Earth Day Celebration 2013
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton 2013
Experience Green is pleased to share the results of this exciting collaborative effort to benefit our communities' sustainability. The third annual Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Earth Day Celebration moved to Bluffton for 2013, and welcomed new partnerships for expanded impact. Many thanks to all that contributed to its success including its presenting partners—the Town of Bluffton and Carson Cottages.
Green Resource Expo, Do the Loop for Kids of All Ages, Zero Waste, Storytime for Kids, Wildlife Education with Live Alligators, Chef Demos, Prize Drawings, Bike Valet and Yoga
Total Attendees - 600
Green Resource Expo Exhibitors – 21
Volunteers - 25
Sponsors – 24
Saturday, April 27th
Old Town Bluffton, SC
Presented by Experience Green, the Town of Bluffton & Carson Cottages
Join our collaborative community effort to clean up the May River, connect with each other, celebrate the natural environment, and learn how to care for it and each other with green resources! This family friendly event promotes people and planet connections to build sustainable communities with fun learning experiences for all ages to raise awareness about full loop connectivity of ecological, social and economic systems and how to support them sustainably.
*Admission is FREE and events are within walking distance of each other
Earth Day Celebration
11:00am - 4:00pm
Carson Cottages on Calhoun Street
Between Lawrence & Church Street - Site of the Bluffton Farmers Market
Green Resource Expo
Learn about our communities' organizations that support healthy planet-people connections, and the latest products and services to help you achieve green living and care for the environment.
*Nonprofits and businesses are invited to showcase products and services that support a healthy planet and community (nonprofit and early bird discounts available). Sign up today - Early Bird Discount through April 15th!
“Do the Loop” for All Ages
This very popular obstacle course activity is a fun learning activity that challenges participants of all ages mentally and physically. Prizes awarded!
Green Crafts for Kids
Kids of all ages can make and take home a craft or piece of green art that they create on site! There is no charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.
104.9 The Surf
All About Pets
Beaufort County Conservation District
Beaufort County Open Land Trust
Beaufort County Recycles
Bluffton Farmers Market
Coastal Discovery Museum's Sea Turtle Protection Project
Friends of Bluffton Dog Parks
HHI-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Convention Bureau
Hilton Head Automotive
Hilton Head Island No Burn
Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity
Island Plumbing of Hilton Head
Jiva Yoga Center
Keep Beaufort County Beautiful
Neighbors for Clean Water
Noah's Arks Rescue
Old Town Dispensary
Outside Hilton Head
Palmetto Electric Coop
Pino Gelato Gourmet Cafe'
Port Royal Sound Foundation
Sea Pines Montessori Academy Middle School
Sea Pines Resort
Signature Flight Support
The Storybook Shoppe
Town of Bluffton
The Earth Day Celebration welcomes Annaliza from The Surf 104.9 as our emcee for the day, spinning tunes and letting you know about activities and prize drawings. Learn about our native wildlife, preparation of local delicacies through chef demos, tips for how to live a greener life, and how we can all be better environmental stewards.
Welcome by Event Emcee Anneliza Itkor
Yoga for ALL by Jiva Yoga Center
Cooking Demo by Chef Matt Jording of The Sage Room and Old Town Dispensary
Story Time for Kids by The Storybook Shoppe
Yoga for Kids
Wildlife Education with Live Alligators by Critter Management
Cooking Demo by Chef Matt Jording of The Sage Room and Old Town Dispensary
Bring your old CELL PHONES, NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS (no desktops), JUICE POUCHES, DAIRY TUBS, and #6 PLASTIC CUPS to the event and be part of Experience Green's partnership with the TerraCycle Brigade program that collects items such as juice pouches, candy wrappers, flip flops, cell phones, and plastic cups and turns them into tote bags, picture frames, notebook, placemats, pots, pavers, and more for major retailers such as WalMart, Target, and Home Depot. Click here to learn more about this program.
Zero Waste Event
The 2013 Earth Day Celebration will be a Zero Waste Effort! Zero waste suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated. The waste stations with recycling and organic collection will take the majority of the event’s waste. The Earth Day Celebration Event Committee will measure, audit, and document all waste generated from the event, and use this data to support next steps and future event success. The 2012 Earth Day Celebration was the FIRST Zero Waste Event in Beaufort County, hosted 900+ attendees, and generated only 80.4 lbs total recyclable or compostable waste, so there was ZERO waste to the landfill!
The Earth Day Celebration seeks your help as a volunteer with this exciting event for our communities. Email us at email@example.com with your availability to assist on April 27 or if you can help with preparation in advance of the event. Let us know your area of interest, as well as skills you believe you would contribute to the Earth Day Celebration.
2013 Earth Day Celebration Sponsors and Partners
We appreciate the organizations that support our mission to build sustainable communities and are partnering with Experience Green to make this event possible.
2012 Earth Day Celebration Success
"Get in the Loop"
April 21, 2012 - Shelter Cove Community Park
More than 900 people came out for the 2nd Annual Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Earth Day Celebration held on April 21, 2012 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. Attendees of all ages came out to learn, celebrate, and make healthy planet-people connections to Get in the Loop and build community! This response is double the attendance from the first 2011 event, and is exactly on track for consistent growth, based on market size!
Every drop of water helps to swell the ocean...
Experience Green appreciates each attendee, event committee member, volunteer, sponsor, vendor, performer, exhibitor, and all that stepped up to GET IN THE LOOP! Here's to you!
• 900+ Attendees
• 13 Earth Day Event Committee Members
• 47 Volunteers
• 31 Exhibitors/Vendors
• 29 Sponsors
• 8 Performance Groups
• 31 Green Art Entries from Beaufort County School
Green Art Winners
Bluffton High and Bluffton Middle Schools submitted more than 30 pieces of Green Art that were evaluated on a set of criteria considering creativity, use of materials, and environmental message. Special thanks to the panel of judges that included Sally Krebs, Sustainability Coordinator from the Town of Hilton Head Island, and Peter and Maggie Karis, owners of the Karis Gallery on Hilton Head Island. The winners were presented with cash awards and certificates to Pino Gelato and the Coastal Discovery Museum at the 4pm Celebrate Community program, and their pieces are currently on display at the Coastal Discovery Museum.
Middle School Division
High School Division
The first Zero Waste effort event was wildly successful: ZERO LANDFILL CONTRIBUTION!
“This is a huge success for the event and a leading edge example for our community,” said Experience Green executive director, Teresa Wade. “The EPA estimates that every person generates 4.43 lbs of waste per day. The data from the event’s waste audit proves that proactive effort and innovation can reduce waste generation, and responsible practices can keep it out of our landfills.
• 900+ attendees
• 80.4 lbs total recyclable or compostable waste
• Aluminum cans - 3.4 lbs
• Cardboard/paper - 11.4 lbs
• Plastic - 0 lbs
• Compostables - 50.8 lbs
How did we do it?
The Earth Day Celebration’s waste “stations” included separate bins for plastic, paper, aluminum, and compostables, which included all food waste, and compostable plates and napkins provided by Be Green Packaging and Smoothie Company. “The Earth Day Committee worked directly with the vendors to raise awareness and educate them in advance. All were very cooperative and excited about lending support.” said Alison Yurco, member of the Earth Day event Committee. The stations were monitored by volunteers including Boy Scouts and the Hilton Head Lacrosse team that helped attendees dispose of leftovers properly. Smoothie Company provided reusable cups so there were zero cups tossed out, and i2Recycle measured and audited all at the close of the event.
The 4 pm Celebrate Community program was emceed by Anneliza from 104.9 The Surf, and included the Green Art Awards, a special musical performance by Teresa Wade and the Singing Sea Otters with Lavon Stevens and Delbert Felix. Mayor Drew Laughlin made a presentation of the internationally renowned Peter Max’s commitment to supporting the environment through art, and Blanchard and Calhoun and The Kroger Co. showcased the Shelter Cove Mall Redevelopment project. It was an exciting program of entertainment, inspiration, recognition and motivation for all to "go forth" with increased pride and commitment to community, and new understanding of ways to contribute to advancing sustainability - benefiting the planet, its people, and prosperity for all!
2012 EVENT SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS
We appreciate the organizations that understand the value of sustainability for our community and that contributed to this successful 2012 Earth Day Celebration!
Ahh Green Spa
Hilton Head PSD