Monday, July 20, 2009

Report on the Expo

This weekend I attended the 2nd annual Idaho Green Expo at the Boise Centre on the Grove. It was a huge affair, much bigger than I had anticipated and I definitely needed the road map I was given as I entered by the main doors.

It was an event for the whole family and there were many families attending. One wing of the convention center had been dedicated to children and children's activities and it was fun to watch them involved in scientific pursuits as well as some neat games.

Green was the color of the day and was evident in the tee-shirts being sported by event officials. Reduce, reuse, and recycle - the three Rs of the green movement were the themes of many of the booth attendees.

Kudos to the folks who were truly working to promote sustainability and local action.

Major Honors go to:

*Representatives from the University of Idaho Extension Service
*Boise State University and Sustainable "U" - walk-through exhibits to show how your home, office, and garden can go green
*Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS)
*Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition (alternative fuels)

The Dubious Commitment Honors go to:

*Furniture stores using the Expo as an advertising venue
*Businesses slapping the green label on any product they wanted to sell

The Don't Get Me Started Award goes to an organization intent on putting a wolf in every back yard.

And the You're Kidding, Right? Honors:

*Handing out carrots to the kids as they entered probably wasn't the most brilliant marketing ploy.

*The woman who tucked her purchases into a plastic bag.

Last but Not Least

Finally, special thanks to Laura at Rediscovered Books. The exhibit featured tons of useful titles. From growing your food to preserving that food (grin from me here) to anything and everything you need to know about truly going green, Rediscovered Books had it.

A great time!


  1. Green is a nice concept. The older I get, the more I get it—green that is. We’ve two hybrid cars, and live in a new, “Silver Level” green constructed house. There are so many ways to be green. If everyone practiced just a few—and more and more folks are--it would make a big difference. You just have to make a conscious effort to do it. For example, NOT leaving your cloth shopping bags in the CAR, when you go into shop. This is my personal shortcoming. Sigh.

    Best regards, Galen

    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  2. I, too, forget my cloth bags in the car. Dang!
    Was this your booksigning, Karen?

  3. You know, my kids actually like raw carrots. I wonder about them, sometimes...


    Mystery Writing is Murder

  4. Sounds like the Expo was a wonderful success and it sounded like a lot of fun!

    Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

  5. Green is good. The wife and I have cloth bags we bought back in the 80's. Still hangin' in there just fine. :)

    The Old Silly


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