Hundreds of students and multigenerational community members came together in Isla Vista’s People’s Park on Sunday to celebrate sustainability at the first annual Chilla Vista festival. The event was the brainchild of sociology student Jake Lehman, who enlisted his friends’ help to turn a class assignment into an all-day event. Films such as Don’t Bank on Amerika and The Power of the Sun screened in nearby Embarcadero Hall, while bands ranging from bluegrass to Brazilian funk to spoken word rocked out on stages powered by the sun and soybean oil. The Isla Vista Food Cooperative and UCSB’s Environmental Affairs Board – one of the festival’s sponsors – held organic farmers markets; a sustainable market featured merchandise such as organic T-shirts and pesticide-free home products. The concept of sustainability was upheld until Chilla Vista’s close, when all waste that could be recycled or composted was put in its proper place.

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