19th Annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth by Earth Day Coalition
On Wednesday, November 2nd, we went to the 19th Annual Instrumental Evening for the Earth that was put on by the Earth Day Coalition at the 78th Street Studios.
Due to the fact that the Cleveland Indians were playing the final game in the world series starting at 8pm, the evening was reorganized to turn the last part of it into a watch party. Thus, the socializing (for the first part of the night) was shortened and the 2016 Community Works Program Awards were presented early on by Mr. Scott Sanders, Executive Director of the Earth Day Coalition.
The EarthFest Program Award went to Bike Cleveland and the Ohio City Bike Co-op. This award was accepted by Mr. Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director of Bike Cleveland and Mr. Jim Sheehan, CEO of Ohio City Bike Co-op. The Red Line Greenway received the Neighborhood Action Award which was accepted by Mr. Lennie Stover who "most spearheaded" the project. The Clean Transportation Program Award was presented to Bike Cleveland (accepted once again by Mr. Jacob VanSickle); University Hospitals for its new bike share program UH Bikes (accepted by Ms. Sarah O'Keefe, University Hospital's Sustainability Manager); and the Cuyahoga County Office of Sustainability (accepted by Mr. Mike Foley, Director of Sustainability).
Finally, the Student Environmental Leadership Program Award (the Hope and Stanley Adelstein $1,000.00 Award for Excellence) was presented to John Hay High School. Mrs. Sandy Ammon, Chemistry teacher, accepted the award because, as the program notes stated, "over the past two years students in Mrs. Ammon's chemistry classes at the John Hay School of Architecture and Design connected energy use with water quality concluding that a reduction in our energy use and an increased use of advanced and renewable energy would improve our water quality in NE Ohio."
In addition the Honorary Chairs of the evening, Cleveland City Councilpersons Matt Zone, Kerry McCormack, and Brian Cummins, and Bike Cleveland's Mr. Jacob VanSickle were recognized and each of them said a few words. We liked it that Councilperson McCormack used his time to urge everyone to vote on Tuesday.
During the time for socializing we had some good conversations including those with Ms. Jacqueline Gerber of WCLV who was the musical host for the evening; Mr. Dave and Ms. Christine Helm who we had met a few months ago at a Cleveland Council on World Affairs event; Mr. Dave November, Sustainability Manager at Tri-C; Mr. Steve Presser, the owner of the "Big Fun" store in Cleveland Heights who we had heard speak at the Heights-Hillcrest Chamber of Commerce recently; and Ms. Sarah Taylor who immigrated to the United States from Great Britain back in 1964 (the same year that the "Beatles" made their big splash) who is a tireless and dedicated advocate of wind energy.
Along those lines, we were glad to see that Dr. Lorry Wagner, President of LeedCo, and Mr. Dave Karpinski, its VP of Operations, took time out of what must be quite busy schedules to attend this gathering.
As it is every year the turnout, approximately 350 people, was excellent and the food offered at the various stations was delicious and many vegetarian options were provided.
The volunteers did a fine job and we would like to recognize Mr. Keith Walker and Ms. Geri Unger for doing we say was a very important (though some might say thankless) job of directing people as to which of three barrels labeled "Trash", "Recycle", and "Compost" should be used to dispose of their used cups, utensils, and plates.
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