Last year, the N.C. State Fair offered a new educational exhibit call Green NC. The exhibit was a fun and interactive environment with displays on energy conservation, alternative fuels and renewable energy sources like solar power and biofuels, locally grown foods, recycling, water conservation and eco-friendly living.
Green NC is returning this year, and with only 89 days until the Fair opens, we’re busy finalizing exhibitors, designing the layout and adding new hands-on components.
Some of the highlights of the 2008 exhibit included a variety of alternative fuel vehicles, rainwater harvesting systems, and a backyard greenhouse made from materials found at any home improvement store. Fairgoers could fish for sustainability messages in a State Park display, research public transportation options for their area and find out how much energy it takes to power a light bulb by manual labor.
The Green NC stage presented topics such as building your own rain barrel, vermicomposting, new uses for soybeans and fuel cell technology. Visitors could also complete a scavenger hunt and make a series of “green” pledges to earn useful prizes.
What are you doing to “be green” and improve the world around you? Are you trying to recycle more, drive less, eat local or something new and innovative?
Let us know by leaving a comment about your personal green efforts on this blog post from now through Monday, July 20 at 5 p.m. (EST). You will be entered into a contest to win a reuasble grocery bag and an energy efficiency DVD prize pack that was offered as a Green Pledge prize at the 2008 Green NC exhibit.
Each comment will be assigned a number in the order that they are recieved. The winner will be selected by using the True Random Number Generator on Random.org and announced on Tuesday, July 21.
Good luck! And be sure to stop by the Green NC exhibit while you’re at the Fair this year.