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he inaugural Southern Green Living Expo — to be held September 14, 15 and 16, 2012, at downtown Asheville’s civic center — promises to be a true evolution of a wellloved, highly attended, annual, sustainable living but now-defunct event, formerly known as the Southern Energy and Environment Expo, which was founded in 2001 by green advocate Ned Ryan Doyle. “After 10 years of doing the SEE Expo, it crossed my mind that I had to sit down, pour a stiff drink, and think about it for a year,” said Ned Doyle in an exclusive telephone interview with Rapid River Magazine’s contributing editor Byron Belzak. Doyle explained that SEE Expo’s attendance had leveled off to 8,000 each year. “We were pretty much just singing to the choir,” he said, referring to the fact that the vast majority of attendees already understood the message of green was good. “I knew we had to change,” continued Doyle, but confessed he wasn’t certain in what direction.

In the wake of closing SEE Expo in 2010, what occurred was a heavy dose of reality and unification between a charismatic green spokesman in Ned Doyle, who brought along his army of loyal exhibitors and expert lecturers, and a rising-star event organizer and promoter in Tim Alexander of Peak Productions, who brought his payroll, organization and expertise to bear. The union resulted in an all-new, sustainable living expo to educate and promote the latest in green technology and understanding. The new event is being held in a new location and is more focused on the message of green economics.

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dance of 12,000 to 15,000 is anticipated, he said, and as of late August 2012, new exhibitors are signing up at an increasingly fast rate. Doyle said upwards of 200 exhibitors are expected to complement the scores of informative seminars. “We had 80 groups wanting to conduct workshops at this green living expo, and we chose 48 of the best, the crème de la crème, to participate.” To reinforce the theme of “green for everyone,” Doyle explained that the Southern Green Living Expo is sponsoring a number of free events to be held outside the front door of the U.S. Cellular Center, formerly known as the Asheville Civic Center. He said this will include free cooking oil collection, a free electronics’ recycling center (although it will exclude old televisions), and free test-drives of the latest electric vehicles. Discounted tickets are now available online to reach the largest audience, said Doyle. By visiting the new expo’s website at www.southerngreenlivingexpo.com, the public can print a $1-off coupon. Furthermore, online ordering of discount tickets is also available: 10 tickets for $50, and 25 tickets for $100 allows the informed to afford in bringing their not-so-green friends.

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36 September 2012 — RAPID RIVER ARTS & CULTURE MAGAZINE — Vol. 16, No. 1

“This new expo, the Southern Green Living Expo, is cast in an economic sense that everyone can understand,” said co-organizer Ned Ryan Doyle. “It is all about practical ways in which the general public can save money – and make money – by going green.” While he admits having mixed feelings and deep regrets about shutting down his brainchild and labor of love in 2010, he is pleased that the newly reconstituted green expo will be even more successful. Atten-

This All-New Southern Green Living Expo Offers Great Promise “This green event stands to be this year’s largest economic, energy and environment expo in the Southeast,” said Ned Doyle. “And without a doubt, it will house everyone who wants to attend or exhibit.” ‘Green Expo’ continued on page 37

September 2012 issue  

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September 2012 issue  

Magnetic Theatre-MILF..p3; NC Stage-R. Buckminster Fuller..p6; Asheville Lyric Opera-La Traviata..p4; Asheville Area Piano Forum..p6; Ashevi...

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