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AIDS Walk San Francisco Takes Big Green Step Forward
Date:7/7/2008

ond mere goals into meaningful action as exampled by AIDS Walk San Francisco's Green Walker Program. I commend AIDS Walk San Francisco for its invaluable contribution toward San Francisco's commitment to a 75 percent recycling rate by 2010." This year, AIDS Walk San Francisco hopes to use recycling and compost receptacles and an electronic 'green' sign-in to reduce 80 percent of waste.

"We continue to see that our most successful participants are using our web-based fundraising tools to expand their outreach and raise more money," said Serafina Palandech, AIDS Walk San Francisco Event Director. "With the Green Walker Program, we can both encourage fundraising and help the environment."

The 2008 AIDS Walk San Francisco, to be held Sunday, July 20th, traverses Golden Gate Park on a 10K (6.2 mile) route. Organizers are looking to consume less and recycle more as they support the walkers on their journey. "From product selection, to packing, to distribution, to disposal, we provide more than 150,000 servings of donated food and beverage," said Colin A. Weil, MZA's Chief Operating Officer. "We're working with our in-kind sponsors, including PepsiCo, Safeway and Green Growers, to deliver product via low-resource utilization methods. Zipcar, a new sponsor this year, promotes a car-sharing lifestyle rather than owning or renting vehicles. Zipcar has provided many of the vehicles AIDS Walk will use this year."

Keeping the Golden Gate Park route pristine will be no easy task, but with the support of in-kind donors such as the Conservation Corps and Norcal Waste Systems, the prospect is an exciting one. "AIDS Walk has the opportunity to be a green leader for events in San Francisco," said Donnie Olivera, Special Events Coordinator at Conservation Corps. "That's why this event is so great, for its ability to involve so many people in this sea-change. When an event like this succeeds, big ideas stick."

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