by Dennis Dalman – firstname.lastname@example.org
There is still room for booth exhibitors at the upcoming third annual “St. Cloud Area Sustainable Expo” that will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.
As many as 100 exhibitors are expected at the expo.
Sartell is one of the main sponsors of the event, which is an informational and demonstration meeting about the many ways companies, organizations and individuals are working to make a more environmentally sensitive “green world.”
The City of Sartell will sponsor a demonstration at the expo entitled “Water” by the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Sartell City Planner and Developer Anita Rasmussen said the Expo involves all area cities and counties, who are all part of creating a regional framework for sustainability. That effort, she said, includes the development of environmentally friendly land-use methods, energy policies and stewardship of natural resources. One of the exhibitors, for example will be Market Monday, the winter farmers’ market in Sartell.
The event will be free and open to the public. Other cities involved include St. Joseph, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, St. Augusta and St. Cloud.
Other features at the expo will include the Minnesota Zoo’s “Zoomobile,” the Great Lakes Aquarium presentation of “Water’s Incredible Journey,” and live music and creative projects for children to enjoy. A highlight of the expo will be a ceremony at which the “Sustainability Awards” for 2013 will be announced and presented.
The keynote speaker for the event will be award-winning, retired Twin Cities newsman Don Shelby.
The expo organizers are seeking industries, government agencies, non-profits, educators and student organizations to share their existing work and ideas with others. The deadline to sign up for exhibit space is Friday, March 15.
For more information or to register, go to www.sustainablestcloud.com.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.