If you want to "Green It, and Mean It," this year's edition of Earth Fest will provide some informed commentary that could help. As in past years, the event will offer a full day of green-centric exhibits and activities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on the Hardin Valley campus of Pellissippi State Community College. But for the first time there will also be a series of panel discussions on related topics. The slate:
"Are We Too Clean?" (11-11:50 a.m.), featuring Dr. Martha Buchanan and Al Iannacone from the Knox County Health Department and Dr. Alice Layton from the University of Tennessee.
"Livable Communities," (Noon-12:50 p.m.), featuring Liz Albertson of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, Ben Epperson of the Knox County Health Department, and Jonathan Dickl of Knox County Schools.
"Local Actions, Global Ramifications," (1-1:50 p.m.), featuring Dr. John Nolt, Dr. Joanne Logan, and Dr. Michael McKinney, all of the University of Tennessee. For more information, see the website at knox-earthfest.org.