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DNREC showcases energy savings programs, state parks and rain gardens at the Green and Healthy Living Expo on April 9

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL

Contact: Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

DNREC showcases energy savings programs, state parks and rain gardens at the Green and Healthy Living Expo on April 9

NEWARK (April 4, 2010) –Energy savings programs for homeowners and businesses, the beauty and amenities of Delaware State Parks, and Rain Gardens for the Bays will be showcased by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control at the Green and Healthy Living Expo on Saturday, April 9. The expo, which is free to the public, will be held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Secretary Collin O’Mara will give welcoming remarks at 11 a.m. and detail the state’s energy savings, green initiatives and environmental programs that help Delaware residents and businesses.

At the Expo, DNREC’s Delaware Energy Office and the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility’s (SEU) Energize Delaware are teaming up in an exhibit that includes programs and solutions to help Delawareans save energy and money. At the exhibit, homeowners and businesses will find materials and information that will connect them to the latest energy-saving ideas, products and services.

“The expo has something for everyone,” said Scott Lynch, Delaware Energy Office planner. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for residents and students to see the latest in green and energy efficient technologies and healthy lifestyle activities.”

The Rain Gardens for the Bays display will feature photos and information on demonstration rain gardens located throughout the state. Rain gardens are low cost, easy to construct and provide a beautiful home for native birds, butterflies and other wildlife. “Materials and information on how to create your own backyard rain garden or start a local campaign in your neighborhood will be available,” said Lara Allison, DNREC environmental scientist.

The Delaware State Parks exhibit will highlight our state’s 16 state parks – and the exceptional beaches, trails, ponds, forests, fields, nature centers and programs available for people of all ages. From Fox Point State Park near Wilmington to the Heritage Park in Dover to Fenwick Island State Park, Delaware State Parks feature the state’s diverse natural, historic and cultural resources – some of the finest Delaware has to offer.

“We’re saving a place for you at a Delaware State Park,” said Marketing Director Dawn Morris. “We invite people to visit us at the Green and Healthy Living Expo to learn more about the affordable, family-friendly events and activities available year-round at our beautiful state parks.”

For information on Delaware Energy Office, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/energy; for Delaware State Parks, visit www.destateparks.com; for Rain Gardens for the Bays, visit www.raingardensforthebays.org

To learn more about the many programs and services offered by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, visit, www.dnrec.delaware.gov.

Vol. 41, No. 135