Orlando releases guide to making events greener, more environmentally friendly

ORLANDO, Fla. — The city of Orlando has announced its goals of becoming a zero-waste community by 2040 and powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050.

“Our vision is to transform Orlando into one of the most environmentally friendly, socially inclusive and economically vibrant communities in the nation,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said.

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According to a release from the city of Orlando, public events are a great way to stimulate the local economy as well as bring the community together to share ideas and services.

However, while acknowledging the importance of these events, the city understands the negative environmental impacts large events can have.

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Some of those impacts include generating large amounts of avoidable waste that piles up in our landfill, demanding consumption of non-renewable energy sources, delivering water needs through unsustainable methods and creating traffic congestion challenges.

In order to help Orlando meet its sustainability goals, the city has created a “Guide to Green Works for Events.” The guide will help reduce an event’s demand on city resources and unintentional sources of pollution in order to protect quality of life in the City Beautiful.

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Some of the contents in the guide include developing sustainability strategies, minimizing your footprint, setting up the event and dealing with food waste.