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Fair aims to improve green lifestyle

SOLANA BEACH — Local experts on sustainable building products, bicycle transportation, renewable energy, creative recycling and water conservation were on hand for the city’s Green Fair held March 26 at Fletcher Cove Park.
The event was the last in a series of activities planned for the city’s third annual March Sustainability Month. The day began with students from local schools participating in a beach cleanup.
Kenny Mares, 14, from Torrey Pines High School said he was surprised at the amount of tar that was in the sand.
Fair exhibitors included the Green Chamber of Commerce, Green To Go earth-friendly lunchware, AlternaBike and Chevron, which was using a solar energy kit to show how the sun can pump water.
The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation was giving a watershed presentation to demonstrate how pollution on land ends up in the ocean.
The fair also featured a bike safety course, live music and a free bike valet to encourage participants to leave their cars at home.
The event, hosted by the city’s Clean and Green Committee, culminated with Earth Hour, during which participants shut down energy use in symbolic harmony with Planet Earth.