First annual ‘Southern Green Living Expo’ set for fall

Less than a year after the annual Southern Energy & Environment Expo (S.E.E.) announced the end of its 10 year-run, organizers are already planning a similar event for this fall: The Southern Green Living Expo.

The event will be held Sept. 14-16 at the newly renovated Asheville Civic Center in downtown Asheville, and, like its predecessor, will feature three days of workshops, presentations and products suitable for individuals, businesses and government agencies.

The idea, says organizer Ned Doyle, is to showcase “the Southern region’s opportunities, knowledge and successes in sustainable economics and conservative environmental stewardship.”

The founder of the S.E.E., Doyle has partnered with Tim Alexander on the new project (Alexander owns HomeSource, a regional green building contractor and supplier). And Doyle says they hope to learn from the past and appeal to a wider audience this time around.

“We’re not starting from scratch, instead it’s building on the community successes that have both helped our region weather the poor economy better than most, and also emerge as leaders in sustainable economic development,” explained Doyle in a statement.

Organizers are still finalizing the schedule and other details. But Doyle says they don’t foresee any problems filling the days with lively activities and products. And they foresee an annual event.

“With the growing number of ‘green’ enterprises and community efforts in the region, one challenge,” he said. “Is, with only about 250 spaces for the three day event, not all of the [local] businesses and green initiatives and programs can be represented.”

Xpress will have more details on the event as they’re available.

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