SDSU Greenfest is where it’s at
While the gloomy haze of midterm week is still looming over San Diego State campus, an exciting light that is GreenFest is beginning to shine its sunny rays onto the students. Finally, after weeks of late library nights, early test mornings, and weekends void of party buses and strobe lights (actually you probably still did this), the students of SDSU get to have some fun. With exciting activities like Iron-Chef style cook offs, Aquaplex Boat Races, and the highly anticipated Macklemore & Ryan Lewis concert, this year’s Greenfest is sure to be one for the books! Important as it is to have fun, it is equally important to remember what GreenFest is all about.
The goodness of GreenFest
For starters, VavaVida is a sponsor of GreenFest this year which automatically makes it the best festival to date. VavaVida has donated several gift cards for the on-campus events, so be sure to stop by for your chance to win one of our $25 gift cards. They will be available at the Boat Challenge, Sustain Your Roots, Music & Fashion Show, and through the social media challenge on GreenFest’s Facebook. We have so many great items I am going to be exercising some serious self- control by not trying to win them myself.
According to the official website, GreenFest is a week-long event made possible by SDSU’s Associated Students and the Enviro-Business Society that aims to “encourage, celebrate, and advocate for sustainability, Aztec Pride, and diversity”. They fulfill this goal by throwing a wide rang of fun events and do so with an earth- friendly mindset.
The good business ethics of GreenFest are both noteworthy and honorable. While it may seem obvious that a festival based around sustainability would operate with earth- friendly ethics, GreenFest has outlined what they call a “Sustainability Code” to be upheld throughout the festival. These guidelines include but are not limited to ensuring that recycling and compost bins be readily available to attendees and enforcing restriction on wasteful products such as Styrofoam, balloons, and plastic water bottles. Every day of the “Impact Week” is also themed green; Transportation Monday, for example, calls on students to avoid fueled transportation.
Not only is SDSU a Green university, it is moving toward becoming a fair trade university as well. An article was published at the end of January by our very own Vava, Ashley Williams, who writes for the Daily Aztec. As Ashley so eloquently points out, in the “‘land of the free,’ America is also the land of people who like to buy things for as close to free as possible”. Her article discusses the fair trade movement as it affects communities globally as well as SDSU’s changes being made locally.
We applaud SDSU for its responsible changes and can’t wait for GreenFest, March 18-21!