For the five of you who were reading this little blog back in October, you may recall I mentioned a Santa Monica-based non-profit called Sustainable Works in this post as a local option for free classes in sustainability and eco-living. Since then, Jason and I took the full course and started moving towards greener choices, together, in our everyday joint lives. Following that, I participated in their teacher training courses, and I'm now about to start teaching a full six week course.
Needless to say, I'm a little excited to finally be back in a classroom again (I used to teach, years ago) and to be sharing my professional expertise in a community-based setting on behalf of such a great non-profit organization. (Yes, great. I've worked and volunteered with other non-profits and this one is truly exceptionally well run and successful in achieving its mission.)
As I start working through my lesson plans, I thought it might be interesting to apply these general big-picture sustainability issues and solutions to the specific context of weddings. I've mentioned before that I have some issues with how green weddings are generally portrayed in the wedding world. Last week was no exception to that frustration, when a major mainstream wedding website mentioned on twitter that it was so over the green wedding trend.
Um, I hate to inform you, wedding site (I wish I remembered which one), but green weddings are somewhat different than the Pantone Color of The Year trend b*s. Green weddings are actually about long-term sustainability, and are driven by the concept that we have limited resources available on this planet and we need to learn how to consume and manage them more responsibly. Unlike most wedding "trends" green weddings are not driven by their marketing potential, no matter how many "eco-friendly" favors you try to peddle me.
Yes, there are also tons of great Green Wedding resources around the web that don't pander to the trend cr*p, but sometimes their lists of dos and don'ts are a little overwhelming, even for me. So, over the next six weeks as I plan out my classes, I thought I'd try and break down the rationale and possibilities for approaching sustainable weddings in a sane and non-marketed fashion. As I'm pulling together these posts, let me know if you have any questions, about green weddings or general sustainability issues, and I'll work to incorporate the responses.