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Sustainable Living Expo in Middlebury

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -

Over 600 attendees and 80 exhibitors came together at Middlebury Union High School Saturday for the first ever Sustainable Living Expo.

"I think Vermont is sort of at the forefront of the sustainable living movement as a state," said Lea Calderon-Guthe of the Addison County Relocalization Network.

There were presentations from leaders in the movement, who called for action.

"We're not acting on what we know, not fully, not collectively anyway, and not enough," said Kathryn Blume.

And displays with items from weatherization units to sunflower oil. Enthusiasts say living sustainably is a responsibility.

"Save the earth, basically," said Rolfe Foxwell.

Those who work in the sustainable living industry say they think when it comes to the movement in Vermont, it's only getting stronger.

William Morrissey, owner of Weatherization Works, said "When we started six years ago, it was hard to stay busy year round, and we have no trouble now."

With the event bringing out the smallest of Vermont's sustainability fans, the future looks bright.

"Because there's lots of cool things," Molly Morrissey said.

Whether sustainable living experts or those just thinking about starting to live more efficiently, exhibitors say the strong turnout is a positive sign.

"As the old saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.and this is a good initial step for people to take to begin to think about these issues and maybe actually do something with it," said Greg Pahl from the Addison County Relocalization Network.

Event organizers say the expo is a unique chance to show that sustainable living can be easy and affordable.

"I think a lot of people in this community are interested in things they can do, steps they can take to live more sustainably, but we have so few opportunities to come together on that as a community," said Lea Calderon-Guthe, also from the Relocalization Network.

Hundreds taking small steps to live more efficiently in the Green Mountain State.

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