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State Agency Committee Hosts California Green Fair at State Capitol on May 29


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By: State Agency Green Employee Committee

May 22, 2013 - The state Capitol will be bustling with live music, environmentally focused exhibits, and activities for kids and adults alike at the third annual California Green Fair on May 29.

Hosted by the State Agency Green Employee Committee, the free festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the west side of the Capitol and will highlight sustainable activities like composting, organic gardening, chemical-free home care, and alternative energy technologies.

The event will feature demonstrations and exhibit booths as well as organic, local, and sustainable food displays. Exhibitors include Worm Fancy, Organic Sacramento, Habitat for Humanity, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Southside Art Center, local farmers, California Environmental Protection Agency, Sierra Club, SMUD, Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), California Air Resources Board, and Department of Water Resources, among others.

The California Green Fair is held to highlight California's efforts to help the public adopt a green and sustainable lifestyle.

"This is a fun way for us to raise public awareness that with simple lifestyle changes, people can help protect the environment and have safer homes and schools," said Rhonda Andrade, a Green Fair committee member who works at CalRecycle as a waste management specialist. "It's a high-energy event, and kids and adults leave with a lot of good information."

By law, state agencies must adopt waste management plans and implement programs to reduce waste disposal, and their waste diversion performance is reviewed annually by CalRecycle. They also are required to buy post-consumer recycled-content products when making purchases in various categories.

SAGE was formed to help the state meet these mandates and improve waste diversion and natural resource conservation among state agencies. The committee presents workshops on tracking reducing waste and tracking waste diversion, and members from various agencies exchange information and tips on improving reuse and recycling programs in state agencies. Enhanced communication and networking between state agencies supports opportunities to share specific agency needs for acquiring or disposing of state property. This enables agencies to exchange materials and property that would have otherwise been disposed of and/or purchased new. Not only has this reduced waste going into the waste stream, it also has saved the state thousands of dollars.

 

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