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  A Pioneer in Sustainable Event Planning

She is an unsung hero in local sustainable event planning.  She helped pioneer the first successful recycling and composting program at large scale city events like The Bite of Oregon and Race for the Cure.

Lindsey’s work has worked.

The Bite of Oregon saw a 22% waste reduction from recycling in 2006 to a 65% waste reduction by including composting in 2008.

Her work doesn’t stop there.  Lindsey Newkirk has also managed onsite sustainable efforts for the 2008 Track ‘n Field trials and was part of the pre-planning committee for sustainable efforts at the 2009 World Track ‘n Field Trials in Eugene.

Although not in the track ‘n field trials herself, she does continue to face hurdles in sustainable event planning.  Recycle cans are good, but they aren’t enough when there are many more options that should be included. 

Newkirk says; “There are still conversations to be had within the event planning community to develop what a green event truly is so that these events can be held accountable.”

Raised in the suburbs of Boston Massachusetts, Newkirk went to school at King State College in New Hampshire.  After graduating with an Art and Product Design degree, she thought she would never use those skills again.  A few years later after moving to Portland she was gladly mistaken.

Elysium Events, Newkirk’s event planning and coordination company translates into a place or condition of ideal happiness, which describes the thoughts behind her events.  Events like Junk 2 Funk.

Junk 2 Funk is Lindsey’s brain child.  “It’s art.  It’s sustainability.  It’s fashion.”  Junk 2 Funk is also an “opportunity to talk to the public about creative reuse and waste we generate.”  Newkirk went on to say that, “it’s an event that creates awareness for us to live smarter with the things we buy.  Is it local?  Will it last?  And, how do you dispose of it properly?”

It’s also growing in popularity with around 1,000 people of all ages going to this last show at the Crystal Ballroom in November.  Newkirk is looking forward to growing Junk 2 Funk into a year round organization.  If you would like to be involved, please reach out to: lindsey@elysiumeventsllc.com or visit ElysiumEventsllc.com.
 
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Written by: Jonathan Davis, Founder and Editor
 
 

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