Earth-friendly living is theme

Experts share ideas for ways to go green in Hamilton County

— Daily Freeman-Journal photos by Anne Blankenship Brian Stroner with the City of Webster City talks with Dale and Gayle Olson. Those attending the Hamilton County Going Greener event Tuesday night had the chance to visit several different booths to learn more about earth-friendly living.

Local residents had an opportunity Tuesday evening to learn more about earth-friendly living ideas and tips for going green.

Hamilton County Going Greener was held at 600 Second St. last evening with several local experts sharing their knowledge with the public.

Organizer Kathy Getting said the idea for the event grew out of a conversation she had with a fellow earth advocate.

“We had a conversation about why people aren’t doing more and he said, ‘It’s because people don’t know what to do,'” she said. “And I thought, I could something about that.”

She talked with local experts and learned about the come-and-go format that would allow participants to move around the room to talk with different presenters.

John Laird of Hamilton County Conservation and Lynette Seigley of Project Aware talked about nature deficit disorder and water quality at the event.

Getting and her husband pledged a $1 for each person attending the event that will go toward financing the new solar sculpture planned for downtown Webster City. Another individual anonymously pledged to match the Getting’s donations. Maureen Seamonds of the Pottery Station also donated a portion of the sales from a selection of coffee cups at offered at the event to the art installation. Those attending Tuesday night’s event had a chance to see the drawings for the elaborate sculpture.

Local experts who manned booths and talked with those stopping by included:

• Brian Stroner, with the city of Webster City, who discussed storm water run off;

• John Laird, with Hamilton County Conservation, who talked about Nature Deficit Disorder;

• Chris Kehoe, with The Trash Man, who discussed plastics and recycling;

• Terry Klaver, with Hamilton County Water Management, who shared about hazardous waste;

• Lynette Seigley, Project Aware, who talked about water quality and getting people engaged in nature more;

• Logan Welch, Van Meter, who talked about solar energy

• Margot Conard who discussed petrochemicals on gardens

• Karen Wilke, The Nature Conservancy, who discussed ag and climate change.

Getting said she got involved with Hamilton County Going Greener as a way of leaving a legacy of hope for future generations.

” I want people to be more knowledgeable about we can do individually and collectively and then I want them to get involved,” she said.