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EarthFest 2011 this weekend

Earth Day is coming up next week, but you can get a head start on environmentally friendly activities this weekend.

Pellissippi State's Hardin Valley Campus is hosting the 2011 EarthFest Saturday, April 16
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EarthFest is a free, "zero-waste" event with food, fun and entertainment for the whole family, including pets, according to the official EarthFest website.

The event promotes environmental awareness, and this year's event focus is "Green it and mean it!" Workshops and activities will support the initiative by showing visitors what they can do to improve their environmental footprint.

Event officials say last year they recycled or composted over 880 lb. of materials and only 6.50 lb. went to the landfill from the entire event, which was attended by nine thousand visitors.

Several panel discussions are scheduled and vendors will be on site promoting green products and services..

Some vendors will help participants go a little greener immediately: The city of Knoxville will offer an opportunity to exchange old mercury thermometers for digital thermometers, until supplies run out.  KUB will do likewise, letting visitors swap one old lightbulb for a CFL bulb. Mercy Health Partners has joined with Keep Knoxville Beautiful to encourage the use of reusable bags -- bring in at least 10 plastic grocery bags or bottles to exchange for a cloth bag.  Check the site's events section for more information and times.

The following informational sessions are scheduled at the event's "Green Living Tent," according to a city press release:

-- ARE WE TOO CLEAN? 11 - 11:50 a.m. A public health panel discussing the results of our society's "obsession" with fighting germs on the environment and on our health.

-- LIVABLE COMMUNITIES Noon - 12:50p.m. A panel of local experts on developing sustainable communities that improve neighborhoods, our health and our environment.

-- LOCAL ACTIONS; GLOBAL RAMIFICATIONS 1 - 1:50 p.m. A panel of local experts will discuss how our decisions at a local level have farther reaching impacts than most of us know.

Nearly 100 are listed as attending event, from local government services, to retailers of environmentally conscious products and area attractions like Ijams Nature Center.  A full list is available on the exhibitors section of the EarthFest site.

For more information about the event and tips on going green, check out the EarthFest website.
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