A Full House at the 2010 Energy Trust Better Living Show http://www.betterlivingshow.org/
Waiting in the lobby at the Portland Expo Center for...
Theo Chocolate! This aisle is always packed.
Amazing samples like coffee from Cafe Mam...
...and Willamette Valley Vineyards wine...
...and Full Sail beer.
Applauding a great day at the Better Living Show. 7,000 samples from Julie & Alden's Organic Ice Cream given away at the event.
OSU's new 10 Minute University was a hit.
Being able to see cutting-edge technology like LED lighting that's not even on store shelves yet is one of the great things about the Better Living Show. Hudnut Company in Portland has developed several new LED technologies that are coming to market.
Solar resources at the Solar Oregon Clean Energy Pavilion were available to help people navigate product and incentive options.
Energy Trust staff visits with attendees about the ultimate home energy assessment - Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.
Another new product on the market, a super-efficient Backyard Office Building from Structures NW with lush landscaping.
Green roofs and walls are becoming more and more popular. This beautiful display was built by ProGrass.
A great way to "live green" and have fun, too!
The llamas were a big hit with young and old alike!
GloryBee! More good food!
This little girl has it all figured out (Smart Energy and chocolate treats from NW Natural.)
Picking up great products at special show prices is what it's all about! An attendee is checking out the latest stainless steel water bottles from EarthLust.
The Sustainable Life Stage is host to amazing musical talents each year. This year The Green Children debuted their latest CD at the show.
Energy Trust sharing information about residential wind programs to an eager crowd.
Metro, other city agencies and many non-profits have a wealth of helpful information including ways for people to get connected in their communities.
Taking a break in the Good Energy House to check out the Show Guide published by the Portland Tribune.
Over 1,000 lbs of cork was collected by Cork ReHarvest, a national non-profit launched by Willamette Valley Vineyards.
69% of the waste at the show was diverted from landfill. Here's two of the many volunteers that help make this happen.
Water activist and author Maude Barlow discussing water security from the Sustainable Life Stage.
Martin Tull moderated a panel discussion on Climate Prosperity at the show.
Youngsters were thrilled to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog at the American Family Insurance booth this year.
Once again, the NW Natural Kitchen Stage was home to some fine cooking. Here, author Chef Chat Mingkwan prepares Pad Thai.
Chef Abby Fammartino shows the world how tasty vegan dishes can be! The Vegan Chef series sponsored by NW Veg introduced many people to a wide range of vegan cooking including Lebenese, tempah, Thai and desserts.
Exec Chef Steven Ward of the Portland Doubletree Hotel visits with the audience.
Chef Wards flavorful crab and salmon dish warmed the crowd.
Getting to visit with experts and ask your own questions makes shows a worthwhile investment of your time.
Support Women Artists Now (SWAN) Day performers Acoustic Minds put on a terrific show.
Lots of people enjoying the 2010 Better Living Show.
Visiting about garden plans with Slate Originals.
The Good Energy House beautifully illustrated many areas in existing homes where energy improvements can be made.
Phil from Energy Trust discussing proper window sealing techniques.
Energy Trust Exec Director, Margie Harris, visiting with a family about incentives available for upgrading their home's energy efficiency.
Kendall and Susan sharing information about energy upgrades that can be made in existing homes -- like improving insulation, new windows and switching to CFL bulbs.
Energy Trust solar expert, Lizzie, explaining how on-demand water heaters work, like the one shown here from Rinnai.
Purchasing an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer, like the Electrolux pair shown here from BASCO, can improve your utility bills in a hurry!
A beautiful kitchen thanks to Angela Todd Designs & Garrison Hullinger. The Corkart floor installed by Interstate Flooring drew a lot of attention.
Solar Oregon staff visiting with folks about the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system from SolarWorld.
Rain gardens, like the one installed by Ryan Gorretta of West Coast Natives, are a great way to filter rain water coming off your roof.
There's fun for the whole family at the Better Living Show!
Practical solutions for helping people live more sustainably were everywhere you turned. Grow4it is an innovative, complete four-season food growing system!
Mad Science wowed the kids with their stage presentation in the PGE Planet Kids area.
USA Pears mascot was on hand with Radio Disney's Oregon Adventure to teach kids about eating local.
Youngsters entering PGE's "Bright Ideas" contest at the 2010 Better Living Show.
Getting an up close look at salmon and other animals in NW Safari hosted by the Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program.
Anne Sterry captivated her audience with songs and stories.
Nutritionists from The Portland Clinic shared important health info and tips on improving your diet.
The Portland fashion scene loves the Spring Eco Fashion Shows hosted by SEMPER Fashion at the Better Living Show.
MEWV sustainables, a division of Saffron, featured on the Eco Fashion Show stage. MEWV SUSTAINABLES is a pure take on the sustainable market, using no zippers, hooks, or buttons and focusing on fabrics made of organic cotton, bamboo, soy, tencel, and hemp. This line has been designed to fit women from size 0 to size 28.
Urban Girl NW featured some of their unique creations in the 2010 Eco Fashion Show... recycled pieces made from old garments and given a new lease on life!
SEMPER Fashion added a new youth show to the Eco Fashion series this year bringing the total numbe of fashion events to four. We're looking forward to seeing what their team has in store for 2011!
The Alpha Broadcasting Pavilion featured a dozen green businesses, special giveaways and live broadcasts by KINK, KUFO, 95.5 The Game & KXL all weekend long.
John Canzano hosting his afternoon drive radio show on 95.5 The Game from the Alpha Broadcasting Pavilion at the Better Living Show.
Enjoying books and Cafe Yumm! samples in Veg Village.
Chef Abby hosted a booth in Veg Village as well as presenting her vegan dishes on the NW Natural Kitchen Stage.
Silver Hills Bakery joined others in the Veg Village to introduce more people to their great tasting bread.
Veg Village was a new addition to the Better Living Show in 2010.
Solar Oregon staff hosted the Clean Energy Pavilion. Solar Oregon provides public education and community outreach to encourage Oregonians to choose solar energy. Visit them at: www.solaroregon.org
Solar Oregon also had ambassadors in the Good Energy House to help visitors understand their residentional solar options and the incentives avaiable to help offset installation costs.
A BioHaven or "floating island" built by Floating Islands West demonstrating how this man-made floating wetland is improving water quality all over the planet.
An up close view of the floating island.
Terry Gibson's Urban Farm showed attendees how to eat veggies from their gardens all year long.
Just one of the many delightful garden vignettes entered in the 2010 Small Standard Flower Show.
Enjoying fragrant blossoms in the nation's first Small Standard Flower Show to highlight native plants and sustainability!