Story posted September 10, 2012
The weather held up for Bowdoin’s (nearly) annual Greenstock celebration. Live bands, green-themed informational booths, a barbeque sponsored by Dining, and activities abounded in this year’s outdoor festival.
Gusts of wind did not stop students from bringing out their blankets, Frisbees, and reusable water bottles to listen to live music from Forget Forget, Taiko, Veronica Verdan, and the Real Lyfe Sunglasses. Combined with freshly-pressed apple cider from the Bowdoin Organic Garden, tie-dying, green career advice (courtesy of the Career Planning Center), voter registration, and information about the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, Greenstock was a one-stop shop for sustainability resources and advice.
Need a drying rack? The Green Bowdoin Alliance can get you one made entirely in Maine for less than $30. Need a CFL bulb? Sustainable Bowdoin can help you out there. Interested in a summer fellowship? The Environmental Studies Department offers several options.
In true Bowdoin fashion, Greenstock finished off with a barbeque, complete with quinoa, veggie burgers, and green bean/raisin salad. All of the food waste from the event was diverted from the trash bins thanks to student volunteers who guided their peers through an alternative disposal process. All of the paper products and plastic cups were recycled while the food waste went to feed pigs on a local farm.
“I liked that people were pleasantly surprised that Bowdoin’s dining halls give their food waste to pigs and cows” said Jessie Turner ’13. “That’s what Greenstock is all about—informing students about sustainability practices early on.”
Greenstock is an event that has seen many different names—Solar Fest and Earth Day Fair to name a few—and it has evolved from a granola-making gathering at Quinby House to the form it is today. The event could not have been possible without the help and sponsorship of Student Activities, Green Bowdoin Alliance, the Environmental Studies Department, and Bowdoin Dining Services.
More photographs of Greenstock available on the Bowdoin Daily Sun.