Saturday: A Climate Expo in Suitland

Lots of information about how Maryland can deal with climate change, including political action and green jobs -- this Saturday in Suitland.

/By Susan Ungar/ The Energy, Health and Climate Expo, making the rounds of Maryland locations, is coming to Prince George's County this Saturday, October 24,1-5 p.m., at the Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747. (map)

 Sponsors include Prince George's County Organizing for Action partnering with the Maryland Climate Coalition, the Prince George's County Department of the Environment and the Suitland Civic Association.

  • There will be an Expo portion with folks not only from county and state government agencies, but also local small businesses and environmental groups who will all bring information to the public on ways to save energy, save money and save the climate.
  • We’ll hear from local legislators and energy leaders on the importance of acting on climate in Maryland. Delegate Dereck Davis, Chairman of the Economic Matters Committee, will speak to us about state legislative initiatives to deal with the changing climate. Prince George’s County Councilwoman Karen Toles will speak to us about county actions. Adam Ortiz, Prince George’s Director of the Department of Environment, will talk about ongoing county initiatives that deal with the causes of human-associated climate change and Dr. Sara Via will speak to us about the health aspects of our changing climate.
  • Four workshops have been scheduled on green jobs, on free energy audits and weatherization, on how to advocate for action on climate initiatives and even a workshop on what climate change actually is – you can get your questions answered. Solar City and other green jobs providers will be recruiting.

 The Expo will help us find out what the state and county are doing to help address climate change, grow Maryland's clean energy economy, and what we can do to move action forward.

 With all of this there is an important fun, family aspect to the Expo. Folks can have fun with EmPOWER Maryland's Energy Arcades - the kids will love it and the parents will learn ways that they can save energy and money in their own homes.

 Come to the Expo – we can all be part of the discussion and part of the solution.