Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Saturday, April 25, Flint Hills sustainability Fair


Upcoming Sustainability Fair Focuses on Conserving Water

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm will be the 2015 Flint Hills Sustainability Fair at the Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC). As we prepare for the fair, the age old question, “Sustainability, What is it?” comes to mind. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sustainability is everything we need for our survival and well-being that comes from our natural environment. The goal of sustainability is that humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to continue to have water, minerals, and other resources needed to protect our health and the environment. We all should want to do our part in making sure many of the resources like water and other minerals are available to future generations. So when we discuss being sustainable here on a local level, we often use the word “green.” Being “green” can be achieved several different ways; whether that is recycling many household items (newspapers, plastic bottles, or aluminum cans), planting your own garden, or composting your grass clippings and other compostable waste materials from your house.

This year the fair is focusing on water conservation. Many of the agencies that will have informational booths located in the conference room at the FHTC have an area of focus of water and water conservation. Along with the different booths there will be informational seminars and a workshop focusing on water conservation. Just like last year, K-State Research and Extension, Lyon County has partnered with FHTC to bring the informational seminars to this area during the Sustainability Fair. The schedule for this year’s Sustainability Fair is:

9:00 am – Xeriscape Landscaping, presented by Travis Carmichael, Lyon County Horticulture Extension Agent. This presentation will discuss how using a xeriscape landscape helps conserve water and ways homeowners can go about putting in this kind of landscape.

10:00 am – Water-Wise Plants, presented by Travis Carmichael, Lyon County Horticulture Extension Agent. This presentation is a companion presentation to the Xeriscape Landscaping. Plant varieties that use less water will be discussed during this presentation.

11:00 am - Rain Barrel Workshop, conducted by Amy Becker, Director of Sustainability and Community Education. During this workshop attendees will learn about rain barrels, how to build and ideas for using them.

The Emporia Farmers Market will have market venders at the Sustainability Fair as it is their unofficial kick-off to their outdoor market season. So, come on out to the 2015 Sustainability Fair and see what we have to offer. If you have any questions about the Sustainability Fair, please contact either Amy Becker at (620) 341-1335 or Travis Carmichael at (620) 341-3220 for more information.