Your Green Life: "Energy Design Conference and Expo"

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 8:47 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
The Annual Energy Design Conference and Expo kicked off this week at the DECC in Duluth. The event allows people and businesses to gather and share new ideas and products that can help create a sustainable future.

Erin Shea, a vendor at the show representing Silicon Energy said, "It's great networking with other building and green industry professionals and it's also educational to hear the different sessions and the different topics and speakers."

Everything from solar panels, to heating systems was there.
And even schools are beginning to participate as a new generation of green education takes off. Sam Nelson, a student at WITC, says he is seeing a shift towards sustainability in schools.

"I've noticed more schools are getting into it which is good, getting more people interested in offering those programs that are pertinent to this kind of field" said Nelson.

Over 500 people and dozens of businesses showed up at the DECC with one common goal.

"This is yet another angle looking at the design and energy side of things and looking at it from the professional standpoint and what different products and services are available to save money and cut costs and be more sustainable." said Shea.

The bottom line is going green is no longer a burden to businesses and people, it's actually an affordable and plausible way to go.

Shea states, "I think the main message is that energy efficiency, renewable energies, it's all a very doable thing and it's available, it's here in our communities and there's knowledgeable professionals and there is interested and engaged citizens that want to incorporate it in their homes and businesses."

The conference started at Minnesota Power over 20 years ago as a one day event with just 45 attendees. The event now attracts over 1,000 attendees and over 45 vendors. The three day event wrapped up Wednesday.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch