Isthmus hosted its first Green Day in Monona Terrace's vast Exhibit Hall on Saturday, April 26. More than 2,500 people roamed the floor in search of sustainable ways to build a more eco-friendly community. Hundreds of exhibitors offered everything from insulation, flooring and solar-tube lighting, to organic food and local farm resources; from the hottest -- in a good way! -- bikes and accessories, to hydrogen-powered transport.
"I've been working in environmentalism in Madison for 20 years, and there has never been anything like this day," said one attendee at Isthmus Green Day. "This is the best thing Isthmus has ever done. No one else out there has the energy and the resources to do this. You have to keep doing this event, it is needed."
Highlights of the convention included the family-friendly folks from African Youth Outreach; the entertaining presentation from HGTV's green home-designer Kenneth Brown; the talk by sustainable restaurateur Nora Pouillon; and an extended Q&A with speaker Jon Foley, the global warming guru behind SAGE, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, at the UW-Madison.
This is the start of something great. Happy Isthmus Green Day!