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OC Green Fair

Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center

:: ocgov.com

Orange County will present its third annual OC Green Fair May 17 in an effort to create environmental awareness and give earth a well-deserved break.

The Green Fair’s goal is to teach visitors techniques that can reduce the imprint an individual leaves on the planet. Helping visitors acquire knowledge of sustainability, eco-friendly products and energy and water conservation are just some of the ways fair exhibitors will send you on the green path.

“This is a long-term goal that is good for the county, good for its residents and good for businesses,” says Matthew Harper, public affairs manager at OC Waste and Recycling, “to interact and see what works for each individual and each business and find out how to improve the bottom line.”

Approximately 100 vendors at the Santa Ana Civic Center will present products and services geared toward maintaining a clean and safe environment, while giveaways, prizes, food and more are expected to attract a crowd of about 3,000.

Among the exhibits will be the Vibrant Art Walk, a showcase of students’ works at all levels of school in an effort to educate and collaborate with the county’s youth. The exhibit will feature essays, sculptures, paintings, and drawings focused on sustainable designs.

Additionally, the fair is being sponsored by several organizations, including the Wyland Foundation, which was offered the ceremonial title of Grand Marshal. The role is designed to give the organization a leadership position to help get the community more involved, says Executive Director Steve Creech.

“We were thrilled,” he says. “Any opportunity to get people interested in conservation is awesome.”

The Wyland Foundation will display its Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center, a 1,000-square-foot exhibit that features a running river, a computer model simulator and other interactive programs to teach visitors about the importance of water conservation.

The event is free to the public and will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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