Thanks to the support of our sponsors, this year’s GreenFest event is now *FREE* to the general public!

Living Arts and Science Center
362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40508

Chose from 16 workshops to attend and learn from experts in sustainability and green living PLUS access to over 30 eco-friendly vendors and information booths, local food vendors Amazing Gracie’s, Woke Junk Food Vegan, and Manapa’s Repostería Artesanal, two showings of Habitat Earth at the Farish Planetarium, tours of LexTran’s Electric Bus, property tours to learn about the sustainable features of The Living Arts and Science Center!

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GreenFest Features

Author, Doris Settles

Doris Settles is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and trainer on school safety and digital culture. We need more gardeners in this world, so Doris wrote a children’s book about a little girl who learns to love gardening from her grandmother. Join us at 10:00am as Ms. Settles reads her book Leira Clara’s Flower, plays her ukulele and helps kids plant zinnia seeds to take home.

Learn more about Ms. Settles HERE »

Kids Zone!

From 10:00am-3:00pm, we will have a children’s activity area for the kids! This is a great area for the future “green helpers” to learn more about sustainability, recycling, and the environment around them through crafts and other activities.

NOTE: Staff or volunteers managing the Kids Zone are not meant for general child care or supervision. Parents must be present with their children at the activities area at all times.

Planetarium & Tours of LASC

Join us during lunch from 11:45am-1:00pm for tours of LASC and to learn about all its sustainable features. And don’t forget to visit the Farish Planetarium for two viewings of Habitat Earth – showtimes coming soon!

LASC offers over 15,000 square feet of programming space that includes a computer lab, science exhibition hall, a professional kitchen for teaching, an art gallery and Lexington’s only planetarium.

EAT LOCAL!

Enjoy local food available for purchase by Amazing Gracie’s Food Truck and Manapa’s Repostería Artesanal!

Healthy, vegetarian, vegan, keto friendly artisan baked goods, without preservatives or chemicals, natural process and taking advantage of all local resources of fresh fruits in each preparation to provide great quality. Colombian coffee will also be available.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE & PRESENTERS

Click on a workshop to see the description! Please note that sessions and times are subject to change

GreenFest Schedule

GreenFest Schedule
Sustainable Hunting The Drink, Flush Cycle: Lexington's History of Cholera, Pipes & Sewers Beneficial Insect Habitat For Your Yard Home Energy Efficiency Workshop Electric Vehicle and EV Charger Advocacy Going Solar: A primer on what you need to know! LexTran Electric Bus Tour Business Ethics for Ecological Transition Rainwater Harvesting Attracting Birds To Your Yard Vertical Farming Food Sovereignty Through Water Cycle Restoration Becoming an Outdoors Woman Edible and Medicinal Plants, Foraging for Fun Sustainable Growth Let's Walk About Trees "Leira Clara's Flowers" Book Reading & Zinnia Planting by Doris Settles "Habitat Earth" Film Viewing at the Farish Planetarium (11:00am) "Habitat Earth" Film Viewing at Farish Planetarium (2:00pm)

Sustainable Hunting

In this session we will consider the use of hunting game as a sustainable practice that leads toward conservation and stewardship of resources. This will include a brief look at the history of hunting, legal requirements, how it can be positive for the environment and how to avoid the negative aspects of hunting as it relates to the environment.

Presented by: Craig Caudill, Nature Reliance School

The Drink, Flush Cycle: Lexington's History of Cholera, Pipes & Sewers

Historical and contemporary session covering the influencing factors & results of Lexington’s 1833 cholera epidemic, original water and sanitary sewer services, and the expansion challenges/civic responses to EPA stormwater suit.

Presented by: Terry Foody, RN, MSN, Speaker/Author

Beneficial Insect Habitat For Your Yard

Learn how to attract and protect beneficial insects in your landscape.

Presented by: Dan Stever, Lexington Lawn & Landscape

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop

Bluegrass Greensource will teach basic steps that you can use to make your home more energy efficient. An energy efficient home is a safer, healthier home, one that does not cost as much money to heat or cool. Attendees will receive a FREE energy efficiency kit to take home!

Presented by: Bluegrass Greensource

Electric Vehicle and EV Charger Advocacy

How to promote the use of sustainable energy to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases.

Presented by: Mike Proctor, EVOLVE KY

Going Solar: A primer on what you need to know!

This session will cover residential and light commercial solar, what to look for in a credible installer, and when to run!

Presented by: John Cotten, Wilderness Trace Solar, Inc.

LexTran Electric Bus Tour

Take a tour of and learn about the sustainable features of LexTran's Battery Electric Bus!

Presented by: Emily Elliott, LexTran

Business Ethics for Ecological Transition

(Description not provided)

Presented by: Nachie Braga, Geomancer Permaculture

Rainwater Harvesting

The Rainwater Harvesting presentation will cover the design and construction of sustainable homes that obtain all their water from the rain.

Presented by: Ezra Sword, Ezra Sword Designs

Attracting Birds To Your Yard

A study published in September 2019 in the journal Science found that the population of breeding birds in the US and Canada has dropped by nearly 30% (or 3 billion birds) since 1970. Let's talk about what we can do to help reverse that trend by giving them what they need. You can indeed make a difference – in your own backyard.

Presented by: Betty Sufana, Wild Birds Unlimited

Vertical Farming

Sustainable vertical farm focusing on clean healthy produce

Presented by: Bill Haders, 80 Acre Farms

Food Sovereignty Through Water Cycle Restoration

Urban areas face numerous intersecting challenges related to climate adaptation and food access. Using permaculture design and guided by ecological indicators on the landscape, we can find opportunities for public infrastructure that restores native habitat while increasing the resiliency of dense population centers.

Presented by: Nachie Braga, Geomancer Permaculture

Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Learn more about ways in becoming an outdoor woman! The Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is organized by KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It is an un-intimidating and informative introduction to all different outdoor activities like plant foraging, fishing, archery, hunting, fly fishing, outdoor cooking, shooting basic rifles (.22 caliber), and shotguns! This program is design for ladies to gain confidence in the outdoors all while being in a safe environment surrounded by other like-minded individuals!

Presented by: Olivia Dangler, KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Edible and Medicinal Plants, Foraging for Fun

In this course we will take a look at the methods to get started on harvesting edible wild plants. This will include how to use book, digital and app resources along with some of the most common plants that are easy for anyone to get started.

Presented by: Craig Caudill, Nature Reliance School

Sustainable Growth

We are a non-profit of citizens dedicated to achieving equitable, sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research.

Presented by: Natalie Appel, Fayette Alliance

Let's Walk About Trees

Join Tree's Lexington! for a tree walk, identification, and general care.

Presented by: Stacy Borden - President, ISA Certified Arborist, Trees Lexington!

"Leira Clara's Flowers" Book Reading & Zinnia Planting by Doris Settles

Join us at 10:00am in the Kids Zone as Ms. Settles reads her book Leira Clara’s Flowers, plays her ukulele, and helps kids plant zinnia seeds to take home.

"Habitat Earth" Film Viewing at the Farish Planetarium (11:00am)

"Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences' 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today's connected world."

- Loch Ness Productions

"Habitat Earth" Film Viewing at Farish Planetarium (2:00pm)

"Living networks connect and support life forms large and small — from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. In the California Academy of Sciences' 2015 original planetarium show, Habitat Earth, discover what it means to live in today's connected world."

- Loch Ness Productions

VENDORS & BOOTHS

Trees Lexington! is a non-profit that works directly with community members and volunteers through tree plantings on public and private property, educational workshops, and seasonal tree giveaways. Guided by a group of dedicated tree advocates and top-notch arborists, the organization implements community-driven projects to forward our vision for a vibrant tree canopy for all of Lexington, now and in the future.

So Yum Candle Company is a 100% hand-poured, soy wax candle company located in Berea, KY. We use fragrance oils in our candles that are free from carcinogens an phthalates. We pour our fragrant wax into a variety of vessels from the standard jars to wooden bowls as well as molds for wax warmers.

Seedleaf is a community gardening organization that provides horticultural training and supports the practice of gardening and small scale farming in urban space.

Fancy Hippie Handmade makes and sells a variety of body and self care products made from organic sustainable ingredients. They also make jewelry out of recycled and biodegradable materials.

Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 300 locations throughout the United States and Canada. WBU specializes in bringing people and nature together.

Filaments & Finery creates handmade jewelry from vintage and secondhand components.

Good Foods Co-op is a cooperatively-owned grocery store and cafe specializing in local, organic and sustainable foods and wellness products

Fayette Alliance is a non-profit of citizens dedicated to achieving equitable, sustainable growth in Lexington-Fayette County through land-use advocacy, education, and research.

Evolve KY is a group of electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts with the desire to move our current boring state of driving forward – and fast. Their focus is on Electric Vehicle and EV Charger Advocacy.

EARTHeim specializes in using native plants, eliminating invasive plants, and NOT using chemicals or gas powered tools. Practicing what they preach about proper care of plants, mulching properly, preserving soil structure and increasing biodiversity in the landscape.

The Suds Barn & Boutique makes homemade products, soap, shampoo bars, recycled candles, and more.

Ironweed Native Plant Nursery provides native plants for birds & pollinators such as wildflowers, grasses, vines, shrubs, trees.

Elements of Self creates recycled/upcycled art creatures, baskets, and dragon crystal holders. Created out of different types of plastic and packing materials. I also use magazines and newspapers for the paper mache and eco friendly polyurethane

80 Acres Farms uses super-efficient vertical farming techniques, growing as much food as eighty acres of traditional farmland, give or take a few pounds. Their new farms can produce much more, but their name guarantees they’ll never lose touch with their roots.

Taproot Nursery, a part of Oakland Farm Trees (a Kentucky native tree nursery in Bourbon County), grows medicinal and culinary plants – ranging from annual, perennial, flowering, pollinator-loving, and more.

FoodChain is a nonprofit who forges links between community and fresh food through education and demonstration of sustainable food systems. We have an indoor aquaponics farm as well as a teaching and processing kitchen and provide tours of our facilities every Saturday from 1-2pm.

Kentucky Conservation Committee a grassroots nonprofit that educates on sustainable/environmental policies.

Pink Energy is a residential home solar company, previously Power Home, whose mission is to help customers reduce their dependence on the utility grid by allowing them to invest in a solar-powered future.

Lucky Clover Farm is in their 14th year growing in Madison County, KY. Heirloom tomato plants & seeds, jams, jellies, artisan baked goods, black walnut harvest, and dried heirloom tomato production is their focus this year.

Terry Foody, RN, MSN, Public Health Nurse and Kentucky Humanities Speaker, was Project Coordinator for a LFUCG Stormwater Quality Grant, and is the Author of The Pie Seller, the Drunk and The Lady: Heroes of the 1833 Cholera Epidemic in Lexington, Kentucky.

Doris Settles is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and trainer on school safety and digital culture. We need more gardeners in this world, so Doris wrote a children’s book, Leira Clara’s Flowers, about a little girl who learns to love gardening from her grandmother and to share that love with her neighbors, even the local curmudgeon. Ms. Settles will be reading her book, playing her ukulele, and helping kids plant zinnia seeds to take home.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ mission is to conserve, protect and enhance Kentucky’s fish and wildlife resources and provide outstanding opportunities for hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, shooting sports, wildlife viewing, and related activities.

Nature Reliance School – Craig Caudill We do all we can to help people get outdoors. If we can’t do that, we take the outdoors to them.

Lucia’s World Emporium is a Fair Trade store and the majority of our items are made from upcycled materials or help with sustainable living such as cloth napkins and felt dryer balls.

Kentucky Heartwood works to protect the environment and spend the majority of their time trying to prevent logging of the Daniel Boone National Forest.