Going Green for the annual Living It Green Expo

Exhibitors are going green once again for the annual Living It Green Expo, to be held September 11-13, 2009 on the “streets” of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade, the region’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination.

Now a part of the highly successful Pinnacle Hills Arts & Food Festival, The Living It Green Expo is set in a dedicated 60,000 square foot outdoor “village” featuring selected exhibitors demonstrating and promoting health and nutrition programs and services, outdoor living and recreation opportunities, eco-friendly products and services, sustainable lifestyle choices, and local organizations dedicated to making our community an even better place to live, work, and play.

A family-friendly event, admission and parking to The Living It Green Expo and the Pinnacle Hills Arts & Food Festival are free to the public. Exhibitors are going green in 2009.

Here are ways everyone on our team is going green at this year’s festival:

EMBRACE ZERO WASTE: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, COMPOST

  1. Recycle. We will provide marked recycling containers throughout the venue.
  2. Use recycled paper. We will go paperless and use recycled paper whenever possible.
  3. We use biodegradable materials (bioplastic and paper) whenever possible instead of plastics, and use materials with recycled content.
  4. We will make our event styrofoam-free.The oceans will thank all of us.

SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

  1. We will promote transportation alternatives. Encourage the use of public transportation, ride-sharing, fuel-efficient vehicles, cycling and walking to the event.
  2. We have created a “no idling” rule for busses, trucks and cars, and will post signs.
  3. We will offer dedicated bicycle parking areas. This includes partnering with a local bike shops to provide secure bicycle parking on-site.
  4. We will reduce traffic congestion, and entice cyclists to our event.
  5. We will use biodiesel fuel for trucks, busses and diesel generators whereever possible. It’s cleaner air, cooler.

OFFER SUSTAINABLE EATS

  1. We will provide affordable opportunities for local organic farms and local food and drink producers to exhibit and promote their products and programs.
  2. Our event t -shirts are organic too! Did you know that conventional cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the world? We will use organic cotton for all cotton promotional items.

REDUCE OUR CLIMATE FOOTPRINT

  1. We will strive to make our event climate neutral. As an outdoor event, we’re blessed because we don’t need to artifically heat or cool, or illuminate the 500,000 square feet of festival grounds, offsetting the CO2 emissions impact. We will invest in new sources of renewable energy to offset the CO2 emissions generated by energy use on-site. It’s easier than you might think.
  2. During event registration, we will help people make their own event climate neutral. Did you know that travel to and from an event is often the biggest source of CO2 emissions?

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