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WPB TO HOLD 5th ANNUAL E4 LIFE GREEN, HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO
The Expo presents an opportunity for citizens of the City of West Palm Beach to learn about healthy lifestyles, ways to reduce their carbon footprints, and sustainable energy conservation practices
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (July 02, 2018)-- The City of West Palm Beach Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is set to hold the 5th annual E4 Life: Green, Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, July 14th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, located at 801 Dreher Trail North. This year, the City has continued its partnership with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, which will provide City of West Palm Beach residents a 50% discount on admission to the museum on the day of the Expo.
The Expo presents an opportunity for citizens of the City of West Palm Beach to learn about healthy lifestyles, ways to reduce their carbon footprints, and sustainable energy conservation practices.  The event will help families take on environmentally-conscious decisions in their everyday lives. In a series of demonstrations, giveaways, exhibits, workshops, and tastings, participants can learn more about ways to promote energy efficiency and other sustainable practices in their own homes. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about the initiatives that the City is taking to develop sustainable living methods, conservation efforts, and energy efficiency within the City. A highlight of the event is the City’s campaign to encourage everyone to go plastic-free, especially as it relates to drinking straws. The City will be giving away reusable metal drinking straws while supplies last.
The goal of the expo is to help participants learn more about strides being made in sustainability practices and ways in which they can implement these practices into their daily lives. Participants are encouraged not only to care for the environment themselves but also to discover how local businesses, fellow citizens, and various organizations are working to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
“Our mission to enhance the viability of West Palm Beach as a modern model of a healthy, environmentally progressive and ecologically sustainable community coincides well with the Science Center’s annual health expo,” said Penni Redford, City of West Palm Beach Resilience and Climate Change Manager.  “We are thrilled to collaborate with the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, now, for the fifth year!”
Expo activities include:
·    Healthy food vendors;
·    Themed crafts;
·    Gardening workshops;
·    Free planetarium shows:
o    “Life of Trees” – 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
o    “Dynamic Earth” – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.;
·    Busch Wildlife Animal encounters for kids;
·    Energy and water saving tips for your home;
·    Solar information for homes or businesses;
·    Free Rain Barrel workshop for City of West Palm Beach water customers (preregistration required);
·    Ocean acidification presentation;
·    DIY seed necklaces;
·    Recycling Activities;
Residents of West Palm Beach may also receive a free conservation kit and a free tree while supplies last. For more information, visit wpb.org/e4.
For more information, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Sustainability/Overview.