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Malibu Country Mart Makes Eco-Friendly Changes

By using only electric-powered gardening equipment, the Malibu Country Mart hopes to encourage neighbors to do the same.

The Malibu Country Mart will unveil its use of electric-powered gardening equipment in a special ceremony on Earth Day.

"We want people to come and get inspired and come for a half an hour and adopt it throughout Malibu," said Julie Labin, Malibu Country Mart's director of sustainability.

On Sunday, the 's play area will be recognized by GreenStation as Green Zone certified, meaning the area uses only electric powered equipment, Labin said.

The event is set from 1-1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Malibu Country Mart, just down the street from the grand opening of the Malibu Library at 11 a.m. and Malibu Eco Fair at Legacy Park at noon.

Speakers will include Malibu resident June Louks, who also uses the equipment.

Louks, who has an edible garden at her home, is the author of "Rawumptious Recipes: A Family's Adventure to Healthy, Happy, Harmonious Living."

Michael Koss, general partner of the Malibu Country Mart, and Dan Mabe, founder and president of The Greenstation, will also speak.

The Malibu Country Mart already boasts a charging station for electric cars.

Marshall Thompson April 20, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Michael Koss is really showing some "green" leadership at the Malibu Country Mart. Here's a press video from the FREE EV charging station dedication last fall: https://vimeo.com/31123300. What other retail plaza in Malibu has a full-time Director of Sustainability like the very personable Julie Labin? None that I know of. At MCM they eagerly pursue wise water use, drought-tolerant plants, recycling, low-power lighting and they have a truly "public" and family-friendly space with the tot lot, swings and both grassy open and tree-shaded areas. Malibu Colony anchored by Ralphs and CVS is beginning to look a bit worn with it's abundance of empty stores and zero public engagement. Soon the post office will depart, I hear. Other retail operations in Malibu should follow Mr. Koss' sustainability lead.

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