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!