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Green Guide for Events | City of Little Rock


In our studies, we have found that the simplest measures are the most effective ones. We encourage all local events to start their journey Towards Zero Waste by focusing on the elimination of individual items of trash and single-use plastic from their event footprint. We strongly encourage anyone starting on this journey to focus wholly on each individual item and its total eradication before moving onto the next. Your vendors and attendees need realistic, achievable goals, and you must support them in their efforts while enforcing your guidelines. Volunteers will be a crucial component to your success, as they will be educators and enforcers on the day(s) of your event.



We have developed a 3-pronged approach to the creation of our sustainability guidelines:

What the event can do.
What the vendors can do.
What the attendees can do.

What the Event Organizer Can Do


Communicating your guidelines clearly and confidently to your vendors, attendees, and community is critical to your success. 


Share resources with your vendors, tips with your attendees, and use signage and volunteers on the day(s) of your event to help everyone succeed (and take lessons home that positively impact the community). 


Event organizers must be adamant about the sustainability goals and define a system for dealing with nonobservance (particularly with vendors). Use signage and volunteers on the day(s) of your event to enforce efforts.

What the Vendors Can Do


We all have to recognize that how we are packaging and selling products is mostly unsustainable. Take responsibility for your business and home, and realize that being a steward of the Natural State is for future generations and the convenience of today should not be first priority.


Respect the goals of the event and do your part when packaging and presenting your product. Imagine if you had to personally deal with all of the waste from your product – make it minimal, biodegradable, and/or easily recyclable.


We know that humans must curtail our single-use, convenience-driven lifestyles to expect a future home for their progeny. That being said, this is still a trend that is gaining much traction! Share your successes with your patrons, and you will both be gratified at buying your product!


What the Event Attendees Can Do


Share and support your efforts online and by word of mouth! Give plenty of opportunity for the community to engage and react to your sustainability goals.


On the day of the event, attendees must come prepared to meet your goals. By bringing their own vessels, saying no to straws, and separating waste properly, everyone will be contributing to keeping the Natural State litter-free.


Urge attendees and the community to take these lessons beyond your event. Challenge them with ways to think outside the “plastic box” and engage with them on their efforts as a follow up!

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For more information about these resources and how to use them, please contact Brittany Nichols, City of Little Rock Recycling and Sustainability Programs Educator, at 501-371-4646 or by emailing

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Ubisoft to Feature In-Game Climate Change Events for Green Game Jam 2022

Ubisoft to Feature In-Game Climate Change Events for Green Game Jam 2022

As part of Green Game Jam 2022, Ubisoft is set to be one of several studios spearheading efforts to promote the fight against climate change with special in-game events.

Green Game Jam was started in 2020 by Playing for the Planet, a UN-led initiative that strives to “inspire young people to learn and act in support of the environment” by collaborating with the gaming industry.

In addition to the sales of a tree-themed in-game charity item for the Brawlhalla World Tree Initiative and an exclusive Charity Pack within Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, two other Ubisoft titles will soon debut some dramatic “activations” to players.

Riders Republic, Ubisoft’s arcade-y extreme sports sandbox released this past October, will invite players to join forces to prevent Sequoia National Park from burning down in-game unannounced.

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Council gives green light for another special events venue in Guelph/Eramosa

Council gives green light for another special events venue in Guelph/Eramosa

GUELPH/ERAMOSA – Another farm in Guelph/Eramosa has been given the green light from council to operate as a seasonal special events venue.

On June 6, council approved a zoning bylaw amendment for CJ Equestrian Centre and CJ Country Events, located at 5725 6th Line, which would allow the venue as a secondary business to the main agricultural use.

The site is currently operating as an equestrian farm and seasonal camp.

Permitting existing structures to also be utilized as an events venue would accommodate events such as weddings, receptions and workshops, the report to council noted.

The approved request will allow CJ Equestrian to host events of up to 180 people from March 1 to Dec. 31, despite recommendations from county and township planners to cap attendance at 140 and limit the season to April to November.

The applicants also requested an increase to the maximum gross area of all associated buildings and structures from 327 square metres to 650 square metres.

MHBC planner Pierre Chauvin, on behalf of the applicant, referred to the amendments as “red line revisions,” asking council to approve the changes as they reflect the centre’s vision for its operations.

“Not every on-farm diversified use is the same,” Chauvin said.

“They all have different nuances, different ways of operating and certainly, CJ Equestrian is one of them.”

Applicant Lyssa Caine added the centre hosts its events around its own farming activities and being able to spread events throughout the year would give them more flexibility.

“We are the farmers and we do want to protect our farming operations for generations to come,” she told council.

“As such we are requesting these items above out of not only the experience and the knowledge, but also to help our future generations with balancing out farming and on-farm diversified uses.”

Mayor Chris White said the numbers were a good compromise from what was initially brought forward,

He described the township as having a “pro-business council,” noting it’s good for the community.

“What we do here, [sets precedent] and everybody’s got to be on a level playing field,” White said.

“The intention here is to make sure that it’s secondary, protects the neighbours, doesn’t set bad precedence.”

White added, “That said, there seems to be a reasonable compromise here that some of the original numbers you may have wanted, we kind of sought out a middle ground here.”

Council received the planning report and approved the zoning amendment, making CJ Equestrian the second business now permitted to operate as a seasonal on-site venue in the township.

Last June, council  approved a site plan approved Thatcher Farms as a special events venue.

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Holyoke kicks off green infrastructure events Saturday

Holyoke kicks off green infrastructure events Saturday

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -On Saturday, the city of Holyoke kicked off a series of events on “green infrastructure” storm water management. The event, part of a three-part series offered by the City of Holyoke, celebrated facilities that manage rainfall using plants.

Western Mass News attended Saturday’s event at the Holyoke Library, where we caught up with the Director of Conservation and Sustainability, Yoni Glogower, who explained the project.

“These are facilities designed to intersect rainwater and let them absorb into the water instead of just cart them directly into our sewer system,” Glogower explained.

Glogower said the rain garden at the Holyoke Library was installed back in 2012. The goal of the green infrastructure project is to bring improvements and maintenance to the rain gardens while also helping to educate the city.

Rain gardens help to prevent pollution by keeping chemicals and other debris from our roads out of our water systems, like the Connecticut River.

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Zoom Events gets a virtual green room

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Zoom is adding new features to its Events, Webinar and Meetings tools in a bid to help enterprise marketers and salespeople better engage with customers and employees using its videoconferencing platform.

What’s in the Zoom Events and Webinar updates

Zoom first announced its events platform, OnZoom, back in 2020, offering users the ability to create and host live events and webinars for up to 50,000 attendees, depending on a company’s Zoom license.

Later this month, Zoom Events users will be getting a virtual backstage environment—think of it as a virtual green room­. This feature allows panelists, speakers, and production staff to stay behind the scenes while viewing the live event feed, chat with each other, answer attendees’ questions, and practice their presentations. 

Zoom Webinar users are also getting two new features. Sessions can now be branded, with hosts able to customize the in-webinar experience by adding a wallpaper behind the video tiles, set a common virtual background for all panelists, and provide name tags for each panelist. In-webinar reactions can now be posted to the bottom-right corner of the main webinar window also.

Launching Zoom IQ for Sales

The new Zoom IQ for Sales tool is a “conversation intelligence add-on” for Zoom Meetings that turns customer interactions into actionable insights for salespeople.

By automating next steps, risk assessments and adding quick search functionality, Zoom says it can boost sales productivity during and after meetings with clients.

IQ for Sales integrates with Salesforce, various email calendar platforms, and Zoom Meetings to consolidate workstreams, and provide an aggregated view of conversations.

Zoom IQ for Sales is immediately available as an add-on for Zoom Meetings customers, with support for Zoom Phone coming soon.

Dave Michels, founder and principal analyst at TalkingPointz said these improvements are another example of Zoom continuing to meet the expanding needs of its customers.

“The Zoom platform is poised to make an impact on reimagining the customer experience, by expanding it to include the entire customer journey, from marketing to sales to ongoing support,” he said.

Chief product officer at Zoom, Oded Gal, said the new additions mark “further steps in Zoom’s journey to establish new heights for customer experiences and flexible collaboration across the workforce.”

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Celebrate the Wearin’ of the Green: St. Patty’s Events Across the North

Celebrate the Wearin’ of the Green: St. Patty’s Events Across the North
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | March 12, 2022

Welcome to the magical time of the year where St. Patrick’s Day, Mardi Gras, and spring all come together to create a flurry of events around northern Michigan. Whether you’re seeking green beer, green beads, or the return of greener grasses, we’ve pulled together 10 events to pack your social calendar this weekend.

1. It’s pub crawl time! The Rocking Thirsty-Union Pub Crawl starts at 1pm, and attendees will bop back and forth between Thirsty Fish and Union Street Station for 12 hours of fun. Four musical acts—Timebombs, Rolling Dirty, Stonehengz, and Soulpatch—keep attendees entertained at each stop as the libations flow until 1:00am.

3. Just down the road, The Parlor will help you get your jig on with specials on Jameson, Guinness, and Baileys and tunes from the Old Mission Fiddle Vine. Led by fiddler Michael Markley, the band offers traditional Irish music with country, bluegrass, and cajun influences. (And if one show isn’t enough, catch the Old Mission Fiddle Vine again at the Music House on Saturday!)

3. If you’re searching for classic Irish revelry in downtown Traverse City, Kilkenny’s Irish Public House will feature music throughout St. Patrick’s Day, much of it with an Irish brogue. The corned beef reuben and Gaelic egg rolls are always on the menu, but tonight’s the night to order double.

4. Frankfort’s Stormcloud Brewing Company is rolling out the green carpet with an Irish-inspired feast at the pub. Those who need their green beer fix will find a verdant version of the Birdwalker Blonde on tap, a light-bodied and lightly hopped Belgian. An Irish music show from Ben Traverse and Josh Holcomb closes out the night from 8-10pm.

5. For more music and drinks inspired by the Emerald Isle, don’t miss the celebration at Lake Ann Brewing Co. Lake Ann will host the Jameson Brothers in their heated outdoor tent alongside a great brew and a meal of corned beef and cabbage from nearby Stone Oven restaurant.

6. Have you caught a show at Encore 201 yet? TC’s newest entertainment space, located at 201 E. Front St. (above Sparks BBQ), is hosting a night of live music and dancing featuring acoustic classic rock trio Project Six from 9-11pm. Tickets are $5 at

7. Ready to get your crazy on? Or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? At Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, they are one and the same. Boyne Mountain Carnival Weekend combines aspects of Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day to create an event that locals refer to as “Krazy Daze.” (Note: this is a 21+ party—not for the kiddos!)

More properly dubbed “Carnival Weekend,” the two-day celebration offers revelers a bevy of events from which to choose. On Saturday, there’s the Spring-a-licious Snow Beach Party with inflatable lounge and lawn games at the Mountain Express Base Area. Later that day, don’t miss the costume party at the Snow Beach Stage, where there will be music all day long from bands and DJs. That night, check out the Après Ski Party at the Back Forty Biergarten.

Sunday the fun continues with the infamous Slush Cup at the base of North McLouth. The Last Man Standing Brunch & Bloody Mary Bar runs from 10-1 at Stein Eriksen’s and The Alpen Hut. And of course there’s skiing, snowboarding, ziplining, and more all weekend long.

8. Turns out Krazy Daze is just the tip of the mountain. Head to Crystal Mountain for its annual Celts and Kayaks event. Look for leprechauns on the slopes and the fun of the kayak race down Cheers to Lou. Its own Slush Cup is sure to provide chills and spills, with music, a scavenger hunt, and a pot of gold challenge.

9. If you don’t mind a wee bit of travel, head to Ludington for a full day of fun. “A Wee Bit Late St. Patrick’s Celebration” on Saturday includes an Irish jog 5K and 10K, Kegs & Eggs breakfast, Follow the Rainbow scavenger hunt, a Shamrock Parade, Pied Piper Pub Crawl, and lots of live music. For specifics, go to

10. Last but not least, while not quite a St. Patty’s celebration, great drinks are still involved at the ever-popular Slush Cup at the Highlands in Harbor Springs. You’ll find skiers braving the pond at the bottom of the hill with wine slushies from Brys Estate as the themed beverage. That’s just one of the wineries participating in the wine tasting event on Saturday, along with Verterra Winery, Mackinaw Trail Winery & Brewery, Left Foot Charley, and WaterFire Vineyards.

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Green Events Certification launches

Several staff participate in a virtual event.

February 23, 2022 — 

Virtual events have increasingly become the main mode of event delivery at the University of Manitoba. Although virtual events are often more accessible, less expensive and less taxing on the environment, there are still many things we can do to ensure virtual events consider and actualize social and environmental sustainability wherever possible. The Office of Sustainability has created the new Green Virtual Events certification to help you do just that!

What you can do

If you are planning a virtual event, have your event certified “green” by following these steps:

  1. Complete the Green Virtual Events form at least 2-3 weeks before your event.
  2. Follow the resource links provided within the event form to learn more and boost your score.
  3. The Office of Sustainability will review your completed form, finalize your event score and send you a certificate. Certifications range from bronze to gold.
  4. Have your sustainability efforts recognized by including your Green Event certification in your event promotions.

Ready to get your next event certified?

Take five minutes to fill out the Green Virtual Event form and help advance UM’s culture of sustainability.

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Australia’s Hannah Green makes history as first female winner of mixed event

Australia's Hannah Green makes history as first female winner of mixed event

Hannah Green rarely has golf dreams, but that changed Saturday night after she went to bed as one of four co-54-hole leaders of the PGA Tour Australasia’s TPC Murray River event.

“It was just me holding the trophy and people spraying me with champagne,” Green recalled, “and then I woke hoping it wasn’t just a dream.”

It was, though Green soon made it a reality.

The 25-year-old Aussie closed in 6-under 66 Sunday afternoon at Cobram Barooga Golf Club in Barooga, Australia, to beat male counterparts Andrew Evans and amateur Hayden Hopewell by four shots and become the first female to win a 72-hole mixed tournament on a world-ranked tour.

Green notched five birdies in Sunday’s final, but the highlight came at the par-5 10th hole, where she hit her second shot just shy of the green before chipping in for eagle and a three-shot lead.

With her victory, she earned 36,000 Australian dollars.

“I feel amazing,” said Green, who also won last week’s Women’s Vic Open, though has yet to play on the LPGA this season. “I’m just so grateful that I came. It actually wasn’t my plan to play; I was hoping to go back to Perth. Things happen for a reason, so I’m really glad that I made it. I wanted to win these two events as soon as I said that I’d enter them. I didn’t think it was a ridiculous goal to try and get my name on these trophies, so now that that’s done, hopefully I can continue this momentum.

“I want to be in the top 10 in the world. I think I can achieve it. If I keep playing the golf that I am now, hopefully I can get there.”

The only other 72-hole tournaments to be held at the highest levels, the 2019 Jordan Mixed Open and 2021 Scandinavian Mixed in Europe, were won by men, Daan Huizing and Jonathan Caldwell, respectively. So, Green was understandably excited to be the first.

“Hopefully, it’s inspiring for the rest of the girls – not only in the juniors but in the field – to try and get their name on a trophy,” Green said. “We need to get as much exposure as possible, and it’s great that we have events on in the summer when the peak of sport is on. Hopefully, this can get some traction and people will see it. Hopefully, each state can have these events. It’s not only good for the women’s game, but also the men, and having the juniors on the weekend is a great thing, too.

“I don’t think this will be the last time these events keep happening. I can easily see 20 on the schedule coming soon.”

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Europeans more likely to vote green after extreme weather events

Matching extreme weather events to voting patterns has revealed that in Europe people who have experienced flooding, heatwaves and forest fires are more likely to vote green. This trend has developed over six European elections between 1994 and 2019, a period when climate change has gone from a theoretical threat to voters to many having experienced devastating events not previously seen in their lifetimes.

The realisation that urgent action is needed for climate mitigation and adaptation has led voters to support green party candidates. Greens have done better wherever the calamities have been worst. The trend is more marked in the north and west of the EU where the climate is more moderate and colder, presumably because extremes have become more noticeable.

The researchers noted that the tendency to vote green was enhanced where the population was generally fairly affluent and economic conditions were good. When the economic conditions worsened, this factor again assumed greater importance in voting choices.

The European elections are by proportional representation, so that minority parties, which the greens are in all of the 34 countries involved, will get some seats even if their overall vote is relatively small. Currently greens hold 69 seats out of 705 in the European parliament.