The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 7, 2013

Sustainability conference upcoming in Rocky Mount

ROCKY MOUNT — The registration site is open for "Can Sustainable Be Mainstream?", a one-day event Saturday, March 2, at Rocky Mount High School.

Go to to learn more and to register as an attendee or a vendor. Those who prefer may call 985-1804 for information on how to register by mail.

Not only does this forum showcase Rocky Mount's new high school, the design of which has won Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, but lunch will be provided by Green Planet Catering, which brings everything in one of their biodiesel trucks, uses as much local food as possible, and then takes everything, including the compostable dishes and utensils, back in the same truck.

The conference will start with a presentation by Dr. Rusty Stephens, president of Wilson Community College, describing the need to use sustainable methods, and continues with experts talking about how to use free solar and wind power and how to conserve, reuse, and replenish our natural resources.

After lunch and a tour of the high school, local entrepreneurs who produce sustainable commodities or use sustainable processes in their businesses will share their success stories. Finally, a panel moderated by State Sen. Angela Bryant will debate whether sustainable can become mainstream in eastern North Carolina.

Register for "Can Sustainable Be Mainstream?" now at

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