Act Locally on Earth Day

Consider the Source at 8th annual VIP reception


onsider the sources of your energy, your food and your ink jet cartridges at San Diego EarthWorks' eighth annual VIP (Very Important Planet) reception on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd at 6 - 9pm at the City of San Diego Environmental Services Building located at 6901 Ridgehaven Court.

The VIP reception is a forum for community members, environmentalists, business people and government officials to consider the sources of a sustainable future in San Diego. The reception features the presentation environmental awards to community leaders, a silent auction, entertainment and a buffet dinner.

This year's event will see the presentation of the EARTH (Environmental Action and Restoration That Helps) Awards by EarthWorks and the Recycling Awards by the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department. The winning organizations and businesses are honored for creating sustainable industries and incorporating earth-friendly practices in their daily routines.

The Silent Auction will offer a cornucopia of items, including airline tickets from Shuttle by United, tickets to the Old Glove Theatre, autographed CDs and books, passes to the San Diego zoo, massage and chiropractic services and gift baskets of all shapes and sizes. Don't miss the chance to 'hover' over the bid sheet for that item you just have to have as the auction closes.

The sumptuous buffet dinner is a smorgasbord of delectable items, donated by an assortment of San Diego's fine restaurants. The evening will include entertainment from the Decaf Dulcimer group and from John Katchur, a local singer and song writer. Jeff Gelder, 103.7 the Planet radio personality, will emcee the evening.


One of the top 10


While it looks much like any other office building, the Environmental Services Department's home on Ridegehave Court, site of the event, is anything but. This recently refurbished "green" building, a source of inspiration for building redesign, is one of the top ten environmental buildings in the country. The building incorporates such state-of-the-art features as the recycled (and recyclable) squares of carpet that can be rotated from heavy traffic areas, and motion- and temperature-sensitive lighting and heating/air conditioning systems. Over the past year, this building has saved more than 52 percent of utility costs, compared to its non-refurbished twin building next door.

Proceeds support San Diego EarthWorks, presenters of the annual EarthFair in Balboa Park and organizers of habitat restoration projects throughout San Diego County year-round. For more information, or to reserve a $25 pre-event ticket, call (619) 496-6666.