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Natural Awakenings Atlanta

April 2014 Publisher's Letter

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” ~Doug Larson
Spring is in the air, and that means Atlanta is exploding with healthy things to do, from Earth Day events, peace walks, plant sales and gardening seminars to wellness expos and festivals. One of our favorite spring events is the Atlanta Dogwood Festival.

In its 78th year, this award-winning festival, co-hosted by Live Thrive Atlanta, features an Eco-Village where art, recycling and sustainability come together. Setting the standard for making festivals environmentally friendly, the Dogwood Festival’s Green Event Initiative Program has been responsible for diverting nearly a ton of trash from landfills and educating thousands of attendees about how to take home eco-friendly practices and make them part of their daily lives.

Food vendors are required to use only recyclable and compostable servingware and bio-diesel or bio-fuel for all generators at the event. Waste recovery and recycling centers, staffed by Girl Scouts participating in the Forever Green Initiative, are stationed throughout the park to collect compostables, recyclables and landfill waste. Even the Port-O-John vendor is required to use only bio-degradable cleaning products. We think this is really awesome, and are delighted to be media sponsors for this event once again.

Highlights of this year’s Eco-Village include The Market Place, Bhutan Baskets made by Nepalese refugees, Re:Loom’s handmade products, the Georgia Tech Solar Jackets and their solar car, and Mike Snowden, who will be entertaining the crowds with his cigar box guitar.

Natural Awakenings magazine will have a booth at the entrance to the Eco-Village where attendees can meet the publishers, pick up the latest magazine and receive other giveaways. For more information, visit Dogwood.org. See you there!

Larissa Stewart & Michael Graff, Publishers

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