For Ames residents interested in learning more about water conservation, reducing electric consumption, Energy Star appliances, low-impact landscaping, shrinking their carbon footprint, getting involved in environmental issues and more, the Eco Fair has the answers! On Saturday, April 21, the Community Center Gymnasium, 515 Clark Ave., will be filled with booths, vendors, activities, and displays focusing on how residents can reduce, reuse, and recycle. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Participants will have the opportunity to talk with City of Ames staff, interact with vendors, and learn about energy-saving products and services. The Eco Fair provides a broad array of conservation information featuring displays about the City of Ames’ Eco Smart programs, which include electricity, water, watershed, and trash. New items this year include demonstrations of the City Hall west parking lot’s permeable pavers, an electric car display in the Zion Ag parking lot (south of the Community Center) including a Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model S, and a school supply exchange where participants can donate gently used school supplies or pick up some items to finish off the school year. Additionally, elementary school students have painted rain barrels to be given away, and two refurbished bicycles will be given away.


Vendors and organizations from around the community and Iowa State University will be participating in the event. Attendees can register to win a variety of prizes encouraging conservation practices.


“This is an exciting opportunity for our City of Ames departments to join together and share all the great conservation programs we offer. Additionally, we have many outside vendors attending the event to offer information about becoming a more environmentally friendly community,” said Steve Wilson, “The Energy Guy” with Ames Electric Services.