4th Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair to be held Aug. 13-14

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-112188291815358.jpg’, ‘Photo by Sonia Vogl’, ‘At last year’s Third Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, fair goers learned about the virtues of biodiesel from Azure Biodiesel Company, located in Sully, Iowa. Admission is $5 per day for adults, $3 per day for youth 12-16, and free for children younger than 12 (accompanied by an adult).’);

The Fourth Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair is Aug. 13 and 14 at the Ogle County Fairgrounds near Oregon, Ill. The fair consists of a business expo, free workshops, and nationally renowned expert speakers. Visitors can learn about and purchase a wide range of energy alternatives, home and business improvements, natural foods and clothing and personal care products.

Admission is $5 per day for adults, $3 per day for youth 12-16, and free for children younger than 12 (accompanied by an adult).

More than 100 businesses will host booths at the expo, and agencies and organizations will have displays. Many provide samples or items for purchase.

There will be 55 workshops on renewable energy topics including solar, photovoltaics, wind power, government and agency programs, lifestyle and health, renewables in buildings and the urban setting, and alternative fuels and transportation. There will also be activities for children, including making solar cookers, songs and cooperative games.

The Illinois Renewable Energy Fair is sponsored by the Clean Energy Community Foundation, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Commonwealth Edison. The Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA) and the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) will host the Fair. IREA and ISEA are both non-profit organizations.

For more information, visit the IREA Web page: www.illinoisrenew.org.

Sustainable choices save money, provide jobs, curtail pollution, help restore economic vitality to the farm economy, and leave a heritage of clean air and water and biologically diverse natural areas. Clean energy choices reduce our reliance on foreign oil and increase our energy independence.

From the July 20-26, 2005, issue

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