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  • 05/04/2016 9:09 AM | John Batdorf (Administrator)

    MI EARTH DAY FEST KNOCKS IT OUT OF THE PARK
    11th Annual Healthy and Green Living Festival Draws 30,000

    Rochester, MI - Large crowds returned to the MI Earth Day Fest in the Rochester Municipal Park this past weekend, thanks in part to good weather and to improved downtown Rochester parking. Attendees came from all around metro Detroit, and as far away as Flint, Marine City and Grand Rapids. Event organizer MI Green Team L3C estimated weekend attendance at 30,000. Eventgoers were welcomed with Whole Foods Market tote bags and goodies.

    Local officials, including first-year Rochester City Manager Blaine Wing, were on hand for the kickoff/awards ceremony where local kids received recognition for their winning art projects from USGBC Green Schools Committee, and four sustainability leaders were inducted into the MI Green Hall of Fame. These included Jim Leidel of Oakland University, Kathy Vosburg of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, Deanne Bednar of the Strawbale Studio, and John Carlos of GreeningDetroit.com, whose award was presented by Matt Gibb, Deputy Oakland County Executive. In addition Wendy Barthelemy of Rochester PTA Green Schools was recognized by Carmen Welch, DTE Energy Director of Customer Experience, for her participation in the pilot of a new school fundraising program, the DTE GreenCurrents Enrollment Challenge.

    Large audiences enjoyed a full weekend lineup of live music and dance performances on the Emagine Entertainment Stage. Rochester Hills vocal coach Jennifer Kincer presented the program of outstanding local talent and performing groups, including the Pistons PAC and Motor City Irish dancers, the School of Rock, and the Blood & Wine and Kent Koller trios. The stage also hosted several special events including awards for the Earth Day Parade and the 2nd annual RARA Earth Day 5K, and appearances by Scrat and Sid from the Ice Age movies.

    “It was great to see people enjoying themselves -- with entertainment, healthy food, door prizes, kids' activities and free massage -- at an event whose purpose is to address so many important and pressing issues. It’s definitely a big part of the event’s focus on solutions and celebration. And, it was a fun way for attendees to relax after serious shopping and sampling at 100 green and healthy products exhibits, checking out expert presentations and wellness programs, and exploring networking opportunities," said the festival’s Outreach Manager, Steve Litz.

    The festival’s message – to Make Earth Day Matter -- extended well beyond the festival itself, thanks to generous media partnerships and coverage, which included live TV news feeds on Friday and Saturday, many articles in local newspapers and magazines, and PSAs on local radio stations. Media partners were Fox 2 Detroit, WNIC 100.3 FM, WWJ Newsradio 950, The Oakland Press, The Macomb Daily, Rochester & Rochester Hills Gazette, CMNtv and GreeningDetroit.com.

    Event Manager John Batdorf lauded the event’s sponsors, “We landed the dream team of sponsors this year, including SMART Bus, which displayed its newest propane-powered bus, and DTE Energy, which promoted its GreenCurrents voluntary renewable energy program and displayed a plug-in hybrid. The Home Depot of Rochester Hills provided supplies and volunteers, and our newest sponsor, MacKellar Promotional Marketing, provided organic cotton t-shirts, hats, and bamboo award plaques. The event was able to offer free admission, programs and shuttle parking with the generous support of these sponsors."

    Photos of the event are available on the festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/miearthday under photo album “2016 MI Earth Day Fest.” Dates for next year's 12th annual MI Earth Day Fest have been scheduled for Earth Day weekend, April 21-23, 2017. Details will be available at www.miEDF.com.

    MI Green Team L3C (MGT) is Michigan's leading green/wellness network and event producer. Its mission is to promote green living, business and community. MGT is a Michigan “low-profit, limited-liability company,” an innovative business entity that uses business best practices to pursue a socially beneficial purpose. Net profits from MGT events are donated to local green programs. For more information, visit www.migreenteam.com.


  • 02/09/2015 3:06 PM | John Batdorf (Administrator)
    Top Ten Reasons miEDF is a great exhibit opportunity...
    1. free annual membership in Michigan's premier green/wellness network with many promotional and educational member benefits, including year-round listing on MI's leading green/wellness website (www.migreenteam.com)
    2. free on-line exhibitor listing on 60,000+ visitor event website (www.miEDF.org)
    3. free exhibitor locator map on interactive, smartphone App
    4. lower pricing than comparable shows, discounts for early registration and for locally-crafted product producers 
    5. exhibit promotion including Facebook door prizes, show specials and giveaways
    6. greater community service and participation - exhibit fees support participation by  non-profit organizations, free educational programming, and many free activities
    7. better location and improved layout - exhibit and program venues are closer and more convenient for attendees than street fairs
    8. excellent entertainment - a full schedule of performances by popular community performing groups and up-and-coming headliners, produced by Jennifer Kincer
    9. solid educational programming - presentations by leading healthy/green living experts, managed by green educator Cliff Scholz
    10. better publicity and media coverage - with Fox-2, WWJ Radio 950, 100.3 WNIC, Natural Awakenings magazines, leading area newspapers and many more 
    11. a truly green event with on-site biodiesel electric production, recycling, carbon offsets for participant travel, and reduced paperwork thru on-line registration
    12. celebration - a variety of free fun activites for all ages, plus many special events including the Kickoff & Awards Ceremony, MI Green Hall of Fame awards, an Earth Day pep rally, RARA Earth Day 5k Fun Run, and more
    Oops that's a dozen and there's many more...
  • 01/10/2014 9:49 AM | Team Managers (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    What      : MI Earth Day Fest
    When     : Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2014
    Where   : Walnut & Fourth Street, Rochester, MI
    Who       : MI Green Team L3C 
    Contact : John Batdorf, migreenteaml3c@gmail.com810-908-9976 

     MI Earth Day Fest Hits Rochester Streets
    9th Annual Green Festival Moves Downtown

    Rochester will again host “one of the planet's largest Earth Day celebrations”. The MI Earth Day Fest will offer a full weekend schedule starting at 4 pm Friday, April 25th and ending at 4 pm Sunday, April 27th. It will mark the ninth consecutive year that Rochester has been the site of a major green festival, with attendance reaching as high as 50,000.

    This year, the event will move from a grass lot, two blocks from Main Street, to downtown streets. Event organizers, MI Green Team, requested the move to improve the event's grounds, visibility and proximity to downtown and parking. They are planning for continued improvement in attendance after a low point two years ago due to road construction.

    City Manager, Jaymes Vettraino, welcomed the event's move to downtown streets: “A green-living event has become one of the highlights of the spring in Rochester and we are very happy to have it return. It is a great opportunity for residents and visitors to come and enjoy our beautiful downtown.”

    The three-day festival will highlight the green and healthy-living efforts of area businesses and community groups. It will feature over 150 exhibits, displays, presentations, and performances, as well as door prizes, healthy concessions and activities for all ages. Special events will include a ceremony recognizing winners of the USGBC-Detroit's My Green School Art Contest and the 2014 MI Green Hall of Fame awards. Admission and parking are free. Event information and participant registration is available on-line at www.miEDF.org.

    "It is an honor to welcome back to downtown Rochester, the MI Earth Day Fest”, added Marilyn Trent, Rochester DDA Board and Green City Committee Member. "It's more important than ever to work together to help solve today's environmental and economic problems through education, innovation and long term sustainability strategies. This festival combines all three and it is a wonderful community event."

    MI Green Team L3C is Michigan's leading green/wellness network and event producer. Its mission is to promote green living, business and community. MGT is a Michigan “low-profit, limited liability company”, an innovative business entity that uses business best-practices to pursue a socially-beneficial purpose. All profits from MGT events are donated to local green programs.For more information, visit www.migreenteam.com.

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  • 04/24/2013 5:35 PM | John Batdorf (Administrator)

    BRING YOUR RECYCLABLES TO MI EARTH DAY FEST
    Recycling highlights festival's green efforts

    When you head to the MI Earth Day Fest in Rochester this weekend, don't forget to bring your old computer monitor, microwave or stereo...as well as clothing, shoes and medical supplies. Any time during the event this Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28, simply drive up and drop your cast-offs in the Republic Recycle Region on the south edge of the festival grounds, Third St. east of Water St. 

    Oakland County-based Recycling Sisters will be providing free on-site recycling services. In addition to computers, appliances and electronics--except no TVs--large quantities of metal also will be accepted. 

     

    American Textile Recycling Services will also be there, ready to accept old clothing and shoes; and World Medical Relief will accept new and used medical supplies and equipment such as rolled bandages, wheelchairs, crutches, syringes, etc. Supplies are either disposed of properly or recycled and reused to provide medical relief to more than 100 developing nations.

    Republic Services, a sponsor of the MI Earth Day Fest, will place single-stream recycling bins throughout the festival site as well, accepting unsorted recyclables for state-of-the-art sorting at a regional processing facility.

     

    MI Earth Day Fest is a Green Event

    Recycling is just part of an event-wide effort to provide attendees with an eco-friendly experience.  Supporting the exhibits and activities are initiatives in energy, materials and design. Electricity will be produced on site using biodiesel generator and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems; compostable and recyclable food service disposables will be used; and a web-based event guide, including map and exhibitor/program listings, is enabled for smartphones. Organizers will be accepting donations from visitors who want to offset their own travel to the event by contributing to the purchase of carbon offset credits.

     

    Behind the scenes, the festival limits paper consumption by using online registration forms, keeping printed marketing materials to a minimum, and using recycled paper when printing is required. Also, the festival gives preference to local suppliers to reduce “embedded energy” and to promote local economy.

     

    About MI Earth Day Fest

    One of the planet's largest Earth Day events, the MI Earth Day fest features exhibits, products, presentations, entertainment, food and family fun in an effort to highlight environmental issues and solutions. Admission is free.

     

    Festival hours are Friday, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10-8 p.m. and Sunday, 10-4 p.m. For recycling details as well as presentation, entertainment and activity schedules, visit www.miEDF.org.

     

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  • 04/03/2013 9:31 PM | John Batdorf (Administrator)
    MI Green Team is pleased to announce the 2013 MI Green Hall of Fame inductees:

    * Ken Cockrel, Jr. - Detroit City Council
    * Jim Corcoran - VegMichigan
    * Jim Nash - Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
    * Marilyn Trent - Trent Design

    These green leaders will be honored at the MI Earth Day Fest Kickoff & Awards Ceremony Friday April 26 at 7pm.

    For more information, see http://www.migreenteam.com/miEDFmihof
  • 03/22/2013 9:10 AM | John Batdorf (Administrator)
    For Immediate Release

    Publicist: Cyndi Summers, cyndisummers@prodigy.net; 586-945-8775
    Contact: Dr. Kerrie Saunders, kerrie@migreenteam.com, 248-808-3601

    Community Building is the Focus of MI Earth Day Fest

    Festival on April 26-28 in Rochester looks to make a lasting impact

    Rochester, MI – As plans for the MI Earth Day Fest in downtown Rochester April 26-28 take shape, organizers are aiming to leave attendees with something beyond fun memories: a stronger sense of connection and community.  Along with exhibits, education and entertainment, the event is offering festival-goers and participants many ways to connect and build relationships around green and healthy living.

    “We become a more sustainable community by growing healthy relationships with each other and with our environment,” said Dr. Kerrie Saunders, the festival’s program manager and best-selling natural health author.

    Saunders is organizing an educational program covering a wide variety of environmental and wellness topics. Presentations will encourage audience participation through expert panels, Q&A sessions and other interactive formats. In addition, the event will offer a unique venue designed specifically for community-building, the Connections Café. It will house more than 20 roundtables, where visitors can network with local experts, community groups and each other. Non-commercial exhibits will also be scattered throughout several festival areas, including Farmers Row, Kids Corner, Green Home, the Media Center, the Trailhead and Wellness Way.

    “My favorite part of the festival is providing space for nonprofit community groups to network and educate.  Attendees can connect with people working hard on issues they really care about, get information that’s hard to get elsewhere, and maybe even decide to join in,” said Saunders. “This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our exhibitors and sponsors, including Pure Eco Environmental Solutions, Republic Services, Bosch and Meijer.”

    The educational program will share center stage and a community focus with the festival’s entertainment program, which is being organized by actor/singer, voice coach and Rochester resident Jennifer Kincer. “We’ll be showcasing many of the area’s best singers, dancers and musicians to entertain our audiences," said Kincer.

    Several special events will offer opportunities to build community through celebration, including a Parade and Pep Rally on Saturday at 11 am, and a Kickoff & Awards ceremony on Friday at 7 pm, which will recognize kids' art contest winners and honor 2013 MI Green Hall of Fame inductees. 

    Festival hours are Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 10 am-8 pm and Sunday 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free and open to all ages. For more information, visit www.miEDF.org. To register or find out more about special events, click “Participate.”

    “Attendees will enjoy shopping, learning and celebrating, but their lives and communities can truly be changed by connecting with others at the event," concluded Dr. Saunders.

    MI Green Team
    L3C is Michigan's leading green/wellness network and event producer. Its mission is to promote green living, business and community. MGT is a Michigan “low-profit, limited liability company”, an innovative business entity that uses business best-practices to pursue a socially-beneficial purpose. All profits from MGT events are donated to local green programs. For more information, visit www.migreenteam.com.

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  • 03/15/2013 9:18 AM | John Batdorf (Administrator)

    MI Earth Day Fest improvements:

    • return to Earth Day dates and branding – 2010 miEDF was our best turnout
    • area road construction is completed and large crowds are returning to Rochester (events)
    • the top media sponsors - new sponsors Fox2 (as an official event), WWJ, Fresh 100.3, Ann Arbor Family & Current magazines, plus renewal of sponsorships with Oakland Press, Macomb Daily, and many more provide over $100,000 in advertising value
    • better weekend for event – fewer events/conflicts, schools are still in, prior to home/garden prep season
    • improved layout - one central stage, kids corner anchors event, compact street fair  feel
    • actor/singer/coach Jennifer Kincer is managing entertainment, which will focus on community groups/contests which drew our biggest audiences last year
    • Cyndi & Kerrie are in their 2nd year, continuing to make major improvements in PR and programming respectively
    • Mike & Jeff have joined the team to make improvements in operations and sponsorship
    • event managed by MI Green Team L3C, all profits are committed to local green charities
    • the Green Street Fair (Plymouth), the only other very large green festival in the area, has been cancelled, many of its attendees/participants will make their way to the miEDF 

     

  • 02/04/2013 1:20 PM | John Batdorf (Administrator)

     

    Please Forward Widely

    What     : MI Earth Day Fest
    When    : Friday-Sunday, April 26-28, 2013
    Where  : Third & Water Streets, Rochester, MI
    Who      : MI Green Team L3C,
    info@migreenteam.com, 248-808-3601       

     


    Rochester Welcomes Return of the MI Earth Day Fest

      50,000+ Expected for "One of the Planet's Largest Earth Day Celebrations"

     

    The MI Earth Day Fest will return to downtown Rochester after a three-year hiatus. Event organizer, MI Green Team (MGT), is touting the event as "one of the planet's largest Earth Day celebrations" and planning for the return of large crowds seen at its 2010 Earth Day festival. The event will push MGT's Green Living Festival, which experienced lower attendance last year due to several Rochester-area road construction projects and a crowded June event schedule, to September.

    City Manager, Jaymes Vettraino, welcomed the event’s return. “After a great holiday season in Rochester, it is time to start looking forward to the spring events in the city.  One of the recent spring traditions in Rochester is the MI Earth Day Fest.  This will be the fifth year the city has hosted the event and we look forward to another fun, educational and inspiring festival."
     

    The three-day celebration will highlight green- and healthy-living products, services and programs of local businesses and community groups. It will feature 150+ exhibits, 20+ presentations, entertainment, concessions, kids activities, and many special events, including announcement and awarding of winners of the US Green Building Council, Detroit Regional Chapter's My Green School Art Contest. Admission to the event and all activities is free and open to all ages. Event information and participant registration is available on-line at www.miEDF.org.
     

    "It is an honor to welcome back to downtown Rochester, the MI Earth Day Fest”, added Marilyn Trent, Rochester DDA Board and Green City Committee Member. "It's more important than ever to work together to help solve today's environmental and economic problems through education, innovation and long term sustainability strategies. This festival combines all three and it is a wonderful community event."

    MI Green Team L3C is Michigan's leading green/wellness network and event producer, whose mission is to promote green and healthy living, business and community. MGT is a Michigan “low-profit, limited liability company”, an innovative business entity that uses business best-practices to pursue a socially-beneficial purpose. All profits from MGT events are donated to local green programs. For more information, visit www.migreenteam.com.


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