Earth Day 2013 might be celebrated with Crestview street festival

Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 01:21 PM.

CRESTVIEW — A calendar of downtown celebrations may include Earth Day if Crestview City Council President Ben Iannucci III and Public Works Director Wayne Steele’s efforts are successful.

Iannucci said he and Steele have discussed emulating DeFuniak Springs’ successful Earth Day celebration. The topic came up while they mulled incorporating green technology and practices into city services.

Local companies pursuing conservation and energy efficiency initiatives could share such innovations at a downtown Earth Day festival, Ianuuci said. Demonstrations of energy generating and conservation equipment could line Main Street at such an event.

“We would invite vendors to come in and companies that want to display things. It’s a lot of education. Invite groups to set up booths the way we do with a lot of the things we do on Main Street.”

Iannucci said he and Steele discussed including the city’s garbage contractor if a Crestview Earth Day festival becomes a reality.

“We talked to Waste Pro about things they would be able to do,” he said. “They have new technologies out there, such as natural-gas-powered garbage trucks. We had discussed having a garbage truck where we’d open up the back end and everybody can bring in their recyclables and toss them in.”

The event would be open to the public, Steele said.  

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