Max of the Nexus graciously let me take the mic for a minute to talk a little bit about SPARC, and several people came up to me afterwards to express interest in participating or partnering. I talked to some friends I've been working with for a couple of years, some new SPARC connections, and met new faces too.
It was incredibly energizing and affirming for our mission and vision for SPARC. The level of genuine interest and excitement for SPARC thrills me every time, and after a hard week just getting back into classes, hard gymnastics practices, and the post-graduation job hunt, getting out of the Penn bubble and to this awesome party was just what I needed to be reinvigorated and inspired.
I stayed almost the entire time, and finally left wishing these types of gatherings happened more often! Towards the end, I talked to the head of Green Drinks Northern Liberties, and we started thinking about a West Philly version sponsored by SPARC. For students over 21 who are working hard on sustainability on their campuses, a green themed happy hour could be a great opportunity to meet students from other campuses and talk informally about successes, challenges, and resources.
This is just an infant idea, but I hope to make some type of regular social event a new aspect of SPARC this year. If you have ideas or suggestions, please let us know in the comments or the contact page!