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April 22, 2009
April 22nd is Earth Day. It's a holiday that started in 1970 aimed at increasing awareness and appreciation for the environment. Many celebrated Earth Day at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. For more on going green check out our Go Green Guide.
The halls of the Paramount were filled with over 25 local organizations all with a focus on green living. Jim Harshaw a GreenMatters Expo visitor says, "I think Charlottesville is certainly progressive as far as energy efficiency goes and green matters in general. This is great to educate consumers and to educate other business owners." The GreenMatters Expo is a great place to learn about anything green, from green building to alternative energy sources, to conserving your natural resources.
Michael Courts, from Lithic Construction says, "Homes are one of the greatest consumers of energy and if we can make our homes more energy efficient then we are all doing our part to help out." All of the organizations at the expo represent the keynote speakers at the GreenMatters workshops, a two year series of green workshops hosted by The Habitat Store. Ryan Jacoby, from The Habitat Store says, "The topics range from energy efficiency to smart landscaping, alternative energies and a variety of other topics related to green building and green living."
The expo is only the first half of the Earth Day celebration. From 5 to 8 o'clock there is an open house reception at The Paramount, it's free and open to the public. Jacoby says, "A chance to network and celebrate local advances in green building and also recognize the speakers from the past two years." The GreenMatters expo and reception are examples of earth day festivities, designed to increase excitement about living ecofriendly. "We would like to think that people will become more aware everyday of the year but there is definitely and advantage of playing off of the excitement of Earth Day." adds Jacoby.
The Paramount was also handing out free Virginia pine trees during the expo.