NAU hosted an Earth Jam event April 26, which is a sustainability event made possible by Green Jacks. The event showcased various eco-friendly vendors and bands to the students of NAU. This time, however, the campus event also offered free access to Arizona’s first ever bike-powered concert.

Joanna Wheaton, the coordinator for the cyclist powered concert alongside the NAU Green Jacks, was optimistic toward Flagstaff’s interest in the event. She was surprised that Flagstaff had never hosted a bike powered event before.

“Honestly, a concert powered by bikes is the most Flagstaff thing I’ve ever seen," Wheaton said. 

Bikers were found and encouraged to cycle before the event’s set up. Wheaton said the process was easier than she expected as she found many cyclists eager to join.

Wheaton hopes to see more Arizona campuses, especially NAU, host more bike powered events in the future.

“We’re hoping that this is a start to something bigger," Wheaton said. "Flagstaff is kind of the perfect venue for a sustainability event like this, especially with its continuing action in regards to the environment.”

Wheaton said without the NAU Green Jacks, the bicycle powered concert would not have been possible. Wheaton also said that the Green Fund financed the concert.

“Working alongside the Green Fund and Green Jacks has been a great experience," Wheaton said. "Everyone involved is welcoming and sincerely cares about what’s happening to our planet right now.”

Bicyclists and bands aside, students and staff enjoyed various sustainability booths including Green Jacks, NAU Green Fund, Flagstaff Fair Trade, Flagstaff Water Conservation, NAU Health Promotions and even a table offering free Yerba Mate tea.

Other booths allowed attendees to plant miniature aloe plants into makeshift pots made of used egg cartons and climb a temporary rock wall.

Sophomore and sustainability ambassador Abby Harmon greeted students at her Green NAU stand.

“It’s great to be involved at events like Earth Jams, especially when the weather is nice like it is right now,” Harmon said.

Harmon said that Green NAU created a miniature scavenger hunt for those interested. People who completed the hunt would receive prizes at the table, all of which keep sustainability as a priority.

The event even boasted a smoothie machine bike, which Office of Sustainability Manager Matthew Muchna rode around the venue. He did this while offering attendees free strawberry banana smoothie samples, all blended by the power of bikes.

University Earth Jams continue to educate students and staff about the environment. For more information visit the Green NAU or Green Jacks social media pages in order to enjoy the next free event.

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