Black Wedding

Client: Allison & Paul Black
Date: Sept. 30, 2017
Venue: Lower Shelter, Brown County State Park

Event Description: Environmental friendliness was very important to the bride, as was staying on-budget. Attractive palm leaf plates and wooden cutlery were compostable and also added to the rustic decor. Compostable plant-based plastic cups were used for beverages. Three waste stations consisting of compost bins and trash bins were placed throughout the shelter and affixed with signage to help guests sort items.

Results: 55 pounds of compostable waste was diverted from the landfill.

Compostable plates on wooden table

AZA Zoo Day

Client: Indianapolis Zoo
Date: Sept. 13, 2017
Venue: Indianapolis Zoo

Event Description: The Indianapolis Zoo welcomed the 2017 Association of Zoos & Aquariums annual convention to Indy and hosted more than 1,700 attendees at a fun-filled Zoo Day event. Zoo professionals are naturally an environmentally-conscious audience, and the zoo placed a high priority on sustainability for the event. I provided the zoo with a sustainability plan and headed up the event’s zero waste program. Zero-waste stations were placed throughout the event spaces and staffed with volunteers to help guests sort waste appropriately.

Results: 73.5% of the solid waste measured from the event spaces was diverted from the landfill as either recycling or compost.

Tables of guests under dramatic awning

Meyer Wedding

Client: Crystal & Garrett Meyer
Date: June 3, 2017
Venue: The Cedars Banquet Hall, St. Louis, MO

Event Description: This kind couple wanted to extend the life of the 25 floral centerpieces from their reception. The centerpieces were collected and delivered to a local memory care assisted living facility for enjoyment by the residents.

Light blue hydrangea centerpiece

Nadi Wedding

Client: Valerie & Aymane Nadi
Date: May 20, 2017
Venue: The Barn in Zionsville

Event Description: This eco-conscious couple wanted a sustainable and budget-friendly solution for disposable tableware at their small wedding. Compostable plates and utensils were used for dinner and recyclable plastic cups were used for beverages. Two zero-waste stations containing recycling bins, compost bins and trash bins were placed at each end of the barn with informational signs to guide guests.

Results: 28 pounds of recyclable and compostable waste was diverted from the landfill.

Indy VegFest 2017

Client: Indy VegFest
Date: April 29, 2017
Venue: The Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza

Event Description: This indoor festival highlighting vegan cuisine and the benefits of vegan living attracted 4,500 attendees. The organizers of Indy VegFest were committed to incorporating sustainability into the event from the start. We collaborated to conceive a waste-reduction program that would be practical for attendees, vendors and the planning team. Zero-waste stations containing recycling bins, compost bins and trash bins were placed throughout the venue and monitored by a team of volunteers throughout the event.

Results: 80% of the solid waste generated by the festival was diverted from the landfill as either recycling or compost.

VegFest 2017 banner

“We were fortunate to work closely with Julia, who made the process of managing and reducing waste seamless. With clearly marked containers and easy-to-follow signage, in addition to a team of volunteers trained by Julia, guests were quickly able to dispose of recyclable and compostable waste. We highly recommend Julia Spangler to make all of your events greener.”
— Katelin Rupp, Indy VegFest

Aerial view of crowd at VegFest

Waste station at VegFest

Movie on the Lawn

Client: Baldwin & Lyons, Inc.
Date: Sept. 23, 2016

Event Description: Baldwin & Lyons invited employees and their families to enjoy a movie on the lawn of the office. To reduce waste and preserve the lawn, attendees were encouraged to bring a reusable cup to fill with provided beverages, as opposed to drinking from disposable bottles or cans. The initiative had a high rate of participation, and guests who brought a reusable cup were rewarded with the option to sit closer to the screen. Recycling bins were paired with trash bins for easy waste disposal, and custom signage on each bin helped guests quickly sort and discard their items with virtually no contamination.

People in lawn chairs in front of movie screen

Bring your own cup seating sign

10-Year Class Reunion

Client: Marshall High School Class of 2006
Date: Sept. 24, 2016

Event Description: At this BYOB class reunion, I facilitated recycling for bottles and cans. Custom signage with clear instructions led to a high rate of participation, and a liquids bucket for any unfinished beverages allowed for quick and easy clean-up.

Corks & Forks

Client: Second Helpings
Date: April 13, 2016
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Event Description: Second Helpings’ annual fundraiser attracts close to 900 guests who sample an array of wines and specially-created bites from premier local chefs. I helped Second Helpings identify and document their existing green practices and provided recommendations for incorporating sustainability into the overall design of the event for future years.

Hundreds of people mingling on the court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

“Julia’s event evaluation process and resulting report was clear, concise and professional. She helped identify surprising sustainability practices already in place that we hadn’t considered green, as well as important areas with opportunities for improvement. Her set of recommendations will continue to inform decisions as we work towards increased sustainability. We’re also now better prepared to address sponsor and supporter questions regarding event sustainability. Thank you Julia!”
— Development Officer, Second Helpings

Slow Fashion Trunk Show

Clients: Lux & Ivy, Liz Alig, Fair for All Guide
Date: January 7, 2016
Venue: Outpost Indy

Event Description: Shoppers at this alt-local trunk show perused fair trade fashion from Liz Alig and secondhand style from Lux & Ivy at the Outpost Indy pop-up shop at Circle Centre Mall. Representing my blog Fair for All Guide, I gave a presentation on the topic of sustainability in the fashion industry followed by a group discussion. Attendees enjoyed local mead and cider from New Day Craft and local cheeses from Wildwood Market. Those who arrived via a green mode of transportation received a special discount on their purchases. Composting greatly reduced the waste footprint of this event.

Plates of cheese and crackers on refreshment table

“Julia’s ability to bring in-depth knowledge on sustainability to our event was invaluable. The addition of the compostable dishes and compost container, as well as Julia’s connection with local vendors, added the extra edge our event needed to make it truly memorable.”
— Sara Baldwin Schatz, Founder and Managing Director, Lux & Ivy

Attendees participate in group discussion


Client: Fair for All Guide
Date: January 20, 2016
Venue: New Day Craft

Event Description: This event was the second in a series of swap events hosted by Fair for All Guide. Attendees exchanged clothing, shoes and accessories with one another as a sustainable and socially-conscious alternative to fast fashion. Local hard cider, mead and tasting plates were available from New Day Craft. To minimize landfill waste, surplus items will be consciously routed to new owners through donation or sale, with any monetary proceeds benefiting a related charity.

Women browse tables of clothing


Client: Fair for All Guide
Date: September 15, 2015
Venue: New Day Craft

Event Description: Fashionistas gathered to swap clothing and accessories with one another to celebrate style in a socially- and environmentally-conscious way. Attendees enjoyed local hard cider, mead and tasting plates from New Day Craft. Surplus items were donated to Thrifty Threads, a resale shop benefiting the Julian Center.

Women perusing tables of clothing