Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Supplemental: Sustainable Living Fest, March 16

The brain child of Kwrix Creative, with many Heights connections including One Green Street, the The Sustainable Living Fest is bringing on eco-friendly everything at Market Square Park on March 16.

This amazing event actually began as a small health and sustainability expo in conjunction with Earth Week in West Houston.  "The response from the green community was resounding," said Jennifer Masters of Kwirx Creative, the design firm whose efforts have helped start and maintain this ode to the ecosystem. The great response meant the Fest would see another year.  No one involved could have guessed how quickly it would become something else entirely.  As Houston’s own knowledge and fervor for local and sustainable living grew, so did the Fest. With music, art, food, fashion, shopping, this near-zero waste event (NZW) is the only eco-festival of its kind in Texas!

"More than anything," Jennifer says," the Sustainable Living Fest is about this great city. It’s about showcasing the best and the brightest Houston has to offer. It’s about fantastic local talent and the best local eats- about children playing with earth, interactive demonstrations and progressive trends in local businesses. It’s about connecting community. It’s about time to take Houston sustainability from a tradition to trend and back again."
Now held at Market Square Park, the March 16 event should prove to be the best yet!
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Free festival transforms downtown neighborhood park into Houtopia

If you are looking for a fun and unique way to celebrate all things green, head out to Market Square Park on Saturday, March 16 from noon to 6 p.m. as the fourth annual Sustainable Living Fest returns to the historic downtown neighborhood park! This free city-wide festival features more than 60 exhibitors and promises a full day of eco-education and solution-based interactive events. Enjoy live music, local eats and artists, living green demonstrations, as well a place for kids of all ages to play and learn.

The Sustainable Living Fest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities,” says Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications for the Downtown District, a festival sponsor, said. “We encourage residents to continue looking for ways where they can produce less waste and implement energy efficiency in both their homes and workplaces.”  

As part of the festivities, Market Square Park will be transformed into Houtopia, an impressive display of towns and cities that represent sustainable living in Houston. Be sure to make your way into various towns such as “Trend Town” where one can experience beauty, fashion and looks from local up-cycle designers. Those with a green thumb will find “Earth Town” and “Casa Town” the place to be as experts share their tips on sustainable home and gardening practices.  

Plus, there will be plenty of fun for the kiddos and furry members of your family. At Kidtopia, children of all ages can get their hands on eco-games, play with soil and participate in a variety of interactive, educational and kid-friendly activities.  Over on the park’s west side, all dogs are welcome in “Paw Town,” located next to the park’s crescent-shaped dog run where any canine will be happy to run and let loose. 

To add to the merriment, Niko Niko’s, Saint Arnold, the Tastington Farmers Market and many more will be providing refreshing drinks and delicious bites throughout the day. Festival-goers are also encouraged to discover the local fare available at area downtown restaurants.

The Sustainable Living Fest 2013 is a collaborative effort by KWIRX Creative, the Houston Green Scene, Downtown District and the City of Houston- Green Houston.  This is a near-zero waste event (NZW).

Sustainable Living Fest 2013 Schedule 
Be sure to check the Web site and Facebook page often for updates - and 
Noon-6 p.m.

Stageville is the main stage at the Market Square Park, and will feature events throughout the day.
1 p.m. - The Journey Agents
2 p.m. - Fest Awards
3 p.m. - The Wheel Workers
4 p.m. - Walk of the Town: Up-Cycled Fashion Show
5 p.m. - The Craig Kinsey Band

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