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Iron Range Earth Fest 2010

Purpose

To celebrate local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living on the Iron Range.

Partners

University of Minnesota partners:
Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership NE CERTs Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Community partners:
Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability

North East Higher Education District

Local Public Schools

Community Education Departments (youth entertainment)

Media Sponsors

Other Sponsors
Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency - volunteer programs
Arrowhead Transit Authority - public transportation
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - shuttle van
Virginia Public Access TV Iron Range Resources ArcelorMittal Minnesota Power Iron Range Labor Assembly Laurentian Energy Authority Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Church

Activities

  1. Plan and present a wildly successful 2nd annual Iron Range Earth Fest.
  2. Expand upon and enhance the model created by Earth Fest 2009.
  3. Respond to the requests from attendees in 2009 to present more information about energy and agriculture.
  4. Expand our offerings for area youth.
  5. Create an annual publication to address various issues of sustainability.
  6. Expand our network of individuals, businesses and organizations interested in sustainability.
  7. Create the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability.

Outcomes

  1. We nearly doubled 2009 attendance numbers - increasing from around 500 to well over 900.
  2. We attracted a larger number of speakers & exhibitors - from 69 to 98.
  3. We set a goal to increase information offered in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and local sustainable agriculture. We were able to secure a number of new speakers, exhibitors and vendors in each area.
  4. We were able to offer a number of events geared toward pre-school and grand school children which included musical concerts with an environmental theme, storytelling, puppet shows and a jeopardy game. We engaged older grade school children with the first annual Green Inventors Contest - a sustainability inventor fair.
  5. We were able to produce the first edition of the Every Day Guide to Sustainable Living which focused on local sustainable agriculture.
  6. We were able to expand our network through the recruitment of volunteers and committee members, develop relationships and partnerships with new businesses and organizations through sponsorships and in-kind relationships.
  7. We are moving forward with the creation of the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability whose mission will be to stimulate conversation and action for a sustainable Iron Range.

Funding

$2,500

Leveraged resources

$17,520

Last updated 11-17-2010
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