Community POWER Training

Event Overview
Location (City/Venue)
Neighborhood House, St. Paul
Number of Attendees
Date of Event
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Organization Hosting Event
Solid Waste Management Coordinating Board (SWMCB)
Brief Background on Event
The Community POWER grant program offers quarterly trainings for current and registered grantees. This event is held from 8:30 am - 12 noon offering a series of break out sessions on different waste issues, and opportunities for networking and information sharing.
Food Practices
Provided information to vendors on using locally grown and/or organic food
Procured locally grown and/or organic foos for event menu
Used good menu planning and portion control to reduce waste
Implemented a food waste recovery initiative (food to hogs, composting, etc.)
The Community POWER program works with local caterers to try to offer affordable, local, organic and healthy food options for breakfast. We also use a caterer that can offer cloth napkins, real dishware, and bulk yogurt, juice, etc. We collect food scraps for backyard compost. We also ask for RSVP's to ensure portion control.
Waste & Recycling
Waste Management Methods Used
Trash Disposal
Organics Management (food/paper waste composting, food to hogs, food donation, etc.)
Program Audiences
Recycling - Vendors/Exhibitors
Recycling - Event Participants
Organics Management - Vendors/Exhibitors
Organics Management - Event Participants
Additional Info
We make sure to use an event space that already offers recycling to ease the set up. We make sure to announce where the recycling containers are located at the beginning of the meeting and that they are properly placed for our specific event. We also promote what is recyclable at the building to all break session presenters.
Waste Reduction
Waste Reduction Methods Used
Use of technology to minimize paper waste (e.g. online registration, webcasting, no printing of meeting materials

We RSVP and promote the event electronically. We offer a double sided handout, but also upload it online after the event to be accessed electronically in the future. We reuse all of our signs by keeping them in a plastic protective insert so they do not get damaged. We also have participants bring their own existing name tags to reduce waste.

Resource and Energy Use
Energy Reduction Methods Used
Use of energy efficient lighting
The event space we offers large window in all of our meeting rooms to that we can utilize natural lighting. We turn off lights in each room before our event begins.
Travel and Transportation
Additional Information

Promote bus/transit options and links

What has been your biggest success in terms of green initiatives at your event?
Serving as a model to those who attend who are able to implement these concepts at their events.
What has been your biggest challenge in terms of green initiatives at your event?
Finding an affordable caterer that can offer local, organic, and real dishware.
How were the green initiatives received by event attendees and/or vendors?
Everyone who has attended our events has given survey feedback that they appreciate the we are walking the talk.
Will you plan to implement green initiatives again?