Monday, June 22, 2009

Beany Greeny

This year, the National Lentil Festival is in the process of going green! Our new Lentil Festival water bottles are BPA-free stainless steel bottles that will be available for purchase at the Chamber or at the festival. For those that purchase a water bottle, a cool water refilling station will be available. This will help cut down on plastic water bottle usage.

To save paper, all applications for the event will be available online. Additionally, all communication between vendors and contestants will be done via email.

Avista's mascot, Wattson the Energy Dog, will treat the kids to some 'green' entertainment in the kid's area. He will be teaching kids about the importance of conserving power and alternative energy sources.

Outside the festival, we will be attempting to reduce carbon emissions by putting up more bike racks for those that would like to ride instead of drive. We will also have park and rides around town with buses running to and from the festival in attempts to cut down on traffic, pollution, and any parking problems.

Recycling bins will be placed around the festival near garbage cans and biodegradable bowls and spoons will be used for the cook off.

We are officially stepping into our big girl pants, trying to save our chili bowl at a time. We would appreciate your help and support in our green attempts.

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