Sustain yourself: Free expo in Tacoma connects people with local resources

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.comFebruary 26, 2014 

FOOD CHICKEN OR EGG 3/30

Backyard chickens are just one of the topics covered in this weekend's Sustainability Expo in Tacoma.

KATHY WILLENS — AP

Consider the chicken. Or at least consider raising one or two. Backyard poultry is just one of the topics at Saturday’s South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

“It’s a great way for people who are interested in sustainability or their own kind of resource conservation but don’t know all the resources available here in Tacoma or Pierce County,” said Kristi Lynett, the environmental policy and sustainability manager for the city of Tacoma. The city has been the main sponsor of the free fair since 2010. This marks the seventh year for the Expo, initially organized by several local colleges.

Last year 650 people attended the event, which features workshops, films, vendors and family activities.

“There are some really great practical things but you don’t have to be a homeowner to get something out of it,” Lynett said.

Seventy-five vendors will represent businesses, nonprofits and agencies that feature environmental sustainability products and services.

Just about everyone will find a subject that interests them and it can have multiple entry points, Lynett said. Food, for instance, will be represented by community garden volunteers, a cooking demonstration and a farmers market with 10 vendors.

The Tacoma Nature Center and the University of Puget Sound’s Slater Museum of Natural History will organize activities for children, including a scavenger hunt. Other activities include DIY T-Shirt screen printing (bring your own shirt) and art projects using repurposed objects.

More than 75 prizes will be raffled, including refurbished laptop computers.

“This is really about getting information and resources in to people’s hands,” Lynett said. “People don’t know we have some amazing things going on in Tacoma and Pierce County.”

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541 craig.sailor@thenewstribune.com

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