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3rd annual Regional Energy and Sustainability Summit and Fair
Jan. 28-29, WSU Metroplex, 29th and Oliver

Saving energy, saving the environment and saving money are all on the agenda for the 3rd annual Regional Energy and Sustainability Summit and Fair Jan. 28-29 at the Wichita State University Metroplex, 29th and Oliver.

Businesses and consumers will find a wide range of information and cost-saving tips during the two-day event. Energy experts and commercial vendors will provide the latest strategies to deal with the fast-changing world of energy conservation and sustainability.

The Friday session will focus on business-related issues and runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $65, including a luncheon. The Saturday “Community Day” is free and targets a general audience, running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An optional luncheon is available by reservation for $10.

Event schedule and registration information can be found on the City of Wichita website at or

Giveaways and drawings for energy-related merchandise will be offered during both days. Prizes for the drawings include a rain barrel, a reel lawn mower and a cordless edger and trimmer. Giveaways include free tire gauges, energy measurement devices, “bio-bags” made from biodegradable corn starch and other vendor merchandise.

Winners of the annual Clean Air and Sustainability Awards will be announced during the Friday session, honoring local entries who made a significant positive impact on the community’s air quality.

Friday’s agenda includes presentations by the Department of Energy, the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association, the Aveda Corporation, Westar Energy, Spirit AeroSystems, Burns & McDonnell, and the City of Kansas City, Mo. Afternoon panels will address energy efficient building systems, recycling building materials, sustainable building practices and codes, economic development and others. Exhibit hall sponsors and companies will display energy efficient and sustainable services, products and equipment. Government representatives will discuss incentives and resources for financing energy efficiency measures.

Saturday’s session offers “do it yourself “energy efficiency and sustainability demonstrations, including:

  • Home energy audits and energy efficiency gadgets
  • Rain barrels and gardens, backyard vegetable gardening, sustainable lawns and neighborhood ponds
  • Home repair and window renovations and information on area recycling and household hazardous waste disposal.

In addition to the drawing for a free rain barrel, attendees can purchase rain barrels for $25 (limit of 2 per household). The first 300 attendees over 18 years of age will receive an energy efficient or sustainable product.

Saturday’s luncheon includes a Greensburg presentation on the community’s energy efficient recovery from a devastating tornado. Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will also present a special community award to individuals for their lifelong environmental commitment and service to the Wichita area.

Sponsors include the City of Wichita, Wichita State University, Green Biz Wichita and numerous others.

For more information, contact Kay Johnson, City of Wichita Environmental Initiatives Manager, 268-4251,

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