On Sat. April 9, 2016 at Mark Twain Middle School, The Venice Green Expo 2.0 gathered businesses and organizations concerned with sustainable living solutions, environmental issues and our green future. The event featured speakers, exhibitors and workshops on topics of concern to our community. Many experts, organizations and companies were on hand to share information and services. There were lots of free giveaways and samples. It was great to gather with like minded people in the community around this vital topic. Some of the participating organizations were: Surfrider, Heal the Bay, Kiss the Ground, Venice Community Gardens, Whole Foods, Venice Oceanarium, and Planet Experts. A big thank you to The Venice Neighborhood Council for hosting this important event! Everyday is Earth Day!
Electric Vehicles on display
Green Truck on site
Kids Zone for your kids
Over 30 Exhibitors
Elected officials available for questions
Giveaways and free samples
Workshops on Bio Char, Permaculture, Composting and Vegan eating
View event photo highlights by Venice Paparazzi’s Edizen
Green Venice Expo kids
The future of building with MNM Mod Building Solutions. MNMOD.com
Dylan Newhouse learns about Kiss the Ground
Kiss The Ground’s mission is to inspire and advocate for the restoration of soil worldwide.
Our work is helping farmers and communities build back healthy soil through policy and consumer awareness.www.KissTheGround.com. What you can do: Compost, host a screening, help a farmer, vote with your wallet, and help your community. Click here for full details!
Community Healing Gardens’ goal is to create organic gardens in every school throughout the L.A. Unified School District, to educate and introduce the importance of nutrition, health, food safety and environmental sustainability. They hope this will lead to healthier food options in the lunch and nutrition programs. Join them at their Coffee + Dirt event on April 16th, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. www.CommunityHealingGardens.org
Wow! This is a frightening fact, presented by speaker Joel Cesare of Surfrider Foundation!
Hama Sushi is the first restaurant to sign up for Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant program! Way to go Esther Chaing! About Ocean Friendly Restaurants: Their main goal is eliminating EPS foam foodware (aka Styrofoam) because it is a top item found at their beach cleanups. Click here to be an Ocean Friendly Restaurant!
Surfrider also tells us about their “Hold On To Your Butt” program! Over 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered every year. Our goal is to cut down on cigarette butt pollution in our community so that dirty butts don’t wind up on the beaches we all love. In the coming months, cigarette disposal ashcans will be installed along the coast from Marina del Rey to Malibu. Butts will be collected and recycled through TerraCycle! To all local businesses, please participate in this program! Click here for more info!
Green Truck’s Mission: Healing our planet one meal at a time. Here are just a few ways Green Truck is helping make our planet a happier and healthier place. greentruckonthego.com
- The vegetable oil we use in cooking our foods is used to power our food trucks the next day.Our commissary kitchen is solar-powered.
- Saying NO to plastic and styrofoam. All of our packaging and utensils are either recyclable or compostable. Our utensils in fact, are made out of potato starch. (But no, they’re not edible.)
- Serious composting! The packaging and utensils we compost are delivered back to the farms from which we source our ingredients. In turn, the compost is used to grow more food. It’s a circle of life sort of thing.
Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean. Everyone let us do our part! Here are 5 Ways to Heal the Bay. 1. Keep Litter out of the gutter. 2. Use Water wisely. 3. Hold Onto Balloons. 4. Go Non-Toxic 5. Sack the Plastic Bags.
- Become a beach scientist every Wednesday! Get your feet wet and join Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in collecting scientific data. www.Healthebay.org/smpa.
- Heal the Bay Beach Clean up is on April 16th at Santa Monica Beach Pier 10 a.m.-12 noon. www.HealtheBay.org
Thanks for the fruit WholeFoods!
Check out Venice’s David Hertz’ book The Restorative Home: Ecological Houses! About The Works of David Hertz FAIA and the Studio of Environmental Architecture: S.E.A is based in Venice Beach, Ca. Their practice primarily focuses on sustainably built, environmentally sensitive, contemporary green buildings. We handle residential and commercial designs in Los Angeles and worldwide. http://davidhertzfaia.com
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Let us make every day…Earth day! Surfrider gives us simple daily lifestyle changes that we can do to help protect our ocean, waves and beaches!