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Valencia High hosts EcoFest

20 vendors display their 'green' products

Posted: May 19, 2008 2:08 a.m.
Updated: July 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Issues such as global warming, hybrid vehicles and holistic foods are not just for adults to tackle. At Valencia High School, a group of students organized together to bring the Santa Clarita Valley the inaugural EcoFest 2008 on its central campus parkway on Sunday afternoon.

Organized by the Environmental Protection Agency Club of Valencia High, the eco-friendly event aimed to educate the public about conservation, environmental issues and sustainable living options.

"Today is mostly about making greener choices for everyday living," said junior Hannah Goldner, who, as president of the EPA Club, coordinated EcoFest 2008. "People think going green is difficult, but it's actually quite easy."

Goldner, who spent the entire school year planning the event, brought out several local sponsors and vendors to help promote the eco-friendly event.

In addition to increasing awareness about maintaining a "greener" lifestyle, attendees were also entertained by a live band and competed for prizes in several raffles.

Approximately 20 vendors attended the event to promote their environmentally-compatible products.

The Home Depot in Valencia, for example, held a workshop at their booth, where people were able to build a wooden recycle box.

Another vendor booth occupied by Melaleuca gave away samples of personal wellness and eco-friendly cleaning products.

A local auto dealer brought a hybrid Nissan Altima to its booth, where people were able to take a closer look at how the electric-gasoline combination vehicle operated.

In Valencia High's parking lot was a large truck, where people could shred their old personal documents safely dispose of e-Waste products and recyclables.

Several vendors also sold holistic foods, and the EPA Club also provided ample amounts of ice cold water - which proved to be a welcome refreshment in light of the high temperatures that accompanied EcoFest 2008.

Goldner, who will be a senior next fall, stated that she intends to bring this event back to Valencia High for a second year. She stated that she was going to be more ambitious next time around, as she hope to bring EcoFest back as a cooperative project with a local elementary school.


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