Sugar Groveâ€”Waubonsee Community College will host its annual Renewable Energy Fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Erikson Hall on the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
The fair features workshops, exhibits and demonstrations highlighting organic, green, and renewable products and services. Exhibitors will display everything from natural cosmetics to a one-of-a-kind electric car prototype. Also represented will be organic lawn products, geothermal heating systems, green interior designs and more.
Featured speaker Rebecca Devens, Environmental Program Coordinator of the Citizens Utility Board, will present “A Consumerâ€™s Guide to Lowering Energy Costs” at 10 a.m. A second workshop, “How to Remove Toxins, Chemicals and Animal Products from Your Personal Care Products,” will be offered at 12:15 p.m.
At both 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., â€œGreen Eâ€”The Environmental Elvisâ€ will take the stage. Green E combines Elvis Presley music with environmental values and messages, turning songs like â€œAre You Lonesome Tonight?â€ into â€œAre You Recycling Tonight?â€
There will also be an eco-friendly activity area where children and parents can use a large collection of recyclable and repurposed materials to create works of â€œfoundâ€ art and crafts. Children will also have the opportunity to meet Bruce the Spruce in this area.
Those members of the community who want to learn even more can sign up to take an informative noncredit class during the fair. Beyond the Home: Greening Your Environment will run from 1 to 3 p.m. and costs $29. Advance registration is recommended.
For more information on the Renewable Energy Fair and the noncredit course offering, visit www.waubonsee.edu/energyfair or call Community Education at (630) 466-7900, ext. 2360.