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Increased participation is needed at the Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair, which has become a successful annual event!

Kanawha Valley Connections will hold its third annual Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair on Saturday, September 24, 2011. This year’s event will be held from 10 am until 4 pm at the Columbia Gas Transmission Building, 1700 MacCorkle Avenue SE in Charleston.

The Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair is the signature event of Kanawha Valley Connections, a volunteer organization dedicated to creating pathways to sustainability throughout the Kanawha Valley and surrounding communities. Organizers are currently seeking planning committee members, volunteers, partners and exhibitors.

“Sustainability is about strengthening our community ties and skills, making us better prepared to maintain our resources in good times and bad,” says KVC Project Manager Barbara Frierson. “Last year people were thrilled to learn how many businesses, agencies and groups are working toward sustainability in this area.”

The Fair will introduce participants to and educate them about economic, environmental and social sustainability. Fair goers will experience sustainability through a variety of themes, including locally grown food, conservation, renewable energy, green building, green jobs, government and community resources, recycling, health and wellness, economic development, culture and history. The event will feature food, interactive and hands-on exhibits, activities for children, performances, and practical ideas for residents and businesses.We are expecting vendors with a variety of goods to sell. Over 2,000 participants attended last year’s Fair and associated events, taking advantage of activities, products and services offered by more than 100 exhibitors and off-site sponsors.

The Fair is funded in part with a $10,000 grant from the Sustainable Kanawha Valley Initiative and a $1,800 grant from the Capitol Conservation District. Volunteers from Bridgemont Community and Technical College, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam Counties, Ignite Studios Creative Services, Center for Economic Options, Nisource Gas Transmission and Storage, Step by Step, West Virginia Citizens Action Education Fund and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection are planning and promoting this
year’s event. Many other individuals and organizations are contributing to the effort. Anyone interested in helping should call Kanawha Valley Connections at 304-941-3281 or email: Visit our website at

All businesses, organizations and individuals with green or sustainable products, services or practices are invited to participate. Call 304-941-3281 to request Exhibitor Application packets. Applications must be received by August 1, 2011.

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