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2013

AQUA IllinoisA Sustainability Week Expo is held every year during Earth Week.

The highlights of this year’s 6th Annual Sustainability Week were the Expo event on Wednesday, April 24 and other events scheduled during the week, all with a focus on Sustainability issues.

There were showings of the films “The Island President” and “Thin Ice –The Inside Story of Climate Science” sponsored by the Students for Eco-Quality club. Energy Wall

There was a return of the “Energy Wall” exhibit demonstrating the best ways to reduce energy consumption by proper insulation installation and construction design, and a Green Drinks program on “Permaculture Design—skills for 21st Century Living” presented by Midwest Permaculture. The EXPO featured 42 exhibitors of sustainability related goods and services.

Electric Car

The featured attraction was an exhibit of electric and hybrid vehicles from local dealerships, including a Tesla.

Area grade school children created a display of “recycled art,” The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago had a display of the “Green Infrastructure Plan” for the greater Chicago area, and students in the Eco-Quality Club demonstrated with the “Energy Bike” how various common appliances impact electrical energy consumption.

Tom Kearney and Earth Stewards

Last year’s recycled art exhibit by local grade school students was expanded dramatically to include about 80 art works from second through seventh graders at four area schools. The attendance during the EXPO is estimated at about 250-300 students, area residents, faculty and staff.