By Christine Clark
On April 24, students gathered at The Loft at UCSD for the "Green Scene," an event that showcased student sustainability achievements through film and fashion.
The night kicked off at 5 p.m. with the annual Vidfest, which featured student-produced public service announcements and short films on sustainability and the environment. The entries included "The Tipping Point," a comedy that asked students, "When will the Earth reach its tipping point?" Other films included Fran Avendano's heart-warming documentary about UCSD's effort to offer fair-trade products. The documentary featured interviews with students and staff, such as Mark Cunningham, executive director of Housing, Dining and Hospitality, and Maggie Souder, sustainability coordinator.
The night culminated with "Project Trashion," UCSD's first eco-friendly fashion show. The Loft was at capacity for the event which featured more than 50 environmentally-friendly designs from students, national brands and local boutiques. Students modeled recycled clothes and clothing made out of newspapers, trash bags, stuffed animals, coke cans and reusable Trader Joe's shopping totes.
Model Cherry Kate walked down the runway in a dress that won third place and was designed by freshmen Sophia Ie.
"I love my dress," Kate said. "And the designer is my best friend."
Senior Dave Payne said he came to the fashion show to support some of his designer friends, but was blown away by the creativity of the student designers.
"I saw an outfit made out of stuffed animals tonight," Payne said. "It is one of the coolest outfits I've ever seen."
Anna Murray's "stuffed-animal dress" took second place and Kevin Nguyen's dress made out of tarp, foil and plastic bags took first place.
At the event, students bided on a silent auction organized by UCSD's Schools for Schools Club that raised more than $500 for the Sacred Heart Secondary School in Uganda.
Junior Ashley Ferrer organized "Project Trashion" and said she was thrilled the event went so well.
"Everyone had a lot of fun," she said. "Students got to show their creativity and we all got to support a great cause."