Thursday, April 12, 2012

EcoMakers attend the South Shore Clean Cities Annual Meeting

In February, the EcoMakers attended the 2012 South Shore Clean Cities Annual meeting. At the Avalon Manor in Merrilville, IN, community leaders gathered for the 13th annual meeting to discuss the importance of to increasing the use of renewable energy, reducing the use of foreign oil and reducing pollution.  Two outstanding speakers, such as U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky and Mark Stoerman of Fair Oaks, discussed the goals and strategies to make businesses and communities more sustainable.  “I thought the initiatives Fair Oaks Dairy Farms is putting into place, such as using methane gas produced by cow manure to power the dairies and using the gas in their delivery trucks was really innovative and interesting,” said Dylan Schmitter, outreach coordinator for the EcoMakers. Carl Lisek, the executive director of South Shore Clean Cities, spoke of the successes of the community such as displacing 340,000 gallons of fuel and outlined future goals for the community. We enjoyed talking with members of the South Shore community and look forward to partnering with South Shore Clean Cities in the future. On the way home from the event, the students and professors that attended the event stopped at Fair Oaks Dairy Farms, and enjoyed a cheese tasting. Sustainable cheese definitely tastes better.

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