6th Annual La Familia Latino Family Festival & Expo

Event Overview
Location (City/Venue)
Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN
Number of Attendees
4000-5000
Date of Event
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Organization Hosting Event
Aguilar Productions
Brief Background on Event

The 6th annual La Familia Latino Family Festival & Expo is the largest Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in the Midwest. The goal of La Familia is to motivate and educate our Latino attendees. Our expo areas include, Health, Home and Auto, books and publications, Education, Culture, Technology and Travel & Entertainment.

Event Contact Information
Food
Food Practices
Provided information to vendors on using locally grown and/or organic food
Procured locally grown and/or organic foods for event menu
Required safe food handling practices

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Waste & Recycling
Waste Management Methods Used
Trash Disposal
Organics Management (food/paper waste composting, food to hogs, food donation, etc.)
Volume (cubic yards/tons) of Waste Managed
50
Program Audiences
Recycling - Vendors/Exhibitors
Recycling - Event Participants
Additional Info

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Waste Reduction
Waste Reduction Methods Used
Use of technology to minimize paper waste (e.g. online registration, webcasting, no printing of meeting materials)
Other

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Resource and Energy Use
Energy Reduction Methods Used
Purchased green power from energy provider for the event (e.g Xcel Energy's Windsource program)
Held event at a facility that uses green power (e.g., Saint Paul RiverCentre)
Other

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Travel and Transportation
Transportation amenities offered at event
Park and Rides
Free busing/bus passes
Transportation information promoted to event attendees, volunteers, vendors & exhibitors
Metro Transit Trip Planner
Bus routes
Location Selection
Held event at a venue easily accessible by transit
Additional Information

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Construction and Deconstruction
Used recyclable materials for temporary structures
Donation of demolition materials
Other

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Other Initiatives
Please describe any other green initiatiives implemented at your event?

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Results
Volume of waste diverted from trash through recycling/organics collection
55
Cost savings experienced from implementing green initiatives
$6.00
Please describe any other known environmental benefits from sustainability initiatives at your event

We did not print 30,000 tickets for the events...rather we had them available on our website. Attendees could print them out is they wanted to attend. Also promoted the event through eblast...rather than mailing out 10,000 invites as we did in the pass.

What has been your biggest success in terms of green initiatives at your event?

Our event was one of the largest Hispanic indoor events to go "green" . Although we took baby steps is was a start that we want to continue and progress and the event moves forward.

What has been your biggest challenge in terms of green initiatives at your event?

Getting our vendors and sponsors to plan for a "green" event in terms of their exhibits, use of paper products, food etc. This year we want to announce our "green" effort 4 months before the event and show them examples they can do to join our efforts to make La Familia a successful "green" event.

How were the green initiatives received by event attendees and/or vendors?

We feel that our attendees and vendors want to join the effort and we need to build up that support and turn it into action.

Will you plan to implement green initiatives again?

YES....we hope to make La Familia an example of a successful indoor "green" event.