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Ecopalooza 2013

Missouri State University’s Students for a Sustainable Future are hosting their yearly Ecopalooza, where local musicians and businesses pair together to celebrate their commitment to sustainable practices.
Ecopalooza: 2013 (photo by Shannon Bowers)

Missouri State University’s Students for a Sustainable Future are hosting their yearly Ecopalooza, where local musicians and businesses pair together to celebrate their commitment to sustainable practices. They are showcasing themselves to the public with fun activities that use renewable solar energy as well as human powered energy.

Mark Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, as well as other local bands are rocking out without creating any kind of CO2 emissions or using any electricity. They are all using solar powered amplifiers to project their sound to the audience.

Ecopalooza on Missouri State University’s campus started out chilly this morning but is now warming up to be quit the sustainable event with activities like yoga, hula-hooping, frisbee, and cookies baked in a solar oven. In addition to the events, local businesses and organizations are showcasing the steps they have made to be more sustainable.

This year’s event is being held to raise awareness to Students for a Sustainable Future’s Beyond Coal Campaign that strives to encourage the MSU administration to commit to 100% renewable energy. Lauren Bansbach is the director for Students for a Sustainable Future.

“Our world is really moving toward a more sustainable economy we are going to need people who are trained in installing solar on homes. This is a great opportunity for Missouri State academically as well as financially,” said Bansbach.

She says that the University should be looking into reducing energy use though efficient utilities and to look into other renewable energy options such a solar and small scale wind power. She believes that this should be the top priority for Missouri State University.

Ecopalooza runs until 10 p.m. Friday on the North Mall of the MSU campus.

For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers.