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Taking the Greener Path
The 2011 Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival is a Palos Verdes Peninsula Chamber of Commerce “green” event.

More than 40,000 fair-goers can learn about eco-friendly goods from vendors on “Green Street”.

All garbage will be sorted and recycled accordingly to avoid undo waste heading to the landfills.


Vendor Guidelines  Green Tips 


Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music Festival
“Green” Guidelines for Food Vendors


The purpose of a “green” Food Court is to support the effort to curb harmful effects on the environment through consumer habits, behavior, and lifestyle. The Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music Festival also would like to provide its attendees with a healthful alternative to traditional festival fare.

Food Vendor Criteria:
Items sold in the Food Court must meet at least one of the following criteria:

• Locally grown/seasonal produce

• “Clean” Eats (whole, natural foods i.e. fruits, vegetables, lean meat, complex carbohydrates – No Refined Sugar)

• Meals prepared using Organic ingredients

• Meals prepared using Farm raised/grain fed meat and poultry (grass fed beef)

• Whole foods – not processed

• Sustainably-raised food items (see www.sustainabletable.org)

• Avoid single-serving containers of anything (condiments, sugar, cream, etc.)


The following is not allowed in the Food Court:

• Styrofoam

• Other non-recyclable items


If you must use disposables, we strongly urge you to use products that are bio-based, paper or recyclable such as biodegradable forks, knives, spoons, napkins, plates, etc.

It is less to landfill and better for the environment. Some helpful websites include:

www.biosmartpackaging.com

www.worldcentric.org

www.goinggreensolutions.com

www.greenoffice.com

www.bpiworld.org

www.biocorpusa.com

www.ecoproducts.com

www.biodegradablestore.com


Recycling:
The PVSF&MF will provide recycling for its participants. Recycling for aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, paper and cardboard will be highly visible and made available to the public with clear signage. One of the event generators runs on biodiesel fuel, so we will be collecting used cooking oil from food vendors each day to power it.

Waste Reduction:
The PVSF&MF is committed to reducing the amount of waste generated by the event overall. We are encouraging exhibitors and vendors to minimize wastes. Vendors must break down and flatten any cardboard boxes to facilitate recycling. It is the responsibility of the vendor to properly contain and dispose of oils and special waste.

Click here to download these vendor specifications as a pdf.


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“Living Green” Tips

Here are some “green tips” to help you “Take the Greener Path” at home and work:

• Lower your thermostat. Buy a programmable thermostat.

• Reuse your water bottle. Avoid buying bottled water. In fact, reuse everything at least once, especially plastics.

• Check out your bathroom. Use low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

• Buy foods locally.. Buy locally made products and locally produced services.

• Buy in season.

• Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. You'll find more on energy-efficient products and practices at Energy Star.

• Turn off lights and electronics when you leave the room. Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall when not using it. Turn off energy strips and surge protectors when not in use (especially overnight).

• Recycle your newspapers.

• Car pool. Connect with other commuters.

• Consider a car sharing service.

• Ride a bike.

• Walk, jog, or run.

• Go to your local library instead of buying new books.

• At holidays and birthdays, give your family and friends the gift of saving the earth. Donate to their favorite environmental group, foundation, or organization.

• Get off junk mail lists.

• Buy products that use recyclable materials whenever possible.

• If you use plastic grocery bags, recycle them for doggie poop bags or for small trashcan liners.

• Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.

• Buy locally. Find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food.

• Consider organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.

• If you have a baby, consider using cloth diapers. To sign up for a diaper service to do the dirty work, check out the National Association of Diaper Services.

• Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.

• Landscape with native plants. Check out the article on the EPA website.

• Opt into a clean energy program. Check out the Green Power Network at the US Department of Energy.

• Go paperless. Consider reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions online. Switch to electronic banking and credit card payment, too.

• Teach kids about the environment.

• Take your batteries to a recycling center. Earth 911 gives you the scoop.

• Turn your car off if you’re going to be idle for more than one minute.

• Do full loads of laundry and set the rinse cycle to “cold.”

• Recycle. If you’re not at home, take the extra steps, (literally), to find that recycling can.

• Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders. Use padded envelops more than once. Buy your toddler or preschooler’s clothes from a thrift shop and give away those that don’t fit to friends. Goodwill or the Salvation Army can help.

• Limit the length of your showers. Even better, take a “navy shower,” shutting off the water while soaping up and shampooing.

• Don’t run the water when brushing your teeth.

• Wash towels after several uses.

• Give away your goods and find new ones at FreeCycle.

• Recycle your technology. Dell, Hewlett Packard, Apple, and IBM, among others, offer recycling programs.

• Whenever you can, try using green cleaning products.

• Build a greener home.

• Go paperless at work. Distribute company information and post company material online.

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