With the help of eCycle Green Collective and a dedicated crew of volunteers, we are striving to make this a Zero Waste and Carbon Neutral Event! And we are greening the Fest in many other ways as well. Read on to learn how…

eCycle Green Collective These wonderful folks have been assisting Watermelon Park Fest for several years, developing our green goals, incorporating green practices, creating our recycling program, and figuring out how to offset the festival's carbon footprint. Last year, their careful planning, extensive equipment and dedicated volunteer staff allowed our festival to keep an entire dumpster of recycleables uncontaminated by trash and out of the landfill. This year they have stepped up to run our recycling program again, as well as purchasing renewable energy credits to offset the carbon produced by the entire festival. Check the link below to see all the wonderful ways they help the environment.

Be sure to tell Cheryl and Brian Ash and all their volunteers what a great job they do with our Green Efforts!

http://ecyclegreencollective.weebly.com/
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Zero Waste: Recycling and Composting Initiative Ecycle's Green mission is to provide quality, environmentally responsible zero waste and carbon neutral events offering educational opportunities while fostering a fun sustainability and environmental-awareness experience that is family-friendly.

As a Park Fest attendee or vendor, you are key to the success of our Zero Waste initiative. The goal at a Zero Waste Event is to bring and distribute only materials, products and packaging that are recyclable or compostable and avoid any materials that must be landfilled. There will be Zero Waste Stations for recycling and composting available to Vendors and Fest go-ers. Please help us by self-sorting your compostables, mixed-recyclables and trash.

Click here to learn more about Why Zero Waste (.doc)

Vendors and exhibitors attending Watermelon Park Fest '11 are required to distribute only recyclable or compostable materials. With eCycle's extended acceptable materials list we have made it easy to comply.

Click here to see acceptable items list (.doc)

Food Vendors: All food must be served or packaged in recyclable or compostable serveware or containers. NO Styrofoam please. NO glass is allowed in the performance/vending area. We also prefer aluminum cans to plastic bottles. Vendors may wish to bring some buckets or bins for separating in their kitchen or we will provide some for you. A Zero Waste Station to empty your recyclables and compostable containers into, and for your customers to use, will be provided in the vendor area as well as throughout the Fest campground.

Campers: Plastic recycling bags will be distributed by ecycle throughout the campground for campers to fill with their mixed glass, aluminum and plastic recyclable items. More bags will be available at the Green Tent or the Fest Store. Campers can then deposit their full bags at the nearest Recycling Station. Please do NOT put your bags of recycling into the recycling dumpster -- just place it next to the dumpster and we will take care of it.

Merchandise Vendors and Exhibitors: While paper handouts may be necessary for some businesses, if possible, vendors are asked to run a power point or digital picture frame at their exhibit instead or create an email list to contact interested parties after the Fest. We will have a paper literature deposit station at the eCycle Green tent and other locations to provide fest go-ers with a place to return unwanted literature or Festival Programs which will be returned to the proper vendor for reuse or will be recycled.

All compostables and recyclables collected during the event will be delivered to local commercial composters and recyclers after the event by the crew of eCycle Green Collective. If you'd like to help with this, visit The Volunteers Page.

If you have any questions about zero-waste, recycling or composting, please call eCycle at 540-323-0888 or email ecycleconsulting@gmail.com.


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Watermelon Park Fest is Going Carbon NeutralWith the help of eCycle Green Collective, we are extremely proud to offer Watermelon Park Fest as a carbon neutral event. This will be accomplished using two methods of carbon offsetting.

Wind RECs (renewable energy credits) will be purchased from Clean Currents to offset the kilowatt usage at Watermelon Park Campground during the festival (based on last years' use).

Virginia native Loblolly pine trees will be planted along Virginia river, creek and stream banks (which curtails erosion for a double environmental benefit) to offset the estimated carbon released by the travel of our attendees. To begin the estimation process, a survey volunteer will visit as many of our attendees as possible during the course of the event to poll their carbon output to arrive and attend. You may also stop by the eCycle Green Tent and participate in the poll. Once these surveys are completed, we will add the amount of human foot traffic and estimate vehicle usage (per EPA guidelines) which will then be entered in an equation to estimate the total amount of carbon released. With that end figure eCycle will sponsor the planting of the appropriate amount of trees to complete the offset. Information regarding the outcome will be available on our website after the event if you are interested.

Learn more about Clean Currents and RECs.
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Green Beings in the Mountain Media Kids' Tent
Learning to be green sticks better when it starts young. Check out the green activities available to the Park Fest kids in the Mountain Media Kids' Tent:

• River Stewardship: John Schneider will teach kids about identifying and supporting the health of the river ecosystem.

• Make Your Own Instrument: Dave and Lisa Coe of Mountain Media Systems will help kids make musical instruments out of recycled materials.

• Recycled Colors: Complementary coloring books printed on reused office paper will be available for kids to color and take home.
See the full list of Kid's Tent activities here.

http://www.mountainmediasystems.com/
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Shenandoah River Stewardship for Young and Old

Since Watermelon Park is located on the beautiful Shenandoah River, taking care of this jewel is very important to us. To that end, we are provided education opportunities for our patrons.

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Shepherd's Ford is Just Green

Shepherds' Ford Productions, the production company who creates the Fest, is a Green Certified Office. This means that:
• All the programs and handbills printed to promote the event were printed on recycled paper.
• Watermelon Park Fest T-shirts sold at the Fest Store are all organic cotton.
• The office recycles all is paper, plastic, glass and aluminum throughout the year.
• We started and continue to flesh out the green efforts at the Fest.
Learn more about Shepherd's Ford Production's here: http://www.shepherdsford.com


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