California has mandated zero waste goals and luckily also has highly engaged planetary citizens! At special events, we have the unique capacity to both reduce waste in public venues and to send participants away with valuable lessons on how to lighten up their waste habits.
Our cities and counties are focused on waste diversion and resource management. We are finding it's easier to create more soil than it is to deal with with organic waste as if it were mere "trash." Attendees tell us all the time they relish being able to return their "waste" to soil and avoid the landfill.
"Green Mary" is the very well established in the San Francisco Bay Area, running ten years strong. We live here and love HERE. Many are involved in local policy-making and participate vigorously in eco-education on-goingly. All of us are passionate about wasting nothing. With over 100 employees per year, we had our hands on the organic waste, the recycling and the minimized "landfillables" at nearly 100 events last year. From marathons and street festivals to conferences and enormous concerts in Golden Gate Park, we exist to take all waste management matters off the shoulders of event producers, conference planners, venue operators and municipalities.
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thrives on making sure we made as little trash as possible. We set up systems for composting and recycling, do the hauling and sort every bag to get to diversion rates of over 90%. Pre-event consulting and customized systems to grounds cleaning and final reports.
Water refill stations are a central inclusion at our green events as we focus on the reduction of one-time use plastic water bottles. With a water filtration unit, a stainless steel, four-spigot dispenser and many other dispensers such as ceramic crocks and big "igloos," we can set up enough units for a 15,000 person event. Also available - reusable dishware for small Sonoma County events - lending library for non-profits, school functions and all manner of eco-events!
have signage to display what goes where. With color-coded containers (green=compost/organic waste, blue=recycling, black=landfill), the lids have event-specific signage. We use all existing resources to help save you money while providing ample containers for the entire event. We research what goes where and educate attendees by locale. For small to mid-sized events, we use tiny trash cans beside large compost and recycling containers to make the point that there's no trash here. Watch the attendees figure it out!
Green Mary has teamed with Chaz Peling and Sol-Solutions LLC to maximize sustainability around the San Francisco Bay Area by providing both greening and solar-power to festival organizers in a one-stop shopping coup. Together they will make 2014 innovation of the summer events more accessible. “It’s exciting because we are envisioning the festivals and fairs of the future, creating a reduction in our dependency on fossil fuels and brightening the far-flung locations without asking the public to step over any cords—especially not in the dark,” says Green-Mary.
Sol-Solutions will be present in the Green Mary booth to also enhance festival goers' experience by offering to recharge iPads and Smart Phones. Babysitting the equipment is offered in exchange for a listening and learning ear: Some eco-education will be dispensed to contribute to a larger pool of Green Citizens. Green Mary already organizes free water for those who bring their own re-usable bottles.
Sol-Solutions LLC CEO Chaz Peling wants to mollify the look of incredulity on the faces of various musicians and stage managers. “Got the new digital stage equipment?” he asks. Powering up the entertainment stage has moved toward lighter-weight equipment which runs more efficiently, while offering a surprisingly pleasing audio boost to the band.
“The new equipment draws less electricity and gets even better sound, actually, people like the new equipment a lot.” Peling paints a picture of the festival of 2014. “How about getting rid of all the electrical cord? Or let’s just not use that noisy generator? Wouldn’t that improve your audience’s experience?”
For the far-flung fields to be occupied by music lovers, a festival’s fossil-fuel driven lighting infrastructure is attached to noisy generators by giant lengths of cord which must be laid out in advance of a festival’s booths, stages and attractions. Safety concerns further complicate this process, requiring carpeting where the public might tread. The old-fashioned generators plug away noisily and must drive the amplification of music up to drown it out. The total adds up in costs for labor, fuel and safety. “With Sol-solutions, we just wheel a light and quiet solar-powered distributor to the stage and plug it in. The lights are bright, the band works without the noise, and overall it’s a happier, less congested, less expensive experience for the festival organizer and for the audience.”
Peling adds, “Employing our equipment in many cases also counts towards carbon offsets, and even qualifies for municipally-mandated energy or green directives.” By combining forces, Sol-Solutions and Green-Mary upgrade the festival organizing potential, offering both solar brilliance and verdant green to the Summer 2013 schedule.