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International Eco Event Comes To South Yorkshire

posted 15 Feb 2011, 02:14 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Feb 2011, 02:27 ]
The first ever Eco-EXPO and Festival is coming to the Dearne Valley as part of a drive to secure the Dearne to be one of the greenest areas in Europe.

Following on from a very successful visit to Freiburg in Germany (Europe's Green Capital) last Autumn, Dearne Valley College (DVC) is hosting the Dearne Valley Eco-Expo in conjunction with: Dearne Valley Eco-Vision Team, DDQ, community regeneration expert Keepmoat, Sheffield Hallam University, Barnsley College, Construction Sector Network and Freiburg's Innovation Academy.

The event, due to be held on Friday 18 March 2011 at the DVC Manvers Campus, aims to share and celebrate high profile examples of green communities and Eco-Developments from across Europe. The Eco-EXPO and Festival will also provide an opportunity for local 'green-based' businesses and learning centres to promote their services in order to give a boost to the local economy.

The festival will inform the local people about green living and it is hoped that the event will enable Communities in the Dearne Valley develop an 'Eco-Charter' that people in the area can integrate into their everyday lives in order to make the area more carbon efficient and to position the Dearne Valley as one of the greenest areas in Europe.

The programme for the event will provide a variety of activities for participants including hands on workshops, demonstrations, debates and an exhibition and will cover topics such as how you can make small steps to reduce energy consumption in your home to how we can use state of the art technology in order to improve energy efficiency in the area.

The event will reach audiences, including business representatives from the construction sector, emerging 'eco' industries, local community members, students and their families and national and international practitioners.

As part of the expo, keynote speaker Hans-Jörg Schawander, from Freiburg Innovation Academy has been asked to provide his views and experience of living in green communities. Wath born Neil Baxter, Chair of the Work and skills Board and Managing Director of Bramall Construction, a Keepmoat Company will deliver a talk about living in the Dearne Valley and how we can move forward in ensuring that housing in the Dearne Valley can be at the forefront of sustainability.

Travelling from Catalunya, a team of architects and engineers will talk about their experience in developing new green technologies and applying them to award winning social housing schemes within their communities, and exchange best practice and skills with locally based companies.

If you are interested in exhibiting at this event or would like to attend as a delegate or simply would like to visit the exhibition and/or demonstration workshops please download and complete the registration form/s and return toruth.rovira@sheffield.gov.uk no latter than Tuesday 8th March 2011. Exhibition and delegate places are limited and all available free of charge.

For further information on the Dearne valley Eco-Vision visit: www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/dearne-valley-eco-vision