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Forum to Discuss "Green Living" Tuesday Night

Experts in the field of “green living” will be speaking Tuesday night at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center on how people in the Ozarks can live more energy-efficient lives.KSMU’s Jamie Givens reports.

Ozarks Friends of the Environment is hosting an open forum Tuesday night on the topic of “Living Sustainably in the Ozarks.” The event will feature a handful of expert speakers on “green living,” and will include tips on how to save on energy bills while caring for the environment.

George Van Hoesen is a green building consultant and a managing partner with U.S. Green Building, LLC. He’s one of tonight’s speakers.

“As we grow in the Ozarks, we’re growing at a much higher rater than the rest of the United States is. But, if we grow at two percent per year, that means the population doubles in 40 years,” he said.

Van Hoesen says if people don’t start building sustainable structures now, future generations are going to have a lot of catching up to do.

He says people can begin living more conservatively by simply taking advantage of the nice weather when it comes along.

“When it is nice outside, turn off the air conditioner and open up the windows. I think that a big difference comes in using the resources appropriately. When it’s nice outside, use the outside air,” he said.

Audience members are encouraged to ask questions during the forum.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will begin at 7.

For KSMU News, I’m Jamie Givens.