Going Green in Michigan
Rochester plans biggest Earth Day Celebration in the state April 18-19
Rochester, Michigan, is ready for Earth Day. On the weekend before the April 22 celebration of all things Earth, the Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center (EAC) will hold its fourth annual Earth Day Expo, the largest Earth Day celebration in the state of Michigan. This year, the Earth Day Expo will be held April 18-19 in Rochester.
The EAC started the Expo because they decided Earth Day was the best way to reach larger audiences with their message to conserve the environment. John Batdorf, Web master and fundraiser of the EAC told me that Upland Hills also makes renewable energy with wind and solar power, and organizes a variety of tours, seminars, and workshops for people who want to learn more.
The Earth Day Expo will have exhibits, presentations, and entertainment for all ages. The main focus is centered around green (earth friendly) products.
“We want everyone to know that a lot of people are working on Earth friendly products and programs that can improve people’s lives and the community,” Batdorf told me.
About 50,000 people are expected to attend. Batdorf said he expects the renewable energy exhibit that has helped the EAC and the Expo grow so rapidly over the last four years will be the most popular.
Various businesses have helped make the Expo a success.
“They provide money or in-kind contributions (stuff we need) for the Expo,” he said. “We provide them with exposure on our advertising signs.”
As you can see, the EAC and the Michigan community really benefit from the Expo. Educating people about going green has really boomed in the past few years. When people are aware of and understand how to go green, they can start to take action, like the EAC, and improve people’s lives and the community.
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Photo: Two young environmentalists work on art projects at the Rochester, Michigan, Earth Day in 2008. (Photo Courtesy UHEAC)