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May 16, 2011

King County offers everyday ‘green’ tips at annual Green Festival, May 21-22, in Seattle

From helping people make affordable and resource-saving home improvements, to offering planet-saving consumer advice, King County government is recognized nationally as a leader of sustainability and “green” living.

Come see some of the County’s top sustainability and green experts at the annual Green Festival, at Qwest Field on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and on Sunday, May 22 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to hear from more than 125 experts on sustainability and interconnectivity within the green movement; visit with dozens of exhibitors from across the region promoting the benefits of fair trade; and get samples of products from around the globe.

Two of King County's own environmental experts will also be participating in presentations at the show:

Patti Southard, Program Manager for GreenTools Program: Want to “z” your home? Learn about green finishes from a-“z” – May 21 at 2:30 p.m., Sustainable Home and Garden Pavilion.

zHome takes into account that the source of building materials and how the materials are manufactured and harvested have profound environmental implications. zHome materials have been selected to emphasize various aspects of sustainability and how to take green finishes mainstream. Interior designer Lydia Huffman will join green building expert Patti Southard from the King County Green Tools Program to show you how it’s done.

Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer: The future of zero waste and recycling in the Pacific Northwest – May 21 at 3 p.m., Mother Earth News Fair stage.

The Pacific Northwest is an international leader in creative waste management solutions. How have we done it? What are the next great innovations in recycling and waste prevention coming out of the Northwest? From urban and rural households to businesses to farms, we’ll explore how we're reinventing waste.
Watson will also lead a discussion on Sunday, May 22 at 12:30 p.m., “From EcoConsumer to UnConsumer” at the Sustainable Home and Garden stage on how to avoid buying products: Repair, reuse, refilling, durables, barter, freebies, scrounging and more. Green products are great, but being able to say “no” to consumption, at least part of the time, is possibly the greenest strategy of all.
Stop by the King County “It’s Easy Being Green” booth for a chance to win free bus ride passes, Chinook Book coupon trial packs and tools to help you live a healthier lifestyle. Learn more about the Green Festival at

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It's Easy Being Green

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