By Andrea Wedren
Beachwood High School and its Green Dream Classroom are proud to announce the fifth Annual Green Dream Eco Expo at Beachwood Community Center, 23235 Fairmount Blvd., in Beachwood, on Friday, April 20 from 1 – 7 p.m. This complimentary event comprises more than one hundred vendors at Ohio’s largest green business fair, including new and innovative ways to go “green”; free health screenings, wellness demonstrations and other booths filled with technology, home energy audits, clothing, automobiles, home and garden products and more; free samples, products and raffle, and gourmet fare from premiere local restaurants.
The Green Dream Eco-Expo was created in 2007 by the Beachwood High School Marketing Education/Junior Achievement class. Twenty students created a public venue where businesses and organizations could show how easy it was to “Go Green.” In its first year, The Green Dream attracted more than 70 businesses and 2,200 attendees. Now recognized as Ohio’s largest eco-expo, it continues to grow and inspire people throughout the world.
Beachwood Marketing Education/Junior Achievement is led by Mr. Greg Perry and is part of Mayfield Excel TECC. Using the Junior Achievement Company Program, students operate The Green Dream as a Fortune 500 business. Business consultant Karen Carmen from the City of Beachwood, continues to work each year with the marketing students as they develop The Green Dream Eco-Expo.
Through strategic school-business partnerships and with the proceeds from The Green Dream, the students have built “The Ultimate Green Classroom” to serve as a national model for green schools, businesses and homes. From the flooring and the cabinets to the full kitchen and board room-style furniture, everything exhibits eco-friendly and energy-efficient attributes. Proceeds form the 2012 Green Dream will be used to build the next model green classroom.
Green Dream teacher Mr. Greg Perry and his students have received the Heart of Green Award by the Hearst Corporation. In addition, this remarkable class won the North American Junior Achievement Competition in 2010 after competing with other Junior Achievement classes from all over North America.
For information, visit www.thegreendream.org.