SENFC Newsletter

April 2022

Happy Earth Day!

TODAY the Sustainable Event Forum is hosting a hybrid event: Earth Day for Event People!

The event is This FREE event will focus on food waste, climate conversations and using your purchasing power for climate action and features SENFC's very own president Joanna Berens as a special guest.

Learn more and attend this event at 1PM E.S.T. HERE.

Groundwork Jacksonville is also holding an Earth Day event Tomorrow!

GET INVOLVED!

There are opportunities to participate and become engaged with our Membership, Communications, and Education and Zero Food Waste Enthusiasts (Committees). Active volunteers are encouraged to reach out to SENFC at senfcmgt@gmail.com if you can commit to any of these endeavors. This can be a learning exercise or an opportunity to share your expertise!

Recognizing New & Renewed Members of SENFC:

Aubrie Leigh - FSAE

Michelle Moore - Experience Kissimmee

Vickie Corder - HelmsBriscoe

Lauren Halpern - Make a Statement Events

The Official Proclamation of Earth Day in Indian River County!

Indian River County Commissioners proclaim April 22, 2022 Earth Day.  SENFC Board members Sue Flak and Francis Purvey in attendance.

Tortuga Music Festival Food Rescue!

SENFC's Zero Food Waste Committee executed a food rescue at Tortuga Music Festival from April 8-12, 2022 on Ft. Lauderdale Beach.  Faith Farm Ministries received over 1,000+ pounds of prepared food and Broward Outreach Center filled a box truck with unused product after the event (pictured below).

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of the Month:

April - #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

This month we are looking specifically at Goal 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

FOOD WASTE PREVENTION WEEK - HOSPITALITY DAY 2022

All recordings from 2022 FWPW Hospitality Day are now available HERE!

Chef John Noble Masi baked bread from spent grains produced from the FIU Brew Science class and turned that bread, along with some oranges going bad, into bread pudding during Hospitality Day's event "Circularity of Event Food Scraps: Cooking & Composting - A Virtual Demo."

Check out his recipe below!

MISS OUT ON OUR HOSPITALITY NETWORKING EVENT? CHECK OUT SOME OF THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND BEVERAGE TIPS SHARED:

1) Try hosting an event where all food is vegan or plant-based

2) Planners should focus on vegan menu items first and add other menu items from there.

3) Try eating vegan 1 day per week

4) No bottled water; water stations only.  Have attendees bring their own container.

5) No pre-poured beverages or pre-set menu items

6) Serve pre-plated plates of dessert "bites" instead of large pieces of cake that people barely eat

7) Try a manned dessert buffet of dessert "bites" in order to avoid the most waste

8) Use green bags when shopping

9) Discounts for using personal liquid containers (coffee, sodas, etc)

10) Re-usable packaging for take-out

TO VIEW SENFC'S "EASY AS 1-2-3" FOOD RESCUE PROCESS CLICK HERE

The Zero Food Waste Committee is eagerly seeking volunteers! To express your interest, CLICK HERE.

The Fellsmere Community Fridge is in full swing!

Learn more all about it with the helpful links below.

Email:  FellsmereFridge@gmail.com

Website: communityfridgeirc.weebly.com/

WPBF News interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0tH-iXb48A

"Hospitality students help make one of the world's most recognized music festivals more sustainable"

"Eight FIU students joined the UMF Sustainability Team, recruited by festival planners to help them with their mission to keep Bayfront Park and Biscayne Bay clean, reducing the amount of waste produced at the festival from going into landfills, and diverting usable foods to good use at a local homeless shelter."

"Food rescue is a long-time effort started by John Buschman, Chaplin School professor and co-director of the new, online Bachelor of Arts in Global Sustainable Tourism program. For hospitality and tourism management major Samantha Wagner, it was an eye-opening experience."

Read the full article HERE.

Source - news.fiu.edu

RecycleAcrossAmerica.org Founder and Executive Director Mitch Hedlund Interviewed on NBC's Today Show

Click the link below to watch the full interview!

"Starbucks announces plans to introduce reusable cups"

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The Sustainable Events Network, Florida & Caribbean (SENFC) is the sustainability resource for individuals, associations, corporations, event planners and event venues in Florida and the Caribbean. Founded in 2017, SENFC strives to lead the meetings and events industry in the advancement of sustainable practices in Florida and the Caribbean.