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Green living festival Saturday

Evanston’s Green Living Festival returns to the Ecology Center Saturday.

An electric car on display at the 2009 festival.

The annual event sponsored by the city ant the Evanston Environmental Association will showcase green services, products, and ideas that are focused on the home.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center at 2024 McCormick Blvd.

EEA President Linda Lutz says the focus on creating green homes is “consistent with Evanston’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases. Homeowners have options when it comes to creating a greener home, from buying Energy Star appliances to using alternative forms of energy. Our goal is to offer Festival visitors many options.”

Festival Chairperson Fred Schneider says that according to United Nations reports, "buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of global energy use and one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions.

New at the festival this year is a free electronics recycling program being held a few blocks from the Ecology Center at Evanston Township High School

There Vintage Tech Recyclers in the south parking lot, just west of the school from 9 a.m. to noon. , will be offering free electronics drop-off and recycling just a few blocks from the Festival at Evanston Township High School. 

The festival also includes a keynote presentation at noon on designing and living in a green home. demonstrations of alternative forms of transportation by innovative green vehicle organizations including a collection of hybrid automobiles; and the return of last year’s big hit among younger Festival visitors — the just-for-kids “eco-musical” Parker In The Park, at 10:30 a.m.

The Festival will feature The Green Market, with exhibits by nearly 75 area green home businesses and organizations engaged in everything from organic lawn care to green furniture and interior design, eco-insulation and recycled countertops. The Festival has offerings for the whole family, including green activities and crafts just for children. Visitors can also drop-off their used CFL bulbs to be recycled. The public is urged to bus, walk or bike to the Festival, where bikes can be securely parked at the free bike corral.

Throughout the day, festival attendees can get hands-on experience through demonstrations on an array of green activities. They can participate in demonstrations on indoor and outdoor composting, rain barrel use, and the latest residential wind turbine.

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