e4 Sustainability Summit 2013
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The 5th Annual e4 Sustainability Summit is coming!! This year we are partnering with the Green Schools National Network.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, if you live, work, teach or volunteer in West Palm Beach, you can register through our office for FREE!!! This includes breakfast, lunch, and access to not only e4 Summit programs, but Green Schools National Conference programs and activities as well. This an all day event on Saturday, February 23 from 7am-6:30pm. Click here for registration!
The Green Schools National Network (GSNN) advances the national green and healthy schools movement by connecting like-minded and passionate education, non-profit, corporate and public sector individuals and organizations.
The City of West Palm is committed to the notion that sustainability is a challenge which must be addressed at the grassroots level. Consistent with this belief, the City arranged its first e4 Sustainability Summit in the winter of 2009, and is still going strong today. Heading into our 5th Annual Summit, we are committed to unite local residents, students, businesses and government in the community to become a carbon neutral city and in turn ensure the vitality of our community. The four E’s in the title of the summit represent the interconnected elements of sustainability: the environment, economics, equity and energy.
An Overview of Previous Summits:
The Mission of the Inaugural 2009 Summit—A Starting Point:
The City of West Palm is committed to the notion that sustainability is a challenge which must be addressed at the grassroots level. Consistent with this belief, the City arranged its first e4 Sustainability Summit in the winter of 2009. This one-day conference acted as a public forum to unite local residents, students, businesses and government in the community challenge to become a carbon neutral city and in turn ensure the vitality of our community. The four E’s in the title of the summit represent the interconnected elements of sustainability: the environment, economics, equity and energy.
Let us be remembered as a generation that met our own needs without compromising the ability of our children and grandchildren to meet theirs…Working together, sustainability can become a way of life for all of us. – Mayor Lois Frankel, State of the City Address, January 20, 2009
On February 25, 2009, the City of West Palm Beach invited the general public focusing on local citizens, business owners and employees and City officials and employees to meet for a day of engaging speakers and strategic planning. Over 400 people gathered with the aim of ensuring that the City’s future is prosperous and healthy for all of its residents and workers. Reducing our carbon footprint is a vital component of accomplishing this objective. However, doing so requires a common vision for the future of West Palm Beach. The first e4 Summit was a significant step towards this vision – a grassroots effort to build consensus on issues, and, then set a shared agenda to address these issues. The 2009 summit provided the foundation upon which the City continues to build its sustainable culture. Public participation is essential in determining what a sustainable future means for the City of West Palm Beach. Using the results of the summit, input from other neighborhood/community workshops, along with the City’s Green Task Force, recommendations were developed culminating in a detailed sustainable initiatives report, which was later adopted by the City Commission in the Summer of 2010.
The Second Annual Summit, 2010 – Learning More:
Our choices and actions play an important role in protecting our environment, greening our economy, reducing energy dependence and empowering our communities.
The Second Annual Summit was a day of engaging presentations, training, and exhibits. The Summit’s presentations included: Climate Change and Energy, Moving Toward Sustainability in Florida: People, Planet & Prosperity, HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, and Creating Green Economies. The following training sessions were available: DIY Energy Audit, DIY Water Audit, Florida Climate Change: Laws & Science, Green & Sustainability 101, Panel: City Green Task Force Report, ICLEI Green Office Challenge/DDA Cool Roofs, and Palm Beach State College: Learning Laboratory. The goal was to help participants learn more about the sustainability movement, learn how to reduce both individual and community carbon footprints, and network to advance the sustainability movement. With financial assistance from the DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, complimentary Energy and Water Conservation Kits were given to participants. The kits included sustainable products such as compact fluorescent bulbs, temperature gauges, kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators, water-saving garden hose sprayers and more to assist participants in making sustainable changes immediately.
The 3rd Annual Summit, 2011 – Expanding the Idea of Sustainability:
Green Family ~ Green Business ~ Green Future
The 3rd Annual e4 Summit was held on the beautiful City of West Palm Beach’s Waterfront Commons in conjunction with the Green Market. It was a day of learning paired with engaging presentations and performances. With the help of our sponsors we were able to accomodate wonderful organizations, such as Busch Wildlife, Tanawha Presents, Earthman, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, Palm Beach Zoo and many others. The car-charging stations and the Nissan Leaf were show-cased to educate the community about how the DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant money acquired during last years e4 is being used to lower emissions from our City Fleet vehicles. Participants were encouraged to engage the community in not only caring for the environment, but also discovering how local businesses and organizations are doing their part to lower the City’s carbon footprint. Many great conservation items were given away such as energy-saving gaskets,weather-stripping, and compact fluorescent bulbs, as well as children’s items such as tattoos, stickers, and activity books conveying water-saving messages.
The 4th Annual e4 Summit with the Green Market at the
City of West Palm Beach Waterfront Commons
February 10-25, 2012
Last year e4 and the Green Market were visited by over 3000 visitors
and the Green Exhibit in the Lake Pavilion saw 1500 visitors in a week. This
year the exhibit will be on-going for two full weeks, and the February crowds
at the Green Market can top 5000. We will be gearing up for for this 2 week summit through our WPB television station, Clematis by Night on January 19, 26, and
February 2, the Green Market on January 21, 28, and February 4 and exhibitors
and sponsors will receive an exclusive invitation to our premiere night on
February 10 in the Lake Pavilion, followed by a Screen on the Green: showcasing
Avatar! Everyone is welcome to attend this Screen on the Green beginning at 8PM.
2 Weeks of Workshops for Children and Adults, including a special Workshop for
Teachers. The following movies will be shown throughout the exhibition:
Bag it The Movie, Mother Nature’s Child,No Impact Man,Water Ways,Tapped the
Movie,Gimme Green,Chasing Water,The Story of Bottled Water
Schedule for Workshops & Movies - Click for full schedule and movie details
February 25 8AM – 2PM
Over 50 Green businesses and organizations will be sharing their green products and services! Green stuff really is at your fingertips!
February 25: 12-1PM
Garbage Gone Glam’s mission is to raise awareness of environmental and health
issues facing our “throwaway” society. Through fashion shows, environmental
expositions, and other events they will draw attention to the volume and
variety of trash thrown away each year, and point out alternative uses and
strategies for their use.
February 25 – ALL DAY!
Arriving at e4 using alternative transportation?!? Bring your bus transfer
ticket, Tri-Rail ticket, or bring your bicycle to the designated booth to
receive FREE green stuff!
Arriving by TriRail- Visit SFRTA TriRail booth near the Lake Pavilion
Arriving by PalmTran bus – Visit South Florida Commuter Services booth near the Lake Pavilion
Arriving by bicycle – Visit Bike Valet, near Flagler Dr.
Cycling for Conservation
February 25, 8am – 2pm
Valet your Bike and enjoy lots of cycling activities!!! When you valet your bike, you automatically receive a FREE GREEN GIFT and are entered into a raffle for larger prizes!!!
Hone your cycling knowledge. Attain bicycle operating skills, along with helmet fitting and demonstration. Fun obstacle course and safety information for children and adults.
Navigate through the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Computer-based, Interactive Bicycle Routing Program