimum for the week because we are trying to be as sustainable as possible,” Sobey said.
The event begins with a Kick-Off Rally April 25 at the MU Student Center. The rally features information on how student organizations at MU can reduce their carbon footprints. Free t-shirts, games and prizes are also included.
A screening of the film “Plastic Paradise” will take place Monday from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Leadership Auditorium. The film explains the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and its impact on oceanic wildlife. Before the film, the Environmental Leadership Organization will lead a group discussion.
Other events during the week include planting trees, a tour of the power plant on campus and trivia night.
Sobey also helped plan Eco-Chella, a concert from 7 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, at Peace Park. The bands Captiva, My Twins and Monchichi are scheduled to play with a drum circle to follow.
For more information on the other events featured throughout the week, visit the Sustain Mizzou’s website.