Last Friday, April 20, SNow (Sustainability Now) put on their third annual Sustainabilibash on the mall outside of Montana Hall. The event celebrated Earth Day, which took place Sunday, April 22, as well as sustainability, outdoor recreation, groups and clubs that celebrate these same ideals. Vegan food for over 250 students was catered in for the event with help from Thrive on Plants, and music group The Wind Drifters performed. The Bozone Ozone greenhouse bus also made an appearance on the mall amidst the festivities. Additionally, this free event featured raffles, longboarding, recycling and other activities which celebrated the great outdoors.
“The purpose of Sustainabilibash is to celebrate on-campus clubs and local organizations that have a sustainability focus and are trying to shape the future of MSU and the Bozeman community,” said Thomas McGrath of SNow. “Earth week celebrations are special for many of these organizations, as the work these groups do is often thankless.” McGrath added that one of the primary goals of both the club and the event is to help create a campus culture of sustainability and encourage that lifestyle among students. The club hopes that positive responses from the students at this event will encourage vegan foods and other sustainable options becoming more available on campus.
This year’s event was the largest so far, with 24 different groups represented. “[SNow] has served well so far as a platform for students to follow their passions and create movements around sustainability,” McGrath said. “Both Solar 4 Everyone and Stoked on Spokes are examples of clubs that originated as group projects at our meeting.”
The club will remain in full effect going into the 2018-19 school year, and they are already looking forward to Sustainabilibash 2019 and other events and groups they can create to promote sustainability. “Next year, we hope to continue serving in this capacity and to assist the new ASMSU administration in their sustainability goals,” McGrath said.