Bike-powered music will rock campus sustainability and International Food Day
The Boston-based rock band Melodeego will bring their people-powered music to campus next Thursday, Oct. 25, from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate International Food Day and Campus Sustainability Day in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union.
The band uses a sound system powered by stationary bicycles pedaled by audience volunteers to deliver a hard-driving rock sound with an environmentally and socially conscious message.Melodeego musicians encourage students to share their ideas for solutions to environmental problems and hope to empower young people to see that they can make a difference.
Other highlights of the afternoon will be local foods and dishes prepared by Dining Services in cooperation with the UMass Permaculture Committee, and milk shakes prepared on a bike-powered blender presented to the campus sustainability program by student Eco-Reps. Ezra Small, campus sustainability manager, says other activities will include an up-cycling demonstration by Project Repat, and Protect our Breasts will be on hand with free product giveaways. Protect Our Breasts is led by Cynthia Barstow, a lecturer in marketing at the Isenberg School of Management, author of “The Eco-Foods Guide 2002,” and an activist searching for ways to protect women and men from environmental toxins associated with breast cancer. Project Repat, featured on MTV and Fab, is an upcycling organization that collects old, unwanted T-shirts, stitches them together and turns them into blankets, clothes and bags for people in need.
This event is free and open to the public.