Minimizing an event’s environmental impact is an opportunity to make it more efficient and more fun. Why? Because time and resource management is key in both greening and event organizing. And, adding a green component allows you to look at the process from a different lens.  If planned in advance greening adds a breath of fresh air but if left to the last minute it adds unwanted stress and confusion.

This workshop is an introduction to Event Greening with some California’s most experienced green queens – Portia Sinnott, Mary Munat and Leslie Lukacs. Designed for venue managers, event planners and all interested parties seeking to minimize the climate impacts of events. Focus groups for specific types of events and venues may also be offered starting in mid May if is there is sufficient interest.

The A, B & C’s of Event Greening
Advantages, Best-Practices and How To Be Cost-Effective
Organized by LITE Initiatives and

For venue managers, event planners and all interested parties seeking to minimize the climate impacts of events.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 9-12:30am, Santa Rosa City Council Chambers
100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Suite 10, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Click here to register: $15 by 4/22, $25 4/23 – 4/26 and at door
Walkers, bike riders, bus riders, carpoolers, and groups registering together receive a 20% discount!

Why Green Events? Gary Wysocky, Santa Rosa City Council
Green Event Plans: Portia Sinnott, LITE Initiatives
Venues: Leslie Lukacs,  L2 Environmental
Events: Mary Munat,
The Clinic: Green Issues, Challenges and Questions Welcome!
(Please submit topics and questions to

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Sonoma County Air Resource Team
The City of Santa Rosa and Gary Wysocky, Santa Rosa City Councilmember
Sonoma County Conservation Council

Speaker Bios:
Portia Sinnott is a nationally recognized zero waste specialist, sustainability speaker and community activist. She has been organizing green events since the 80’s and is the author of the soon-to-be published “Event Greening 101” handbook which uses greening to make event organizing more efficient and more fun. The executive director of LITE Initiatives – a sustainable skills not-for-profit, she is also the vice-chair of the Sonoma County Local Task Force for Solid Waste, initiator and team leader of the Zero Waste Brain Trust; board member of the Northern California Recycling Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Recycling Council of the California Resource Recovery Association.

Leslie Lukacs is the founder and principal of L2 Environmental and has over 13 years of experience providing sound environmental consulting services for both the private and public sectors. L2 specializes in the design and implementation of comprehensive sustainability programs for large institutions, public agencies, venues, and events throughout the nation. Leslie has been instrumental in pioneering the greening of venues and events and is a leading advocate for the industry. She has implemented diversion programs at national football stadiums, government facilities, universities, theme parks, convention centers, performing art centers, fairgrounds, and numerous large events. Leslie currently serves as Vice President of the California Resource Recovery Association, the state’s largest resource conservation organization.

Mary Munat is a renowned zero waste pioneer who started her business in 2001 while the Volunteer and Greening Coordinator for the Harmony Fair. She has set the bar in on-site event greening services and the team now provides event greening services all over the Bay Area. She is also Secretary of California Resources Recovery Association’s Green Initiatives for Venues and Events.