Kudos to the crew~
Saratoga Springs Retreat Center
From Lisa Bullwinkel, Producer - Another Bullwinkel Show.
Re: Berkeley Fourth of July Greening
Green Mary - you and your crew are unbelievable. You all busted your butts all day long at the 4th of July which is a very long day and were still smiling at 11PM. I can't thank you enough.
What can event producers do to make it easier for you? Let us know.
Background: March 25, 2010 - Green Mary and an all-volunteer crew greened the Annual Sonoma County Democratic Crab Feed for the third year in a row and hauled 820 pounds of crab carcass and other organic waste to the compost facility where the sea gulls had a second go at it. We achieved a 98% diversion rate and made under five pounds of "garbage" which was the soiled garbage and crab bags.
After a presentation highlighting this stat, Arthur Boone, president of the Northern California Recycling Association commented:
"98% diversion is the new standard in events; anything less means they aren't trying." ARB
"I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate the opportunity to have been a part of something so wonderful. I spent the weekend sorting in the bins, picking up litter, and talking to people about what was to be composted versus recycled. Your bins were well decorated with examples and your presence was everywhere - even in the loo. I consider it an honor to have been able to take part in this experience and to have said that I worked for you at my first festival. I hope you will consider me again next year.
Thank you for all that you do!"
Carla Dometrius, harmony festival volunteer, 2006
"You are stunning!!!!"
Pamela Ledesma, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, referring to spring 06 newsletter
"I recall in your excellent talk at the NCRA Recycling Update last week that you have a hand-out of earth tips, & I bet they are excellent. But I couldn't find exactly that on your web site (thought I did find a lot of other great stuff!). I'm assuming these tips are something simple & concise, and would like to print up to hand out at our Earth Day event. Is it something you could email? "
City of Oakland Public Works Agency
Environmental Services Division
"What an amazing and inspirational woman you are. Thank you so much for your tireless and graceful energy working to keep our relationships with ourselves, each other and Mother Earth, clean. Who woulda knew its all in the way we deal with our trash? If Yoda saw you in action harmonizing Harmony Fest, he would say, "a true role model, you are."
Angelina Cook, Shasta Green Goddess
"Thanks for your passionate work! Had a great time at Harmony and got to dance on stage with Michael Franti! That and rummaging through the dumpster were true highlights of the weekend. If you ever want to talk zero waste planning, see what we do at Whole Earth Festival (much is documented and I can send you info if desired), reusables, or anything really, get in touch!"
~ Mike Siminitus
Whole Earth Festival C&R coordinator
"I was VERY impressed with the environmental consciousness at the Hairrison Street Fair in San Francisco last Sunday. VERY impressed. I have always been shocked at the waste that I've seen going on at street fairs and festivals and have, at times, been ashamed that our out-of-state visitors were seeing Californians displaying apparent disregard for the environment (after the good image California has for environmental concerns). Thank you for working with the Hairrison Street Fair people to make this event such a planet-friendly event!!!
I am going to write a letter to the editor of the local gay/lesbian papers expressing my appreciation for the greening of the Hairrison Street Fair. I wonder if I can provide a link to your website in this letter?
Anyway, THANK YOU for your GREAT work!!!!"
"Thanks so much for all your energy and enthusiasm for the Food Connections conference, you make an awesome difference."
Debora Hammond, Food Connections coordinator, Sonoma County Farms to Schools Program