[Editor’s Note: EarthTechling, based in Portland, is a media sponsor of the Portland Better Living Home Garden & Lifestyle Show.]
The annual Portland Better Living Home Garden & Lifestyle Show, going on in 2011 at the Portland Expo Center March 25-27, is one of the best places during the course of the year for Oregonians to see an array of green everything under one roof. We in particular are looking forward to the wide mix of green technology related things going on, which we provide you a preview of here.
Four major areas on the show floor stand out to us based upon what is being talked about prior to the event’s kick off. Being as we love green cars, it is cool to see the PGE Electric Avenue area, where an array of electrics and hybrids, ranging from the likes of the Nissan Leaf on down through exotics such as Ryno Motors, will be on hand for visitors to check out. This is supplemented by the Ford Drive Green Pavilion, which will highlight the American automaker’s forays into hybrid and electric vehicles.
On the green home side, two more areas that jump to our attention are ones being sponsored by Energy Trust of Oregon and NW Natural. The Energy Trust Good Energy Pavilion, which will be staffed with Energy Trust folk, will help Oregonians get answers to questions about home energy efficiency solutions, as well as learning about how cash incentives and tax credits can ease the upfront cost of making one’s home greener. The NW Natural Blue Home, meanwhile, is an 1,100 square foot demonstration home that will showcase a variety of products and services from local green providers that make a house more efficient, comfortable to live in and sustainable, all at the same time.
For those more inclined to take a sit down approach to learning about green techie solutions, a variety of seminars and presentations will help educate one in a short period of time. Energy Trust will be hosting talks on being more energy smart in the home, while a mix of speakers will be talking about the benefits of residential solar. Scheduled as well as talks on subjects like green design and remodel and also making biodiesel.
For those wandering the show floor checking out the variety and mix of vendors, there will be plenty talking about cleantech and renewable energy. The value here is that, instead of browsing a mix of web sites or flipping through the phone book to find, for example, a qualified solar installer, you’ll instead be able to meet face to face folks who can do the work for you.
Some of the more unique green tech vendors we think might be worth checking out if you have the time include: NECA/IBEW 48, who will be showing how to wire an electric vehicle charging station at your home; Solar Interior Design, who will be showcasing what it calls passive solar furniture; and Clean Energy Works Oregon, a statewide program designed to make it easy for homeowners to do efficiency upgrades to houses.
There will be, of course, all your other usual green goodness as well, be it a movie screening of For The Next 7 Generations, a dedicated kids area or what is being billed as the nation’s first small standard flower show to highlight native plants and sustainability. There will also be food and entertainment, too.
So, if you don’t have anything going March 25-27 and want to be inspired to go green, Portland’s Better Living Home Garden & Lifestyle Show just might be the place you need to be.