Fair Trade Event Rocked the RU’s Congress Lounge for #EarthMonth2017

By Jimmy Dooley for ACP/SUST 250

Kicking off this spring’s line-up of sustainability events for #EarthMonth2017 was this past Tuesday’s Fair Trade Lip-Sync Battle / Open Mic sponsored by RU Green, the university’s student environmental organization, and The Blaze, Roosevelt’s student-run radio station.

This event offered free food and Chicago-certified tap water to those who attended. Plenty of performers performed live music for an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd, including our very own SUST professor, Mike Bryson, who borrowed my guitar and started strumming those “Duct Tape Blues.”

RU students perform at the Fair Trade Open Mic / Lip-Sync event on 11 Apr 2017 (Y. Balcazar)

In her official introduction of the event, ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University peer instructor and RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar spoke on behalf of the Fair Trade Certification team, which includes Jada Fleming, Rachel Kistinger, Fred Lam, and Bryce Pierzchalski. Yessenia described how this group of students from the Sustainable University class has teamed up with the RU Green organization to expand the variety of fair trade products Roosevelt offers on campus.

The Fair Trade team’s goal is “to provide Roosevelt University’s students and faculty information on fair trade products we currently offer and the benefits purchasing those products can provide.” The Fair Trade team also displayed some of the products that are sold in the university as part of this effort, such as RU shirts, barkthins, Metropolis coffee, and organic dark chocolate.

Stay tuned to this blog and SUST social media for updates on this project and what the other ACP 250 teams are working on this semester — and be sure to attend the SUST Symposium on Wed 4/26 at 2pm in RU’s Gage Gallery!

RU student performing at the Fair Trade Open Mic / Lip-Sync event on 11 Apr 2017 (Y. Balcazar)

Text by Jimmy Dooley; edited by Yasmeen Lipprand and Mike Bryson.

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