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"Green City Challenge 2011" in Union Square Park - North Plaza ("Union Square") on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

WHEREAS, Kady Ferguson, a Director at Green City Challenge ("Applicant"), a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public on how to "live, work, and eat green," has submitted an application on behalf of Green City to hold the Green City Challenge 2011 and to have an "eco-village" set up in Union Square - North Plaza on Sunday, October 23, 2011 between the hours of 11:00 AM to and 6:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The Applicant would create an "eco-village" by having tables (less than 40 total) with vendors and non-profit groups promoting green products and information on how to "live green";

WHEREAS, The Applicant proposes to use Union Square as the starting and finishing point for the Green City Challenge 2011, a race involving 20 contestants (10 teams comprised of 2-person teams) visiting downtown businesses that promote living, working, and eating green.  Contestants are chosen through a selection process that is open to the public and includes teams submitting a five-minute video on why their team should be chosen to participate in this year's race.  At each "station," teams will have to successfully complete a challenge to earn pieces to their particular puzzle.  First team to complete successfully all the challenges and return to Union Square will be declared the winner of the Green City Challenge 2011;

WHEREAS, The Applicant held a successful event last year at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden in the Lower East Side and wants to share the event this year with a larger audience;

WHEREAS, The Event is free and open to the Public and will include a Recycling Area where the public is invited to bring in any materials they wish to recycle and also a Children's Activity Area; and

WHEREAS, There will be minimal sound amplification during the day, except for periodic talks about living green; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by Green City Challenge to conduct the Green City Challenge 2011in Union Square on Sunday, October 23, 2011.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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