DRBC Goes to the Green Expo!
The La Crosse Earth Week Coalition helps our community celebrate Earth Month and Day every year by putting on a wide variety of events. This year on Saturday April 24, they hosted the first ever Green Expo here in La Crosse and DRBC was there.
As part of our efforts to “walking the talk” all materials, including banners, bike stand and literature were carried to the Lunda Center on the WTC campus by bike, despite the rain and wind. It is amazing just how much can fit on a regular bike with a bit of creativity, but we did push the limits. I already mentioned the rain and there was lots of wind, despite this there was a decent turn out and seeing all the local green vendors from our area was motivational in itself.
Great big thanks go out to Karen Mlodzik, Rachel Hazuga and Michael Atchley for volunteering. They had the opportunity to engage quite a few people and I also had the opportunity to make direct connections with several organizations and people. We also had the opportunity to use our new “We Support DRBC” stickers and even got the food service people to wear them during the event. Ed West also represented DRBC at the Earth Day Fair on the same day which was held at the Three Rivers Waldorf School.
In the morning I gave a short workshop on bicycle commuting called “Free & Green: Bicycle Commuting.” It was the first workshop of the day, so it is likely that the still stormy weather hurt attendance, but I had a small very interested group. They asked a lot of great questions and we had several extended conversations afterward. So it was well worth the effort.
All in all it was a well put on event that only suffered a bit due to the bad weather. I am looking forward to being there next year and will keep my fingers crossed for a bit of sunny weather.