Just in time for Earth Day, the University of Missouri kicked off its third annual Sustainability Week.
Focused on educating and raising awareness about sustainability issues throughout the community, the week kicked off with a Sustainability Rally in the MU Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday.
The rally included information tables on the MU Sustainability Office, The Environmental Leadership and the Student Environmental Design Association, student research groups and giveaways including reusable bags and t-shirts.
Emma Bagnardi is a member of the Feminist Student Union executive board and said she is passionate about sustainability.
“It helps agriculture, it will help future generations and it helps educate people, especially these things, where people can come and learn about all the really cool organizations that are really involved in sustainability,” Bagnardi said.
The Feminist Student Union is one of the eight organizations that have collaborated with Sustain Mizzou for this year’s Sustainability Week.
Bagnardi said the group is also hosting a discussion that will focus on feminism and women and issues with the environment as one of the scheduled events for the week.
Hunter Maret is one of the co-coordinators for Sustainability Week and said this week’s events will lead up to the main focus on Thursday night: a streamed expert panel discussion of a new film from HBO called Gasland, Part Two.
“That details the problems, issues, economic expenses towards hydraulic fracturing which is natural gas and oil drilling technique that is controversial and a issue towards water quality,” Maret said.
Other events throughout the week include Environmental Speed Dating, MU Green Campus Tours and an Electronic Waste Drive.