Sustainability Fair to feature vendors, vehicle, incentives advice

The Sustainability Fair: Green Products and Ideas on April 21 at SUNY Oswego will offer students, homeowners and community members a look at a GM fuel cell vehicle, a display to showcase the college’s new eco-friendly student apartments, expert advice on green-living tax credits and incentives, and much more.

GM fuel cell car.The one-day exposition will feature more than 20 vendors displaying, discussing and, in a few cases, demonstrating green products and services to enhance sustainable solutions for home, property and life. Some students even will ride in the no-gasoline vehicle, according to the organizing ad hoc campus-community panel.

The Sustainability Fair will run 4 to 8 p.m. April 21 in SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center arena. It is free and open to the public, and parking will be available.

“This is the first Sustainability Fair at SUNY Oswego and we intend to make this a premier event that will be of interest to students, homeowners and community members,” said Nola Heidlebaugh, civic engagement coordinator and member of the fair’s organizing committee.

Among the features:

- Chris Carrick of the state Energy Research and Development Authority will promote a range of environmentally responsible initiatives NYSERDA has in the works, and will provide information about home energy efficiency and tax incentives.

- General Motors will provide a fuel cell vehicle (pictured). GM reported last fall that its Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen-to-electricity vehicles have passed a million miles in testing, emitting only wisps of water vapor from the tailpipe.

- SUNY Oswego’s Office of Facilities will host a booth with a display of information about The Village apartments, rapidly rising next to Glimmerglass Lagoon on campus, and all the components that are qualifying it for LEED Gold, a top U.S. Green Building Council certification for building design and environmental sustainability.

More exhibits

“We’re in the process of recruiting the most relevant service providers available to talk about wind, solar and related alternative technologies, to educate students and community members,” said Dick Drosse, event organizer and member of the Oswego County Environmental Management Council.

Kestutis Bendinskas, associate professor of chemistry at the college and contact for the Coalition of Responsible Citizens, says visibility for eco-friendly products is one part of the fair’s vision.

“Our goal this year is just to get sustainability and green products and ideas on people’s radar screens,” Bendinskas said, “and to create an event that will be a focal point for sustainability and discussions among students, homeowners and all community members.”

The fair’s committee of community residents and SUNY Oswego staff, faculty and students continue to solicit vendors and participants. For more information, contact Thad Mantaro at 312-3492 or, or visit

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(Posted: Mar 01, 2010)