Greening the WEG - Teams

Water Team

Goal: Improve water quality in the Cane Run Creek and create a lasting legacy for the watershed where it runs through the Kentucky Horse Park.

Objectives:

  • Install native vegetation along the stream bank to protect the banks from erosion and improve the visual appearance of the stream.
  • Develop and install educational signs regarding streamside vegetation
  • Construct rain gardens at appropriate locations throughout the Horse Park
  • Install benches and objects of art along streamside or rain gardens
  • Identify local gardening groups to help with installation
  • Identify professors and students in the College of Agriculture to design landscape for the Horse Park and install native plants
  • Engage the Community and the Commonwealth in similar projects


Energy Team

Goal: To reduce the carbon footprint of the participants and attendees at the World
Equestrian Games

Objectives:

  • Reduce amount of energy consumed during WEB at the KY Horse Park.
  • Purchase green power for the World Equestrian Games
  • Use water conservation measures throughout the KY Horse Park
  • Install demonstrations of alternative energy sources throughout the Horse Park.


Education Team

Goal: To promote global collaboration among educators using the horse and
horse sport as a means for developing teaching tools for math, science, social studies, as well as arts and humanities.

Objectives:

  • To develop a web portal originating on the FEI or Alltech WEG web sites that would provide a variety of educational‐based information related to the Kentucky Horse Park and the events of the 2010 World Equestrian Games for students, parents and teachers.
  • To promote, through education, the horse industry in Kentucky including information on potential careers.
  • To spotlight the Kentucky Horse Park and Kentucky’s hosting the 2010
    World Equestrian Games.
  • To develop curriculum materials, including lessons and activities related to the web and the horse industry


Recycling and Green Purchasing Team

Mission: The Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community will work to ensure that the Kentucky Horse Park becomes a “green” venue for the WEG.

Goal: To recognize and facilitate in providing recycling and waste reduction opportunities at The Horse Park and during the WEG

Objectives:

  • To assist The Horse Park in establishing a recycling program, in preparation for the WEG
  • Offer recycling to vendors, competitors and visitors at the WEG
  • To assist the airport, local restaurants and hotels in establishing and/or expanding recycling programs at their facilities
  • To offer reusable shopping bags at the WEG
  • To assist in the possibility of offering food and paper collection and composting at the WEG
  • To assist in the implementation of green purchasing practices for the WEG, such as:
    • Purchasing items in bulk
    • Use of recycled products
    • Requiring a % of green from contractors


Hospitality Team

Goal: To maximize participants and attendee’s green efforts in local hotels and
restaurants in the Bluegrass

Objectives:

  • Introduce green practices to all General Managers and management staff through a workshop in mid‐May 2009
  • Provide a packet of resources and information on green practices, including behaviours and changes to facility.
    Examples:
    • Listing of various “green” certifications (i.e. LEED, EgoLogo, GreenSeal, etc)
    • Tips on easy, little or no cost ways to “making your facility green”
    • Create a “green star” rating system for all participating lodging and restaurants
    • Determine criteria to hotels and restaurant
      Designate “green star” level of each facility
    • Provide certification to all “FEI Green Team certified” facilities


Resources

Certifications:

  • www.greenseal.org- Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.
  • www.usgbc.org- US Green Building Council– Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
  • www.ecologo.org- Ecologo-North America’s largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark providing customers with assurance the the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standard of environmental leadership.
  • www.sustainabletourismcriteria.org- Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership) is a coalition of 32 organizations working together to foster increased understand of sustainable tourism practices and the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles.

General Information:

  • www.nr.state.ky.us- Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet
  • www.epa.gov- Environmental Protection Agency (Region 4– includes KY)
  • www.epa.gov/opt/greenmeetings– provides tips, tools, and resources to make environmentally responsible choices whether hosting, planning, or servicing an event.
  • www.eren.doe.gov– US Department of Energy (Regional Office locations)
  • www.greenlodgingnews.com- free e-newsletter reviewing today's stories and information on green lodging; includes a green product and services directory, vendor case studies, green organizations, money-saving tips, etc.
  • www.greenmeetings.info- Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) is a non profit membership-based organization with a goal to encourage collaboration with the meetings industry toward the development of green standards that will improve the environmental performance of meetings and events on a global basis.
    *only professional green meetings organization that is a member of the Convention Industry Council.
  • www.greenlodging.com- “Green” Hotels Association website; non-profit association
    whose mission is to develop and cultivate a green tourism industry

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