Expo to offer information on all things 'green'

Delaware’s Great Green Expo will be held Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The expo is sponsored and hosted by Clear Channel Communications.

“We are truly excited about the event,” said Ryan Kennedy, director of Marketing and Promotions for Clear Channel Radio Delaware. “Nothing like this has ever been done like this here before and we felt really needed to do something. We really wanted to hit the green issue hard and heavy this year.”

The expo will highlight local and regional businesses that offer green-living products, services and information.

Sara Snow of the Discovery Network’s “Get Fresh with Sara Snow” and “Living Fresh with Sara Snow” will be on hand as guest speaker and green expert. Other speakers include representatives from Ford Motor Company, University of Delaware, the Delaware Energy Office, CMI Solar and much more, with topics ranging from solar energy to hybrid vehicles and socially responsible investing to organic foods and more. There will be a “smart car” available for test drives, and there will be a place to recycle old cell phones. For the kids, there will be Closic’s Kids Corner with UDee, Rocky Blue Winkle from the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Trash Can Dan from DSWA, plus there will be arts and crafts, face painting and area zoo representatives.

“We’ll have live music throughout the day. We’ll have an organic beer and wine garden with a few distributors featured, as well as organic food. We’ll have food, music and fun for the whole family!” continued Kennedy.

The idea started from a program on Clear Channel’s news channel WILM, hosted by Paul Hughes of CMI Electric, a company upstate that does solar panel installation and other electrical work.

“It really was the brain child of Paul Hughes,” said Kennedy. “He has a program called the ‘Great Green Home Show’ on WILM and introduced the idea. We have done home and garden shows for the past seven years, and everybody does home and garden shows now, so we decided this was the year to do something different.” He also mentioned that, this year, “green” really seems to be the focus for people and they are looking for ways to save energy, as well as money.

To learn more about companies in the area that offer green solutions and ways to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, check out the Great Green Expo, Saturday, March 29. Admission costs $7, with kids younger than 12 getting in free. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “No Child Left Inside Coalition” and The Delaware National Guard and Reserve Emergency Assitance Foundation. Parking is free and there will be VIP parking directly in front for people in hybrid vehicles. For more information on sponsors and exhibitors, or for directions, visit www.greatgreenexpo.com online.