Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
|Happy City of St. Peters employees with donated cups|
Creating a green gala requires commitment from the entire team, especially the host and event facility. The Georgia Restaurant Association and the Loews Hotel teamed together to ensure the GRACE - Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence - November 14 Awards Gala lived up to their theme, Glitz goes Green. As part of the planning process, the Loews Hotel contracted for organics collection and met the remaining Zero Waste Zone Phase I Criteria.
Taking green beyond recycling, Executive Chef Olivier Gaupin prepared a scrumptious meal featuring local ingredients. To support the recovering Gulf Coast seafood industry, Apalachicola shrimp was served with the Athen's Red Mule grits (yummy!). Pre-portioned meat was purchased to eliminate prep scraps. Energy conservation was a focus with the food preparation and dish washing procedures. How inspiring to witness a chef revamp standard operating procedures to practices that minimize energy and water usage, even if it puts extra pressure on the staff with entrée plating.
What a thrill to experience a sustainable bar ~ the bartenders were excited to explain their recycling initiatives including corks collected for ZWZ Auxiliary Program supplier Cork ReHarvest. Most beverages offered were local and/or organic including Southern Vodka made in Albany, GA.
Check out the cool bottle bottom chandelier made from recycled plastic bottles.
ZWZ Participant Legendary Events created eco-friendly centerpieces made from wine bottles, cardboard and herbs, later replanted. Thompson Creative, an Ei in-kind sponsor, kept the event collateral material in alignment with green glitz by contracting with an eco-friendly printer and using post consumer waste paper. The invitation was killer with its subtle communication.
Chef Kevin Gillespie, Executive Chef and Partner at Woodfire Grill, was the keynote speaker. Wow ~ Kevin was phenomenal!. Without any notes, Kevin inspired the audience with his humorous, passionate talk about his roots and how sustainability is more about revisiting the past than creating the new.
With so many aspects to planning a green event, it takes a committed individual to adhere to sustainable practices when status quo is easier and at times less expensive. Kelly Hornbuckle. GRA Marketing & Communications Director, is the driving force who made the GRACE Awards walk the talk of Glitz Goes Green. THANK YOU KELLY!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
|Laura with TTM handbag|
The community may support Ties that Matter by organizing tie donation campaigns AND purchasing the artwork as gifts or for personal use. Visit the easy to navigate Ties that Matter website to learn how you may support this important venture.
|Holly Elmore documents visions|
- Help create a shared vision for incorporation into the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan, scheduled for a 2011 update
- Provide the framework for as many as 50 formalized partnerships between academic institutions, businesses, civic and environmental organizations, government agencies and other groups
- Build a networked corps of up to 200 change agents and ambassadors of a shared vision
- Identify metrics and milestones to measure and track progress to becoming a more sustainable Atlanta.
|Shannon Goodman with Perkins & Will reports to the crowd|
|A group of happy sponsors & advisors|
|Greg Yorston & Holly|
YEA ~ the IRS letter arrived on November 18 designating Elemental Impact a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with public charity status!!! The application was submitted on March 15 and assigned an IRS agent the first of October, who reviewed the document with a fine tooth comb. It is an honor to meet the IRS's stringent demands. Thank you to Pauline Reynolds, HLB Gross Collins Shareholder, who was the guiding force in completing the necessary documents in "IRS language".
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Throughout the past few weeks, the Sustainable Atlanta team worked diligently to aggregate the event notes and to turn the contributions into vision narratives and potential metrics for air, land, material resources and water. The draft vision statements are now posted on EnvisionATL.org. Your feedback on these drafts is critical as we work to finalize inclusive vision statements for our city. Please take a look and send any feedback to Danielle Doss at Danielle@sustainableatlanta.org. The public comment period will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 12.
Check out the cool poster drawn during the event to document the visions.
Save the date for EnvisionATL II on Tuesday, December 7 from 3:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Historic City Hall Council Chambers. Registration will begin next week on EnvisionATL.org and tickets are $15 per person. Remember the October 13 event sold out so be sure to register next week to be a part of visioning a Sustainable Atlanta.