Involve the People… Donna Kliewer, Waste Services Manager
WHY Involve the Community in a GreenEvent? • Change model of behavior • Increase environmental awareness • Increase participation in local waste minimization programs
WHO Can You Involve in Your Special Events? • What businesses are in your city/county that provide frequently used/needed services? • Who volunteers for you? • Which non-profits are in your community? • What services are desired or could easily be provided on the day of your event? • What non-profit is quietly in the background doing good work?
What Makes THEM Want to be Involved With YOU? • Explain the goals & vision of the event & the benefits of partnership • Invite them to participate
How Do You Reach the Community? • Personal invitation • Banners • USPostal • Website • Press release to all media contacts • Articles in media: newspapers, e-news, community chat, local magazines, Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact
A Few Allen Examples… • USA Celebration – the largest zero waste event in North Texas celebrates Independence Day • Allen Recycles Day – a day of cleanup, greenup, recycle and celebration • Great American Cleanup – a KAB national community clean up event • Earthfest – a celebration of an active & environmentally healthy community • Educator Expo – showcasing free educational programs & distributing donated door prizes
80,000 visitors from 4 – 11pm USA Celebration Essentials: By-in, Education, Volunteers
USA Celebration • Parks & Recreation Dept Main • Keep Allen Beautiful players • Community Waste Disposal • Food vendors • City Staff break/dining area • VIP break/dining area • Police Dept • Fire Dept • Businesses with interactive displays • Radio Disney On site • Various bounce house/slide vendors players • Live local bands & national headliner band • Fireworks
AUSA Results A Zero Waste Event has less than 10% of the waste materials sent to the landfill 8,050 pounds of materials collected • Plastic, aluminum, glass containers 31.06% • Compost materials, OCC, wood 59.01% • Regular trash/waste 9.94%
Allen Recycles Day • Medication take-back localhospital & PD Shredding local business • Metals & computers regional: partner • Bicycles regional: non-profit • Eyeglasses local: Lion’s Club • Books, CDs, DVDs local: F.OT. Library • Shoes regional: The Shoe Bank • Pet items local: Animal Shelter • OCC regional: CWD Household items local charity: ACO
ARD Results • 74.71% recycled • 18.9% repurposed >200 vehicles • 4.10% composted per hour! • 2.26% trashed • 902 lbs. incinerated medication/needles
Great American Cleanup • Shredding local business • Metals & computers est. partner: Cyclone • Bicycles regional: Spokes for Folks • Eyeglasses local: Lion’s Club • Books, CDs, DVDs local: Friends o.t. Library • Shoes regional: The Shoe Bank • Pet items local: Animal Shelter • OCC est. partner: CWD • Household items local charity: ACO
GAC Results • Recycle/Compost/Reuse 76% • Trash 24% 1583 vehicles served 129 volunteers
Earthfest • Participants: environmentally-minded non-profits, educators, environmental clubs, BSA, GSA, local hospital, REI, CC Master Naturalists, AHA, AGC, KAB, Heard Museum, NT Kayak Club, Heritage Guild, Texas Pure Products, BLP Raptor Center, In-Sync Exotics, Connemara Land Trust
Educator Expo Participants: City of Allen Departments - SW, Code Enforcement, CWD, Community Development (Planning), Animal Shelter, PD, FD, Public Library, Water Conservation, Urban Forestry Non-Profits – Keep Allen Beautiful, Heritage Guild, Alliance for a Healthier Allen County - Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists
Involve YOUR Communityin Your Next Green Event! The first steps to implement a Waste Minimization Program at your Special Events are small steps that involve your community. Small steps will lead to a wildly successful event.