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Picnics nab EPA Award for Presidio

The Presidio Trust was one of five organizations to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 Federal Green Challenge Education and Outreach Award for the Pacific Northwest. The award recognized the Trust’s success in educating about waste reduction and for minimizing the environmental impact of the Presidio Picnics program, which takes place from March through October on the Main Parade Ground.

“There is so much companies and organizations can do at pretty low cost to reduce the damage we cause to the environment,” said Presidio Trust CEO Jean Fraser. The Trust chalked up its success to its hiring a contractor to provide waste-sorting services and education, banning sales of water bottles at the picnics and providing water refill stations instead, adopting standards for vendors to use 100 percent compostable serviceware, and tracking and analyzing the waste diversion rates of the picnics.

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