Live art, cool music, an evening in the park? Gourmet bites from Big Bon Pizza? Oh, and Service Brewing Co. craft beers,too? Yes, please!

Sustainativity's fourth annual Green Tie One On cleverly combines the green movement with a fun party to raise funds forForsyth Farmers' Market to purchase a solar-powered walk-in cooler. The cooler will help extend the shelf life of fruits,vegetables and other foods, said Tommy Linstroth, founder and chair of Sustainativity.

Linstroth created the organization because he saw a need in the Savannah community. His background is in sustainableand renewable green technology.

"We are a nonprofit organziation and our mission is to implement sustainability projects for other nonprofits in thecommunity," Linstroth said. "We find people who are engaged and who want to support the sustainability effort, but theydon't have the direct alternative for that. We identify those nonprofits and partner with them."

He added that 100 percent of the funds raised go to the tangible project.

"We've worked with Senior Citizens Inc., and we replaced all of the lights in their old facility," he said.

Sustainativity also did a green office retrofit for the Historic Savannah Foundation. They work with the nonprofits to seewhat sort of sustainability needs they have and then raise funds to implement the project.

"When we were trying to identify ways to raise money, we wanted to do things that had not been done in Savannahbefore," he added.

Green Tie One On combines local food, music and live art. Local artists will create pieces during the event, which will thenbe auctioned to help raise money. Participants include Stacie Jean Albano, Maggie Hayes, José Ray and many more.

"The concept is you can come watch this art being created in real time in front of you, watching the process, and you canpotentially bid on the art to take it home with you," he said.

Forsyth Farmers' Market uses its Farm Truck 912 to help disadvantaged portions of the community, Linstroth said, butthey don't have storage inside their main building.

"When they get produce, they can only take in so much because they have to get it in and get it out. With the cooler, theywill be able to extend the offerings from their program and we are going to put up enough solar panels that it will offsetthe energy use," he said.


What: Sustainativity's fourth annual Green Tie One On

When: 7-10 p.m. April 29

Where: Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.

Cost: $45