Green Expo returns for fourth year

The city of Coon Rapids’ fourth annual Green Expo will take place at the Coon Rapids Civic Center Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

green expo“This will be our largest event so far,” said Colleen Sinclair, Coon Rapids recycling coordinator and Green Expo organizer.

“There will be great speakers and great topics.”

According to Sinclair, the event will feature a variety of education topics, as well as products and services to help individuals and families live a sustainable lifestyle.

The event is free and open to the public.

More than 50 exhibitors have already signed up to be part of the expo, according to Sinclair.

Exhibits will include areas such as solar and geothermal; waste reduction and recycling; parks, trails and transportation; backyard gardening; water and energy conservation; landscaping and rain gardens; make and take art; craft booths; composting and rain barrels; green remodeling and building materials; healthy living and safety.

Besides private businesses, departments from Anoka County and the city of Coon Rapids will be among the exhibitors.

In addition, five workshops have been scheduled in the city council chambers during the expo.

• 9:45 to 10:15 a.m.: Smart Choices, creating non-toxic environments at home through the use of household cleansers, paint and personal care products without harmful chemicals.

• 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.: Gardener Marcia Baudino, Coon Rapids resident, will speak about how to grow food at home and access more local food. “This workshop is back by popular demand,” Sinclair said.

• 11:30 to noon: Paul Gardner will present “Recycling Reinvented,” talking about where recycled materials go, what manufacturers make with them and if it’s really best for the environment.

• 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.: Ryan Parsons, Project Plenty, will speak about the organization which repackages wholesome, unserved food and distributes it to students and families in the community.

• 1 to 1:30 p.m., Dawn Doering, Coon Creek Watershed District, will speak about main issues in the district’s 10-year comprehensive plan, one of the top being with wetter wet seasons and drier dry seasons, changes in local precipitation patterns may mean changes in local water use patterns.

There will be a door prize drawing at 2 p.m.

For more information call 763-767-6485.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]