Rebekah Bibb, a UNM senior, is using the annual Sustainability Expo on Thursday to advocate for local economic development with a craft market consisting of various local and student vendors
Bibb, a student in the UNM Sustainability Studies program, is dedicating her senior capstone project in the program to promoting more sustainable buying practices and giving students an opportunity to showcase their crafts.
“I wanted to do some sort of market that allowed students the opportunity to sell their craft if they didn’t have a venue,” she said. “I got the idea because I personally love handcrafted things and supporting the local economy, so I wanted to bring that to the campus.”
Bibb said she originally planned to create a separate market on campus to sell her own crafts, but, with advice from the Sustainability Department’s lecturer and coordinator of the expo, Jessica Rowland, she decided to take the project to greater heights.
Together, they organized a group of six vendors who would have their own craft market at the expo.
“If you look around here we have so many local artists, especially in Nob Hill and around Central. We really should take the time to check those out and support them,” she said.
The market will feature hand printed T-shirts made locally by Stone Bison, which donates $2 of every purchase to the Stone Bison Conservation fund.