Monday, April 30, 2007

Green Festival ThanksYou and Fun Results


I just wanted to post the "thank you" that I believe 11 or 12 of us recieved! It was an awesome experience and I encourage everyone to check one out as soon as possible.

Thank you Chicago Green Festival Volunteers!
Without your support, enthusiasm and help the first Chicago Green Festivals would not have been possible! The entire Green Festival staff appreciates your flexibility, ingenuity and willingness to make Green Festival a huge success!
Here are some important numbers from this past weekend:
Green Team: 85% waste diversion
Congratulations Green Team, your hard work paid off! Thank you for helping us achieve high standards in our first year in Chicago! A special thanks to the volunteers who stayed late into the night/early morning on Sunday to finish up the greening process!
Attendees: 31,133
WOW! Thank you for assisting our attendees all weekend, and answering questions with a smile! We have had great feedback from our attendees about all of our volunteers.
Volunteers: 800
Thank you for showing up and working so hard all weekend long! Your commitment to Green Festivals makes it all possible.

On behalf of the entire Green Festival staff-THANK YOU!
We hope to work with you again in 2008!
-Seven Star Volunteer


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13 comments:

jeff :) said...

85% waste reduction for 31,000 people. that is amazing! how was it accomplished? and what were some of the highlights?

Megan said...

it was accomplished because all silverware, plastic bottles and dinnerware, etc were made from cornstarch instead of actual plastic so they could be composted

Hannah said...

Megan definitely knows about the cornstarch "plastic cups", people kept saying "why would greenfest be using plastic???" Megan was there to assist with their confusion. that was a big job for the volunteers, standing by the recycling/compost centers and helping people put their waste where it is supposed to go.

Kevin said...

What was the coolest thing you guys saw there?

Megan said...

cat litter made of out wheat that is usually not used for much because it can't be used in human food

jeff :) said...

yo, i need some of that. i've been using the clay stuff but it takes a long time to incorporate into my compost pile.

Rebecky said...

Seeing Mariel and Hannah get a tattoo...

Oh, and helping with the Bike Valet. all the bikes reminded me of Wakarusa.

Soy jerky...A video on how food animals are treated (I picked up a DVD, pretty gruesome)... a worm under a microscope... little girls dressed up as jelly fishes...

I only got to see 3 speakers, which was a bummer. I went to a 'raising your child in a consumer world' panel. It was really interesting. It focused on baby/toddlers and using clothe diapers, avoiding juice boxes at all costs, and weening their family off of toilet paper. Really interesting.

And I saw Kevin Danaher for the 3rd time :)

jeff :) said...

wow...sounds like lots of cool stuff to see...

so what is the replacement for toilet paper?

i think that raising children in a consumer world would be a very tough thing, especially in junior high and high school. did they talk about how their kids handled it as they got older and went through the "awkward" years?

Megan said...

clay litter is also bad because it is mined for, which is bad for obvious reasons.
the wheat litter can be bought at peoples and maybe target

jeff :) said...

i like the idea of wheat too... especially waste wheat... it would compost so much faster... and like you said, wouldn't be mined...

jeff :) said...

well, wouldn't be mined if it was a waste anyway... it is mined in the sense that water and fossil fuels go into its production, but as a waste product, it makes sense... another interesting alternative would be one make from grass. have you seen anything like that out there?

Hannah said...

I loved being surrounded by people with the same thoughts and goals for the people, the world and the future. And there was this little kid across from the booth where Mariel and I volunteered for a while, she was in this cute dress just walking around, absorbing it all in. I also ate some "raw lasagna" and it was the best feeling in the world.

jeff :) said...

i know what you mean... it is so refreshing and inspiring when around people with similar "thoughts and goals for people, the world and the future." Prairie Fest at the Land Institute is much like this too... I need to figure out ways to make this happen in my life more. It makes me very happy :)...

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