Saturn Provides Environmental Focus and Fun to Washington D.C. Consumers

If you're in the Washington, DC area October 26-29, 2006, you may want to go check out the Saturn Greenhouses. Saturn will be sponsoring three special environmental displays in conjunction with the Marine Corps Marathon. The greenhouses will be set up at Union Station, the Reagan Building and the Marine Corps Marathon Expo center. Sam Grawe of Dwell Magazine will be speaking at the Union Station greenhouse at 4:30pm on the 26th about "Sustainability and Architectural Design". There will be live music from local musicians, a kids Arts & Scraps car building activity with recycled materials, organic food cooking demos, environmental demonstrations, tree seeding giveaways and a special relaxation station at the Marathon Expo site.

As you might expect from such and event, General Motors will be prominently displaying one of their newest products. The star of the show will be the new Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid. The full schedule of events will be up on the Saturn web site beginning October 23. Admission is free as are apples and beverages and no registration is required.

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Saturn Provides Environmental Focus and Fun to Washington D.C. Consumers

Four-day D.C. presence created to promote environmentalism and showcase most affordable hybrid SUV on the market, the Saturn VUE Green Line
October 26 - 29 Saturn Greenhouses open to public at Union Station, Reagan Building, and the Marine Corps Marathon Expo
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Saturn is inviting the public to learn ways to adopt "green" or environmentally-friendly habits by building actual "living" Greenhouses in three locations in the Washington, D.C., October 26 - 29, 2006, while launching the most affordable gas-electric hybrid SUV on the market, the Saturn VUE Green Line.

Whether it's enjoying a free tree seedling giveaway, or a lecture on "Sustainability and Architecture" from the executive editor of Dwell Magazine, Sam Grawe, the Saturn Greenhouses offer fun, educational activities to D.C. consumers while underscoring the importance of environmental responsibility.

Each transparent "living" Greenhouse display offers consumers the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the all-new Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid in a unique setting that showcases the power of going green through multiple displays, demonstrations and scheduled activities.

"From our perspective, there's no better metaphor to describe our mission of inviting the public into what we're growing at Saturn than a Greenhouse," said Jill Lajdziak, general manager of Saturn. "The new VUE Green Line stands as a symbol of the future direction of the Saturn brand - one that is forward-thinking, responsible and delivers affordable innovations that meet the needs of our owners."

As a proud sponsor of the 31st Marine Corps Marathon, taking place on Sunday, October 29, Saturn will also build a Greenhouse at the Marathon Expo site.

The Greenhouses are open to the public October 26 - 29 at the following three Washington, D.C. locations:

Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave., West Metro Side)
Ronald Reagan Building (14th Street and Constitution)
Marine Corps Marathon Expo (DC Armory, near RFK Stadium; October 27-28 only)
Greenhouse Hours of Operation:

Thursday - Saturday, October 26 - 28: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 29: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
D.C. Is Going Green

Greenhouse activities throughout the weekend for consumers to enjoy include:

Special Guest Presentation by Sam Grawe, Executive Editor, Dwell Magazine on the topic of "Sustainability and Architectural Design" (October 26 at 4:30 p.m. at Union Station)
Live music from D.C. acoustic recording artists
A child-friendly "Arts & Scraps" car-building activity using recycled materials (takes place all day on Saturday, October 28 at the Marathon Expo location)
Special Relaxation Station at the Marathon Expo location
Organic food cooking demonstrations
Short environmental presentations on topics such as city gardening and knitting with organic materials
Tree seedling giveaways
Complimentary beverages and apples
A full schedule of Saturn Greenhouse activities will be available the week of October 23rd on No registration for consumers is required and there is no cost for participation.

The Saturn VUE Green Line Hybrid

The 2007 VUE Green Line Hybrid is the first GM vehicle powered by a new, more affordable hybrid system. The VUE Green Line delivers an estimated 20-percent improvement in fuel economy, depending on driving conditions. With an EPA estimated 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, it has the best highway mileage of any SUV. The VUE's hybrid system costs under $2,000. The VUE Green Line Hybrid SUV has a starting price of $22,995 (including destination charge), making it the lowest-priced hybrid SUV on the market.

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