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Eco Experience
An exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair

image How will I get rid of it? Before you buy, consider the options. It all has to go somewhere!
image Daily cooking demonstrations. These chefs cook with local food and prepare dishes that you can handle, too. Samples included!
imageSustainable Broadway. The stage is our space for shows and demonstrations. Experts, leaders in sustainability, and youth presenting on their solutions and ideas.
image Native plants for beauty, ease, and water conservation. Landscaping that can reduce mowing and watering. See installations and talk to plant experts at the Eco Experience.
image Recycle MORE. Minnesotans throw away 6 of every 10 aluminum cans, wasting resources and money.
image Electric vehicles charged with solar power. Charging with renewable energy helps reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
image Chemistry impacts our lives. Students from the University of Minnesota explain how green chemistry and engineering are reducing toxicity and waste in product development.
image The historic Progress Center goes green. The Eco Experience occupies the Progress Center building, built in 1907—and constantly being improved!
Permeable pavers let stormwater through. Let the water soak in. Permeable pavers for patios, sidewalks, and driveways. At the Eco Experience you can talk to a professional and make plans for your yard.
What can bugs tell you about water quality? What lives in the water? This exhibit provides an up-close look at the insects that tell us our lakes are healthy and safe.

The Eco Experience is a huge exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, filled with hands-on activities, demonstrations and resources. The annual event is open during the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair. This year's dates are August 21-September 1, 2014.

The Minnesota State Fair's history in agriculture, food, arts and crafts, innovation, and youth projects are kept alive in this environmentally themed building. Highlights include:

Renewable energy. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and Windustry are teaming up to provide information about energy efficiency, solar, wind and ground-source heat.

Lakes, streams, and drinking water. Minnesota's 12,000 lakes and rivers are special to all of us and so are the animals that rely on them. This year, learn more about our state's fish in the new Mercury in Fish exhibit. The popular 15-foot aerial map of St. Paul is back and will guide your exploration of a watershed. Find out where your rainwater, stormwater and more goes in Mother Nature's draining system. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Health, Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water, and Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education will bring a full suite of exhibits to teach you and your kids about this precious resource.

Landscaping. What's the buzz about your lawn? Field Outdoor Spaces lets you know what you can do to protect our precious pollinators. Whether it's agriculture, water conservation or protection, the way our communities design lawns and landscapes can change the world for the insects and animals that call it home. Attend demos and presentations and Tweet or Instagram us with the hashtag #BeeMNNice! 

Healthy, local food. Young entrepreneurs are tapping into the Minnesota market in an unexpected way. Increasingly, young farmers are building successful farm businesses right here in our state. Taste fresh watermelon, cheese, veggies and more while you learn about what it takes to build and grow a successful farm in our state. You can sample dishes made from Minnesota ingredients and find more ways to use whole foods from our state. Renewing the Countryside brings cooking demonstrations, local farms and local distributors here for you to meet. Take a picture and tweet us a #farmerselfie. 

Can we talk recycling? Come see the World's Largest Wad of Paper. In 2012, Minnesotans threw away 1,087,000,740 pounds of paper that could have been recycled! The World’s Largest Wad of Paper is a visual 10-foot ball of paper illustrating the amount of paper thrown away in our state. Then, see how businesses use recycled paper to create #MNMade products. Stop by the Eco Experience to see a visually stunning paper exhibit. You'll learn why recycling and composting is important and how it helps create local jobs. Yes, we can recycle more!

Old and new materials, each good in their own way. The era of single-use and toxic materials is on the way out. The U of M Center for Sustainable Polymers will explain how green chemistry and engineering are reducing toxicity and waste in manufacturing. ReUse Minnesota will demonstrate the opportunities in our state to repair, share and reuse everyday items. 

Movies and presentations. The Sustainability Stage is our little place for shows and demonstrations. You'll find experts, leaders in sustainability and youth presenting on their solutions and ideas. In the evening, you can sit back, grab some popcorn from fresh-popped locally-grown corn, and enjoy films presented by Renewing the Countryside. 

Urban trees. Climate change impacts in Minnesota are prominent. What can we do?  One reaction is to plant or care for urban trees. They can help us slow and adapt to climate change.  Learn why, what and how at the Eco Experience.

Did you stop by last year? Look for the organizations and products you saw on the Green Crossing and Partners pages.

Questions? Contact Britt Gangeness, Eco Experience Coordinator, at 651-757-2262.

Last modified on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:28

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