The City of Smithville is working to help citizens develop more than just a green thumb.
On Saturday at the Summit Smithville expo, visitors had a chance to learn about alternative energy, recycling rain water and even new kinds of grass.
This is the second year for the event, but organizers hope to make it an annual tradition. They say with the climate of Texas undergoing constant changes, long-term sustainability is more important than ever.
"Now that we've changed into a desert climate and a drought position, you might be more conservative with power and water and things that we need to sustain ourselves into the future," co-organizer Jim Horton said.
Organizers called this year's display a precursor to Bastrop's Heart of Texas Expo, taking place in June.