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Sustainability Expo to bring Awareness

By Staff | May 8, 2015

Sustainable Solutions will host a Sustainability Expo next weekend Saturday, May 16, as an opportunity to engage the public on the varied nature of the term “sustainable.”

According to Tara Jenkins-Slick, administrator, the expo will touch on Sustainable Solutions work as a natural resource management company and will feature vendors who do related work.

Tangy Produce, an aquaculture produce farmer, Meadowsweet Botanicals, the Downstream Project, and Mountain View Solar, are amongst the guests slated to attend.

Vendors will offer with demonstrations and discussion of their work.

Jenkins- Slick said the that following an open house held last year for the recently relocated organization, the group at Sustainability Solutions hoped to host a community oriented event thats both fun and informative.

“We’re trying to educate on sustainability in general.” she said.

Originally launched in Washington, D.C. in 2002, founder James Remuzzi relocated to Shepherdstown two years ago to be closer to lifestyle he grew up with and the land he hoped to help care for.

“He wanted to live out here because it’s beautiful,” Jenkins-Slick said.

Sustainable Solutions’s work includes ecosystem services like prescribed fires, forestry mowing, plant control, forest and wetland restoration and other projects.

“We can do all the planning for the land owner and then we can do the work on the ground,” she said.

The group works with various clients including private landowners who might own a few acres of land, estate land owners who own thousands of ares of land, government agencies and nonprofits.

Jenkins-Slick said next Saturday’s event will demonstrate the many ways sustainability takes shape in the everyday, whether that’s in nature or in the mind and body.

She described that way Tanguay uses a closed-loop system in his work as a model for life.

The organization works to provide conditions in which the natural world can self-regulate, feed and nurture itself.

“That’s what sustainability means to us,” she said.

Lisa Lafferty Massage, Jala Yoga, the Charles Town Farmers Market and Craftworks are more featured vendors, who exemplify sustainability in living life and in community, according to Jenkins-Slick.

“You have things you take care of and you have things that take care of you,” she said.

The event is free and open to the public. Food from Roots BBQ and Mellow Moods will be provided, as well as local beer for adults. Kids activities will be available. And local band, the Speakeasy Boys will be performing at 5 p.m.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sustainable Solutions office at 4419 Kearneysville Pike. Jala Yoga’s Whitney Ingram will lead a free community yoga session at noon.

For more information, contact Jenkins- Slick at info@sustainablesolutionsllc.net and visit their web site at sustainablesolutionsllc.net/.