Last year over 30 organizations, businesses, governmental departments and residents assembled for Summit County’s first countywide sustainability conference, where they learned ways to keep trash out of landfills, instead diverting these items to recycling or compost.
The conference returns Oct. 18 and 19, kicking off with a reception Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Komodo Kingdom Café in the Akron Zoo. The free event includes networking, panel discussions, snacks and a keynote address by Beth Knorr, director of the Summit Food Coalition.
Friday, Oct. 19 is the main day of working groups, starting at 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market St. Tickets are $35, including lunch, and scholarships are available for those who cannot afford tickets. The groups and other educational opportunities go til 5 p.m.
Based on the model of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Hands On seeks to find constructive solutions in order to make Summit County more sustainable. Each year focuses on a different topic under this umbrella of sustainability, with last year’s efforts focused on zero waste. Last year’s conference directly led to some local zero-waste events this year, like Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro’s State of the County address.
This year, the conference highlights the local food system, and how we heal our soils. Topics include compost, local food policy, food entrepreneurship, how to test your soil, soil remediation, urban farming, schools and local food, health equity, urban shepherding and farmers markets.
Collaborators include Big Love Network, the City of Akron, Akron Waterways Renewed, Summit ReWorks, First Energy, KB Bioenergy, Bridgestone, the Akron Zoo, Spicy Lamb Farm and GAINS, among others.
Visit www.sustainability.love for info.