Bay Village Green Team, Kiwanis Club partner for 'greener' Bay Days

Tara Wendell, Warren Remein and Patrick McGannon, members of the Bay Village Green Team board of advisors, discuss Bay Days recycling options during the April 28 Kiwanis meeting. Photo by Jim Potter

Members of the Bay Village Green Team met with the Bay Village Kiwanis Club at their April 28 meeting to discuss ways to reduce waste and recycle items at the annual Kiwanis-sponsored Bay Days celebration.

The Green Team, established in 2007, has a record of working with Bay organizations to decrease the city's environmental footprint through recycling. These groups include the City of Bay Village, local Scout troops, BAYArts, Bay Skate and Bike Park and the Village Bicycle Cooperative.

The team sponsors educational seminars, like the recent Green Cleaning Workshop, and semiannual Habitat for Humanity collections. They led an effort to encourage recycling when the city switched to automated refuse collection, creating an informational video for their website and mailing labels to every household. Bay Village now has one of the highest residential recycling rates in the county, at 64 percent in 2013.

In recent years the Green Team has collaborated with event-hosting organizations to reduce the amount of generated waste. BAYarts’ annual Moondance fundraiser has followed the team’s “zero waste” guidelines of recycling and composting, successfully diverting from the landfill roughly 98 percent of the waste generated by the 1,000-plus guests enjoying an evening of food and drinks.

At the April 28 meeting, the Kiwanis Club and Green Team members Warren Remein, Patrick McGannon and Tara Wendell discussed ways to make Bay Days more environmentally friendly. For this year’s event, the groups will work with Bay Days vendors to identify materials that can be recycled and place extra containers throughout the park to collect and recycle these items.

Food waste composting options were also discussed. Kiwanian Tony Dostal, the event’s longtime chairman, suggested an early composting target for this year’s event – the loads of potato peels from the Kiwanis curly fries booth.

Additional recycling and composting options at Bay Days will be implemented in the coming years. The newly formed partnership between the Green Team and the Kiwanis Club is a model of two volunteer organizations coming together to help make Bay Village a more beautiful and sustainable community.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.05.2015