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2009 Miami Book Fair International Staying Green!

Miami Book Fair International Nov. 8 – 15, 2009 - Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus
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Miami, November 2, 2009 - For many years, Miami Book Fair International, at Miami Dade College (MDC), has featured top environmental authors and thinkers and promoted “green” causes well before they ever became popular. Last year, for its 25th edition, Fair organizers truly championed “green” issues and activities in most aspects of the event. This year, that trend continues. Environmental issues will be promoted in many ways from author presentations to “green” activities to making “green” choices in Fair logistics.


Authors and/or books addressing environmental issues at this year’s Fair include Al Gore (Our Choice: A Plan to Save the Climate Crisis. 11/14, 9:30 a.m., Chapman Conference Center), Margaret Atwood (Evenings With session author, 11/8, 7:30 p.m., Chapman Conference Center), Jeb Brugmann (Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities are Changing the World. 11/14. 3:30 p.m., Room 7128), Colin Beavan (No Impact: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet – and the Discoveries he Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process. 11/15, 11 a.m., Room 3208-09), Jack E. Davis (An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. 11/14, 5 p.m., Room 7128), Mike Farrell (Of Mule and Man. 11/14, 1 p.m. Chapman Conference Center), Olivia Gentile (Life List. 11/14, 3 p.m., Prometeo Theatre), Ian Shive (The National Parks: Our American Landscape. 11/14, 5 p.m., Room 7128) and Abby Sallenger (Island in a Storm: A Rising Sea, A Vanishing Coast, and a Nineteenth Century Disaster that Warns of a Warmer World. 11/14, 5 p.m., Room 7128). Barbara Kingsolver has also written about the environment, although her new novel isn’t about environmental issues. Visit for more information.

Green Initiatives

For the second year in a row, Miami Book Fair International is working to lighten its ecological footprint. Organizers are doing several things on this front. The college is using native plants on stages as well as several entrances and at tent entrances. These natives will then be put up for adoption to be planted in the community to help offset the carbon emissions of the book fair. The Book Fair and MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute procured the plants from local nursery, Veber’s Jungle Garden Inc., which is owned by MDC alumna Leslie Veber who is also advising the college on this entire effort.

 In addition, there will be a low-flow shower head exchange right after the Al Gore’s presentation (limited to the first 60 people).  Also, the Fair is offering a Bike Valet parking service and each cyclist will get $3 off his or her entrance.

Other “green” Initiatives include recycling bins stationed throughout the Street Fair, for both fairgoers and vendors; food vendors have been encouraged to use paper products instead of single serving plastic plates and cups; reusable stainless steel water bottles will be sold; fabric table cloths will be used wherever possible; reusable tote bags will be sold; and Children’s Alley will feature the Green Planet tent offering lots of rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle education and programs. Also, this year, the Fairgoer’s Guide is on-line so that fairgoers can create their own personal programs using less paper.

For more information on the 25th Miami Book Fair International, please call 305-237-3258 or visit For more information on MDC’s Earth Ethics Institute, please visit

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
Lisa Palley, 305-642-3132,

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