Pinellas Living Green Expo

05/05/08 Jessica Glenza
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Last weekend marked Pinellas County’s third annual Living Green Expo. Designed to raise public awareness about climate change and the availability of local green resources, the expo featured more than 100 exhibitors and vendors.

On Saturday the Living Green Expo hosted the signing of the Mayor’s Green City Action Accord, where 19 mayors gathered, committing to more sustainable practices. Pinellas County is officially the state’s first green county, and St. Petersburg is the state’s first green city. St. Pete Mayor Rick Baker is also the vice chair of the Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change.

Exhibitors like Pinellas County Utilities and Waste management services and the South West Florida Water Management District informed citizens on the importance of daily conservation.

James Stevenson of the Pinellas County Extension, a countywide sustainability outreach group, discussed the importance of education.

The expo also promoted the vendors of green products and green practices. Rich Packman, of Nature’s Food Patch, pointed to small changes, like removing plastic grocery bags from supermarkets as a way to make change.

According to Committee Chair Steve Plice, the Living Green Expo, now in its third year,, has outgrown St. Petersburg’s Coliseum -- attracting more vendors, public utilities, park services and citizens organizations than even the Clearwater’s Harborview Center could hold.

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