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‘Green’ living expo next month at the TCC

Citizen Staff Writer



If you are looking for tips on “green” living, an expo next month at the Tucson Convention Center will offer one-stop shopping for advice.

The second Pima Association of Governments Sustainability and Energy Expo on March 6-7 will have more than 90 exhibits ranging from alternate-fuel vehicles to energy efficient windows, said Dennis Dickerson, PAG environmental planning coordinator.

“We’re looking at ways you can be more sustainable in your community, to build a sustainable community,” Dickerson said.

The first expo, in September 2007, drew about 4,000 visitors to 55 vendors. This year, PAG is expecting more than 5,000 visitors this time to stroll past more than 90 booths and 60 vendors.

The expo will offer a film festival with 10 films (all but two under 30 minutes), including ones about buffel grass, making your home more green and how ethanol is made. A 90-minute feature film “Who Killed the Electric Car?” caps off the film festival, which will repeat both days.

If you ride your bike to the expo, you get special treatment, said PAG Environmental Planner Sara Hummer Rajca.

“The City of Tucson is actually doing a bike valet. If you bike to the expo, you get a free pass (into the expo),” Hummer Rajca said. The normal cost for adults is $5.

There will be a display of 15 alternative-fuel vehicles, including a solar race car made by University of Arizona students, she said.

Raffle prizes include a 125cc scooter, a $200 bike shop certificate, solar backpacks, a $100 Lowe’s gift certificate and a 6.5-watt solar charger.

Key sponsors include the Tucson Electric Power Co., the Union Pacific Railroad and the Tucson-Pima Metropolitan Energy Commission.


What: Pima Association of Governments Sustainability and Energy Expo

When: 3-7 p.m. March 6; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 7,

Where: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.

Cost: $5; free admission and free valet bike parking if you ride a bike. Military, students and anyone under 18 free.

Details: Call 792-1093 for more information.

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