Green $aves Green: EC hosts 1st green expo


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Organizers are hoping for a large turnout Saturday for Elizabeth City’s first-ever “Green $aves Green Expo,” an event to hold up northeastern North Carolina as a model of renewable energy and conservation.

The expo will feature roughly 60 exhibitors who will pack the first floor and lawn of Museum of the Albemarle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will showcase the region’s “green” economy and environmental assets and the value of conservation. It will also feature various speakers, kid-friendly exhibits, food vendors and door prizes.

Everything has come together well, event Chairman Phil Donahue said Thursday, and now “the only thing we’re hoping for is good weather.”

Another organizer, Dr. Nita Coleman, said they’re expecting a big turnout for the first-ever event.

“We’re delighted with the level of interest,” Coleman said.

The event will also feature presentations on wind and solar power, plus offer tours of the Amazon Wind Farm US East. Coleman said there will be tours of the wind farm at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Signups will be offered 15 minutes before each tour. Because only two passenger vans will be used, there are 26 spots available for each tour, Coleman said.

Tour participants will be asked to donate $5 each, according to the website of the Albemarle Resource Conservation and Development Council, which is helping coordinate the event.

Featured speakers for Saturday’s expo will include state Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland, GOP conference leader in the state House. He will speak at 10:30 a.m.

For a full list of event activities and speakers, visit http://www.albemarlercd.org/green-expo-2018.html.