Have you wondered about whether solar panels could really save you money? Do the numbers on the bottom of your plastic recyclable bottles still confuse you? Have you always wanted to compost your food scraps but don’t know how to get started?
Information on these and other green topics will be available at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Sustainability Expo on Saturday, April 24 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Hommocks Middle School. The expo will feature numerous educational sessions and dozens of “green” vendors. Participants will have access to a range of local environmental resources.
“So many people in Larchmont and Mamaroneck are committed to environmental protection but need practical advice on what steps they can take now,” said Carol Casazza Herman, Chair, Village of Larchmont Committee on the Environment. “The goal of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Sustainability Expo is to provide people with the information and community-based resources they need to start living greener, more sustainable lives.”
The expo is the first tri-municipal effort sponsored by environmental committees in the Town of Mamaroneck, the Village of Larchmont and the Village of Mamaroneck.
The expo will feature the following:
- Flexible programming: Morning and afternoon educational workshop sessions, run by experts and open to the public on a first come, first served basis.
- Keynote address: Patti Wood, Founder of How Green is Your Town, will reveal how our community stacks up in terms of environmentally-friendly activity and outreach.
- Compost Corner: Visitors can learn how to compost and purchase low-cost compost bins and rain barrels. Sales will begin in the parking lot at 8:30 AM. The bins and barrels can also be pre-ordered through the expo registration site.
- “Ask the Environmentalist” Booth, where you can get answers to questions such as “How do I recycle my batteries?” or “What plastics can I use in the microwave?”
- Green vendors: Participants will also be able to browse booths set up by dozens of vendors and organizations in the school gymnasium throughout the day, offering attendees access to a wide range of products, services and advice
Speakers and educators include representatives from major environmental organizations across Westchester. They include:
- Patti Wood, Founder, Grassroots Environmental Education, who will deliver the keynote;
- Elizabeth Royte, Author, Garbageland and Bottle Mania, and Marian Rose, Ph.D., President, Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition, who will speak on how to protect water quality;
- Rick Harper of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, who will discuss urban trees;
- Judith Martin, founder, Green Home Consulting, who will provide advice for homeowners on how to use green technologies to save energy and money;
- Matt Slattery of Green Star Energy Solutions, who will discuss tax credits and other incentives available to property owners to make their homes and offices more energy efficient; and
- Carolyn Humpreys of Sunlight Solar, who will discuss renewable energy systems.
Cost of attendance for adults will be $15 in advance (reserve by April 21) and $20 at the door. School-aged children are free of charge. To register in advance, visit www.larchmamkEXPO.org. For information on becoming a vendor or exhibitor, contact info@larchmamkEXPO.org.