Iron Range Earth Fest 2010
To celebrate local traditions and practical resources for sustainable living on the Iron Range.
University of Minnesota partners:
Northeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership NE CERTs Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
- Club Mesabi Inc.
- Natural Harvest Food Co-op
- Laurentian Environmental Center
- Congregations Caring for the Earth - 8 different churches
- Virginia Sustainability Task Force
- No St Louis Soil and Water Conservation District
North East Higher Education District
- Hibbing Community College
- Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Local Public Schools
- Mt Iron-Buhl (staff and use of building)
- Virginia (staff)
Community Education Departments (youth entertainment)
- Mt Iron-Buhl
- Eveleth Gilbert
- KAXE radio - Independent public radio of Grand Rapids
- Range 11 TV - Duluth
- Hometown Focus Newspaper - Virginia
- Mesabi Daily News - Virginia
- Hibbing Tribune - Virginia
- Grand Rapids Herald - Virginia
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
- Plan and present a wildly successful 2nd annual Iron Range Earth Fest.
- Expand upon and enhance the model created by Earth Fest 2009.
- Respond to the requests from attendees in 2009 to present more information about energy and agriculture.
- Expand our offerings for area youth.
- Create an annual publication to address various issues of sustainability.
- Expand our network of individuals, businesses and organizations interested in sustainability.
- Create the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability.
- We nearly doubled 2009 attendance numbers - increasing from around 500 to well over 900.
- We attracted a larger number of speakers & exhibitors - from 69 to 98.
- 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.
- 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.
- We were able to produce the first edition of the Every Day Guide to Sustainable Living which focused on local sustainable agriculture.
- 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.
- 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.
$17,520Last updated 11-17-2010