Efest brings environmentally friendly together
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11/24/08 Colleen Krepstekies and Andrea Lypka
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Efest, the Green Living Music and Arts Festival took place at the Sarasota Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch green community in Nov. 15-16.

The free annual event is the largest environmental festival in the Gulf Coast region, uniting private sector, non-governmental and governmental institutions that are concerned about the environment. It showcased Green-N- Healthy Expo with 175 exhibitors and green panel discussions about eco-friendly building trends, green technologies and alternative energy sources.

The purpose of the festival was to create a positive change in the people; to raise eco-consciousness and to help green communities in Florida grow. The community affair also featured the Children Eco Village with many learning possibilities for children and the Trash to Treasures Eco-Art Contest featured art made from recycled materials, along with music, high wire acts, organic food and eco-fashion show.

The eFest not only preached green but worked green: the generators were powered by bio-fuel from BioDiesel2Go, the banners were made from recycled materials by LexJet. Moreover, the money raised at Efest will be used to develop locally managed carbon-offsetting programs/carbon footprint reducing programs.

Because of today’s energy-dependence and environmental concerns, the festival is well-timed. The event demonstrated that by involving the private business, the governmental and non-governmental sectors in green projects, the whole community can make a positive impact on the environment.

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