The 10th annual Living Green Expo is this weekend, and it is shaping up to be an excellent two-day celebration of all things green, presented by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. Over 300 exhibitors are registered to appear at the State Fairgrounds, in what organizers are calling a green State Fair. It will include a green wedding and a parade.
Exhibits will range from demonstrations to displays, featuring a variety of green sectors from transportation to conservation advocacy to household products. You will be able to learn about home energy audits, composting, efficient appliances, and the many facets of environmentally friendly lifestyles. There will also be numerous workshops on building & remodeling and greener gardening.
The Energy, Transportation, and Recreation sector will cover small-scale investment in renewable energies and more sustainable transportation options. A full schedule of the workshops can be found here.
No event on the state fairgrounds is complete without food, and the Expo may not have stick-mounted deep-fried stuff, but it won’t disappoint the foodies. Besides demonstrations from local chefs and the try-this-at-home kitchen basics stage, there will also be vendors selling food, at least some of which will be local, organic, and vegetarian. If you want to work off the food, you can sign up for the Complete Streets bicycle tour hosted by the Sierra Club—or you can just check out the working example of a complete street on the fairgrounds.
The best thing about the Living Green Expo is the focus on individual-level action. Homeowners can improve their houses, employees can improve their commutes, and everyone can improve their lifestyles to lessen their impact on the environment. We at Minnesota 2020 usually focus on the big picture of environmental economic development, transportation, health care, and education but individual action is essential to any big change. As the saying goes, change starts at home. So stop by; I’ll be there all weekend, covering the workshops and demonstrations, and I’ll be writing about it all next week.