MARCH 2011

Greater Bakersfield holds Green Expo
Joins forces with the Great American Clean Up

The Greater Bakersfield Green Expo of 2011 will join forces with the Mayor’s Great American Clean Up. The expo will showcase the recycling and alternative energy businesses throughout Kern County, California.

There are two focuses – student education through a green art and science competition and public education by green vendors.

Last year’s event was a success. Many students created art from recycled materials. Some of the student-recycled material artwork was sent to Sacramento to be displayed during the State of California press conference for Earth Day at the State Capital. Nine pieces of art were displayed. Executive director Margo Reid Brown for Calrecycle requested that an 8-foot tree made out of 1,000 newspaper sheets be displayed in the Sacramento Building Foyer.

Student involvement was generated through both Kern High School District and Kern County Superintendent of Schools, who made information available to all 44 high school principals and art and science department heads. The event website ( and e-mail ( are the information points for all student and vendor needs. Working with the local Chamber of Commerce and Founding Sponsors, potential vendors are invited to participate, with the knowledge that their vendor fees go to student scholarships and not toward operational expenses.

This year’s Greater Bakersfield Green Expo will be held in April.