Incline Village hosted the largest crowds in its history over the Fourth of July Weekend with its annual community festival Red, White and Tahoe Blue. The festival sponsors events around the village to celebrate the Fourth of July for residents and visitors alike for two straight days. Annual favorites during the festival are the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection pancake breakfast.
Parasol’s AmeriCorps member Abbie Lindeberg serves as the Waste Not Education and Outreach Coordinator and was part of the Waste Not team helping to make both pancake breakfasts Zero Waste events. Abbie said each team member spent 20 hours preparing, executing and disposing of the waste produced at just these two events. Abbie also helped the Waste Not team during the annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue Community Fair. Abbie is committed to Getting Things Done for Tahoe.
“The IVGID Waste Not team made Zero Waste efforts at the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection pancake breakfast. The goal of zero waste is to keep as much refuse out of the landfill as possible. Waste Not provided waste stations at each event with compost, recycling and landfill receptacles,” said Abbie Lindeberg. “At the fair we worked to educate the public about bear awareness, Incline Village’s recycling program, water conservation and the importance of refusing bottled water.
But for Abbie and the rest of the team this busy weekend was really an opportunity to educate residents and visitors to Tahoe about efforts that individuals came make to minimize their impacts on the Earth’s resources.
“Although many of the pancake breakfast goers had never encountered Zero Waste efforts before, most were very receptive to the idea and commented on how helpful the project is to keep the community and Earth clean,” she said. “Between these two events, only two small garbage bags ended up going to the landfill, and 6.08 tons of compostable products were diverted from the landfill and got composted for reuse in gardens and agricultural fields.”
Abbie Lindeberg served our community and AmeriCorps over the long weekend to show how the members of AmeriCorps work to Get Things Done to make a difference in our community.