SusTunes was spectacular!
On the night of December 2nd the Learning and Environmental Science (LES) building on the St. Paul Campus was transformed with glistening lights, and booming with song, laughter, and conversations. SusTunes 2016 was taking place, and it was magnificent.
Comment from Sustainability Education Team Member, Andreas Fenner: There is no other event on campus that included this many sustainability and art student groups, who all came together under one roof. The sound of drums signaled the start of the event in the form of an interactive drum circle hosted by the Music Therapy Student Association. The Indian restaurant, Gandhi Mahal, had the smells of its delicious food filled the air. Attendees of the events, which included students, faculty, and parents, roamed around the LES building starting conversations with multiple student groups, such as the UMN Energy Club, Sustainable Systems Management Club, Ecology Club, and even included the saving-birds-through-art group Art for Birds. Music based on themes of our earth -Roots (The Music Therapy Student Association featuring Ross Hackenmiller), Water (Willows), Sun (City Love), Wind (Balloon Lagoon) -reverberated through the space.
This event was committed to being zero-waste which meant that a zero-waste station was set up, along with all materials used at the event having to be reusable, compostable or recyclable.
Comment from Sustainability Education Team Member, Frank Wagner: Sustunes represented a fantastic opportunity not only to hear some great music, but to experience community. Having a few moments amidst the buzz of the evening to observe and reflect was so nice. It was incredible to watch the genuine interactions among student groups and connection to the music. There was palpable energy around building a sustainable campus community!
Thank you to everyone that participated and came to this amazing event!
Banner Photo Courtesy of Dustin Carlson.