Savannah is a long way, both horizontally and vertically, from the peaks of Telluride, but that won’t stop films from the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival from making a tour stop at Trustees Theater on Saturday, Jan. 21. Titles, with a sustainability theme, to be screened in Savannah include:
One Plastic Beach: A pair of artists “have collected plastic trash along a one-kilometer stretch of beach near their home in Northern California”. They make art from the debris, which they collect at a rate of up to “35 pounds per hour.”
Chasing Water: “Photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea.”
It happens in every college town at the end of the academic year. As students move out of their apartments for the summer, possessions that are no longer needed or that won’t fit in the car are left on the curb. Or in Savannah’s case, in the lane. While some of these items will be claimed by passers-by, a summer showr can render upholstered furniture, electronics and other things pretty much useless. A program underway now will help divert some of what’s left behind from the landfill to a more beneficial destination
“In coordination with the City of Savannah and Keep Savannah Beautiful, the SCAD design for sustainability program is co-sponsoring an end-of-the-year collection of furniture, clothes, appliances and other household goods from all students who live off campus. All collected items will benefit Goodwill Industries. Donate from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day until June 4 at the old Sears building on Henry Street between Bull and Drayton streets. Also, look for dump trucks that will make rounds from Habersham Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and Henry Street to East Waldburg Street.”
For more information, call the City of Savannah Public Information Office at 651-6410.
Forsyth Park will be home to the City of Savannah’s annual Earth Day Festival again on Saturday, April 23. The long-running features individual events and programs that have become immensely popular. The Savannah Bicycle Campaign’s Earth Day Wheelie Bike ride, which attracts hundreds of cyclists, departs from the park at 4 p.m. Earlier in the day, the RecycleRama begins at 8 a.m. and offers drop off service for folks who want to recycle paint, batteries, cooking grease and other materials. Last year’s RecycleRama collected 8,500 pounds of paint and 1,000 tires. It ends at 11 a.m. on the dot. More than 100 exhibitors will offer information on topics from beekeeping to bicycling to green roofs. More information is available on the festival website.
The students at Islands Elementary School are holding a Recycled Art Festival, which will include an art exhibit, performances by a recycled band, a recycled pre-K marching band and a chorus, and a fashion show. Doors open for the exhibit at 5:30 and the fashion show begins at 6 p.m. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. The school is located at 4595 US Highway 80 East on Wilmington Island.
To mark the one year anniversary of curbside recycling for residential customers in the City of Savannah, WTOC and WSAV aired approving segments on the program. It’s reached 50 percent participation, a level that surpassed expectations. Early in the program there was considerable grumbling about everything from missed pick ups, to the size of the containers to the color of the container lids. While curbside recycling (and recycling in general) still has critics, plenty of Savannah residents have found that the city’s system delivered on it’s promise. It’s made recycling easy.
WTOC’s story hinted that the next area of expansion would be to apartment complexes. A worthy goal for sure, but there’s tons more room for additional progress. From The New Home Economics blog today comes news of a “pay as you throw” garbage hauler in Minnesota that charges based on the weight of trash. That way, folks who generate more trash pay more to have it trucked to the landfill. Meanwhile, an incentive is provided to those who recycle, compost and consider packaging and other waste disposal impacts before making purchases. Charging by weight instead of flat fee also allows the use of smaller trucks.