Going Green -- Expo and Spring Plant Festival Tomorrow

TAMPA, Fla. (April 11, 2008) -- USF's Sustain-A-Bull events wrap up tomorrow with the Getting Green by Going Green Expo at the Sun Dome, and the Spring Plant Festival at the USF Botanical Gardens.

USF is one of several sponsors for the Expo, along with Tampa Electric Company, Lykes Brothers, Inc. and the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission.

The Expo includes panel discussions and workshops ranging from making compost to water conservation. Michael Lokey, of Lokey Trucks and Isuzu of Tampa Bay, will display his bio-fuel-powered race car and demonstrate how to make bio-fuels. 

Sharon Hanna-West, an MBA programs faculty member at the USF College of Business and one of the coordinators for the event, said the interest in the Expo shows that environmental concerns are a priority for USF and the surrounding Tampa Bay community.

“One of the most important aspects is the connectivity between the university and the community,” she said. “The amount of common passion and common cause is amazing. I think this is an idea, a cause that people believe in, and share in common.”

The Expo coincides with the annual Spring Plant Festival at the USF Botanical Gardens, also held April 12, from held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Spring Festival and plant sale is the largest fundraiser for the gardens. Free transportation will be available for festival patrons to travel to the expo and vice versa.

Kim Hutton, events coordinator for the gardens, said she thinks having the festival and the expo on the same day will be good for both events.

“We’re just really happy about that because they can do both events,” Hutton said. “And it will bring just the type of people we want - the green people.”

Some of the festival’s guests are sure to appeal to a green crowd at the Expo, said Botanical Gardens director, Laurie Walker.

“We do have the Hillsborough County Extension office and The Native Plant Society,” Walker said. “You can’t get much greener than that.”

For more information on the expo and Sustain-A-Bull events for the week, please go to Going Green Tampa Bay’s website at www.goinggreentampabay.com.