NEWBURYPORT — The Greater Newburyport Green Expo will be held April 11, from from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rupert A. Nock Middle School, 70 Low St.
The event will feature a variety of exhibitions, speakers and school presentations intended to engage residents, elected officials, businesses and nonprofit groups in a dialogue on how the community can address important issues relating to climate change. Admission is free.
Topics covered at the event will include local food production, recycling, waste to energy, composting, sustainable and renewable packaging, consumer goods repair, green energy production, home and building energy efficiency, renewable energy, nonfossil fuel transportation, resilient infrastructure and mass transit.
There will also be 15-minute “QuickTalks” where participants will learn about Newburyport’s action plans and goals for its energy, energy efficiency, resiliency and waste concerns.
Those who attend will also learn how to start and run a “net-zero” business and how to reduce the carbon footprint. There will be discussions about carbon-free home energy systems, community solar, green roofs, heat pumps, bike lanes and sidewalks and offshore wind.
Exhibition highlights include a display of electric cars and the Repair Café, staffed by more than 20 experienced repairers. Visitors may bring a small, clean item in need of a free repair. Food will be provided by For The Love of Food and Drink from Wells, Maine.
Mayor Donna Holaday will give a keynote address, and remarks will also be made by state Sen. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, and state Rep. James Kelcourse, R-Amesbury.
The event will bring together exhibitors and sponsors from industries that cover solar installation, home energy performance, weatherization, local farming, energy-efficient windows, green roofs, green architecture and composting services.
There will be nonprofit exhibits where visitors will learn about clean water, natural resource conservation, preventing environmental degradation, resiliency, organic and local food production, transportation, waste reduction options, renewable energy production, reducing energy use in buildings and homes, and quality of life.
A complete list of speakers, exhibitors and events can be found at www.GreaterNewburyportGreenExpo.com