Saturday environmental fair brings education, food and fun to Crestview

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 16:23 PM.

"I did the exact same project on a smaller scale in the city of Defuniak Springs," O'Daniels said. "I'm trying to bring innovative projects to Northwest Florida and to the citizens so they can see what's out there."

For instance, he said, one business featured at the DeFuniak Springs event installs geothermal heating and cooling systems.

"You can heat and cool your house by the energy that is stored underground through simple piping, pumps, fans," he said. "People can retrofit their current household and not draw off the (electrical) grid so much."

Other retrofitting methods include converting gas-powered vehicles to CNG, biodiesel or electric or using solar panels or wind turbines to produce energy.

Former Crestview Councilman Ben Iannucci — who spearheaded the event with O'Daniels, Swift and Crestview Public Services Director Wayne Steele — said he hopes the event benefits private individuals and attracts green businesses.

"The expectation is to get homeowners involved and to show those industries that Crestview is a great environment to bring jobs," he said.

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