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Eco-fest brings advice on sustainable living

Sustainability is a concept that's talked about a lot but not always understood.

So says Barbara Stalbird, environmental education coordinator for the city of Largo, who has organized an Eco-fest aimed at explaining what the buzz is all about.

The free event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at McGough Park in Largo, will feature nature walks and a series of talks from sustainability gurus, including Jon Butts, who hosts the "Sustainability Show" on WMNF 88.5 FM.

"Many people care about the environment and want to do their part in protecting it, but aren't sure what they can do to have an impact," Stalbird said. "This event will provide practical information and tools for people to use to do their part in protecting the environment."

A variety of representatives from local businesses will be at the event to teach people about living a more environmentally-friendly life. Clearwater Toyota representatives will demonstrate how hybrid cars work. Progress Energy specialists will share energy-saving tips. And horticulturists from Wilcox Nursery will discuss how planting native plants can benefit the environment.

There will also be a tree giveaway, with more than 500 magnolia, oak, cypress and elm trees. Planting trees, Stalbird said, is a sustainable effort because trees provide oxygen and cleans the air, and are food and shelter for animals.

Freelance writer Mallary Jean Tenore is the James M. Naughton fellow at The Poynter Institute, a school for journalists that owns the St. Petersburg Times.

IF YOU GO

Eco-fest

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

McGough Nature Park

11901 146th Street N

For additional information, contact Barbara Stalbird at (727) 518-3047.

To make a sustainability pledge online, visit www.pinellascountyextension.org.



>>FAST FACTS

Eco-fest

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

McGough Nature Park

11901 146th St. N

For additional information, contact Barbara Stalbird at (727) 518-3047.

To make a sustainability pledge online, visit www.pinellascountyextension.org.



Here are a few tips from organizers on how to lead a more sustainable life:

• Switch to compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

• Monitor your thermostat to save energy.

• Replace or clean your air conditioning filter.

• Plant native plants

• Unplug idle appliances and electronic devices.

• Give your car an annual tune-up.

• Bike or walk instead of driving.

• Buy local foods, in season

• Use hybrid cars.

Eco-fest brings advice on sustainable living 03/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 10:11pm]
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