Sustainable Living

Joseph Lees
Department Coordinator
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  • 2015 Info
  • Activities Schedule
  • Galleries
  • Contests

New Contest

FabMo Upcycle Challenge (Division 003) - Create something new from the items in the kit provided to each entrant. Show off your creativity using designer materials saved from the landfill!

Special Awards

FabMo (Fabric and More), Inc.
  • FabMo’s Choice of a winner in their new contest will receive $5
  • In addition to cash prizes and ribbons, each winner will also receive a certificate for one bagful of goodies from a FabMo Selection Event ( for more information about the selection events).

Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc.


  • $50 for Best of Divisions 015 and 016, Backyard Composting and Vermicomposting
Thank you, FabMo, Inc. and Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc., for your generous contributions!

Participating Organizations

Sustainable Living will introduce you to organizations with a modern technological edge, demonstrating products and generating buzz about creative new ideas for a healthy planet.

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You will find an assortment of local businesses that are environmentally conscious and that showcase some of the best eco-friendly wares and services the Bay Area has to offer.

Visit the Sustainable Living department to participate in free activities highlighting reuse and recycling/upcycling.

Schedule to be posted soon.

Photos from past fairs
2014 Gallery - soon to be added
2013 Gallery - soon to be added
2012 Gallery
2011 Gallery

Recycled Fashion Design

Show off your chic and cleverly refashioned clothing made from recycled materials of any kind. See how designers have created new clothing out of everything from old jeans or a stained shirt to a broken window shade to building insulation and plastic bags.




These competitions stimulate creativity in recycling or reusing materials found in the home or garden into new objects of utility and/or artistic or whimsical value. Marvel over the myriad ways people are extending the lives of resources headed to the landfill or recyclery.

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Celebrate Arbor Day

Whether you’re a “tree hugger” or just like the fruit or shade provided by trees, show how you celebrate Arbor Day with a photo essay, poem or a project report, and inspire others to appreciate trees, too!



Soil Fertility Building

Are you aware of the soil food web and the essential role that it plays in plant development and how managed composting and vermiculture can improve this process while minimizing, in a significant way, the unnecessary transportation of waste and squandering of valuable landfill space? It may be just your “cup of tea” to get down and dirty by competing in one of the backyard composting or vermicomposting events. Show or come and learn how good management techniques can result in “black gold” made from your garden, kitchen and other compostable home waste.

Plus, enter and compete for a Lynsgo Garden Materials Special Award for Best of Divisions!

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Sustainable Practices in Home and Garden

Are you interested to see or to demonstrate to others how to stimulate awareness of our impact on the environment, and save or make money in novel and interesting ways while still having a net positive influence for environmental health? Share your garden design, school project and other “green” ideas, such as alternative products you use to clean your home, or how you conserve water or design a more energy-efficient house by entering these contests.


Solar Ovens

Do you like the warmth of the sun on your cheek and the sound and smell of eggs sizzling? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see that sun on your cheek also directly fuel the oven that’s frying the eggs? Still more interesting might be that depending on one’s design and construction skills all of this is possible at little expense–all you need is some cardboard, aluminum foil and glue! Participate in a solar oven event either as a curious observer or as a competitor.

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Sustainable Living Info

Outstanding Leadership Award


The John Kyne Award was inaugurated in 1974 in memory of John Kyne. The recipient of this prestigious youth award is selected based on their quality and diversity of exhibits throughout the Fair; demonstrated assistance with other exhibitors and department supervisors in the form of teaching, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude and cooperation; and their efforts and assistance given to the fair.

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