Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hottest Green Trends: Earth Day 2012

1. Slow Food Movement - The Slow Food movement has over 100,000 members globally.  In founder Carlo Petrini's words, "Slow food unites the pleasure of food with responsiblity, sustainability, and harmony with nature."  There are multiple local chapters available, and their website is a great source of information for those wanting to know what they can do to be a part of this effort.  

2. Smarter Cities - As our cities are growing, green roofs are becoming an increasingly popular trend.  Also, check out IBM's Smarter Cities" initiative. 

3. Organic Cotton - Did you know that the pesticides used on cotton are some of the most harmful chemicals on the planet? Find out why you should care about organic cotton: Organic Trade Association 

4. Renewable Energy - Earth Day Network reports that the Renewable Energy for All Campaign is asking world leaders to "agree on a long-term vision that inspires decision makers, triggers incentives, and bases the green economy on a 100% clean and renewable energy system." 
5. Clean Technology: Fuel Cells & Hydrogen - 10 trends to watch for 2012 in the fuel cell and hydrogen industry. 

6. Green Films - Check out this list of best documentaries on the environment (

7. Top 5 Green Cars: The Detroit auto-show named the 2013 Ford Fusion as the top Green car on the market.  Here are the other four.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

GFE sponsors recycling for Austin Chamber open house event

Tonight, Green Fern Events is pleased to provide recycling services for the first major event at the new offices for the Austin Chamber of Commerce.  The Chamber's open house will be held at their new home, located at the Hilton downtown at 535 East 5th St. 78701 from 4:30p-7:30p.  Signature food and drink will be provided by local chamber members including Chez Zee, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Carmelo's, Truluck's, Another Broken Egg, Hilton Downtown and Twin Liquors.

Green Fern Events will gather plastic cups and aluminum cans and take them to a local recycling facility.  To give you an idea of the environmental impact even a small community event might have, consider this:  400 people are expected to attend tonight's open house.  We have found the best way to measure plastic cups is by volume (not weight) in cubic yards.  If everyone uses at least one plastic glass, about 400 cups will be used.  By recycling 400 plastic cups, approximately .25 cubic yards of landfill space will be spared and the plastic will be reused!

Recycling and event waste measurement is just one of Green Fern's services:

GFE Consulting Services Green Fern Events provides consulting services for businesses, organizations and individuals. GFE provides custom proposals based on an hourly rate. Examples include:

1- Development of Sustainable Event Management (SEM) systems for corporations, businesses, & venues
2- Sustainability Event Reporting & Environmental Assessments
3- Education/Training in international sustainable event standards: BS 8901 (ISO 20121), APEX/ASTM Green Meeting Standards, and GRI for Event Organizers
4- Eco-friendly product purchasing at discounted rates
5- Waste management solutions for events 

GFE Recycling Services 

As an extension of our event planning services we also handle waste management services for events of 1000 people or fewer. For less than the cost of a Starbucks latte per person we will manage all the recycling and food compost of your event. We will provide the staff, containers (with proper signage) and haul away services. Post event we will provide you with metrics showing how much waste was diverted from a landfill. This is great PR for any business.

If you hire Green Fern Events to manage and produce your entire event we include this service 
FREE of charge (Maximum of 250 people). We care that much!
Recycling Bin Rentals

We now offer ClearStream bins with billboard signs for rental.Recycling haul away services are also available for an additional cost