The Sustainabilibash, organized by MSU club Sustainability Now (SNow) took place on the MSU mall to celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 21.
Emma Bode, the co-president of SNow, said the event was meant to “unify all the different clubs around campus that are involved in sustainability related missions. It also made the organizations and clubs more visible and prevalent to students.” Bode deemed the event a success, “despite the awful, horrendous weather, we had a very great turnout and we were able to get the word out about a lot of very important issues.”
All of the organizations at the event centered around sustainable practices to protect the Earth and environment. Matthew Yaeger, the president of Solar 4 Everyone, said the club “went to the Sustainabilibash to get new members, and we got three, which was about what I expected so I would say it was a success.” Yaeger also accredited SNow for putting on the event and the hard work done by Bode. Solar 4 Everyone is working to make solar energy affordable for low-income people and non-profits.
A new community group that participated at the event was Bozeman Commuter Project. This project is a coordinated effort between Western Transportation Institute, MSU and the City of Bozeman to promote and incentivize active transportation, such as walking, biking and Streamline use. Dani Hess, a research assistant at Western Transportation Institute, said, “to me, Sustainabilibash was a really fun way to bring awareness to Earth Day and sustainability initiatives on campus. Often a lot of sustainability work is behind the scenes. Sustainabilibash was a perfect opportunity for Bozeman Commuter Project to introduce our work to the campus community.”
Sustainabilibash featured 14 organizations: American Rivers, Bozeman Commuter Project, College Dems/Our revolution, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Farm to Campus, Food Resource Council, Forward MT, Friends of Local Foods, MSU Outdoor Rec Program, MSU Facilities/Recycling, Solar 4 Everyone, Sustainable Landscaping task force, Science Policy Advocacy Network and Water Bottle Ban. The event featured live music from Left on Tenth, catered snacks and a free raffle. It was sponsored by Mystery Ranch, Oboz Footwear, American Rivers and the Bike Kitchen.