One’s trash is another’s treasure – the annual free-cycling event, SCORE! will return to Augustana on Nov. 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. SCORE! is a pop-up swap community marketplace of reciprocity that encourages a redistribution of goods and alternative economics.
Augustana’s first SCORE! event was held in 2010 and was organized by Carmelle Mohr, an Augustana alumni who was inspired by similar events that originated in Brooklyn. SCORE! diverts waste from landfills so it can be reused by those who have a need for it. The event promotes up-cycling and DIY projects that focus on becoming more self-sustainable.
Nils Asfeldt, third-year environmental science student, Jenny Hong, second-year computing science student, Leah Reid, fourth-year biology student, and Sara Smith, Augustana chaplaincy assistant, are all involved in organizing the event this year.
“The basic concept behind SCORE! is that within a community there is enough for all, but it is not being distributed evenly,” said Smith.
Smith said that SCORE! creates a space where goods are freely swapped and traded so that the barrier between haves and have-nots is broken. “It allows for everyone to come and stand on equal footing. SCORE! is a statement towards sustainability and alternative economic systems,” said Smith.
“SCORE! rejects the universally accepted economic mindset of endless growth and profit and instead focuses on small acts of reciprocity and good will,” said Smith.
Smith said that SCORE! has become intertwined in the identity of Augustana and over the last decade the institution has begun to make sustainable choices. “The starting of SCORE! came just at the right time,” said Smith.
The SCORE!est of the Scores will be put in a silent auction and the money will go to Sahakarini. Sahakarini is a Camrose organization that partners with different organizations to aid in projects across the globe in India, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Brazil, Haiti, and Guatemala.
SCORE! drop-off will take place on Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Augustana Information Desk. Students and community members are welcome to donate items. The opening ceremony will start in the forum at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, commencing with a fashion show of the most unique items.