2013 Eco Family Virtual Conference Allows Families to Spend Quality Time Together

AMES, Iowa – Iowans can beat the mid-winter blues with the Eco Family Virtual Conference. Families can save money on household expenses, spend quality time together and live green in 2013 by participating in the conference, said Kristi Cooper, conference organizer and family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“This year, the focus of the conference is on our relationship with natural resources, our food and each other,” Cooper said. “One exciting new element of the 2013 Eco Family Virtual Conference is the Family Citizen Science options. Children, teens and adults of all ages can choose activities that align with their family values.”

Educators from Iowa State University and around the state lead the online sessions. On the first Thursday of each month through June, a 90-minute webinar will feature a different speaker addressing a different environmental topic. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Dates and topics are:

  • Feb. 7 – Living Green
  • March 7 – Energy
  • April 4 – Stuff
  • May 2 – Food
  • June 6 - Neighbors

“With a virtual conference, people can get connected to others with similar interests without adding to their carbon footprint by driving to an event. Also, this is a way for people to create community close to where they live if they choose. They can invite their family, neighbors and friends to view the webinar together in their home,” Cooper said.

To register, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/linn/news/live-green-13-eco-family-virtual-conference.