Ce­cil Col­lege to host Go Green! Now Expo

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— Those look­ing to be more en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly – or who just want to learn more about the world around them – can come out to Ce­cil Col­lege on Satur­day to learn about all things green.

The Go Green! Now Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day at the Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter on the col­lege’s North East cam­pus. The fam­ily-friendly event will fea­ture a wide va­ri­ety of ven­dors as well as face paint­ing, a bounce house, bike raf­fles and an­i­mals brought by Plump­ton Park Zoo and Fair Hill Na­ture Cen­ter.

“Lots of dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions are go­ing to come out and demon­strate what we can do out­side and in­side the house,” said Shawn Markey, Ce­cil Col­lege’s di­rec­tor of life­long learn­ing.

The idea for the free event, which takes place

NORTH EAST

the day af­ter Earth Day, was in­spired by a se­ries of green ini­tia­tives the col­lege has un­der­taken in re­cent months, Markey said. In Au­gust 2014, the col­lege opened the Engi­neer­ing and Math Build­ing, which be­came the first build­ing in Ce­cil County to re­ceive LEED Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the U. S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil.

Through the expo’s dif­fer­ent ven­dors, Markey said he hopes peo­ple re­al­ize how many re­sources are avail­able to help them go green in both small ways, such as re­cy­cling, and larger ways, such as mak­ing their homes more en­ergy ef­fi­cient. Be­yond the ben­e­fits to the Earth, Markey also noted that go­ing green can also help peo­ple save money.

“It helps your bud­get and the en­vi­ron­ment,” he said. “The lit­tle things go a long way.”

A va­ri­ety of ven­dors will be of­fer­ing in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions, pro­vid­ing ser­vices and sell­ing prod­ucts at the expo, all around the theme of healthy, or­ganic, eco-friendly and sus­tain­able liv­ing op­tions.

At­ten­dees will be able to talk to Amer­i­can Home En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion about home per­for­mance en­ergy au­dits and buy nat­u­ral and well­ness prod­ucts from Crys­tal Stage, Ann Bee’s Nat­u­rals, JV Farms, Me­laleuca and oth­ers. Ad­di­tion- al ven­dors in­clude In­ter­nal Makeover Cleanse, MidAt­lantic Waterproofing, Lowe’s, Per­fectly Posh, River Road Can­dle­works, JSmitty Fit­ness, To­tally Es­sen­tial by doTerra, Echo So­lar So­lu­tions and Gra­ham­tas­tic Hyp­no­sis and Re­flex­ol­ogy.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ce­cil Col­lege’s en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence pro­gram, the Ce­cil County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Ne­wark Bike Project and Up­per Bay Mu­seum will also be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and an­swer ques­tions.

Lunch and snacks will be avail­able to pur­chase from Elk Mt. BBQ, Kilby Cream and Roane’s Dogs food trucks.

Though this is the first year for the expo, Markey said the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity has been very pos­i­tive so far and he hopes to see a big turnout at the event.

“It’s a real fam­ily-friendly event,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CE­CIL COL­LEGE

The Go Green! Now Expo will take place on Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter at the Ce­cil Col­lege cam­pus.

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