Story posted May 09, 2011
On Friday, May 6, Bowdoin students enjoyed tie-dying, live music, crafts, a bike parade, and free gelato in celebration of Greenstock. The event, coordinated by the eco reps, was the third annual GreenStock at Bowdoin. According to eco rep Sarah Johnson ’13, the event concludes a year of sustainable initiatives with a bang: “Greenstock was a really fun way to make more people in the college community aware that Sustainable Bowdoin is working all the time!”
The bike parade, which included members of Bowdoin’s Cycling Club, The Yellow Bike Club, students, staff, and neighborhood children, circled around the quad on bicycles festooned with recycled decorations. In the background, music from Bowdoin’s own band Room 10’09 and the traveling band Big Tree (which tours the nation in a van that runs on vegetable oil) was entirely solar powered. Says Johnson, “I overheard a few students say that were very impressed the event was run on solar power.” Fellow eco rep Jane Carpenter ’13 agreed: “It was great to see…what renewable energy can do with the solar electric system powering the bands.”
In addition to the entertainment, Greenstock also sponsored a food drive which succeeded in delivering approximately one hundred cans of food and $150 to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program(MCHPP). The program can leverage the money by a factor of eight because of the discount pricing they receive at the Good Shepherd Food Bank. That means the GreenStock donation should yield roughly $1,200 worth of grocery store goods for MCHPP!
“Greenstock was a really fun way to make more people in the college community aware that Sustainable Bowdoin is working all the time!” -Sarah Johnson '13