County event offers ways to live 'green'

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County government will sponsor GreenFest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at the Glenwood Community Center in Cooksville. The event will offer exhibits, demonstrations, activities and practical tips for easy ways to "green" your home, workplace and lifestyle.

"If you want to learn how to make your lives greener and more sustainable -- or if you want to learn more about energy efficiency -- this is the place to be," said County Executive Ken Ulman in a statement.

Sixty vendors will have information on topics such as green buildings, green consumer products, leaving a green footprint, and the benefits of hybrid vehicles. Also, local environmental clubs and organizations will have information on environmental awareness.

Activities include a bird walk, a binocular building workshop for children, a wildlife hike, a dragonfly and frog watch, and a live animal display by "Reptiles Alive." There will be a stormwater exhibit, watershed puzzle and other activities to teach kids about the environment and nature.

Visitors will be able to take a tour of the green community center on site or sign up to tour the Elkridge recycling facility at a later date. GreenFest will serve as a drop-off location for used cell phones, eyeglasses and binoculars that will be donated. Also, free shredding (for destruction and recycling) will be available.

Howard Transit will provide free shuttle bus service from The Mall in Columbia (upper parking lot near Sears Service Center) at 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. only. The return buses will depart the Glenwood Community Center at 11:40 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. The ride takes about 30 minutes on the bus.

For more information, visit the county's Web site (www.co.ho.md.us/) and click on GreenFest, or call 410-313-6444.

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