Green Building encourages ways to save the planet

By Ilhan Raage

The fifth annual Rochester EarthFest Expo took place April 27 in the Regional Sports Center Field House.

The expo, the signature event of a weeklong variety of events celebrating Earth Day, advocated sustainable living through education, interactive displays, and the promotion of green products.

The theme for this year was Green Building, and the focus was to encourage attendees of the expo to learn more about building greener. During the expo, there were more than 40 vendors from local businesses, high schools and college student displays, and childrenís activities.

The main purpose of the event was to encourage individuals to become more environmentally conscious. During the event, there were many families who came together.

ìParents are becoming more and more aware if theyíre coming with their families,î said Mary Idso, one of the organizers of Earthfest.
Don Shelby, an environmental advocate and retired WCCO news anchor, was the keynote speaker at the event. He spoke about employing energy-efficient features and about using less energy so that there would be more energy available for later generations.

There are a few small steps one can take to treat the earth a little better. For example, just recycling recyclable items, disposing of waste correctly, and being educated on the environment are some of the best ways to become more environmentally conscious individuals.

After all, everyone has a responsibility to take better care of the planet.