The Ewing Green Team is delighted to announce that its annual Build a Scarecrow Contest will receive a 2016 Environmental Achievement Award from the Association of NJ Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). The award will be presented at the organization’s 43rd Environmental Congress at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor on September 30th. Accepting the award for the Ewing Green Team will be team member Lisa K Feldman, the contest’s creator.
The annual awards program recognizes successful projects by environmental commissions, nonprofit organizations and school groups that benefit the local environment. An awards committee comprised of ANJEC Trustees and staff members select the winners based on project impact, originality, educational value, innovation, and response to a need. ANJEC has been presenting the coveted annual awards since the mid-1970s.
The Build a Scarecrow Contest, now in its third year, is a unique example of combining creative place-making with recycling and recycling education. It requires that all entries be constructed of at least 80% recycled, reclaimed, and/or reused materials. According to Ms Feldman, “It’s fascinating to see how creative participants can be with old throwaway items and standard recycling plastic bags, bottles, cans, newspaper and cardboard. Our events produce more than just scarecrows; they are a day for the arts, a day for community building, and a day to keep things out of the landfill. “
The entries were judged by Major Bert Steinmann and other Township notables at the Ewing Recreation Department’s annual Trunk or Treat event. Following the awards the scarecrows are kept on display for the many people using the Community Center to enjoy during the last days of autumn. At the end of the display period participants pick up their scarecrows. Those not picked up are taken apart to be recycled.
For more information about registering to participate in this year’s Build a Scarecrow Contest, go to ewinggreenteam.org/scarecrow-contest. We hope to see you, and your scarecrow, there!