Coupeville hosts Sustainability Fair Wednesday

Those with questions about almost anything green — saving energy, conserving water, building bird sanctuaries — will have access to a plethora of resources Wednesday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 18 organizations at the Coupeville Rec Hall will be ready to give information and answer questions at the town’s Sustainability Fair.

The combination of nonprofits and businesses were all chosen because sustainability is “a big part of their mission statement or of their business,” said Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes.

She and Walt Blackford from Puget Sound Energy organized a similar event last year, mostly focused on saving energy.

“We made it bigger this year and a little more all-encompassing,” Hughes said.

Organizations such as Island Recycling, the Whidbey Island Conservation District, Master Gardeners and WSU Waste Wise will have displays about best practices in the home and garden. There will also be information about building energy-efficient houses or using solar power.

Admission is free and there will be chances to win door prizes such as a gift card to Rain Shadow Nursery, boxes of LED light bulbs or outdoor solar lights.

Hughes said it’s a new event and much different from last year, so she’ll wait to see if it’s something the community is interested in before deciding to do it again next year.

“I’m really kind of anxious to see how it goes this year,” she said, “since we’ve opened up the field.”

• The Sustainability Fair is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 19 at Coupeville Rec Hall.

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