​Learn About Sustainability at the Third Annual Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Get ready for the Third Annual Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo. The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and Hampton Roads Green Building Council have once again teamed up with the help of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), the City of Virginia Beach and other event sponsors to focus on sustainability education throughout our region.

The expo will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kellam High School, located at 2665 West Neck Road in Virginia Beach.

The expo is a free, family-friendly, regional event designed to engage the greater Hampton Roads community in exploring the balance between social, economic and environmental responsibility. This year's expo will focus on energy: where it comes from, how it is used and how it can be conserved.

Guests will learn about sustainable living through a variety of table exhibits and panel presentations, including talks about local government energy initiatives, the solid waste to energy process, green building and youth engagement. Guests can also see how their homes' energy use measures up by completing the Energy Yardstick for Homes assessment, or learn how a business can become Energy Star Certified.

At 2 p.m., Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and VBCPS Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence will recognize the area schools that have received the Pearl School Award from Lynnhaven River NOW. This award recognizes school achievements in carrying out educational and service projects designed to teach environmental concepts and encourage students to take an active role in tackling environmental challenges.

Additionally, guests can drop off e-cycling materials with Goodwill, participate in YMCA classes, fly a kite with Kitty Hawk Kites, and learn how to make their own rain barrel. Expo attendees will also be eligible to win prizes ranging from tickets to the Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium to concert tickets at the Sandler Center.

Tours of the new Kellam High School will be offered throughout the day. Keeping with the day's theme, Kellam HS is projected to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.

Food will be available for purchase from CXB Barbecue, Whole Foods and Hawaiian Sno food trucks.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.hrsustainablelivingexpo.com.