Green Fern Events- “Helping SXSW 2010 Interactive Reduce Environmental Impact”

Plutopia 2010 “The Science of Music” was held March 15, 2010 at the Mexican American Cultural Center. This year’s theme “explored the role of technology, sound and digital media in changing the landscape and narrative of music in the information age”. Approximately 1000 people throughout the evening enjoyed a variety of music, art, and interactive technology, with featured performances by DJ Spooky, Bruce Sterling, Xiao He, Black Pick Liberation, Front White, & Dr. Stragevibe.

While there were many GLOBAL performances at this event, the food and beverages served were all LOCAL! “Unique to this and only this event, Edible Austin magazine and Tipsy Texan brought together the heart and soul of Austin’s local foodie scene and cutting edge mixology. Guests enjoyed artisanal cocktails and food and drink samples from handcrafters such as Tito’s and Dripping Springs Vodka, Treaty Oaks Rum, Pepe’s Z and Republic Tequila, Independence and St. Arnold Breweries, Zhi Tea, Rio’s Brazilian, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop, Aurelia’s Chorizo, Buddha’s Brew Kombucha and more! Also on hand were food carts from addictive local eateries Dai Due, Eastside Pies, Kerbey Lane Café, Thai Fresh, and Torchy’s Tacos.”

Green Fern Events sponsored the recycling for this event and hired local company, Wandering River Recycling to manage this large task. Below are the results.

Drum roll please……….

Total of 400 lbs of waste
-200 lbs of recycling
-80 pounds of food waste to local composting facility =

70% diversion rate from landfill.

That’s pretty excellent. This means well over HALF of all the waste for Plutopia was either recycled or composted.

When planning your events for 2010 and beyond, please keep Green Fern Events in mind. We can work with any budget to help reduce costs and the environmental impact for your event. Furthermore, Green Fern Events can connect you with the best eco-vendors and venues in Central Texas that practice sustainability.

Emily Kahn is Founder of Green Fern Events – Austin’s Premier Eco-Event Planning & Consulting Firm.

Taking a Walk Down One Green Street

The next time you are in Houston, TX, make sure to add one more place to your must see/visit list: One Green Street. As one of the first of its kind, this store is truly a one stop shop for everything that is eco-chic. Sherry Eichberger founded the boutique with the goal of educating the general public about living a natural, healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle without all the toxins and chemicals found in our everyday lives. The store carries a wide variety of products ranging from environmentally friendly and toxin free furniture to make-up to clothing to everyday household items. Even the building itself is environmentally conscious. It is LEED certified, has energy efficient lighting, takes advantage of the natural sunlight, and was remodeled with the use of recycled materials. The builders even took the materials from the remodeling to reuse on their next project. This boutique is definitely a great place for those looking to live a healthy and organic lifestyle. Make sure to visit One Green Street and bring along your reusable shopping bag! To find out more information about the boutique, please visit .

UT Sustainable Business Summit

Last Friday, February 5, 2010 Emily Kahn, Founder of Green Fern Events had the honor of participating as a panelist for the UT Sustainable Business Summit. The panel session was entitled “Global Recession and its Impact on Sustainability”. Other panelists included Amy Page, Chief Ozone Officer, Blue Avacado, Adam Morehead, Principal, Texas Business Group, Kasia Wood, Sales Manager, Handemade Expressions, and Niyanta Spelman, Executive Director, Rainforest Partnerships.

“Not only was it interesting to have interactive discussions with the audience, Kahn said, “it was also great to hear from fellow panelists regarding their perspective”.
While the overall events and tourism industry has definitely suffered a few blows, efforts to produce sustainable meetings and events is still on the rise. “It’s becoming standard practice for any smart business,” Kahn said. “Not only to make your business more sustainable but to apply best green practices and values (efficiency, reducing waste, recycling, managing carbon etc.) towards the events you produce as well.”

Solar Santa – Solar Powered Lights & Decorations for the Holiidays

When decorating your home and garden for the holidays, check out these new solar-powered LED lighting options. Solar Santa sells a variety of products, from solar-powered string lights, to wreaths, to solar tree lights. Be sure to place the solar-cell in the sunniest spot in order to gain the most power for them to remain lit well into the night. If you decide the solar-powered LED’s our too expensive for your taste at least purchase LED over incandescent. LEDs are much better for the environment, reduce fire risk, should last longer and eventually save you money. SOLAR SANTA