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Aug 23

Get Eco-Friendly at the 9th Annual Go Green Expo

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 9:56 AM by Communications Department

rain barrelGo Green Expo, the Hampton Roads Premier Indoor Festival, is back! Hosted by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, this is a one day event for consumers, business leaders, and families that features eco-friendly products, educational speakers, and easy ideas for eco-living, no matter what your shade of green. Go Green Expo focuses on going green by making simple green changes everyone can do. Stop by Brittingham-Midtown Community Center on Saturday, September 9 anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to enjoy this year’s event themed “Eat Local, Grow Local, Live Local.” This event is free and open to the public!

The day includes a variety of activities including free gardening workshops, a vendor hall, a live animal display, a special kid’s zone, hands-on demonstrations and much more. Guests also have the opportunity to participate in rain barrel & vermiculture workshops for an added fee.

The Vermiculture Workshop begins at 11:00 a.m. in the pavilion of the Brittingham Midtown Community Center. The cost to participate in this workshop is $25 per bin. The Rain Barrel Workshop starts at 1 p.m. in the pavilion of the Brittingham-Midtown Community Center. vermicultureThere is a $60 fee per barrel to participate. Space is limited for so register early by calling the Newport News Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 757-591-4838 or visit the Go Green Expo Website’s Rain Barrel Workshop page or the Vermiculture Workshop page. Please be aware that you will need to take your finished compost and/or rain barrel home with you, so bring a vehicle large enough to accommodate a 55 gallon drum!

In addition to the activities and workshops, this year the event team is pleased to offer Electronics Recycling for the first time. Recycling is offered for the following items:

  • Working, and nonworking flat-panel televisions (NO tube-type TVs)
  • DVDs, CDs, records, tapes
  • Small electronics (i.e. radios, clocks, lamps)
  • Computers, printers and monitors
  • Desktop and laptop personal computers
  • Peripheral devices including flat panel and CRT computer monitors, printers, scanners and other related devices
  • Components including hard drives, motherboards, RAM chips, cases and cables
  • Office technology including copiers, plotters, and telephone systems
  • IT equipment including mainframe systems, servers, power supplies, surge suppressors, and components
  • Gaming consoles, accessories and peripherals

Brittingham-Midtown Community Center is located at 570 McLawhorne Drive in Newport News. For more information contact the Newport News Extension Office 757-591-4838 or visit