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Fair Promotes Northwoods SustainabilitySubmitted: 04/22/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Natural beauty surrounds us here in the Northwoods.

But living in a way that supports that natural beauty might seem tricky.

People who live in cities may have more access to sustainable, earth-friendly resources.

But there's plenty of that here in Rhinelander.

Monday was the third Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander, first in the new ArtStart building, and it was by far the biggest yet.

27 vendors, food, and music help show that people can live an earth-friendly life here in the Northwoods.

"There are sustainable services. You don't have to go to Madison, you don't have to go to California. There really are people up here that are providing services. We wanted to bring people together, both the providers and the possible consumers," a coordinator of the fair.

One of those providers is Rich Urban.

He evaluates houses to help with more efficient energy use.

"One of the things I try to bring into the discussion is the environmental aspects of their energy bill, their energy usage, and how that impacts the larger world," he says.

The event this year was the highest attended of the three years.

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