For a few good bands, responsibly consumed booze, bulbs and no bags of trash, student group Chilla Vista prescribes a dose of its Diversity Awareness Justice Understanding and Sustainability Festival, this school year’s first in a soon to be biannual Isla Vista tradition.
The D.A.J.U.S. Festival, which starts at noon on Saturday in Anisq’ Oyo Park, will offer organic food, local art and a lineup of local bands, as well as information on how I.V. residents can protect the environment.
Brooks Allen, third-year business economics major, said the festival will have a more intimate feel than last summer’s, and will focus on recruitment for Chilla Vista.
“It’s a much smaller scale than last time; for the fall [festival] it’s more just to draw people to our organization, and promote that we’re still around doing good things for I.V.,” Allen said.
To draw crowds to hear the group’s eco-friendly message, local bands Blue Turtle Seduction, Siko, Ambidextrous and Boombox Orchestra will all perform, Allen said. In addition to the live music, several student organizations, including the Associated Students Environmental Affairs Board lightbulb exchange, and – of course – Chilla Vista, will have booths set up around the event. Alcohol will be permitted for people 21 and over.
“We’re basically going to throw a fat party, although the main goal is to promote [environmental awareness],” Allen said.
Associated Students Isla Vista Community Relations Committee, A.S. Finance Board and A.S. Program Board are sponsoring the event, providing roughly $5,100, Allen said.
While the group is not seeking to raise funds with the event, Allen said, they are putting their money where it matters. Allen said Chilla Vista recently purchased $200 worth of carbon credit from www.carbonfund.org, to have the credits retired, limiting their availability for businesses to use. The $200 purchase reduces the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted worldwide by 36.6 metric tons, Allen said.
“We’re offsetting the impact of the bands traveling [via car]. … We couldn’t afford solar power, that’s why were using carbon credits,” Allen said.
Allen said organizers are also looking to make D.A.J.U.S. a zero-waste event, by combing through all the trash produced by attendees, and making sure every bit of reusable material is recycled. By producing as little waste as possible, Allen said, I.V. residents can have a good time while being completely environmentally friendly.
“We want to throw dope events,” Allen said. “We want to make it a legitimate festival.”
Meanwhile, organizers will hand out raffle tickets to reward environmentally friendly acts during the festival, Allen said. Participants at the event are encouraged to gather “chillaskrilla” (or raffle tickets), by acting in accordance to the festival’s motto of “live consciously.” At the end of the festival, gift certificates for clothing, shoes and other goodies will be raffled off.
“During the event, we’re going to be handing out chillaskrilla,” Allen said. “If we see people recycling or participating, they’ll be given chillaskrilla.”
Jake Lehman, a sociology major who graduated last year, founded the first Chilla Vista festival, which was held last year on June 6. Originally a class project of Lehman’s, the event soon became a student-run organization by the same name, Allen said.