Sustainability was the topic of discussion at the 12th annual University of New Mexico Sustainability Expo on Thursday, April 21. Fresh farm products, other food and goods for sale drew crowds in as live music drifted across Cornell Mall.

At the event, hosted by UNM’s Sustainability Studies department, local farmer’s markets and gardens provided students with different resources and tips to promote a more sustainable lifestyle, and live demonstrations taught attendees about the ecosystem in New Mexico.

“The event provides the University community with an opportunity to support local and sustainable small businesses,” ABQ Stew, a UNM Sustainability Studies blog, wrote.

The Sustainability Expo provided a space for UNM clubs to talk about their work combating pressing environmental issues in New Mexico. UNM Leaders for Environmental Action and Foresight provided resources about other student groups on campus as well as art pieces that were being featured at the expo. There were four artists that were being featured from the National Week of Action, where climate activists created pieces surrounding various environmental issues around the country.

There were also a plethora of locally made sustainable goods for sale, including kombucha made from a green tea base, which helps with digestion and boosts energy, as well as a variety of plants.

Some of the booths present were teaching students how to compost while others provided students with plants and and a variety of starters, from mushrooms to flowers.

Students in the Local Food Systems Practicum course spent the spring semester preparing for this event. Feedback on the event can be submitted online.

Alizay Chavez is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. They can be contacted at or on Twitter @ChavezAlizay