West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is partnering with the Sweaty Mouse Green Team to help make the 2015 Winter Beer Festival a zero waste event. Volunteers willing to work a four-hour shift on Friday, February 27 or Saturday, February 28 will get a free ticket and drink tokens for use on the day they are not volunteering, and/or the remainder of the day they are volunteering. Saturday is currently sold out.
The 2015 Winter Beer Festival features more than 100 Michigan breweries and over 1,000 different craft beers. Guests will enjoy fine music from local bands and other fun entertainment to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this popular event. A selection of tasty food will be available for purchase at the festival.
The Michigan Brewers Guild has made it part of their mission to leave no trace at the events and festivals they present throughout our state. On average 90-95% of all waste is diverted into compost and recycling. To achieve this, investments have been made in compostable products that include all beer sampling cups, food vendor and hospitality service wares and festival program guides/maps. In addition, all participating breweries must use compostable and/or recyclable products for back of house operations during the festivals.
The Sweaty Mouse Green Team presents opportunities for guests to learn about ZeroWaste while winning prizes donated from breweries at each festival. Volunteers work to welcome guests and “award” them with compostable “good green deed” slips. These slips can be returned to the Green Team booth and submitted as an entry for drawings that take place throughout the day. Prizes range from t-shirts and hats to gift cards that can be used at the guild’s main merchandise booth. In addition to helping with the incentive portion of our efforts, volunteers learn which elements of the waste stream go into compost, recycling or landfill. Once trained, volunteers will help monitor compost/recycling stations and report to Sweaty Mouse staff when they need to be changed out.
We are seeking volunteer crews to fill the following shifts:
- Friday February 27th 1 pm-5 pm
- Friday February 27th 5 pm-9 pm
- Saturday February 28th 11 am-3 pm
- Saturday February 28th 3 pm-7 pm
Contact Daniel Schoonmaker at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up by Thursday, February 26 at 10 am.
During volunteer shifts light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are provided throughout the day at the Green Team Booth.