GoExpo, the Triad’s biggest-ever sustainability festival, is coming to the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem on Saturday, Sept. 25, to help families, singles, kids, businesses, and building professionals learn how to “go green.” Doors will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.
GoExpo is presented by Modern Automotive and will feature information and presentations on green trends for homes, businesses, neighborhoods, schools, transportation, and more; test drives of hybrids and other “green” cars; hands-on activities for kids; certification classes for building professionals; and an exhibition of the green products and services.
Special guests include Sarah Susanka, architect and author of the best-selling “Not So Big House” series of books; and Sophie Lambert, the director of LEED for Neighborhood Development at the U.S. Green Building Council.
GoExpo is an initiative of the city of Winston-Salem Community Sustainability Program Committee, an advisory body formed by the Winston-Salem City Council in 2008 to spearhead efforts to make Winston-Salem a more sustainable community.
Jason Frichner, the chairman of the committee, says GoExpo is intended to raise awareness of sustainability and the advantages it offers to residents and business owners alike. “We want to introduce the concept to people who may not understand it or have not bought into the benefits of sustainability, and show how it can change their lives for the better,” he said.
GoExpo will present information in eight areas, each focusing on practical ways to meld sustainable principles with everyday practice, says Anne Tambling, a committee member and the chair of GoExpo.
“We’ve really tried to cover all the different aspects of people’s lives,” Tambling said. “Whether it’s the schools their children attend, the transportation they use, the food they eat, the houses they live in, the neighborhoods they live in – there are sustainable aspects to all these areas.
“Most expos are vendor-based – you find lots of opportunities to buy things,” Tambling said. “Ours is about information. We want people to learn about the tremendous advantages that come when you follow sustainable practices – not just environmentally, but financially for your home or business.”
Highlights of GoExpo include:
- Test drives of hybrid and fuel-efficient cars, courtesy of Modern Automotive Group, the presenting sponsor for the GoExpo
- Separate themed areas focusing on sustainability in homes, offices, gardens, schools, neighborhoods, transportation and construction.
- A Go Kids area with hands-on activities for kids.
- Special workshops, seminars, and exhibits for builders, architects and engineers, including classes that fulfill U.S. Green Building Council certification requirements.
- Four “green-themed” movies presented by A/perture Cinema, including two in the afternoon at the convention center.
- Free door-side “bike valet” service for bike riders who pedal to GoExpo.
- Walk-through mock-ups of a “green” home and a “green” office.
- Exhibits of sustainable products and services for builders and homeowners.
GoExpo is also being sponsored by HanesBrands, Waste Management, Duke Energy, the Piedmont Triad Research Park, , Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, Talan Healthcare, A/perture Cinema, InterfaceFLOR and the Piedmont Triad chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.
Interested in being a volunteer or exhibitor for the GO EXPO?
For more information, visit www.GoExpoWS.com or www.GoGreen.CityofWS.org.