Volume of waste diverted from trash through recycling/organics collection:
20 giant bags composted and 1 bag of trash versus 21 bags of trash.
Cost savings experienced from implementing green initiatives:
It cost a little more to buy disposables in corn but not much more.
Please describe any other known environmental benefits from sustainability initiatives at your event:
We placed centerpiece cards on the table educating people why we were using corn based plates/bowls/cups. They seemed to be very OK with us going green for this event. Certainly real plates, etc. would have been nicer but not practical for our venue. I think a lot of people were impressed that if an event that large could go green, they could do it in their daily lives.
What has been your biggest success in terms of green initiatives at your event?:
The great thing is that our church has adopted many green ways since instituting these changes in one event. We now do organics recycling all the time, have reduced the purchase of bottled beverages, recycling bins are everywhere. A key message for church goers is that we are all called to be stewards of the earth so this is enough reason to be green.
What has been your biggest challenge in terms of green initiatives at your event?:
Getting the adults to sort their organics. Kids get it readily because they do it at school. The adults seem to have a harder time learning.
How were the green initiatives received by event attendees and/or vendors?:
Will you plan to implement green initiatives again?: