4th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival takes to the screen

Join Missouri River Relief (MRR) and The Blue Note when they host the fourth annual Wild and Scenic Traveling Film Festival in Columbia on Sunday, February 9.  It’s an afternoon benefit of inspiring and eye-opening documentaries. Doors open at 1 p.m. and select films will be screened from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a…

DIY Project: sturdy plastic bag tote

Get a whole bunch of plastic bags (we know you have them), cut ’em down, stack ’em together and do some other stuff [ instructions here ].  And voila!  A plastic bag tote of your very own. This project is great because it puts to good use something people already have lying around and aren’t…

Tour of Columbia for National Geographic GeoBee

Missouri’s 2012 National Geographic Bee champion, Jack Langen, gives a tour of his home town of Columbia for the NatGeo YouTube channel. Double-fisting Sparky’s ice cream? Walking on the MKT? The kid couldn’t be more spot on. Jack will be competing against the other state champions in Washington, D.C., on May 22-24. The Bee finals…

Students sell produce to Campus Dining

Tigers for Community Agriculture, Sustain Mizzou’s gardening group, have sold 324 pounds of lettuce, chard and broccoli to MU Campus Dining Services and the University Club in just one month. The journey from seed to students resulted entirely from student volunteer efforts.

Big Tree owner in the Big Muddy Speaker Series

The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Les Bourgeois Bistro in Rocheport. John Sam Williamson’s family has been farming the McBaine bottoms along the Missouri River for six generations. They’ve fought floods, droughts and the changes of the river while taking care of the rich bottomland and growing food for…

Growing Energy: Algae Biofuel for a future climate neutral energy

Check out this crazy awesome video made by Oberlin College student Angus R. Chen. As he illustrates, there’s “algae, algae, algae everywhere!” Why not use it to grow energy?* *Well, ok, there are a few catches. Watch the video to find out more! From the Youtube page: What are biofuels and where do they come…

Environmental Leadership Office: new name, same mission

New logo? check. Web address changed? Check. It’s official: the Office for Student Sustainability in the Center for Student Involvement changed its name to the Environmental Leadership Office. “There was a lot of confusion about who we were, so we created a more distinct identity and brand,” says Ben Datema, ELO coordinator. The office currently…

Inciting local businesses to change: Carrot Mob at Shakespeare’s

In a boycott, everyone loses. In a Carrot Mob, everyone WINS! That’s the basic premise of today’s Carrot Mob at Shakespeare’s, part of Sustain Mizzou’s Sustainability Week. Sustain Mizzou is challenging YOU to join the Carrot Mob campaign TODAY. It’s a party, not a protest! On April 26th join us at the yummiest event of…

Impress your friends with Ichthyology!

In honor of an Ichthyology exam I probably failed today, I thought I’d share what such an exam entails: 30-40 dead fish, which our TA must sprinkle with alcohol every half-hour to keep them “fresh.” During the test, we hop from one seat to the next, identifying each specimen by its Latin name. It involves…

Edible Columbia Tour on May 6

The Center for Sustainable Living will take a caravan tour of the urban gardens of Columbia to learn about edible landscapes, urban farming, herb gardening, rain gardens, raised beds and much more! The tour will run from 2 to 5 p.m. The final stop of the tour is Comedor Popular, the new eatery opened by…