The event is called “It’s All About the Green!”
This celebration will be held at the courtyard between the Administration Building and the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium, with parking available below the gym.
There will be food, presentations, entertainment and various vendors from the Cleveland community discussing the importance and benefits of “going green.”
Exhibitors this year include city of Cleveland Shade Tree Board, which will be providing tree care information and giving away tree seedlings; Cleveland Utilities will be providing information on water and electricity conservation; the U.S. Forest Service will be discussing how to go about touring national forests; Tennessee Wild will provide information on wilderness advocacy; Worm Works will be discussing earthworm castings and indoor/outdoor organic fertilizer; Southern Energy Water and Air/Taken for Granite will be discussing water purification, air filtration, solar, weatherization and recycled granite; Merck will be discussing sun protection; and Bradley County Stormwater will be discussing stormwater and its changes. Many other businesses and organizations will be present, as well.
“This annual event allows participants the opportunity to learn how to do simple, everyday things that will help preserve the earth for years to come,” stated Tracey Wright, director of Special Programs and Community Relations.
“Our diverse group of vendors are sure to have information that will benefit our community members in living greener, more sustainable lives.”
In addition to the many exhibitors, the Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council will be conducting rain barrel workshops at 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
The workshops will show homeowners how rain barrels can catch water from gutters and provide them with an alternative water supply for gardening or landscaping, while helping solve stormwater issues in the area.
This community outreach program is free to participants; however, there are a limited number of barrels. Participants will need to be prepared to take the barrels home with them on the day of the workshop.
Children’s entertainment during the event will include face painting, making butterflies out of coffee filters, a corn toss game, a tambourine craft and making a recycled seedling cup and a natural bird feeder from pine cones.
It’s All About the Green is open to the community, and admission to the event is free.
There will be giveaways, door prizes, and free tree seedlings.