Kat Haber

Organizer / Curator, WILD Foundation


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How do you green your event?

With thousands of TEDx events happening annually now, our gatherings can have a large impact if we model sustainability in its evolving nature.
How would you communicate and add to these greening techniques:
venue & location
consumables & food
reuseables & sets
power & carbon
waste & recycling
measurement & data
learning & improving
promotion & partnerships

Please share your Xperiences and links.

  • Apr 14 2013: Have 100 human powered bicycle generators to offset electricity used.

    Give away seedling trees to be planted as a parting gift.

    Have a blood donating facility on site.

    Have several large water fountains outside to dip your feet in and feel spray or hear water trickle when you walk out the door.

    Set up a camping area near the site with camping environmentally friendly tips as art of the event.

    Partner with Habitat for Humanity on a local construction site and offer tours, working parties, and instruction as part of event.

    Bring in a class of aspiring scientists and let them ask the crowd for answers to questions they have about science and life as one of the event attractions.

    Contact local Scout offices and ask if there are any Scouts needing to do an Eagle Scout project or the Girl Scout equivalent and let them be part of the planning and support for the event. Recognize their contribution in front of the group.

    Contact local International Bacelauret in local High Schools. Many have community service requirments. Give them a chance to be involved in program as volunteers.

    Set-up tours to local botanical gardens, zoos, aquariums, and similar natural and historic attractions.

    Ask the Speakers and participants to bring something they have made as art. Have a lobby competition where participants vote on best in show.

    Get local Eco groups, 4-H clubs, State fair, Bee-keepers, Botanical Societies, Outdoor groups, and Pro-Nature child development organizations to provide displays and booths.

    Have a planned walk around the area as a mid-day break.

    Offer reductions in ticket pices for those showing a public transportation reciept.

    Get people to bring their own tote bags for hand-outs. Give an award for best decorated tote bag.

    Provide a "buddy in" for people that bring a friend, or thier favorite teacher, unfamiliar with TED to the event.

    Have displays for local food, local hisory, and local species of plants and animals.

    Recognize local volunteers.
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    Apr 19 2013: Interesting angle from which to respond. Which country are you from and what has been your experience there?
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    Apr 18 2013: .
    I believe I can live by "modeling sustainability in its evolving nature"
    to save about 90% of energy and resources,
    by means of reducing or quitting invalid (ineffective) happiness.

    I think about 90% of our happiness is invalid, ineffective and
    harmful for keeping our DNA alive;
    and thus wasting about 90% of energy and resources,
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      Apr 18 2013: Can you say more about ineffective happiness and how specifically you are saving 90% of energy and resources? Thanks and modeling is such a double sided learning, both in the doing and in the sharing! Thanks.
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        Apr 19 2013: .

        I believe:

        (1) On ineffective happiness :

        Our life goal is to keep our DNA alive is the short-time feeling of things
        being a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive .

        Valid (effective) happiness is the short-time feeling of things
        being a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive .

        This feeling is one of our instincts .
        Instincts are our ancestors successful experiences saved in our DNA .

        Invalid (ineffective) happiness is the is the short-time feeling of “new” things
        “being a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive”
        out of the “valid scope” of this instinct formed 10,000 years ago .

        We are unable to detect it intuitively
        because we have not bio-evolved to renew our instinct to detect it.

        This invalid happiness is harmful in most cases .
        E.g. when taking junk food, drinking alcohol, wearing clothes not for protection,
        ... making too much money to cause greed, inequality, crimes, wars,
        ... “unsustainable” world.

        (2) On “saving about 90% of energy and resources” :

        To keep our DNA alive healthily in most cases, without invalid happiness,
        will cost only about $400/ year-person .
        It means we can save more than “about 90% of energy and resources” .

        Am I wrong ?
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    Apr 15 2013: Thanks, Carolyn for your green recipes for TEDx sustainability! Leading by Xample.
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    Apr 15 2013: Thanks, Robert, for this Xellent list. Have you produced a green event yourself?
    • Apr 15 2013: No, but in Scouts green was a big theme. No trace camping, 'Take only pictures, leave only footprints', etc.