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#EarthDay in #Cincinnati Check out my list of FREE events April 15, 2010

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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day by attending these fun and FREE events in Cincinnati

Earth Day at Sawyer Point

April 17th 12:00 PM-5:30 PM

Location: Downtown Cincinnati at Sawyer Point

http://www.cincinnatiearthday.org/

Event Phone Number: 513-226-2020

Description: Fun schedule of activities and green vendors

Neyer Properties presents Earth Day 2.0

April 22, 2010, 1:00 PM – 06:00PM

Location: Keystone Parke 2135 Dana Ave Cincinnati, OH 45207 US

http://www.neyer1.com/green/Earth-Day-2.0-Invitation.html

Description:  RSVP by Friday April 16th for Sessions and Networking Event

Think Green Presented by Marvin Organic Gardens

Saturday, April 24th • Noon-6:00pm

Location: Marvin’s Organic Gardens

http://www.marvinsorganicgardens.com/earthday10.php

Description: Green vendors that are all dedicated to providing information, products and services that can help you live a greener lifestyle! Everything from home and garden ideas, organic food, transportation options, to guest speakers and informative lectures. Live bands.

Earth Day Art Installation

Installation took place on April 9, and sculptures will remain on display through April 29.

Winners announced  April 22nd at Noon.

Location: Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Sts., Downtown.

http://www.myfountainsquare.com/ecosculpt

Description: featuring sculptures made from recycled materials.

Fort Thomas Earth Day Event

April 24th 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: Clock Tower in the Towne Center on North Fort Thomas Avenue

www.gogreencampbell.org.

Description: Go Green is offering free trees, information on sustainable living, kids’ activities

Go Green Fashion Friday

Friday, April 3oth 6:00PM-9:00PM

Location: Lexus RiverCenter 633 W 3rd St Covington, KY 41011

http://cincychic.com/component/option,com_eventlist/Itemid,99999999/func,details/did,190/

Description: Eco friendly fashion.

 

Have you been to your local Farmer’s Market? April 3, 2010

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Farmers Markets are a great place to shop for events.  Not only are they fun to go to but the food is fresh and the items are usually one-of-a-kind.

I just stopped by the Royal Oak Farmer’s Market in Detroit and I had a blast.  I met some great people and even bought a few items.  As I walked in I saw an array of beautiful potted flowers and colorful fruit. I heard a musician playing in the background while I bought a beeswax candle.  I felt like I was at a fun community event.

What a great place to buy food and gifts for your next events. Could you image the gift/auction item basket that you could create from the items at the Farmer’s Market? This is also a great place for caterers to shop.  Fresh local foods and some are certified organic.

Buying local is also green.  The food doesn’t have to travel far (saving on emissions) and you’re supporting your local neighbors.  Additionally, farmers markets build community relationships.  You can meet friends and educate your family. Make it a great weekend outing with your family.  I have found that the farmers and other vendor are more than happy to talk to kids about the products.  It’s very important to teach kids about where their food comes from.

Where do you find Farmer’s Markets in Cincinnati?  The most Famous one is Findlay’s Market http://www.findlaymarket.org/ but if you live in Northern KY there are plenty near you too.  You can find the Northern KY Farmers market in Covington http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M18086 The Boone County Farmers Market opens May 1st http://www.boonecountyfarmersmarket.org/ You can find another great Farmer’s Market in Hyde Park http://hydeparkfarmersmarket.com/

Check out http://www.cincinnatifarmersmarkets.org/ for one close to your home.

 

Considering green transportation for your next event? Here are some ideas and resources. March 31, 2010

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Use the public transportation system.   I know I hear groans but it makes $sense$ for large events.  I use to live in East Lansing, MI where the bus system was part of my daily life.  I really miss it because it saved me a ton in gas and parking money!   What about using the bus system for events in Cincinnati? The Metro serves Cincinnati and Tank serves NKY.

The metro fee is $1.75 with $0.50 transfers with up to two transfers per ticket (price depends on zone).  Tank has the same price except they have free transfers.

Learn more about how Tank is going green

You can also buy a multi-ride passes.  Here are links to both websites

NKY – Tank: http://www.tankbus.org/

Cincinnati Metro: http://www.go-metro.com/

With a little research and planning you can take a whole group of people around town for your next event.  A tip:  Make sure you map out the routes and bus schedules for your event attendees.  There is a learning curve to using the bus systems (especially in Cincinnati/NKY) so don’t let your out-of-town guests do the work.  Make it easier for them by providing locations, bus numbers, routes to locations and fees. Also, make sure you tell them how to get back and when routes stop running.

What about a pedal taxi service?  River Rats is a new service in Newport, KY.  They provide tours and transportation. http://www.nkyriverrats.com/

Segways are taking off in Cincinnati!  Here is a great article on their popularity including information on Segway tours. http://www.soapboxmedia.com/devnews/0915cincysegway.aspx

How about using a “green” limo service! A Savanna Nigh located in Cincinnati http://www.asavannahnite.com is a luxury transportation company that provides Green Mercedes Buses, a Biodiesel Freight Liner Limo and Chauffeured Hybrid Sedans.  They are also going green in their offices and educating their staff on green practices.

Have you heard about the Cincinnati Streetcar project?  Check out http://www.cincystreetcar.com/ for more information.  This is exciting for people trying to plan large conference events in Cincinnati.  Talk about an easier system to get people around downtown!

 

Can going green become expensive? But the ROI might be worth it. March 29, 2010

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I heard today that being green is expensive.  Yes it can be.  I wish I could green up my entire house by buying more energy efficient windows and replacing my floors with bamboo but I cant afford making those big changes.  However, the ROI (return on investment) can be pretty quick and substantial by going green.  Just check out what happened when this conference venue went green:

http://www.hotelinteractive.com/article.aspx?articleid=16352

So what if you don’t have the money to cover the upfront costs?  You can do some easy and inexpensive things go green and save some money, you just have to be creative about the choices you make.  Look at my re-using name-tags blog post.

 

The Benefits of Beeswax and Soy Candles March 28, 2010

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I love candles. They warm up the room visually and emotionally.  They also reduce the amount of electricity used.  Although candles have benefits, did you know that everyday candles are bad for you and the environment? Most candelas are made from Paraffin, a petroleum by-product, which is not a renewable resource.  When burned they emit pollutants and soot. Soot can be an irritant to people with allergies.

Here are some options for “green” candles for your next event.

Beeswax candles – These natural candles are easy to come by and come from a renewable resource.  They are non-toxic and soot-free and have a natural honey fragrance. Another cool benefit is that they produce negative ions, which defuse air pollutants, helping peoples with allergies. The best part about these candles is that they burn slower and last longer because of the higher melting point of the wax saving you money.  Also if you buy from local beekeepers, you support local business. You can find beeswax candles at Bee Haven Honey at Findlay’s Market in Cincinnati http://www.beehavenhoney.com/

Soy based candles – Soy candles can burn twice as long as a paraffin candle making them more economically sensible. Save $$$! They also burn cleaner and come from a renewable resource.  Buying soy candles also support local farmers.

 

Ever Think of Using Potted Plants Instead of Cut-Flower Arraignments? March 26, 2010

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I am Macedonian, which mean I have gone to A TON of weddings!  I remember taking home flower arraignments after most of them.  The arraignments would last about a week and then we would throw them away.

What about potted plants instead of cut flowers?  You can also use these as the favor or give-away. People can take them home and plant them and keep the memories of your event all season.  Even better if you have perennials (plants that come back every year) people can be reminded of your event year after year.  What about taking the potted plants and landscaping your own home?  So many benefits!

Where do you get these potted plants?  You can do it yourself by buying repotting plants from local growers.  Some will repot for you as long as you buy the pots from their place. You can also talk to local landscaping company about buying arraignments of potted flowers.  You can also arrange them from large to small so that you can cover the not so pretty pots.

Last week I went to a home and garden show and some of the landscape companies had gorgeous displays.  I wonder if they rent out and set up those displays for events???

Another benefit is that the flowers will last a lot longer and will not wilt, unless you forget to water them. If you DIY, you can finish them weeks in advance rather then take the morning of your event arraigning cut flowers.

WARNING: Just make sure that you are buying local plants and not invasives.  Invasive plants are non-native plants that don’t have natural predators to control their growth. They are a major ecological problem.  For more information check out: http://www.invasiveplants.net/ or http://www.invasive.org

 

Ways to green your table coverings and save $$$ March 25, 2010

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Events always look more professional if you have the tables covered. I have see people use plastic table coverings because they are cheap and disposable.  They can get expensive if you buy them every time and they are not great in a landfill.  What about wiping them off and reusing them?  Just make sure they dry out before you fold them and put them in a dark cover because they can grow mold.

I especially like cloth table clothes.  I just think they look nicer and can be washed and reused. The downside is they can be expensive, can get permanently stained and wrinkled when washed.  Here are tips on how to deal with that.

  1. Cost: Making an initial investment on buying cloth table clothes can be substantial but you will make the money back by reusing them.  To save on the initial expense, you can buy them at Goodwill and at hotel closings. Sure you might have different colors but you can build up your collection over time.  You can also find very cheap and clearance fabric at your local fabric store and just surge or sew the edges.  You can also find very nice bed sheets pretty cheap at Goodwill.
  2. Staining:  I have found that stains don’t really show up on darker colors, however the colors fade when you wash them.  I would try and look for medium colors.  What if you are set on white or light colors?  Look for colorful runners that you can not only use as decoration but also cover the stains or catch the stains before they get on the table clothes.  I know sneaky, but it works! Pictured above. Again you can easily make these from cheap fabrics and just surge the edges. Try and buy multicolored and pattered fabric so the stains don’t show up. Also, you can use less water washing these rather than the whole table covering.
  3. Wrinkles: This is tough but remember to take out the covers right out of the dryer when finished and fold them carefully. Also, if you don’t have stains on the covers, you don’t have to wash them.  I have seen people rewash perfectly clean sheets.  I have also witnessed people hurrying up after an event and dump the table covers in bags.  Yes this saves time at the moment but you will need to iron the sheets before then meeting, wasting time and electricity.