Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Proposed Green Events Ordinance in Austin

Yesterday Green Fern Events, LLC participated in the Green Events Ordinance stakeholder meeting at City Hall. In case some of you didn't read the Statesman article a while back, the City of Austin is working on a proposed green events ordinance that will mandate green standards for events with 500 attendees or more, OR occur on City property or at a City facility. The goal of this regulation is to "reduce greenhouse gas and other harmful pollutant emissions, and to help Austin maintain compliance with Federal Air Quality standards, promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling; promote water and energy conservation; and encourage use of transportation alternatives at events".  

I'm proud to live in a city that recognizes the importance of creating "greener" standards for meetings, events and festivals which according to the EPA are "second to the homebuilding industry as far as waste and environmental concern". Austin is a HUGE events town and has been declared one of the most eco-friendly cities in the U.S.  This is great, really great. Green Fern Events, LLC hopes to work with as many of these companies/groups as possible to help them reach their sustainability goals. Go green events! 

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