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Energy fair set for Aug. 11 at Jarrett Prairie Center

The 17th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jarrett Center, Byron Forest Preserve. 

Note the change of date and location.

As always, the fair will include excellent speakers who will present fascinating ideas. 

The major topics will be energy efficiency and renewables and food and gardening. 

The keynote speaker for energy at this year’s fair is David McEllis, an Environmental Law and Policy Center government affairs representative working on current Illinois energy legislative issues. 

He will focus on the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard and ELPC’s efforts in implementation of the new renewable energy statute.

Keynote speaker for food, agriculture, and gardening will be Fred Iutzi, director of The Land Institute, a non-profit organization that has focused on more sustainable agriculture including perennial crops. 

TLI recently developed and is selling Kernza, a perennial wheat, being sold and used in baked goods throughout the Midwest.

This event will also feature an expo with varied booths and exhibits.

Healthy, organic, sustainable and educational products can be purchased. Food, homegrown and handmade products will be available.

Lunch options will be available. The forest preserve will sell beer and wine in the afternoon.