Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce
Gatlinburg Goes GREEN Activities
Swap Shop: The Swap Shop is a materials exchange site for members to trade unused and unwanted items. Anything from electronics to craft materials to leftover paint can be posted and exchanged. The Swap Shop address is: www.Gatlinburg.com/SwapShop
Earth Day Festival:
The Earth Day Festival is held during earth week. The Festival features eco-friendly crafts and activities, and environmentally-minded local organizations at various booths. In more recent years, the Festival has also featured live music.
Educational meetings, luncheons, ceremonies or seminars are held throughout the year. The events held include the Gatlinburg Green Symposium, co-hosted by the Chamber and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. More than a dozen organizations displayed their efforts at booths, and speakers at the event included Mike Berry, the CEO and President of the multi-million dollar Kentucky Derby Festival that has recently been going green. Becky Rehorn or Lithographics also spoke on the importance of every business taking the first steps to being more environmentally responsible, as well as the benefits of green printing. Also, Tom Leonard of Sevier Sold Waste presented on the latest developments and technologies being used at the local plant. Another event held in 2009 was the National Clean Air Green Tour's stop in Gatlinburg. The Chamber and the Department of Tourism partnered to be a Silver Sponsor of the mobile marketing initiative that visits more than 70 cities and travels more than 30,000 miles across the country educating the public about green products and organizations. The Tour also planted a Sugar Maple on behalf of the Chamber and the City at the new library in honor of the 75th Anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.