Think “going green” is too much work? Think again. Simple changes and just a little (not a lot) of effort can make a difference.
And you can learn about the latest in sustainable living, get ideas for energy saving, shop for green gifts, and check out educational exhibits at the 11th-annual Green Living Expo at McHenry County College on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Back this year is a giant 2,500-gallon fish tank, said MCC Director of Sustainability Kim Hankins. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks the tank with native fish.
“We tryto educate about what’s in the water and what’s sustainable seafood,” Hankins said. “We hope to spark conversation about our everyday choices.”
With an emphasis on clean transportation, this year’s expo will include electric cars—including luxury brands like Tesla and BMW—as well as more affordable models like the Chevy Volt.
Eco-friendly tools will return with more energy-efficient retro-fitted tools, and there’ll be fleece clothing and other items made from recycled plastics, earth-friendly toys, and artists with a link to sustainability featuring jewelry, photography, and repurposed and recycled artworks. “These artists lend a nice energy to the expo,” Hankins said.
New this year is “Ask the Recycler,” a booth staffed by a variety of recycling experts. “We get up to 100 calls a month about recycling questions,” Hankins said. “People can stop by the table and ask questions like, ‘How do I recycle my dehumidifier?’ and things like that.”
With more colleges turning their attention to agriculture again, the Expo is responding this year by including local farms and beekeepers to focus on agricultural aspects of McHenry County, added Hankins. The Foodshed Coop and local farm-to-fork restaurants will also be on hand.
A number of active environmental groups will again be part of the expo, including Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, the Land Conservancy of McHenry County, IL Environmental Council, and McHenry County Conservation District.
McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761