“Create and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of mankind.”
Such is the environmental policy adopted by the Board of Lions International in October of 1972. The Lions not only made a commitment to protect the planet but also to inform the public about its importance and asked acceptance of responsibilities by citizens “all sharing equally in this common effort.”
Fourty-four years later on April 9th and 10th, 2016, Cedar Key’s 52nd Annual OFCA Fine Arts Festival has the distinction of being the 3rd sustainable festival thanks to the combined efforts of the Cedar Key Lions Club, the OFCA Working Committee, non-profit food vendors who use only sustainable food service items and the City of Cedar Key.
In recognition of their generous $2,000 donation to the Cedar Key Lions Club, Waste Pro of Florida has been designated as the “Sustainability Sponsor” of both the Cedar Key Seafood Festival and the OFCA Cedar Key Fine Arts Festival. The local Lions Club will administer these funds on behalf of Waste Pro to:
- Provide a scholarship for the student or student group that takes on the leadership role of running the compost/recycle/trash station (a.k.a. Sustainability Station) at each festival.
- Provide funds to promote sustainability in Cedar Key.
Upon presenting the scholarship check to the Cedar Key Lions, Municipal Marketing Manager, Dayna Miller of Waste Pro of Florida stated “We are proud to be partnering with the Cedar Key Lions to present a deserving high school senior or student group with the Waste Pro Sustainability Scholarship, to honor them for their work in environmental awareness throughout the Cedar Key community.”
At the Sustainability Station, environmentally conscious students will help educate festival attendees and help sort the festival waste to minimize landfill impact:
- RECYCLING: #1/#2 PETE plastic bottles and cups, aluminum cans, glass, cardboard
- COMPOST: paper, food waste
- RETURN TO THE GULF: clam and oyster shells
- TRASH: Anything not listed above
The Cedar Key Lions Club will present Sustainability Scholarships at the Cedar Key School graduation in May.