Bowdoin Celebrates Sustainability at Greenstock 2013

Story posted September 26, 2013

Greenstock 2013 brought students together for an afternoon of tie-dying, free gelato, apple cider pressing, live music, a campus-wide BBQ, and informational booths about sustainability on campus. The annual event welcomes students, new and old, back to Bowdoin and introduces the masses to sustainability initiatives.

Hannah Tennent ‘14 spent her afternoon leading dozens of students in the fine art of tie-dye. “All campus-wide events are really important, but Greenstock is special because it’s a campus-wide that heightens awareness of sustainability among students,” says Tennent amidst a large plastic tarp coated in pools of escaped dye. “It’s also just fun.”

Nearby, an apple press operated by the Bowdoin Organic Garden churned out gallons of free apple cider. Dining provided Maine apples for the demonstration operated by student volunteers like Pete Rosencrans ’14. “Pressing cider was actually pretty exhausting after a while, but the result was so worth it. Plain old store-bought apple juice really can’t hold a candle to freshly pressed cider. Plus it’s definitely the case that the harder you work for your food (or drink) the better it tastes.” And tasty it was—even the cider froth had a following by the end of the day.

If the free gelato, tie-dying, and cider pressing did not draw the masses, then the talented strumming and singing of student bands Westrio and Treefarm certainly did. Capping off the musical performances was Boston-based band, Friendly People. Guitars, banjos, and drums echoed from the Studzinski bowl as students lounged in the September sun.

Lucretia Woodruff offered yoga at Hyde Plaza and Taiko, Bowdoin’s Japanese drumming corps, performed on Coe Quad, too. All the stimulation was satiated with a campus-wide BBQ where droves of students caught up with friends after summer vacation. Members of Green Bowdoin and the Eco Reps then guided students at the waste stations; food waste went to the pigs and the paper plates and plastic cups went to the recycling.

Greenstock was possible through the efforts and generosity of Student Activities, Sustainable Bowdoin, Green Bowdoin Alliance, Residential Life, and Dining.