While you’re at the Minnesota State Fair, visit the Eco Experience and learn about protecting water, recycling and conserving energy.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, includes:
- A Net Zero Eco House, with a solar façade, green roof, and large, south-facing windows. The design emphasizes the relationship between a home and the surrounding lot, gardens, weather and the seasons.
- The Countryside Market, selling fresh, local food from Minnesota including caprese salad on a stick, watermelon, apples, and maple syrup soda.
- Green Jobs: Positively Minnesota will have a booth showcasing green employment and training opportunities and may feature organizations in the state that support the green economy
Gardens adjoining the Progress Center, where the exhibit is housed, capture about half of the run-off from the building’s roof. Raingardens improve water quality by preventing runoff to lakes and streams and by increasing recharge of groundwater.
The Progress Center is in the northeast corner of the fairgrounds. For a map, click here. The fair runs Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.