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Since its debut in 2009, the greeNWAy Initiative has played an important role in sustainable economic development in the region. The greeNWAy Initiative is a certification process that identifies, assesses, and certifies Chamber businesses to do business the “green way”. Its purpose is to assist Chamber businesses to implement best practices for becoming more sustainable and efficient. It works to bridge the gap between programs like LEED that are often unattainable for small businesses and non-profits due to implementation and upfront cost barriers, while maintaining the third party verification to provide validity and credibility to a business’s green efforts.
Once the business completes a self audit using our greeNWAy scorecard, a third party verification will be carried out by our “greeNWAy Task Force”. We are proud to announce our greeNWAy Task Force project leaders for 2015-2016: Kord Stuffelbeam and Brett Blockhus, who are students at the University of Arkansas pursuing their minor in Sustainability. Each student pursuing a sustainability minor is required to complete a Sustainability Capstone project. The capstone experience consists of any service learning, research learning, or an internship in sustainability. The greeNWAy Initiative will offer these two students an opportunity to apply sustainability theories and principles learned in prior coursework in a manner that advances sustainability across society.
greeNWAy Task Force
Kord Stuffelbeam is a native of the Natural State, who grew up in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He is a senior at the University of Arkansas studying Recreation and Sports Management with a minor in Sustainability. When he finishes his studies he would love to be in an outdoor adventure setting helping to teach and promote ecological stewardship. Kord has always been an outdoorsmen of sorts growing up here in the beautiful Ozarks. Some of his hobbies include camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, woodworking, and he is an avid biker using Northwest Arkansas' magnificent bike trail system almost every day. Kord says “This is one of the greatest communities I have been apart of, and I want to give back as much as I can. That is one of the reasons I decided to join this task force, so I can give back to the community that has been such a big part of my life.”
Brett Blockhus is a native of the Lone Star State, growing up in Rockwall, Texas, just east of Dallas. He is also a senior at the University studying international relations with minors in French and Sustainability. When Brett finishes school he would like to pursue a career as a translator for an international organization. Brett is also an avid biker who enjoys the many different mountain biking trails in the region. He is also a long standing member of the University of Arkansas Rugby Club, who placed fourth nationally last year in the D-AA finals in Davis, California. While he was competing in Davis, he took note of the prevalent sustainable culture of the city. Brett says “I couldn’t help but notice the vast amount of bikes everywhere I looked, and it made me want to help my community become more sustainable - if they can do it there in Davis, why can’t we do it here in Fayetteville?”
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Fayetteville, AR Takes Part in National Drive Electric Week with NWA’s 1st Annual EV Rally.
WHAT: Northwest Arkansas EV Dealers, Service Providers, Drivers and Dreamers will get together to see the latest in EVs available locally, as well as see the variety of new models of EVs already available, and all in one place, the Fayetteville Square. Northwest Arkansas electric vehicle dealers, service providers and drivers will get together to share information about EVs, as well as highlight the fun, clean-air benefits, and cost-savings of electric cars. The event will close with an informal EV parade around Downtown Fayetteville and the Entertainment District, ending Fayetteville’s first annual EV Rally.
Plug-in vehicles on-hand will include the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, the BMW i3 and the Ford Fusion. SUMO, Fayetteville’s EV carshare, will have low-speed electric vehicles (LEVs) on-hand, including the Star ACcel and the Cushman LSV800. These EVs and LEVs will be available for test ride-and-drives. EV chargers and products will also be on display.
Fayetteville’s event is one of more than 100 across the country where electric vehicle owners and their neighbors will hold electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.
WHEN: Saturday, September 19th, 3pm to 5pm, 2015
WHERE: Fayetteville Square
Treadwell Institute is organizing NWAs 1st Annual EV Rally. Treadwell Institute, Sustainable Urban Mobility aka SUMO, BMW of NWA, Superior Nissan, Penske Chevy, Lewis Ford are the local sponsors. Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers.
For a complete list of National Drive Electric Week Events events, visit: https://driveelectricweek.org/
About Plug In America: Plug In America, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. The organization conceived National Drive Electric Week and has advanced workplace charging by pioneering regular ride-and-drive events at such leading corporations as Google, Mattel and Paramount Pictures. It developed the world’s largest, most dedicated network of plug-in vehicle owners and drivers, many of whom have driven EVs for well over a decade. We drive electric. You can, too. www.pluginamerica.org.
About the Sierra Cub: The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.1 million members and supporters nationwide. The Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil campaign advocates for a switch to Electric Vehicles as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org/electric-vehicles.
About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.
Tacos 4 Life Grill, a fast-casual taco restaurant, opened its third location in Fayetteville, Ark. on Sept. 8. in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center on College Ave.
The restaurant held its soft openings last week, serving friends, family and members of the community. “We have an amazing team that we’ve been training the past two weeks. We are so pumped to finally open our doors to the public,” said Justin Young, general manager.
For every taco, quesadilla, burrito, salad or rice bowl sold, Tacos 4 Life donates 22 cents to Feed My Starving Children, a non- profit organization “committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit.”
While the two locations in Conway send meals to Swaziland, the Fayetteville location will send meals to Honduras. “We are so excited to impact another part of the world. I can’t wait to see how many meals the Fayetteville community raises,” said Kristen Young, social media and marketing manager.
Since the opening of Tacos 4 Life in June of 2014, the restaurants have donated over half a million meals.
“Our main focus as a restaurant is to feed hungry children by providing customers with made-from-scratch, quality food,” said Austin Samuelson, owner. “Opening another location will allow us to build relationships in a new community and raise even more meals for hungry children.”
For more information visit www.tacos4life.com.
Fayetteville Chamber Team