Monday, April 9, 2012

June 9: Aurora Green Fest

Aurora welcomes Green Fest 2012! Mark your calendars for June 9th, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm. Join us at Prisco Community Center & McCullough Park at 150 W. Illinois Ave for our third annual Celebration of Sustainability! This family event is free to the public.
Aurora Green Fest features local educators, entrepreneurs and environmental groups working together to build our local green economy. This is a BIG party with a BIGGER purpose – promoting ecological balance and inspiring social entrepreneurship to lift up our entire community. Visitors will enjoy:
  • Environmental Education – be aware of issues impacting our neighborhoods and homes
  • Local Organic Farms – boost family health and support our local farmers
  • Be Green to Save Green – learn how to lower utility bills, explore alternative energy sources
  • Sustainable Living Solutions from local green vendors and sponsors
  • Green Art Show – 3D sculpture art from reusable objects
  • Recycling Extravaganza – Bring computers and electronics, medicines, documents for shredding, metals, and more.
Big additions to this year’s festival include:
  • The area’s first-of-its-kind Solar Powered Concert, powered by WCP Solar, Inc. featuring live music from The Giving Tree Band – Chicagoland’s nationally-acclaimed, enviro-conscious music group
  • Green Car Show featuring the latest trends in environmentally friendly vehicles
  • Live Eagles and Hawks from SOAR, an organization focused on conservation and preservation of American raptor species
  • Keynote Speaker Jack Darin - Director of the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter
Festival attendees will have a chance to win the concert’s solar system for their home. The grand prize includes a complete five-kilowatt residential solar system and installation, made possible through a generous contribution from WCP Solar. Raffle tickets are only $10, with proceeds going to help grow Aurora Green Fest in 2013, when the committee hopes to move the festival to the city’s new festival grounds at RiverEdge Park.
“The creative energy and passion of grassroots organizers in our community is unstoppable. It’s thrilling to watch Aurora Green Fest grow!” said Mavis Bates, the Festival’s director and chairman of Aurora Green Lights. “We’re on a mission to spread the word, inviting everyone to participate in building a sustainable future by bringing together families, educators, local entrepreneurs and the awesome natural resources of the Fox Valley.”
“WCP Solar is excited to demonstrate the potential of solar power to the community in such an innovative way,” says Dr. Everton Walters, WCP Solar’s founder and CEO, about the solar-powered concert, “This is a great opportunity to show the community how well solar works, and how it can help you not only save money on your electric bills, but decrease the amount of power coming from dirty sources.”
Limited sponsorships and vendor spaces are still available. Visit for information.

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