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AMA recycles almost 3/4 ton at conference

Thursday, October 30, 2008 – The Americana Music Association emphasized going green at its annual September conference with efforts made at encouraging recycling and panels about the issue. The AMA is happy with the results, almost 3/4 of a ton of materials recycled at the conference and clubs hosting AMA concerts.

"This was our first step towards making this a truly green event, and it was a huge success," said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "We look forward to making next year even greener."

There recycling bins at various festival venues, including the Ryman with each bin was staffed with a volunteer to keep the waste streams clean and the recycling out of the garbage.

The Ryman Auditorium recycled general public waste inside the auditorium for the first time in history with 284 pounds of glass and 173 pounds of plastic recycled.

At the Cannery/Mercy Lounge, the figures were 338 pounds of glass and 77 pounds of mixed recycling (aluminum and plastic)

The Nashville Convention Center had 400 pounds of cardboard, plastic and aluminum and 308 pounds of wooden pallets.

The total recycled was 1,580 pounds. The AMA used other venues as well, but there were no reports of recycling.

"Recycling isn't just an energy saver, but also saves on landfill space," said Paula Larson, greening coordinator for the event. "It is because of the cooperation of all the venues: The Ryman, Cannery, Mercy Lounge, and the Nashville Convention Center, and numerous volunteers, that this effort was a success."

The AMA partnered with Change of Atmosphere, a non-profit focusing on education for sustainability, to offer panel discussions focused on green initiatives. Topics included: The Greening of, It's Easy Being Green, Global Warming - Highlights from "An Inconvenient Truth," Festival/Event Greening, WRLT Lighting 100 Team Green: Case Study, Green Recording & Efficient Production Design, Eco- Marketing, and Green Touring.

Several artists participated on the panels including Kathy Mattea, Sam Bush, and the Duhks, and professionals from many fields were present to share information and best practices," said Jill Franklin of Change of Atmosphere.

Tote bags given to more than 800 conference attendees received, were made of totally recycled fabric and made in the United States. Soy inks and recycled paper were used where possible, including in the printing of the conference booklet given to all attendees.

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