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Learn about green living at these upcoming events

Interested in learning more about innovations in green living or what some call "sustainability?" Here are a few upcoming events to consider:

Renew Tampa (Oct. 1-3)

A historic preservation and green building design conference and expo is organized by the Architectural Heritage Committee, part of Tampa's American Institute of Architects. Workshops, lectures and a historic neighborhood tour will detail how to renovate your bungalow using green techniques or incorporate solar technology in restoring a cigar factory, for instance. The featured speaker is Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh.

The weekend event starts at historic Trolley Barn, 1910 N Ola Ave., with a party Oct. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring a preview of the expo and live jazz. Cost is $25.

The expo, with workshops and seminars, continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2. Cost for adults is $8 before the event or $10 at the door. Children under 12 are free.

Tour of Homes is from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3, hosted by the Tampa Heights civic association. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 that day. Combo tickets for the expo and tour are available for $15 in advance or $20 after Oct. 1. For more information or to buy tickets go to, or call (813) 229-3411.

Tour of Solar Homes (Oct. 2)

See the solar energy systems at the homes of Jon and Debbie Butts in Plant City and Anna and Michael Parsons in South Tampa as part of a self-guided tour hosted by the University of Florida's Clean Energy Research Center. The event features several homes and businesses with solar-powered systems and is part of a national event (American Solar Energy Society) to introduce communities to solar technologies and other alternative energies. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. Free. Registration is required at the center, 3720 Spectrum Blvd. A map of the homes will be available.

Tampa Bay Green

Business Summit (Oct. 13)

The summit focuses on how local jobs can be created within the emerging green economy. Presented by United for a Sustainable America, the event features Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and state Rep. Darryl Rouson, also of St. Petersburg, as well as Ike Brannon, chief Republican economist for the U.S. House of Representatives House Energy and Commerce Committee. The event kicks off from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Tampa Convention Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (813) 868-6711 or visit

Elisabeth Parker, Times staff writer

Learn about green living at these upcoming events 09/23/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 23, 2010 4:30am]
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