The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund is proud to have taken part once again in the “Green Vibes” Sustainability Village at the 2010 Gathering of the Vibes at historic Seaside Park in Connecticut’s largest Clean Energy Community, Bridgeport. We share the vision of the Vibes family of making the world a better place through environmental and social activism and, most importantly, giving back to the communities that feed us. Accordingly, we want to provide a quick recap of what Green Vibes accomplished this year.

  • All conventional grid and generator electrical use at the festival was offset by wind energy credits donated by Community Energy. Last year, the Vibes offset 79 megawatt-hours of usage through regional and national wind certificates. This donation helps to earn points for host community Bridgeport under the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities program.
  • The event also utilized 20 temporary power structures that fed power from the electric grid, thereby reducing dependence on dirtier generators.
  • In addition, Inspiration Unlimited, LLC - the official headquarters of the Vibes staff in Bridgeport – is signed up for the 100% option in the CTCleanEnergyOptions program.
  • 203 people signed up for “Green Vibes Carbon Cutters,” which will tally the cumulative greenhouse gas emission reductions of all participants through an on-line platform.
  • More than 5,000 pounds of food and personal hygiene items were donated to stock the shelves of the Connecticut Food Bank and Bridgeport Veterans Affairs program. As a result, the Food Bank will be able to provide nearly 3,000 meals for people in need. In addition, 20 boxes of muffins and 10 loaf cakes were donated to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.
  • Approximately 30 cubic yards of compost and 260 cubic yards of recycling were collected by the Green Vibes crew. All food and beverage vendors used compostable, corn starch-based cups, plates and utensils which greatly reduced how much went to the landfill. The Vibes Trading Post received many donations of recyclables, returnables and compostables from attendees in exchange for various incentive prizes.
  • Funds were collected for various local causes including $25,000 donated to the families of two Bridgeport firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty the previous weekend.
  • During Friday’s Rex Foundation “Generosity of Spirit” intervals, hosted by David Gans and Gary Lambert, Green Vibes raised money for Bridgeport High School musical instruments program.
  • Some of the proceeds from the “Orbitron” in kids/teens world were donated to the Children’s Center for the Arts in Bridgeport.
  • $25,000 was raised for Headcount, a voter registration not-for-profit and $5,000 was raised for China Care Foundation, which provides medical care and facilitates adoption of Chinese orphans to families in the U.S.

    Sean McNamara and Harry Moran, leaders of the Green Vibes Sustainability Village, get back truckin’ on

On closing night, some 20,000 people danced out of Seaside Park through the majestic Perry Arch to the strains of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved,” performed as the event finale by one of his sons, Damian Marley, and hip-hop star, Nas. As evidenced by all the good works above, Bridgeport and the communities down the golden road would undoubtedly answer a resounding “Yes.”

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Executive Director Ken Hays; Sustainability & Outreach Director Harry Moran; our village marshalls, Sean McNamara and Jim Travers and all of the leaders and volunteers at the Green Vibes Sustainability Village. Once again, we have seen firsthand that we all have the power to make a difference!

Bob Wall
Director, Energy Market Initiatives

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