Sustainability Symposium scheduled for Sept. 11 in Tyler

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the City of Tyler:

TYLER, TX - The "Living Green: A Sustainability Symposium" will be held at Harvey Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost for the symposium is $5 at the door; entrance is free to children under 12 and any student with an I.D. card.

The program is presented by City of Tyler, Keep Tyler Beautiful and Texas Conservation Alliance and will include:

  • Presentations from experts on recycling, conservation and sustainability issues;
  • "Green" vendor displays and exhibits; and,
  • Food vendors.

"This symposium is the perfect opportunity to learn more about ways that each and every one of us can make a contribution toward making our planet healthier," said Cheryl Roy Keep Tyler Beautiful board member and Symposium chair.  "The symposium will cover a variety of subjects from recycling to green building to energy conservation."

Presentations include:

  • "What is Sustainability?" by Jim Bundscho, Ben Wheeler Development;
  • "Recycling Concrete" by Hal Williams, Hal Williams Enterprises;
  • "Clean Living with Natural Gas" by Claude Figueroa, CenterPoint Energy;
  • "Does Your Home Make You Sick?" by John Vaselli, UT Tyler TxAire Project;
  • "You CAN Afford to Build Green!" by Anwar Khalifa, Pyramid Homes;
  • "Lower Your Energy Bill Without Spending a Penny" by John Stowe, StoneBridge Heating & Air;
  • "Composting Made Easy" by Debbie Shafer, Keep Whitehouse Beautiful;
  • "How EarthKind Landscaping Can Save you Money" by Mark Chamblee, Chamblee's Rose Nursery;
  • "Every Child Should" by Alan Byboth, Camp Tyler Foundation;
  • "Where Does My Trash Go?" by Kristi Boyett, City of Tyler;
  • "Tree City USA" by Stephanie Rollings, City of Tyler; and,
  • "Trash to Treasure" by Jim Wooldridge, Habitat ReStore.

"The unique thing about this symposium is that you will find ideas, products and companies from right here in East Texas," Ms. Roy, continued. "We want to provide a one-stop shop for people to find out how to live green."

Sponsored by:  Natural Awakenings Magazine, Republic Services, Pyramid Homes, CenterPoint Energy, Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy and StoneBridge Heating & Air Conditioning.

Special guest:  Ask Oncor. We Deliver.

Visit booths by: Keep Tyler Beautiful, Texas Conservation Alliance, Keep Whitehouse Beautiful, Keep Longview Beautiful, Keep Athens Beautiful, Habitat ReStore, National Wildlife Federation, Rapid Refill Al H. Horaney's and more!

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