When you think of environmentally friendly products and services, aviation may not be the first industry that comes to mind. But Sun ‘n Fun officials are working to change all that with the return of an exhibit area known as “GreenSpace,” which will have a prominent location at this year’s fly-in, slated for April 13-18 at Florida’s Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (LAL).
During last year’s fly-in, a new area was unveiled on the Sun ‘n Fun grounds dedicated to aviation-oriented products and services that are “friendly” to the environment. Called the “GreenSpace,” the exhibit featured Randall Fishman’s ElectraFlyer-C airplane, an electric car, a hybrid car, the Lindbergh Foundation’s “Green Investment Program”, a children’s educational area, the City of Lakeland’s water and soil conservation displays, a Florida Refuse recycling exhibit, and numerous other exhibitors focused on “green” products, services and lifestyles.
This year’s GreenSpace exhibit will feature much of the same, plus an enhanced presence by the Lindbergh Foundation, showcasing current initiatives designed to integrate technology with the environment and, at the same time, educate the public about the growing number of “green” activities that are taking place in the world of aviation.
“Sun ‘n Fun is proud to partner with the Lindbergh Foundation, whose mission it is to further Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s shared vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation,” said Sun ‘n Fun President John Burton. “We hope to capture this vision in our GreenSpace exhibit and share it with Sun ‘n Fun participants and guests throughout the week of this year’s Fly-In & Expo.”
The Lindbergh Foundation is a nonprofit organization, based in Anoka, Minnesota, that supports individual innovations that foster the environment for a planet in balance. Its programs are devoted to supporting, honoring, and educating individuals, through three major programs: the annual Lindbergh Award, presented to individuals for significant contributions toward balancing nature and scientific innovation in their work; the Lindbergh Grants program, which provides grants in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building “The Spirit of St. Louis” in 1927) for research or education projects that will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance; and a variety of educational events and publications centered on the balance theme.