Reduce, reuse, recycle, – the three R’s of environmentally friendly initiatives, gets a new meaning this summer as the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild gears up for its annual Real, Wild & Woody Beer Festival. (Unfortuantely we won’t be attending the Real, Wild & Woody this year. Ricky’s birthday is on Friday and he has friends from out of town coming to visit. Maybe next year!)
In collaboration with Moon Valley Nurseries, the Guild will feature 40 stunning locally sourced trees in its indoor rustic festival décor this Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Following the festival, all 40 trees will be donated to the City of Phoenix as part of a replanting effort to improve local community parks.
“I was excited to learn that Arizona Craft Brewers Guild was making this generous donation to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department,” Phoenix Councilwoman, and Chairperson of the city’s Parks, Arts, Transparency and Education Subcommittee, Laura Pastor said.
“This outreach to help beautify our parks is commendable and most appreciated. While these trees will improve aesthetics, they also will help in a variety of environmental ways and will help the city stay on track to achieve its sustainability goals.”
With a goal of planting the majority of the trees at Steele Indian School Park, Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, Executive Director, Rob Fulmer, said, “As the largest urban park in our community, Steel Indian School Park has been a preferred location for the Guild’s annual Arizona Strong Beer Festival in February. It’s an ideal place for festivals and it’s our version of Central Park. Our brewers want to add to its legacy.”
Plans are in the works to schedule a planting day with city officials.
“To achieve Phoenix’s ambitious goal of 25% tree canopy coverage by 2030, a significant and broad-based initiative will be necessary to get the job done. The partnership between our statewide craft brewer’s organization, a local nursery, and city parks and rec department to plant 40 trees where they’re needed is a positive and welcome step in the right direction,” said Jim McPherson, Evans Churchill Community Association board member who has advocated for tree replanting in and around downtown Phoenix.
More details will be announced once the date and time are confirmed.