Is it a marketing miracle or meant-to-be that the first day of Festival International de Louisiane 2020 is Earth Day? That’s right, mark your calendars for April 22-26, 2020 and a Festival International experience with a slightly green-er hue!
As a reminder, we’ll be incentivizing food vendors away from using styrofoam packaging items at their FIL booths. The incentive comes in the form of a subsidy meant to cover some of the increased costs associated with the environmentally-preferable materials, as well as a full-court marketing press around the initiative. Our team met with FIL staff last week for a post-funding kick off to work through some logistics regarding the vendor subsidy as well as a vendor-communication plan.
We’ve confirmed working with a company called Eco-Products to create a FIL-specific store on zerowasteevents.com. Vendors will be given a special code to login and order what they need for Festival International. We’ll have individual calls with vendors this month to determine what bagasse and other compostable items should be offered in this digital storefront. These calls will also serve to confirm our quantity estimates and gauge buy-in from vendors. We’ll then use this information to calculate the official subsidy parameters that will be possible with our 24HCP funding.
Vendors who use all compostable packaging at their booths will get the special “green vendor” designation on all communications about food and vendors — the FIL app, online, and even their physical booth signage! This way, Festival-goers will be able to search for green vendors and choose to eat from booths that use compostable packaging!
Our first all-vendor meeting will take place in January, so be ready for another big update in our next letter.
Happy Holidays from the Green Festival team!
We have been thinking about this project for a while. We started brainstorming ways to impact our community using the “Tech for Good” model way back in May 2019. We are so excited that you have also seen the value of this. We can’t wait to share the fruits of our labor next fall.
Our first step has been to solidify our collaboration with Acadiana Open Channel (AOC) as one of our main partners. Our next couple of months will be setting ourselves up for success by formalizing partnerships, beginning conversations with potential pilot neighborhoods, and building the first version of the application.
Our initial challenges have largely been around mobilizing people during the holidays. We are all focused on being comfortable and full of turkey. Luckily, we were smart enough to plan for road bumps like that, so we are still on track- just not as far ahead as we like to be.
One of our core values is transparency and accountability. Over the course of our project’s lifespan, we will have a public facing project management board so the community can track our progress, engage with our team, and learn about the software development life cycle (Trello- Adopt a Storm Drain https://trello.com/b/MnlSujIZ/adopt-a-storm-drain-timeline). This is our way of living our truth and being the change we want to see in the world. We hope you follow our progress along the way, or better yet, participate however you want to. We look forward to the coming months and hope you do too! Thank you again.
Now, let’s get to work. We have a lot of #DrainDefenders to mobilize and even more #StormDrains that need adopting!
The Adopt a Storm Drain Team
It has been a long while since we last spoke, and while it may seem like not much has happened, we finally have some good news. Both DOTD and the city have approved the final stage of our project, and we are now are coordinating with LAND for implementation of the vegetative design. We are very optimistic that the vegetation portion of the project will be completed by years end, and are thankful to the backers and community for their patience.
A list of accomplishments to date:
1. Lighting has been installed, so crossing the SPUP at night can be done with lighting.
2. LAND has completed the vegetative design, and we’re coordinating with them and the city on implementation, hopefully by years end.
3. Any matching funds received from the state will go towards continued beautification of the SPUP, with artists and designs currently under consideration
We’ll continue to keep the community updated as things progress.
If you haven’t been to Meche’s Donuts on Willow St. in the last few months, STOP what you are doing and GO there NOW! 😀 We are almost done adding the final details. The Eyes of the Sun (EOS) mural at Meche’s is 7 walls total. We have received an additional amount of support from Ferrell and Calhoun Paint Co. With assistance staff member Mr. Jeff Edwards, Ferrell and Calhoun was able to supply with amazing quality paint and more than enough paint to complete EOS-Meche’s.
The EOS team, including volunteers, began preparing the brick at Martin Luther King Center in August. We ran into a few set backs that delayed our use of a scissor lift to finish scaling the front wall on MLK Center. We decided to use the break in installation while arrange a new lift, as an opportunity to gain more input from local community members on lessons to teach on the wall. Youth in Truman community have expressed their excitement and desire to participate. We have also added the pool brick to our project to ensure all graffiti is removed from building. We are working with local members in the community to locate the families of the names listed RIP on the wall to create a special dedication. We are very thankful for the support we receive from our community these past few months. You guys are our motivation. Thank you for believing in our youth community. Thank you for being a part of creating art for our community and our culture. We’ll be updating you soon on the progress we made on Martin Luther King Center. Until then, stay tuned.
Alex ‘Poetic Soul’ Johnson
When we started the “Umbrella Project” years ago, it was clear that Lafayette needed a solution bringing dignity to our bus riders. At the time Lafayette had over 500 bus stops, and just 35 had shelters. There were opportunities circling around the community to provide a solution, and designing a replicable, affordable, sustainable, and low maintenance option was one of them. That’s why the Bus Stop project was so near and dear to many of us.
We’ve come full circle since that time. The funding was given in the hopes of developing a less expensive, low installation option. After three years of exploration, meetings with manufacturers, artists, industrial engineers, designers and public transportation it was determined that the cost of installation and manufacturing whether designed new or purchasing a similar item now offered on the market by a bus stop manufacturer, would exceed the $5,000 cost to simply put a full shelter, as already used in Lafayette. We’ve decided to pivot.
Since the Umbrella Project, a spotlight was turned on bus stops and we were approached by Councilwoman Liz Hebert about working together on a public/private partnership called “Adopt A Stop.” This program is intended to secure funding to build more than 600 shelters at Lafayette Transit System bus stops across the City of Lafayette. This was an initiative that included both the full shelter and would also include the Umbrella Project, once the product was identified. Through our involvement with this program and learning what we have about the challenges with the Umbrella Project product, we feel the best move forward would be to partner with this program to secure a bus stop using the funds generated from the 24HCP. We feel that this option is also more permanent, more ADA accessible and can accommodate more people.
While the project started on a path to design our own model, after much consideration, our team feels that this move would fulfill the project’s goals while also contributing to the Adopt a Stop program which is already having a positive impact in the community.
In terms of next steps, we are identifying a location for the cover, and will keep all of the Community and Backers informed of when and where the bus stop is installed.
Team Bus Stops