Thursday, February 05, 2009

Sustainability Expo

From the Auburn Reporter:

The South Sound Sustainability Expo, featuring “green” exhibits, new ideas, organic food, and plenty of items for the home, will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

After last year’s success, the event is again expected to attract many individuals and families who want to learn more about adopting an environmentally friendly and healthy lifestyle. Visitors will pick up tips on “greening” their homes and eco-friendly transport options. Exhibitors and speakers will share their knowledge on subjects such as healthy living, organic food, sustainable buildings, alternative energy, waste minimization, preservation of wildlife, and climate change.

The day will include a tour of “green buildings” on the Puget Sound campus, including the new Live Green House, redeveloped from its bare bones into a showcase, sustainable-living home for five students. There also will be presentations by speakers as follows:

• Gifford Pinchot III, co-founder of Bainbridge Graduate Institute and author of the best-selling book Intrapreneuring in Action: A Handbook for Business Innovation, will speak on the topic “Operating Sustainable and Successful Businesses.”

• Bill Smith, senior environmental specialist for the city of Tacoma, will give a talk on how to make your home “green.”

• Representatives from the “Grow Local Tacoma” Web site and blog will speak on the importance of buying locally grown food and what to look for in the supermarket.

• A panel discussion will be held on “green” transportation issues.

More than 50 organizations will have exhibits at the expo, including colleges organizing the event, city of Tacoma departments, environmental advocacy and working groups, and agencies and businesses working in the realms of food, transportation, nature, recreation, alternative energy, community support, clean air and water and recycling.

The South Sound Sustainability Expo is being presented by Bates Technical College, Clover Park Technical College, The Evergreen State College–Tacoma Campus, Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College, Tacoma Community College, University of Puget Sound, and University of Washington Tacoma.