SENFC Newsletter

January 2022

GET INVOLVED!

There are opportunities to participate and become engaged with our Membership, Communications, and Education 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!

Welcoming New Members of SENFC:

Fernando Harb - Spotlight Hospitality Solutions

Kedibonye Masendeke - SKAL International Miami

Chad Midnight - Aqueduct Water Systems

Welcoming Our New Partner:

Buddy System

Buddy System is a young, Miami-based nonprofit fighting food insecurity by creating innovative ways to engage our community, empowering neighbors to support neighbors, beginning with access to free, healthy food. Through their Miami Community Fridge initiative, they host 10 community fridges across the city, serving thousands of people across Miami and combating food waste.

Miss Out on SENFC's January Sips & Tips? No Worries! Here are Some of Our Sustainable New Year's Resolutions:

1)  Cook with scraps otherwise destined for the trash; throw out the "recipe" and improvise!

2)  USE those notecards that charities and non-profits mail to you without asking.....we don't write personal notes enough anymore

3)  Expand composting program on a community-wide basis and focus on educating the public on where trash is going

4)  Connect people to water - its source, its use, its waste, our options

5)  Increase composting for personal and event purposes

6)  Use climate positive, sustainably-sourced meat

7)  Install solar panels

8)  Donate to animal welfare projects

9)  Join and engage with organizations committed to sustainability:  Citizens Climate Lobby, SENFC, MUSE

10) Obtain Sustainability Certification for events

11) Focus on sustainable consumption and production

12) Continue to work on Community Fridge project and see it evolve to a 24/7 operation

13) Continue work on legislation pertaining to single use items and help close the loop

14) Increase consciousness about plastic wraps and how to properly dispose of and recycle

15) Widen knowledge about compostable single use products and help increase understanding of when/how to use for general public

16) Support local businesses whenever possible

17) Use refillable vessels in purchasing as many household products as possible

18) Keep an eye out for events and find out if they are taking steps towards sustainable initiatives

19) Take simple steps to do better with recycling and avoid "wish-cycling"!

20) Keep coming to the monthly Sips n Tips in order to network, share ideas and engage with sustainable event enthusiasts!

"Five Simple Steps Toward a Zero Waste Home"

"2022 is a fresh start—a clean slate—and you have big resolutions. We fully support you dreaming big and chasing your goal to live a zero-waste, non-toxic lifestyle.

But big resolutions and goals are best tackled in small, digestible chunks. That’s exactly why we’re sharing our top five simple and tangible steps towards a zero-waste home, so you can start your new sustainability resolutions with confidence and ease." 

Read the full list HERE.

Source - 1hotels.com

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of the Month:

January - #3 Good Health and Well-Being

This month we are looking specifically at Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-Being. Ensure healthy live and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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.

Welcoming Our New Corporate Member:

Aqueduct Water Systems

The Aqueduct is a gravity-fed water delivery system that allows a large volume of potable drinking water to be conveniently transported, stored, and dispensed, within a relatively small footprint. Not only is it important for all of humanity to have clean drinking water, but we must also place equal value on the importance of convenience, and availability, of drinking water.

The Aqueduct water system can provide these benefits in a number of scenarios including, but not limited to, dining establishments, large-scale special events, remote industrial or military sites, communities affected by natural disasters, and even in developing areas where clean water is scarce.

Welcoming Our New Corporate Member:

LaserNet

LaserNet is one of the world’s leading laser companies, for 50 years. We have produced laser shows, and sold laser projectors all over the globe. With our location in Miami and our multi-lingual staff, we are especially strong in Central and South America, and in the Caribbean.

They are one of only four “ILDA Accredited Professional Lasershow Companies”. This means they back up their claims with proven experience in shows, awards, safety, and service to the industry.

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.

Did You Know?

Recycling at Big Box Stores

A lot of chain stores nationwide provide recycling receptacles for items you may not be able to recycle from home like plastic bags, ink cartridges and old cellphones! The bins seen below can be found at your nearest Target.

Check Out the November/December Issue of PCMA's Convene Magazine!

"How the United Nations’ biggest climate conference — and a critical moment in human history — could change the event industry’s “business as usual” narrative on sustainability."

Read the full issue HERE.

Source - pcma.org

"Partner Registration is in full swing!  Register now to attend our Information Session on either February 3rd or March 1st at 11:30 am - no cost; only commitment!"

LEARN MORE ABOUT FLORIDA FOOD WASTE PREVENTION WEEK 2022 HERE

Jobs in Sustainability!

Click on these current job opportunities in the sustainability field to learn more:

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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.