Go Green or Go Home: Sustainable Event Planning Quiz

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What's the No. 1 waste material discarded at special events?
plastic
paper
According to a study by the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the item discarded most at special events is paper. Surprised? Think about all the flyers, paper plates and other junk you get handed at events these days.
greasy food

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In 2011 the Eco Music Festival in Snowmass, Colo. debuted what some called the "greenest event tent" in the world. What material was the tent's canopy made of?
reclaimed army parachutes
The supports were made from trees decimated by pine beetles and the canopies were reused parachutes. Talk about taking "reuse" to heart!
slats of wood from trees killed by pine beetles
durable fabric made from hemp

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What nickname is sometimes given to "zero waste events"?
NoWay
ZeeWee
No, it's not a hybrid of a zucchini and a kiwi. A ZeeWee is an event that produces absolutely no waste (or tries to).
Zero Heroes

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In 2009 the band U2 was criticized for the carbon emissions of its 360 World Tour. How many trees did a British carbon consultancy say the band would have to plant to offset its carbon emissions for one year of touring?
2,966
20,118
More than 20,000 trees is a whole lot of forest! Events -- especially concerts -- are notorious for waste.
74,212

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Serving locally grown and raised food is a definite must for a green event, if only to reduce emissions from travel. How far do the ingredients in the average American meal travel before they reach your plate?
50 miles (80 kilometers)
150 miles (241 kilometers)
1,500 miles (2,414 kilomters)
1,500 miles will take their toll. You can reduce energy consumption and pollution by serving food at your event that's grown and raised locally.

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It's estimated that collecting name badges for reuse from 1,300 attendees at an event can save how much money?
$50
$1,000
Believe it or not, something as simple as collecting and reusing name badges not only reduces waste but saves $1,000.
$5,000

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Every ton of paper that's recycled saves how much landfill space?
3 cubic yards (2.3 cubic meters)
Saving 3 cubic yards in the landfill is one reason to ensure recycling is implemented at your next event. But don't stop there -- choose recycled paper to begin with to keep the cycle going.
10 cubic yards (7.65 cubic meters)
almost no space at all

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Getting guests to use public transportation instead of arriving by car can really have an impact. How much gasoline does public transportation use in the U.S. save each year?
1,400 gallons (5,300 liters)
1.4 million gallons (5.3 million liters)
1.4 billion gallons (5.3 billion liters)
Using public transportation saves a whopping 1.4 billion gallons of gas per year.

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True or False: Sustainability measures at your event can often save you money.
true
Even small measures like sending electronic invitations and eliminating paper handouts can save bucks on printing and paper costs.
false

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What's the first thing you should do when planning a sustainable event?
Research venues with sustainable practices.
Make a plan.
Creating a sustainable event takes a lot of work and planning. So before you do anything, sit down and make a plan. Know your goals and they'll be esier to achieve!
Get the names of companies that use recyclable products.

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