February 22, 2015
FEB 22 Sustainable Valentines DayPictured is the Cedar Key Lions Club Valentine’s Day Dance Decorating leader Eileen Bowers the morning after with one of only three similarly sized small bags of trash that were generated by the Lion's Valentine's Dinner Dance hosting 144 guests.  The bulk of the refuse, all #1 plastics, glass, aluminum foil and cardboard were recycled. All decorations were saved for future events. All food waste, paper plates, cups and napkins and wooden utensils were composted, thanks to a sustainability partnership with Amy and Henry Gernhardt, who compost paper and food waste for organic material for their greenhouse. 

As Bowers announced at the dance,

The event tonight is to support the Lions’ ongoing commitment to serve the sight and hearing impaired but it is also an opportunity to uphold the Lions’ 1972 policy commitment to protect the planet for future generations and inform the public about its importance.  To that end, we've asked Cedar Key community groups to share equally in this common effort of making the upcoming Arts Festival and all future festivals, sustainable events.  Tonight's sustainable event upholds that commitment as well.”

Photo by Rory Brennan.