Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Upcoming Green Events in Akron/Cleveland

I've been totally immersed in the garden over the three day weekend (and have the sore muscles to prove it!). Meanwhile, a number of "green" event announcements have made their way into my email box. Hope to see you all at one or more of these worthwhile events:

"An Ohio RPS! How Was It Passed & What Does It Mean for the Akron Region?"
Thursday, May 29th, 6:15 - 7:30 PM
Ohio Brewing Company
222 S. Main Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Join GEO as we discuss a historical measure for the state of Ohio - the passage of Am. Sub. Senate Bill 221 that was signed into law by Governor Strickland on May 1st, 2008. This bill includes the adoption of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which provides that 12.5% of Ohio's Electricity will come from renewable energy resources by 2025. The RPS is part of the Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard [CLICK HERE]. See summaries of Am Sub SB 221 provisions on the Bricker & Ekler law firm site [CLICK HERE].

Speakers:
Amy Gomberg - Environment Ohio
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic (Invited)
Ohio Representative Vernon Sykes (Invited)

Learn more on upcoming clean energy events, and network with professionals and others dedicated to creating a sustainable energy economy in Ohio. The event is Free and open to the public.

Please RSVP by May 27th to Program Manager Athan Barkoukis at Athan@GreenEnergyOhio.org.



Blossom Music Center Is Going Green.
Blossom administration has a new green initiative. Recycling (including purchasing) will be a top priority this year. Making sure the recyclables are collected and placed in the correct container is not an easy job considering there can be over 20,000 people attending a concert with approximately 50 employees per event.
Blossom Music Center and the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority are partnering to coordinating volunteers to help the maintenance staff in collecting the recyclables off the grounds at the end of each concert.

To show their appreciation to the volunteers for helping to keep recyclables from entering the landfills, Blossom will give FREE concert tickets to volunteers that assist with this task. To qualify volunteers must collect recyclables after three concerts to earn tickets (approximately 6 hours of volunteering.)

Volunteers can pick out concert tickets of their choice. Blossom would like five-ten volunteers per concert, ages 18 or older.
The first concert is May 31, 2008 Eric Clapton. Clean-up is the next morning. We need five volunteers to collect recyclables from the grounds on June 1, 2008 at 9:00 am.

Call me if you have any questions or want to sign up, Lisa Bostwick 330-338-1243

June Schedule


Date
Concert
Time
Number of volunteers
June 1,2008
Eric Clapton
9:00 a.m.
5
June 13, 2008
Iron Madden
9:00 a.m.
5
June 16,2008
Brooks and Dunn
9:00 a.m.
5
June 18, 2008
Jack Johnson
9:00 a.m.
20
June 23, 2008
Tom Petty
9:00 a.m.
10

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY IN AKRON
E4S Greater Akron Network Event
Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: GOJO Industries
General Price: Free


Discover the Possibilities with the E4S Network
Join 120+ leaders from business, government, academia and nonprofit organizations as we explore the possibilities to bring triple bottom line benefits to your business or organization and the region. Discover how to reduce costs, generate new revenue opportunities, start new businesses or product lines while reducing environmental and climate impacts.

More Details about Sustainable Mobility Program Coming Soon!

Registration is Required: Click here to register online or call 216-451-7755.

Event Sponsorships Available:
E4S is actively seeking event and program sponsors to help grow the E4S Hub. Sponsorships start at $1,500 per event to reach nearly 6,000 people interested in building a sustainable economy in Northeast Ohio. Contact Courtney for more information on sponsorship at courtney@e4s.org or via phone (216) 451-7755.

Request a Display Table:
If you have sustainable products or services for businesses, we welcome your display table request. A staff member will get back to you within a few days of your form submission. E4S Members receive $50 off tables. For more information contact Peter at 216-451-7755.

  • $150 - Full Table
  • $100 - Half Table


The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Time: 4:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: Joseph E. Cole Center, Cleveland State University, 3100 Chester Avenue ,Cleveland, OH 44115
General Price: Free

The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force is bringing all Ohioans to the table to explore the broad spectrum of transportation issues facing the state. With your input, we will prioritize how the state balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion, creates jobs and encourages responsible growth, helps to build sustainable communities, and links all modes of transportation - connecting highways to rail, aviation, water ports, and transit.
For more information contact ODOT Communications, at 614-644-8640

ENGAGE ALL YOUR EMPLOYEES IN SUSTAINABLE CHANGE
E4S Third Tuesday Network Event
Share Your Best Practices
Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave. Cleveland
General Price: Free

Discover the Possibilities with the E4S Network
Join 200+ leaders from business, government, academia and nonprofit
organizations as we explore the possibilities to bring triple bottom
line benefits to your business or organization and the region. Discover
how to reduce costs, generate new revenue opportunities, start new
businesses or product lines while reducing environmental and climate
impacts.

Registration is Required: RSVP for this free event today by filling out our online
form
, or call 216-451-7755.

Directions: Follow GLBC instructions to the Brewery Tasting Room, 2701 Carroll Ave. (click here)

Request a Display Table:
If you have sustainable products or services for businesses, we
welcome your display table request. A staff member will get back to you
within a few days of your form submission. E4S Members receive $50 off
tables. For more information contact Peter at 216-451-7755.

  • $150 – Full Table
  • $100 – Half Table

Dump the Pump Week
Week of June 16th
Official Dump the Pump Day is Thursday, June 19th
METRO will have a live radio remote with WKDD on Monday the 16th or Tuesday the 17th at Eddy’s bike shop on Exchange (or ??? awaiting some final stuff)
Prior to the event DAP will promote with flyers, emails, lit drops in parking lots,…throughout downtown. Persons can park at various remote parking for free and use as a park and ride lot on Thursday, June 19th (if they take buses to their final destination). Thursday, June 19th will be a ride METRO FREE day. Except for the METRO SCAT service and the NorthCoast Express Service to Cleveland. Persons who ride METRO on Thursday, June 19th receive a “ticket” to attend the DAP event on Friday, June 20th in downtown Akron from 4 pm – 7 pm. The ticket can be used to ride to downtown on Friday (from 5 pm -9 pm) for free on a METRO bus. The ticket will be surrendered at the event for a freebie at the DAP event. The ticket will also be used as a prize drawing for persons to win a bike*. The passenger/ticket holder will have to pay for their return trip on the bus. METRO pass holders can present their 31-day pass at 121 South Main St (our customer service window) for a free gift, since they won’t benefit from a free fare day.
Throughout the week METRO will conduct prize patrols on METRO buses and pass out “gifts” to riders. We will do various cross promoting, as well.
*METRO will work with Car Gear or Eddy’s Bike Shop as a potential vendor/location for radio remote. Perhaps they can raffle off a bike to persons who turn in their ticket at the DAP event.

The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force
Date: Monday, June 23, 2008
Time: 4:00 am to 8:00 pm
Location: John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street , Akron, OH 44308
General Price: Free

The Ohio 21st Century Transportation Priorities Task Force is bringing all Ohioans to the table to explore the broad spectrum of transportation issues facing the state. With your input, we will prioritize how the state balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion, creates jobs and encourages responsible growth, helps to build sustainable communities, and links all modes of transportation - connecting highways to rail, aviation, water ports, and transit.
For more information contact ODOT Communications, at 614-644-8640



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