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[GreenYes] Syracuse, NY - Westcott Street Cultural Fair Goes Green

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Barbara Humphrey, Co-Chair
Behumphrey@no.address 315-440-9341


2008 Westcott Street Cultural Fair

Sunday September 21, 2008




We can?t guarantee blue skies awash in golden sun for the 2008 Westcott Street Cultural Fair on Sunday, September 21, but we can guarantee fairgoers will be saving the earth while enjoying the day. Celebrating a neighborhood that is home to committed environmentalists and activists, this years? Westcott Street Cultural Fair will be the greenest in the event?s 17-year history.

Green Restaurants: Westcott merchants such as Alto Cinco, University Chiropractic, Vinny?s Liquors, Las Delicias, and Mom?s Diner, have already taken a pledge to replace their polystyrene foam take-out containers with biodegradable and compostable products, such as tin foil and waxed paper; reduce or eliminate plastic bag use by encouraging customers to bring their own or replace plastic with paper; and prominently display recycling bins available from OCRRA for their customers? use.  By fair day, we hope all Westcott merchants, especially those selling food and beer/soda by the cup, will sign the pledge to go green with the packaging for their take-out food and drinks.

Go Green: To accommodate the increased use of recyclable and compostable materials, fairgoers will find stations located throughout the fair that have trash cans, recycling bins, and composting containers side by side, with compostables collected in biodegradable plastic bags thanks to a donation from Wegmans.  These stations will be staffed with Go Green Initiative volunteers- primarily students from neighborhood schools, who are committed to understanding environmentalism and educating others.  At the end of the Fair, all the recycling and compostable materials collected will be weighed and the amount of reusable resources were saved from the landfill and Waste-to-Energy facility will be announced to the community.  

Green Sleeves:   Thanks, to Naef Recycling, sponsor and coordinator of the local Go Green Initiative, for spearheading this effort and making volunteers available to plan and execute this greener fair and for agreeing to pick up recyclables. Students involved in GGI are volunteering to staff the disposal stations and educate fair-goers on how to recycle properly.  Look for the GGI educational display at the Westcott/Beech end of the fair next to The Ant- a sculpture created entirely out of recyclables by Syracuse?s-own artist Rick Destito.  Thanks also to OCRRA for supplying recycling/composting containers and volunteers for this effort.  OCRRA will be set up at the Westcott/Dell corner of the Fair handing out Blue Bins and educational information.  We also salute our volunteers who joined with GGI and OCRRA to make the 17th annual Westcott Fair the greenest yet.

Green Culture: The 2008 Westcott Street Cultural Fair will bring the 500 block of Westcott and surrounding streets alive with live music, hands-on activities, delectable ethnic and American foods, unique crafts from local artists and Westcott merchants, and so much more on Sunday, September 21 from noon to 6:30 pm.  Parking for the disabled is located in the parking lot next to New Garden Restaurant (accessible from the north end of Westcott Street).  Major sponsorship for the 2008 Westcott Street Cultural Fair has been received from the City of Syracuse through UNSAAC, Cultural Resources Council/NYSCA DEC, WAER and National Grid. For more information and directions to the Fair, visit us on line at or call us at 315-703-6848.


GW Associates
702 S. Beech
Syracuse, NY 13210
603-590-8273 fax

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