Students at Illinois State University can leaf the dorm and enjoy the spring weather at Tree-a-Palooza from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) will host their annual music festival on the Quad. There will be performances from local artists, raffles, trivia and presentations from environmental registered student organizations on campus.
“The money we raise is going to support charities that are doing amazing things,” President of SEAC Jonathan Jerkatis said. “If people need more convincing, the musical acts we have booked are extremely talented and are going to put on a great show.”
One of the acts, “Hot Sauce Universe,” is a married duo with children that have been performing for three and a half years. They describe themselves as an, “acoustic living room jam duo,” and are “jazzed” to play at Tree-a-Palooza.
Campus groups, such as the a capella group Clef Hangers, will also be performing.
One of the newer features of the event is a clothing swap, which is available with a clothing donation or a minimum one dollar donation. The clothing event began after the organization learned of the effects of the industry on the environment.
“Cotton takes an insane amount of water to grow and the amount of clothes produced is way more than we need and so much ends up in landfills,” Jerkatis said. “So we do a clothing swap. Clothes get a second life and there is no need to buy more”
There will also be a collection of clean mascara brushes. Mascara brushes can be used to clean larvae and debris off of wild animals, due to their small bristles.
“We have been doing it for years,” he said. “It is a great way for our club to raise money for charities that are doing good work to help our environment.”
Vegheads, the vegetarian RSO on campus, will also sell vegan baked goods. Local businesses have also donated goods for a raffle and trivia game at the event. Answering a trivia question right earns one ticket in the raffle.
The event will be followed by the Sustainability Expo on April 23. The expo showcases 26 environmental and social organizations on campus. Bottles and used clothes can be traded for house plants at the expo.