Project title: Sustainable Street Fest
Project timeline: 1 year of planning prior to the annual spring event (2017):
– Design of student organization application
– Selection of student org participants
– Campus- wide advertising
– Mapping of event
Fast food or friendly food? After sharing customs, cultures and family meals with your classmates and colleagues, this decision will be much harder to make on a daily basis. Creating an annual Sustainable Street Fest will allow the UIC community to explore students of a variety of different foods from all over the world, thanks to our already diverse campus. This educational experience could, in turn, allow participants to learn and exchange different recipes which create an incentive to choose the sustainable, local alternative to fast food, which is a more damaging form of consumption. Each fall, several student organizations and cultural centers will be able sign up to present their chosen dishes and put them on display for campus in the spring. The event will allow participants to reflect on their personal identities as well as the community identity at large, promoting a more sustainable social environment, as well as a healthy one.
Preliminary Project Budget:
Roughly $1,000-$3,000 allocated towards each student group interested in participating in order to fund their food, decoration and advertisement needs.
Importance of community identity in sustainability: https://us130urbansustainability.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/larkin-community-vision.pdf
Second- generation students developing identity through college festival: http://www.tandfonline.com.proxy.cc.uic.edu/doi/full/10.1080/10702890903307142?scroll=top&needAccess=true
Benefits of ethical consumption which contributes to cultural and ecological sustainability: