Green Expo 2013 puts focus
on environmental consciousness

ANGOLA, Ind. -- Highlighting area services and expertise in environmental consciousness are the focus of Green Expo 2013 on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Trine University.

During the free event, local conservation organizations, businesses, resource stewards, environmental educators and Trine's S.P.E.A.K. will have informational booths from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center. S.P.E.A.K. (Students promoting Environmental Awareness and Knowledge) will give several presentations on what it means to be environmentally conscious in Fabiani Theatre.

"One of the goals of S.P.E.A.K. is to connect environmentally conscious individuals with eco-friendly opportunities and the Green Expo is a great way to do that," said Brandy DePriest, the organization's adviser. "This free event will give people a chance to learn how they can be more environmentally conscious and what services exist to help them."

Among organizations that plan to have booths are Bon Appetit Management Co., Foods Alive, Steuben County Water Conservation District, Steuben Lakes Council, Blue Heron Ministries, BriAli Vineyard, Herald Republican outdoor page, Acres Land Trust and S.P.E.A.K.

Planned presentations include:

Tammy Alvord, holistic nutritionist, will speak on "Go Green at Home and Find the Lunch in your Lawn." Uncover a few of the simple environmentally friendly ways to care for lawn and garden areas. Discover which so-called weeds are edible and nutritious.

Tammis Donaldson, architect, "Sustainable Architecture: Light Green to Dark Green."  Donaldson will share ideas that encompass residential additions/renovations, new construction, right-size houses, adaptive reuse, historical architecture, rural architecture and green architecture.  Common-sense green building applications as well as the many credited green building programs will be examined.

Nate Simons will offer "A Natural History of Steuben County." The presentation will introduce historic Lakes Country landscapes as a product of glacial geology and human involvement on the land. Changes to the native landscape and methods Blue Heron Ministries uses to restore lost Lakes Country landscapes will be explored in the slide presentation.

S.P.E.A.K. is hosting the event.