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May 9-10, 2014

Elgin’s Green EXPO 2014 is set for May 9th (7pm to 9pm for Awards Ceremony & entertainment)  & May 10 (9am to 4pm for all exhibits), at the Centre of Elgin. With thousands of visitors each year, this “party with a purpose” is the largest green event of its kind in the Fox Valley. It’s presented in partnership with ECCO, Waste Management, Davey Tree, and the City of Elgin Sustainability Commission. Admission is free!

 As this is our 6th EXPO, we’re celebrating the impact one person, or one business, can have on the community. It just takes one to be the conduit for change-you’re not alone! Let’s start here-let’s start now!

 All activities are free and  include the Green Kidz Zone, where youngsters can enjoy everything from pole climbing to recycled crafts. For those young at heart there’s culinary workshops featuring making your own cheese, and a local organic food court plus

  • learn about the first environmentalist wanted by the FBI (he was from the Fox Valley)
  • winning robotics team
  • a robust schedule of yoga, tai chi & karate classes
  • fun electric go carts
  • an 18 wheeler environmental semi tractor trailer
  • children’s petting zoo
  •  do-it-yourself home & gardening workshop
  • green businesses
  • fair trade resources
  • test drive electric/hybrid cars & scooters
  • lively locavore recipe demonstration
  • fair trade resources
  • alternative energy displays
  • wellness clinics
  • live pottery demonstration
  • recycled artworks
  • hydroponic gardening
  • exciting speakers
  • home utility analysis
  • green films
  • live music
  • green awards ceremony

 Of course, in order to keep this a minimal-impact event, recycling bins will be scattered throughout the EXPO. TerraPass Carbon offsets will also be purchased to offset our carbon footprint. Visitors are encouraged to take the Metra train or PACE bus or car pool to the event. We even have an ev charging station at your disposal. Elgin residents are encouraged to ride bikes, take a brisk jog or leisurely walk to get here. So spread the word, join us and see the best of green!

Elgin’s Green EXPO Steering Committee

Elgin Climate Change Organization (ECCO)

 EXPO was launched by ECCO (a local grassroots organization) out of a need for a common conversation between decision makers who influence the greening of our already built environment. As we listen, we learn. Today, we continue to serve individuals, businesses and the community to realize our true potential.