Park's 'Green Factory' to put focus on sustainability
By Kevin Kelley
Published Aug. 18, 2010
will host a daylong program on environmental sustainability from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Called “The Green Factory Event,” the
program will feature presentations from sustainable living experts
and local leaders of the green movement.
speakers include Katie Spotz, the 22-year-old who rowed across the
Atlantic Ocean in 70 days to raise awareness for clean drinking
water, who will speak at 2:20 p.m., and Steve Schmolder, owner of
Cleveland’s free-range-friendly Crop Restaurant, who will speak
at 11:45 a.m.
a consultant who organized the event on behalf of Stark Enterprises,
the owner of Crocker Park, said the company wants the shopping and
lifestyle center to be seen as a major sustainability resource in
have been meeting with recent graduates from Baldwin-Wallace College’s
sustainability program to examine how Stark’s properties
can become more environmentally friendly.
Crocker Park instituted a recycling program on its property within
the last year, Krueger said.
Stark officials have coined a new term to promote the green lifestyle
— “su.style.ability.” The word, she said, indicates that environmental
awareness reflects “refinement and style.”
Saturday’s speakers, who will give talks on the stage adjacent to
The Cheesecake Factory.
Other events and speakers include:
• 11 a.m. A reading of Dr. Suess’ “The Lorax” at Borders
Books & Music
• 1:30 p.m. Dr. Keith Jordan, holistic physician and
founder of Optimal Health Wellness Center, to speak on “Living Sustainably.”
• 3 p.m. John McGovern, from the Earth Day Coalition,
will speak on “Sustainable Transportation.”
• 3:30 p.m. Stephanie Strong Corbett, director of
sustainability at Tri-C, will speak on “Living Sustainably.”
• 4 p.m. Dr. David Krueger, director of sustainability
at Baldwin-Wallace College, will speak on “What Students Have Taught
Me About Sustainability.”
• 4:30 p.m. Ed Aghajanian, owner of Westlake’s EZ
Brite, which makes
earth-friendly cleaning products.
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