Cobb Goes Green!

Cobb County, Georgia will host a “green” showcase this weekend to garner interest in many of the earth friendly products that are now on the market.

Representatives from more than 200 eco-friendly companies will be in Cobb this weekend for the “Go Green Expo” at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

The event is the largest traveling trade show for eco-products in the U.S. It has been conducted in Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children under age 12. Tickets are good for both days. A free, special business buyers only event will be Friday.

More than 250 interactive eco-booths will be on display. The latest in fuel efficient cars, organic food, green construction and solar products, green beauty products and fashion, as well as health and wellness information will be available.

Visitors will have a chance to test drive third generation hybrid vehicles, including the Toyota Prius and Smart Car. There will also be interactive seminars and speeches, a rock climbing wall, free yoga sessions, free organic food sampling, an organic garden, musical performances and an eco-kids fun zone.

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the public can meet Oscar-nominated actress, model, author and eco-mom Mariel Hemingway. She will be signing copies of her new cookbook, “Mariel’s Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life.”

Also Saturday at 11 a.m., Atlanta mogul Ted Turner’s daughter, Laura Turner Seydel, an eco-living expert, will give advice about greening your home and body. She’ll also give a photo tour of her $1.5 million Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified home, EcoManor in Buckhead.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, visitors will have a chance to meet Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli, dubbed one of the “greenest” football players in the NFL. Mughelli will pose for photos, sign autographs and discuss ways to inspire kids to go green.

And at 2:15 Sunday, there will be a presentation on green jobs by experts in the field.

Mandy Mahoney, director of sustainability for the city of Atlanta, and Ben Taube, president of the U.S. Green Building Council Atlanta chapter, will be on hand at the event on Friday to discuss ways companies and individuals can build green.

Bradford Rand, event organizer, said the green movement has gone mainstream and is likely to stay.

“When consumers and businesses have a choice and there is a ‘greener’ choice, it is becoming the right choice,” he said. “It is starting to become mainstream, if you consider how much money one can save when they choose gas-efficient cars, energy efficient appliances, putting solar panels on their roofs, and eating healthier organic food. It also makes the earth a better place.”

Get on the “green” bandwagon and see what you can do to improve your own life and that of our planet!

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Author:Anne Ortiz (Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanta)