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Publisher's Letter

By Michele Nichols


In the ‘60s, I grew up in a house where my parents, my brother, and I all shared one bathroom. Every morning, my mother would pound on the door if we showered for more than two minutes. “Turn it o , or there won’t be enough water for your children someday,” she would warn us.

It was odd; no one thought like that back then. But looking back on it, I realize how unique and extraordinary it was that she actually cared about our waste and how it contributed to our world. She really was ahead of her time.

Today, that naiveté has caught up with us, and we live in very precarious times. Global warming and carbon footprints are a normal part of our vernacular—the topics get headline news coverage and are a solid part of any political platform. But, while everyone has green on the brain, our industry is still one of the largest contributors of waste. ough we have come a long way in instituting recycling programs and paperless economies, there is still much to be done with the issues of excess food, used décor, and traditional modes of transportation.

Maybe it’s because Unique Venues is getting older (we are turning 30 after all) or the fact that we are headquartered in Colorado, one of the most progressive states in the country where many carry their own hydro ask or reusable water bottle, but we wanted to investigate the impactful ways people have been ap- proaching sustainability. e Green 2.0 if you will. And did we ever nd them in our niche market.

From hiring goat “lawnmowers” to creating buildings that don’t disturb wild- life habitats and engaging in energy challenges, non-traditional venues are again at the head of the pack in kickstarting programs that could literally change the world someday (see our cover story on page 46 to learn more).

Of course, we still have a long way to go to perfect the process. Even now you are reading this magazine on printed (albeit recycled) paper. However, we hope to encourage all of our readers to opt into our digital version and we continue to look for ways we can go fully digital in the future. We believe keeping the conversation going is an important part of our progress. So, tell us, what are you doing to make an ecological impact? E-mail and we’ll share all your great ideas in a future issue.